Oops! You did it again. You got so caught up in the outdoor fun you were having that you forgot to apply sunblock. Now you have the tell-tale signs of a sunburn—hot, painful, itchy skin. Not sure how to soothe it? Don’t … Read More
Do allergies hit you every fall and spring? If so, you perhaps have faced a no-win situation with traditional antihistamines, often described as "non-drowsy" allergy medications: Either you sneeze and itch your way through seasonal allergies, or you take antihistamines and live in a fog for a few days.
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It’s annoying, uncomfortable, and just plain unpleasant. Itchy skin, or pruritus, is one of the ways our body tells us that something isn’t quite right, but how do we know what that “something” is? And what can we do about it? Here are 11 reasons why you might be suffering … Read More
Gout is a form of arthritis that occurs when there is too much uric acid in the blood, tissues, and urine. Accumulating uric acid crystallizes and takes on a needle-like shape, jabbing into the joints (usually the big toe, but also other joints, including those of the mid-foot, ankle, … Read More
The mother of a friend named Summer taught me how to give an EpiPen injection when I was 9. She had me poke a needle into an orange so I’d understand what it would feel like to jab an EpiPen into my friend’s thigh if needed. Luckily, I never had … Read More
We’ve all suffered from an itchy scalp at some point. No matter the cause (e.g., dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, an allergic reaction, lice, or a fungus), itchy scalp can be both uncomfortable and embarrassing. Just thinking about scalp pruritus (the medical term for this common … Read More
Ah-ah-ah-CHOO! You’re sneezing again. It’s that time of year when every other person seems to have the sniffles—nasal congestion, a runny nose, and frequent sneezing. These common symptoms most often are caused by two conditions that can be difficult to tell apart: allergies and … Read More
Anaphylaxis is terrifying. You try to breathe but instead you wheeze and gasp for air. You’re sweating and itching, and hives have erupted across your body. Fear of your impending doom takes hold, but you’re at the mercy of swelling that’s squeezing the life out of your heart, lungs, … Read More
When summer’s hot, sticky days give way to the cool, crisp air of autumn, the refreshing weather should offer relief from your allergies, right? Unfortunately, not. Fall allergies are a thing, and they could be the reason you can’t stop sneezing.
According to the American College of Allergy, … Read More
They’re masters of sneak attacks: tiny, almost weightless mosquitoes that—as all of us know from experience—can land, jab, and start sucking blood before we know what hit us. More often than not, they’re just quick enough to avoid our fastest slaps. And what do they leave behind? Saliva—enough of it … Read More