As the holiday season rolls into full gear, cocktail parties, happy hours, and long celebratory dinners encourage us to partake in a little extra imbibing of alcoholic beverages. And while a few glasses of wine can make the season a little brighter, they can also lead to a nasty 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
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
Many of us are walking around with chronic inflammation, and the reaction can be extreme, presenting as arthritis (inflammation of joints), colitis (inflammation of the colon), dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), or other inflammatory diseases. But inflammation can be chronic, low-grade, and the cause … 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
Poison ivy gets most of the publicity—it’s been called America’s rash—but poison oak is more insidious and just as likely to set off an allergic reaction.
In the western United States, poison oak (also called Western or Pacific oak) can be a ground vine, climbing vine, or shrub … 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
Gastritis refers to inflammation of the lining of the stomach. It may last for a few days (acute gastritis) or it may linger for months or years (chronic gastritis). It is a clinical finding, caused by a variety of disease processes including medication reactions, excessive alcohol intake, and bacterial infection.
There … Read More
While many people welcome the changing seasons, those with allergies see the beginning of spring and fall as the time when they have to load up on extra tissues. Irritating, painful, and annoying, nasal allergies can be quite disruptive in everyday life. However, by recognizing source of your allergy, you … Read More