Allergies & Asthma

Doctors prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs long or short term to treat a range of conditions from allergies to arthritis. But could some of these drugs actually increase the risk for another chronic condition — diabetes? Share on PinterestRegular doses of glucocorticoids may increase the risk of diabetes, some researchers argue. Glucocorticoids are a type of anti-inflammatory
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Numbness means an absence of feeling or loss of sensation. A numb face can be a symptom of one of many health conditions, including migraine and allergies. Numbness on any part of the body usually occurs as a result of damage to the nerves or a disturbance in their function. Problems with the nerves can
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Epinephrine, also called adrenaline, is a hormone that the adrenal glands produce in the body. People use artificial epinephrine as a medication to treat severe allergic reactions. People who have allergies to specific foods, insect venom, or other substances often carry an epinephrine auto-injector to self-administer the drug in emergencies. Many people refer to this
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Adult-onset asthma is asthma that develops in adulthood. In most cases, people develop asthma during childhood, though it can arise at any age. According to the American Lung Association (ALA), 1 in 12 adults has asthma. Asthma is a chronic lung disease that leads to problems breathing. It causes narrowing and inflammation of the airways
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Painful bowel movements can cause a great deal of discomfort. There are many potential causes. Some are easily treatable, but others — such as anal cancer — can be more serious. It is normal to occasionally experience mild pain during bowel movements. However, when this happens regularly, it could indicate an underlying medical condition. In
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Itchy skin, which doctors call pruritus, is a common symptom that can affect any part of the body. When it affects the chest, this can indicate a range of causes, including allergic reactions, psoriasis, and kidney or liver problems. Depending on the cause, the itchiness may either remain confined to the chest or affect the
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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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