Allergies & Asthma

Researchers from Germany and Switzerland have recently investigated the possible associations between conditions relating to mental health, such as depression and anxiety, and the presence of different types of allergy. Their findings, they say, should prompt scientists to pay more attention to these links. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Some flatulence is normal, but excessive farting is often a sign that the body is reacting strongly to certain foods. This can indicate a food intolerance or that a person has a digestive system disorder, such as irritable bowel syndrome. Typically, people pass gas 5–15 times per day. Dietary changes, altering eating patterns, and identifying
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New research reinforces the idea that the absence of certain bacteria in the gut can cause food allergy, a condition that affects millions of people. The study also suggests that replenishing key gut bacteria could offer a way to treat food allergy. Scientists at Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, also in Boston,
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Having an itchy neck can be frustrating. The itch may appear with or without a rash, and its potential causes include irritants and allergic reactions. Many home remedies, including cold wraps, can help soothe the sensation of itching. Having an itchy neck can range from being very mild to extremely irritating. Along with the itch,
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A bronchodilator is a medication that relaxes and opens the airways, or bronchi, in the lungs. Short-acting and long-acting bronchodilators treat various lung conditions and are available by prescription. Respiratory diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cause bronchospasm, which is constriction or narrowing of the airways. Narrowed airways make it hard
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Asthma causes airway inflammation and difficulty breathing. Several factors, including exercise and cold weather, can trigger asthma symptoms. Inhaling cold, dry air can cause the airways to tighten, making it harder to breathe. Several treatments and preventive measures can help minimize the effects of cold air on a person with asthma. This article describes why
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Scientists have identified biomarkers that could form the basis of the world’s first blood test for celiac disease. They discovered that exposure to gluten in people with celiac disease causes a rise in certain inflammatory molecules in the bloodstream that correlates with common symptoms. The current method for diagnosing celiac disease can take weeks or
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The main symptoms of a shellfish allergy vary, but they can include vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, shortness of breath, coughing, chest pain, and swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat. These symptoms can occur within minutes of ingesting shellfish, but they may sometimes not appear for several hours. There are two different types of
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New research has linked the use of prescription drugs for stomach acid to a higher likelihood of developing allergies afterward. Due to the study’s design, the results do not prove that gastric acid reducers — such as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) — actually cause allergies. In a Nature Communications paper about their work, however, the
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Inhaled steroids, also called inhaled corticosteroids, are a group of anti-inflammatory drugs that help treat breathing disorders, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Inhaling medication is often the optimal method of treating lung disease. An inhaler is a device that helps deliver drugs into the airways. This article provides an overview of
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Burning in the stomach is a common, bothersome symptom. It often stems from indigestion, also known as dyspepsia. A burning sensation in the stomach is usually just one symptom of an underlying condition, such as an intolerance to certain foods. Prescription and over-the-counter medications can prevent and treat indigestion, and some home remedies can help
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An itchy mouth is a common symptom of viral or fungal infections. It also frequently occurs during allergic reactions. Itchiness within the mouth can range from mild to severe, depending on the underlying issue. In this article, we explore the causes of an itchy mouth. We also describe treatment options, strategies for prevention, and when
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Many people experience dizziness before a meal. Low blood glucose can make a person feel light-headed or exhausted, especially if it has been a long time since their last meal. Dizziness after eating is less common, but it can also occur. Some medical conditions and food sensitivities may trigger dizziness after a meal. Doctors sometimes
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Although most people can recognize a bee, hornet, or wasp as being a risk for stinging, many perceive flies as harmless. However, there are several types of biting fly. Although not all flies bite, those that do can be an irritation and danger to some people. This article will describe different flies that bite and
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What is Nucala? Nucala is a brand-name prescription medication. It’s used to treat two conditions: severe eosinophilic asthma in adults and children ages 12 years and older. With this kind of severe asthma, you have high levels of eosinophils (a type of white blood cell). For treating this condition, Nucala is approved as an add-on
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