Allergies 

Allergy wheezing: Causes, diagnosis, and treatment

Allergy wheezing: Causes, diagnosis, and treatment Allergy wheezing may occur during an allergic reaction. People affected by allergies may experience a whistling sound when they breathe, called wheezing. But why do allergies cause wheezing and what treatments are available? When someone has an allergic reaction, their throat may tighten causing breathing to be labored. This can lead to a high-pitched noise when the person breathes in and out. In this article, we explore the causes, diagnosis, and ways to treat wheezing caused by allergies, allergic asthma, and anaphylactic shock. Fast…

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Scientists unearth cell 'checkpoint' that stops allergic diseases

Scientists unearth cell 'checkpoint' that stops allergic diseases The discovery has implications for the treatment of asthma, eczema and other diseases. Scientists from Trinity College Dublin have made a significant breakthrough in understanding the regulation of immune cells that play a pivotal role in allergic diseases such as asthma and eczema. They have identified a ‘checkpoint’ manned by these immune cells that, if barred, can halt the development of the lung inflammation associated with allergies. The discovery now provides a potential new target for drug developers to home in on….

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Alpha-gal allergy: What you need to know

Alpha-gal allergy: What you need to know An alpha-gal allergy is often discovered after eating red meat. Alpha-gal allergy is a condition more commonly known as red meat allergy. An alpha-gal allergy can cause a person to have anaphylactic and hypersensitivity reactions when they eat meat. The term alpha-gal is short for galactose-alpha-1, 3-galactose, a carbohydrate molecule that can cause an allergic reaction in people with an alpha-gal allergy. The molecule is found in the meat of mammals, including cows, sheep, venison, bison, and pigs. Alpha-gal allergy is chiefly spread…

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Dust mite allergy: Symptoms, treatment, and prevention

Dust mite allergy: Symptoms, treatment, and prevention Dust mite allergy is a common type of allergy, and in most cases is easily managed. Microscopic bugs that live in our homes can mean huge problems for people with allergies and asthma. Dust mites that feed on dead skin cells are one of the most common environmental allergens. They are a trigger for yearlong allergies in populations throughout the world. While prevention is the best However, with a few lifestyle adjustments, certain medication, and a well-cleaned home, dust mite allergies can be…

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Swollen eyelid: Twelve causes and treatments


Swollen eyelid: Twelve causes and treatments
 A swollen eyelid is more than just a cosmetic annoyance. It can be terrifying, particularly if the swelling is severe enough to interfere with a person’s ability to see. Most causes of swollen eyelids are harmless, but seemingly minor problems can be quite serious. So, if a person has swollen eyelids, it is a good idea for them to seek care from an optometrist or ophthalmologist. If someone has experienced swollen eyelids before, it is probably safe for them to treat the condition at…

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What makes eyes itch?

What makes eyes itch? Itchy eyes caused by allergy affect people both young and old. When the allergy season strikes, you may get that familiar feeling of itchy eyes. But for many, it is more than just a nuisance – so what is the culprit causing you such distress? It’s histamine. You might already know this if you are taking antihistamine-containing medication for your allergies, which just so happen to be the number one cause of itchy eyes. But what does histamine actually do? The front of the eye, much…

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Heavy breathing: Ten causes and treatments

Heavy breathing: Ten causes and treatments Heavy breathing can feel like suffocation, making each breath a struggle. For some people, heavy breathing feels like pressure on the chest, as if an elephant is sitting on them. These sensations can be terrifying, and the panic they produce can make heavy breathing worse. But heavy breathing does not necessarily point to a serious health problem, so there is no need for panic. A doctor can make a conclusive diagnosis, but here are the most common causes of heavy breathing. 1. Fever or…

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Allergy shots: Uses, effectiveness, and side effects

Allergy shots: Uses, effectiveness, and side effects Experiencing allergies can be miserable, with watery eyes, a runny nose, rashes, and breathing problems. Some allergy sufferers try many treatments to keep their allergy symptoms at bay. For some, medications and avoidance of the allergen (the substance that causes the allergic reaction) fail, so allergy shots may be the only option left. Fortunately, allergy shots can alleviate allergic reactions after repeated exposure. What are allergy shots? An allergy shot may be used if previous medication and avoidance of the allergen hasn’t alleviated…

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Yellow jacket stings: What to do

Yellow jacket stings: What to do Yellow jackets are stinging insects that have yellow marks on their head and body. Because of their coloring, people commonly mistake them for bees. Yellow jackets are the most common source of stings in the United States. In this article, we take a look at why yellow jackets sting people and what people should do if they do get stung. Why do yellow jackets sting? Yellow jackets are by nature very territorial of their colony and will typically sting because it is being disturbed….

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Drug allergies: What you need to know

Drug allergies: What you need to know Drug allergies cause specific allergic reactions to drugs or medications. They are different from side effects, and these differences need to be understood. Some drugs are more commonly associated with allergic reactions. Doctors will take this into consideration when diagnosing a drug allergy. There are also some precautions that people can take to avoid allergic reactions. What causes a drug allergy? The body’s immune system mistaking a drug or medication for something harmful, such as a fungus, virus, or bacteria, is what causes…

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