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Pollen, Pets

7 Oddest Allergies of Summer

Originally published in Allergic Living magazine.  Every summer, millions of North Americans experience the greatest hits of the allergy world: pervasive pollens, unexpected bee stings, food reactions at barbecues, or garden plants that give them the itch. But summer can also bite back in some highly unusual ways. With the help of two top allergy pros, Pennsylvania allergist […]

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Wild Weather and Our Allergies and Asthma

Climate change is driving our planet’s surge in hurricanes, wildfires, deluges and droughts. It is a new environment of extremes, where mold, pollen and pollution proliferate. And who feels the direct health effects, those with allergies and asthma.

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Why Pollen Season Is Such a Problem

A tiny, easily inhaled substance sets off our allergic fireworks. There’s nothing as inviting as a spring breeze. That is, until you consider the hidden invaders stealthily hitching a ride on this warm wind, primed to cause millions of Americans spring-time misery. I’m speaking, of course, of the airborne pollen grains that crowd and even cloud the air in some regions. […]

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Finding the Right Treatment for Relief From Spring Allergies

Spring allergies can leave you feeling stuffed up and miserable, but there are new treatments on the horizon that can help you get outside and enjoy the season. Non-sedating antihistamines are adequate antidotes to pollen allergens for some. They don’t stop the inflammation involved with more bothersome symptoms. Nasal antihistamine sprays also aren’t in the […]

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10 Biggest Pollen Allergy Questions

We take readers’ most frequent spring allergy questions straight to leading experts.

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Recap: 2015 Spring Allergies Twitter Party

It was a rough winter for many, but spring has finally arrived. With it comes the promise of sun, beautiful plants, and unfortunately, a whole host of seasonal allergies. What new treatments are available? How can you keep your asthma under control during asthma season? What is oral allergy syndrome and when is it severe? […]

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Closing in on a Cure For Cat Allergy

Millions of Americans suffer serious reactions to cats. But a novel therapy aims to change all that – in 4 quick shots.

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Child’s Best Friend: The Dog Unleashed as the Surprising Allergy Preventer

Want to protect your child against allergies? Increasingly science is saying: get a dog, and get it early.

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Visiting and Asthma: When Relatives Own a Cat

Q: It took a long time to get our 10-year-old daughter’s asthma under control with medication. One of her triggers is cat dander, and over the holidays we’re visiting the in-laws who have a cat. Is it safe to stay with them? (My mother-in-law promises to board the cat, and vacuum like crazy.) Or would […]

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FDA Panel Rejects OTC Status for Singulair Allergy Drug

An FDA panel has voted against approving Singular for over-the-counter sale, citing a variety of concerns

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