By: Terry Graedon June 19, 2017 10 Comments
    What Are the Downsides to Your Nasal Spray?

    Allergy season makes millions miserable. They react to pollen and other allergens with nasal congestion, itchy watery eyes, sneezing and sniffling. No wonder so many people reach for a nasal spray. Na…

    By: Terry Graedon June 5, 2017 4 Comments
    Is There a Sugar from Mammals Hiding in Your Med…

    When someone has an allergic reaction to a medication, doctors often assume that the person is reacting to the active ingredient itself. Increasingly, though, people are allergic to another ingredien…

    By: Terry Graedon May 8, 2017 7 Comments
    Can You Overcome Dry Mouth with Sugar-Free Sweet…

    A dry mouth creates its own special kind of misery. You may feel as though you've been walking through the desert. For some reason, your mouth is stuffed full of the kind of cotton logs the dentist us…

    By: Joe Graedon May 1, 2017 11 Comments
    Should You Worry About Scary Corticosteroid Side…

    Cortisone, dexamethasone, hydrocortisone, methylprednisolone, prednisolone and prednisone are called corticosteroids or glucocorticoids. These drugs dampen an overactive immune reaction. They can soot…

    By: Joe Graedon April 17, 2017 11 Comments
    How to Soothe Allergy Symptoms Without Serious S…

    Allergy season takes a terrible toll on people who are susceptible to pollen. This is the time of year when invisible particles in the air trigger sneezing, sniffling, itching and congestion. Allergy …

    By: Joe Graedon April 10, 2017 43 Comments
    NasalCrom (Cromolyn Sodium) Is Surprisingly Help…

    You've probably never heard of NasalCrom nasal spray for allergies. It doesn't get the kind of attention that many other allergy treatments receive. There are commercials for antihistamines like Clari…

    By: Joe Graedon March 30, 2017 12 Comments
    Stopping Xyzal Triggers Horrible Itching

    Allergy season has already begun in some parts of the country. Sufferers are reaching for antihistamines to reduce the runny nose and calm the itchy eyes and other pollen reactions. There is a new opt…

    By: Terry Graedon March 2, 2017 4 Comments
    How Probiotics Could Ease Your Seasonal Allergie…

    When people start sniffling and sneezing because of seasonal allergies, they usually rely on antihistamines and nasal sprays. A new study suggests that they might also want to consider modifying the …

    By: Joe Graedon January 30, 2017 6 Comments
    Unbearable itching after Stopping Antihistamines…

    This website is devoted to helping people make informed decisions about their health. To do that, people need information from health professionals and other patients. Over the years millions of peopl…

    By: Joe Graedon December 12, 2016 14 Comments
    Can you trust Canadian online pharmacies?

    The FDA has a peculiar philosophy about drug importation. It allows pharmacy chains, drug wholesales, big box discount drug stores, nursing homes and lots of other drug distributors to purchase drugs …

    By: Terry Graedon September 8, 2016 2 Comments
    Can You Prevent Allergies and Eczema?

    No one knows why allergies like hay fever and eczema have become more common in many industrialized countries. But some researchers may have an idea. Their research seems to support the "Hygiene Hypot…

    By: Joe Graedon September 5, 2016 14 Comments
    Stopping Zyrtec (Cetirizine) Led to Itchy Nightm…

    Over six years ago we heard from a reader who had used the antihistamine cetirizine (Zyrtec) to ease allergy symptoms. In preparation for allergy tests he tried stopping Zyrtec. He noted that: "withi…

    By: Joe Graedon August 25, 2016 25 Comments
    EpiPen Price Increase Outrages Americans

    People who are allergic to bee or wasp stings, peanuts, shrimp or other foods rely on an auto-injector containing epinephrine (adrenaline) to open their airways and keep them breathing until emergency…

    By: Terry Graedon July 14, 2016 9 Comments
    Are Kids Who Sucked Their Thumbs Less Prone to A…

    An epidemiological study of around 1,000 children born between 1972 and 1973 in New Zealand suggests that those who bit their nails or sucked their thumbs when they were little were less likely to dev…

    By: Terry Graedon June 27, 2016 6 Comments
    How to Ease Nasal Congestion with Saline

    Allergies can be maddening. Sneezing, congestion and a feeling of spaciness can make each day a trial. To make matters worse, decongestant nose sprays are only supposed to be used a few days at a time…

    By: Terry Graedon June 13, 2016 16 Comments
    How to Relieve Allergies with Saline Spray

    People with allergies are really caught in a tough spot. The nasal congestion and eye irritation that so frequently accompany allergies are debilitating. But the medications that are used to counterac…

    By: Joe Graedon May 14, 2016 22 Comments
    Are There Any Allergy Remedies That Won’t …

    People who are sniffling, sneezing and suffering because of summer allergies are caught in a terrible bind. Some popular antihistamines have the ability to affect the brain in an unpleasant way. In ad…

    By: Joe Graedon May 2, 2016 11 Comments
    Can Popular Antihistamine (Benadryl) Cause Brain…

    Q. Over the past 30 years I have taken Benadryl twice. Both times it caused me memory loss as a side effect. I had to look up phone numbers that I dialed daily. I wasn't even sure what year it was. Th…

    By: Terry Graedon April 11, 2016 11 Comments
    Could Nasacort Hurt the Senses of Smell and Tast…

    If you suffer from hay fever or similar allergies, you know how miserable they can make you feel. Your eyes may itch, your nose may drip, you sneeze all the time, and forget about your senses of smell…

    By: Terry Graedon December 7, 2015 8 Comments
    Feeling Better on a Gluten-Free Diet

    Gluten-a word you can't avoid these days, though just ten years ago it was not part of most people's vocabularies. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. From the perspective of a baker, …

    By: Joe Graedon October 19, 2015 14 Comments
    How Old Is Your Pillow? If You Can’t Remem…

    Many of us become attached to our pillows. We become convinced that we won't get as good a night's sleep with something new. After all, we spend up to eight hours each day snuggled up to our pillow. B…

    By: Joe Graedon August 24, 2015 2 Comments
    Melon Reaction Could Signal Deadly Latex Allergy

    Paying attention to your body and how it reacts to foods is an important step to figuring out what you should be eating and what you should avoid. Even foods that are full of nutrients are not necessa…

    By: Joe Graedon August 13, 2015 0 Comments
    Kiddy Meals of Fish Reduce Risk of Rhinitis Late…

    Runny noses are among the most common health complaints of childhood. Swedish researchers conducted an eight-year long study to find out if diet has an impact on the risk of rhinitis. The Study: There…

    By: Joe Graedon July 27, 2015 33 Comments
    Watch Out for Nasty Neosporin Reaction

    Does a bad reaction hurt more when you applied the offending substance deliberately to help with healing? It may not, but certainly the knowledge that the problem might have been avoided can be gratin…

    By: Joe Graedon June 8, 2015 6 Comments
    Calming Allergic Reactions with Natural Approach…

    Allergies are usually more acute at certain times of the year (often spring or fall) when the specific allergen reach high concentrations in the air. But many people suffer from allergies for months a…

    By: Joe Graedon March 1, 2015 1 Comments
    Reducing the Risk of Peanut Allergy

    Parents are often cautious about feeding their infants peanut butter for fear of triggering peanut protein allergy. Life-threatening allergic reactions have become much more common over the last two d…

    By: Joe Graedon March 1, 2015 6 Comments
    Washing Dishes by Hand Lowers Likelihood of Chil…

    A study published in Pediatrics offers a disarmingly simple (though slightly labor-intensive) strategy to lower the likelihood of childhood allergies. Investigators in Sweden looked at the home envir…

    By: Joe Graedon December 18, 2014 5 Comments
    Do You Know How to Use Your Inhaler?

    Certain medical devices are widely used by consumers to control dangerous disease symptoms. Two of them, epinephrine self-injection and asthma inhalers, are used in emergency situations. A new study s…

    By: Joe Graedon November 24, 2014 68 Comments
    Turmeric Triggered Allergic Reaction

    Q. I think I am having an allergic reaction to turmeric. After taking it for two days, I have broken out in red spots all over my stomach. I have been taking Benadryl pills every four hours for a day.…

    By: Joe Graedon November 17, 2014 26 Comments
    Scary Reaction to Flu Shot

    Q. I was given a flu shot at a routine doctor visit. Afterwards, I didn't feel well. I went to bed early and slept for over 11 hours. The following day, I began to have difficulty breathing. I thought…

    By: Joe Graedon November 6, 2014 4 Comments
    When Allergy Treatment Aggravates the Symptoms

    People suffering from an allergic skin reaction might be shocked to realize that sometimes the cream or lotion they use to calm their rash or hives could be making it worse. Scientists reported to the…

    By: Joe Graedon October 6, 2014 4 Comments
    New OTC Nasacort Is the Same as Rx Nasacort

    Q. While getting my prescription filled this week I saw a big display for Nasacort Allergy 24HR. It was being sold without a prescription. Is this the same Nasacort my doctor used to prescribe for my …

    By: Terry Graedon August 24, 2014 5 Comments
    Hay Fever Sufferers Could Get Relief from Ragwee…

    Q. I am allergic to ragweed. Every fall I suffer miserably until the first big frost. My allergist has suggested shots, but I hate getting stuck every week and they are expensive. What else can I do b…

    By: Terry Graedon August 15, 2013 6 Comments
    Real Food for Babies Reduces Allergies

    Allergies to food, including peanuts but but not limited to them, are an increasing problem among young children. Pediatricians have been concerned that introducing potentially allergenic foods too ea…

    By: Terry Graedon April 15, 2013 2 Comments
    Beware Zombie Drivers in Allergy Season

    Driving drowsy may be almost as risky as driving drunk. People who would never get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol frequently drive while impaired and don't even realize it. According to the C…

    By: Terry Graedon April 1, 2013 8 Comments
    Overcoming Nose Spray Addiction

    Q. I have a suggestion for the person who wrote about being addicted to nasal spray. I was hooked on Neo-Synephrine for more than 30 years. Then I read that a prescription for Flonase could help. I wa…

    By: Terry Graedon March 28, 2013 4 Comments
    Allergy Drops Stack Up

    Doctors have long used allergy shots to desensitize people to allergens that cause reactions such as hay fever and asthma. These work reasonably well, but they aren't always convenient. A new study su…

    By: Joe Graedon September 30, 2012 4 Comments
    Allergy Symptoms Persist Year Round

    Allergy season has blown in with a vengeance this year. People who have never suffered allergies before, even those in their 80s and 90s, are sneezing, sniffling and rubbing their itchy eyes. Climatic…

    By: Terry Graedon June 28, 2012 3 Comments
    Antibacterial Compound May Contribute to Allergi…

    Scientists at Johns Hopkins have found that children with high levels of antibacterial compounds in their urine also have high levels of IgE antibodies in their blood. IgE antibodies are a marker for …

    By: Joe Graedon April 8, 2012 904 Comments
    Prednisone Side Effects: Deal With The Devil?

    Prednisone can be a life saving drug. It saved my sanity when I developed sudden hearing loss in one ear. That was a really scary experience for someone who depends on hearing to be able to do live ra…