Infants who are given antacids like Zantac or Pepcid are more likely to develop childhood allergies, perhaps because these drugs may alter their gut bacteria, a new large study suggests.
Early use of antibiotics also raised the chances of allergies in the study of nearly 800,000 children.
It’s a question that puzzles lots of folks when those familiar symptoms hit: Is all that coughing and sneezing from a cold or hay fever?
Summer is ending, you’re heading into fall. But you’re still sneezing and sniffling all day and into the night. What’s going on?
Odds are you’re among the 10 to 30 percent of Americans who suffer from hay fever, or allergic rhinitis. And most cases of hay fever are caused by an allergy to fall pollen from plants belonging to the genus Ambrosia — more commonly known as ragweed.
The recent run of cold weather might have had at least one positive effect — it could lead to a less severe spring allergy season.
Seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever, occur when the body’s immune system attacks substances like mold, pollen or grass as if they were harmful to the body. This results in the runny nose, itchy eyes and other symptoms with which allergy sufferers are all too familiar.
Dear Doctor K: The weather's warming up. For me, that means one thing: allergies. Can you give me some specific advice to help keep my allergies under control?
Dear Reader: Inhaled pollen, from trees, grass and weeds, is responsible for hay fever. These allergens get into the air -- and into our noses, eyes and lungs -- causing the symptoms that allergy sufferers dread.
It takes only a minuscule amount of pollen to trigger an allergic reaction. And pollen is...