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Children Outgrow Food Allergies: You Need to Retest

Our children have been allergic to peanuts since they were babies, breaking out in hives when there were even trace amounts in any food they ate. So we’ve listed their allergy in all the forms we fill out each year for the school, and avoided bringing peanuts into our home….

5 Worst Drugs that Cause Dry Eye Disease

Dry eye disease is irritating and painful. As an optometrist, I know there are many possible causes, but the medicines you take might be the culprit.  Drugs are a common part of American life, 36% of people between the ages of 18-44 take between one and four medicines daily and…

5 Ways to Fight Spring Allergies

Yes, this had been another “worst ever” allergy season. Maybe you heard of the “Pollmaggedon” of North Carolina? It’s all about climate change driving pollen counts. The more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the more pollen is produced. Any particular year’s weather can impact pollen production, too: a colder start…

Experimental Peanut Allergy Drug Shows Promise, But With Side Effects

An experimental treatment that could become the first drug to treat severe peanut allergies is generating a lot of media buzz due to positive trial results, though a closer look at the data reveals that the drug has some considerable side effects. Results for the the drug, AR101, were published…

For Seasonal Allergies, Taking 1 Drug is Better Than 2

When it comes to treating seasonal allergies, taking only 1 medication is preferable to taking 2, according to allergists. A new clinical guideline issued by a task force of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says that initial treatment of seasonal allergic rhinitis should be an intranasal corticosteroid…

4 Natural Ways to Fight Fall Allergies

Pollen, ragweed, mold spores…. Autumn has its own set of allergens. You may want to test some non-medicine methods to see if they will work for you. Got itchy eyes and nose, sneezing fits and the sniffles? How could it be allergy season, again!? While most people think of springtime…

Managing Indoor Allergies Without Meds

While most people focus on outdoor allergies, indoor allergies can be just as debilitating. Su and Jonathan discuss strategies for dealing with them that avoids OTC and prescription meds. Also see our feature, Medicine-Free Methods of Dealing with Indoor Allergies. Su Robotti: Hello, I’m Su Robotti, and I’m the founder…

Medicine-Free Methods for Easing Indoor Allergies

If you struggle with indoor allergies of any kind, you may head to your medicine cabinet first for relief. Over-the-counter allergy drugs are widely available, and you may have even visited your doctor for a prescription drug. But can you treat allergies effectively without relying on medication? Yes, and it’s…

Episode 9: Outgrowing Allergies

In this episode, Su Robotti and Jonathan Block talk about the fact that children often outgrow allergies. Parents should have their children tested as often as every year. And maybe paying for that emergency EpiPen is unnecessary. Su Robotti: Hello and welcome to MedShadow TV. I’m Suzanne Robotti and I’m…

Drugs in Pregnancy Part 3: Colds, Coughs, Flu & Allergies

In Part 3 of our 7-part Drugs in Pregnancy series, we pick up a tissue in sympathy with the many women who suffer more-frequent colds and coughs over the 9 months of pregnancy. If you’re pregnant and suffering through your umpteenth respiratory event, you’re not alone. Pregnancy lowers your immune…

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