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Is It Just A Cold Or Is It Allergies?

One of the problems that parents may have during the springtime is deciphering whether their children’s sneezing is due to a cold or allergies. “Runny, stuffy or itchy noses, sneezing, coughing, fatigue, and headaches can all be symptoms of both allergies and colds but when parents pay close attention to minor details they will be able to tell the difference,” says Michelle Lierl, MD, a pediatric allergist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

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Sneezing? Check the Gottlieb Allergy Count

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Those in the Midwest with sensitive respiratory systems will find relief beginning Monday, March 16 as the Gottlieb Allergy Count kicks off its first report of 2015. The Gottlieb Allergy Count is the official daily allergy count for the Midwest. “I have conducted initial testing and am detecting pollen in the air, which may be triggering sneezing and itchy skin in allergy sufferers,” said Joseph Leija, MD, retired allergist who is solely certified by the National Allergy Bureau to conduct the official allergy count.

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Beating Seasonal Allergies

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After a seemingly never-ending winter, temperatures have finally warmed and spring is in the air — literally. In fact, people with spring allergies are most likely already experiencing sneezing, watery eyes and fatigue because of tree pollen.

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Nothing to Sneeze At: Five Tips for Spring Allergy Relief

Five tips from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology to help those with spring allergies avoid symptoms and enjoy the season.

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New Study Recommends Early Introduction of Peanuts to Prevent Allergies

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“Bottom line, early introduction of peanuts decreases the frequency of developing a peanut allergy,” says Dr. Shah, who treats many children as well as adults with peanut allergies in her Gottlieb Memorial Hospital practice. “The estimated prevalence of peanut allergy in America is 1.4 to 3 percent and the numbers are growing so this news offers a potential real solution to prevention.”

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Spring Allergy Season is Imminent -- Despite This Winter's Snow and Cold Temperatures!

This winter was one of the coldest on record, but spring allergy season is already beginning and it’s time for sufferers to start preparing now. An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies, which are commonly called hay fever. Symptoms include itchy eyes, nose and throat; sneezing; stuffy or runny nose; tearing or dark circles under the eyes.

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Baseball Season Raises Concerns About Peanut Allergies but New Techniques Can Calm Fears

As baseball season opens many parents are concerned about their children’s exposure to the “peanuts and Cracker Jack” icons that many feel are a part of the baseball experience. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 4-6 percent of school-age children have a food allergy; one of the most common food allergens is peanuts. There has been a rise in the number of children with allergies and the cause is still unknown, but new research and techniques are providing hope to allergy sufferers, parents and physicians.

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It’s a War on Pollen during Spring Allergy Season

Tip sheet on best ways to combat symptoms of spring allergies.

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Air Pollutants Could Boost Potency of Common Airborne Allergens

A pair of air pollutants linked to climate change could also be major contributors to the unparalleled rise in the number of people sneezing, sniffling and wheezing during allergy season. The gases, nitrogen dioxide and ground-level ozone, appear to provoke chemical changes in certain airborne allergens that may increase their potency. That, in combination with changes in global climate could help explain why allergies are becoming more common.

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New Antibody Therapy Dramatically Improves Psoriasis Symptoms in Clinical Trial

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Many patients suffering from psoriasis showed significant recovery after just a single dose of an experimental treatment with a human antibody that blocks an immune signaling protein crucial to the disease, researchers report. By the end of the trial, conducted at Rockefeller University and seven other centers, nearly all of the 31 patients to receive treatment saw dramatic, if not complete, improvement in their symptoms.