Spring arrived early this year in my hometown, and so did allergy season. The sounds of sneezing and sniffling are everywhere, and allergy medicines are flying off the drugstore shelves. Fortunately, I no longer suffer from seasonal allergies as an adult the way I did as a … 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.
Antihistamines … Read More
Whether they were scrambled, fried, boiled, poached, or beat into an omelet, chances are that you had eggs for breakfast this morning. They’re an easy, filling, and affordable way to start the day. And even if you don’t like their taste, eggs often are the main ingredient in some of … Read More
You’re going about your day as normal when you suddenly start to feel nauseous, weak, and slightly warm. You decide to drink a glass of water or a cup of tea for relief and when that doesn’t help, you lay down for a quick rest to regain your strength. Before … 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
Nickel allergies are not uncommon. One of the main causes for contact dermatitis, an itchy rash on the skin, is nickel exposure. Nickel is found in a variety of everyday items, from jewelry and piercings to zippers, cell phones, and coins. Some people are … Read More
Antihistamines are medications that help relieve or prevent allergy symptoms. Most are available over-the-counter (OTC) and come in the form of tablets, liquid, nasal sprays or gels, and eye drops. As the name suggests, antihistamines reduce or block histamine, a chemical produced by the body during an … Read More
Think that morning bagel or pasta dinner is no big deal? Think again. Wheat contains gluten, which may be dangerous even to those that don't have Celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity. But why is gluten bad for you?
Studies show eating gluten can cause brain disorders that could ultimately raise … Read More
When it comes to a suspected case of Celiac disease or food allergy symptoms, everyone’s reaction is usually the same: "Okay, what am I in for? How much time will this take? Is there a gluten-free food list? And what will it cost?" Notions … Read More