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Hay fever (pollen allergy) is one of the most common kinds of allergies. About 35 million Americans suffer from hay fever. Pollen is made by trees, grasses, and weeds. During the spring, summer, and fall some plants release pollen into the air you breathe. Your symptoms might be different at different times of the year. It all depends on the kinds of plants that grow where you live and what allergies you have.

Scientists develop new nasal filter that helps people with nasal symptoms from seasonal hay fever

​A small filter the size of a contact lens could possibly make life easier for some of the estimated 500 million people worldwide who suffer from itching, sneezing and a runny nose as soon as the pollen season starts. [More]
Mother's illness, allergen exposure during pregency may predict child's risk of asthma and allergy

Mother's illness, allergen exposure during pregency may predict child's risk of asthma and allergy

Women that are pregnant may want to take extra precaution around those that are sniffling and sneezing this winter. According to a new study published today, the more common colds and viral infections a woman has during pregnancy, the higher the risk her baby will have asthma. [More]

FDA to make recommendations on safety of oral tablets used to treat ragweed allergy symptoms

There is more to seasonal allergies than a little congestion and sneezing. If you notice eating watermelon, cantaloupe or avocado make you cough and itch, it may be a symptom of ragweed allergy. But more help might be on the way for some of the 23 million hay fever sufferers. [More]
Low gut microbial diversity in infants' intestines can increase risk for asthma

Low gut microbial diversity in infants' intestines can increase risk for asthma

Low gut microbial diversity in the intestines of infants can increase the risk for asthma development. These are the findings of the age 7 follow-up in a multi-year study led by researchers at Linköping University in Sweden. [More]

Early antibiotic use linked to asthma, not atopy

Research from the UK has found a “robust and dose-dependent” association between antibiotic use in the first 2 years of life and subsequent asthma at the age of 7 and a half years. [More]
Longer looks: Providing dental care in rural Alaska; the after-effects of the ICU; cure for allergies

Longer looks: Providing dental care in rural Alaska; the after-effects of the ICU; cure for allergies

Aniak, Alaska, is a Yu'pik village of 500 people on the Yukon-Kuskokwim delta, about 400 miles northwest of Anchorage. It is in this special and isolated community where I practice as a dental therapist, trained and certified to deliver some, but not all, types of dental care. Dental therapists have been practicing in Alaska for nine years and now provide routine dental care to 40,000 Native Alaskans. In the United States about forty-seven million people live in areas where there is a shortage of dentists, and millions more can't afford to see them. For so many Americans, even the most basic dental care is out of reach. Yet right here in Alaska, I think we've found part of the solution (Conan Murat, November, 2013). [More]
Probiotic drink changes reaction of cells lining nasal passages of hay fever sufferers

Probiotic drink changes reaction of cells lining nasal passages of hay fever sufferers

A study has shown that a daily probiotic drink changed how cells lining the nasal passages of hay fever sufferers reacted to a single out-of-season challenge. However, it did not lead to significant changes in hay fever symptoms, although this challenge test may not have accurately represented natural allergen exposure. [More]

Researchers find that hay fever and allergies make migraines worse

People with migraine who also battle allergies and hay fever (rhinitis) endure a more severe form of headaches than their peers who struggle with migraine, but aren't affected by the seasonal or year-round sniffles, according to researchers from the University of Cincinnati, Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Vedanta Research. [More]

Study: Hay fever more prevalent in children living in southeastern and southern states

If you think your child's stuffy nose is due to an autumn cold, you might want to consider allergies, especially if you live in the southern region of the United States. A study being presented this week at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) found hay fever is more prevalent in children living in the southeastern and southern states. [More]

Oral allergy syndrome sufferers with hypertension may be at increased risk for severe reaction

​Oral allergy syndrome sufferers that take high blood pressure medications may experience extreme facial swelling and difficulty breathing the next time they bite into a juicy apple. [More]
BCG asthma effects are lost in adolescence

BCG asthma effects are lost in adolescence

Any beneficial effects of the neonatal Bacillus Calmette–Guérin vaccine on childhood asthma symptoms and outcomes are likely to be transient, disappearing by adolescence, show follow-up findings from the Manchester Community Asthma Study. [More]
Sanofi's Nasacort Allergy 24HR nasal spray receives FDA approval for over-the-counter use

Sanofi's Nasacort Allergy 24HR nasal spray receives FDA approval for over-the-counter use

Sanofi announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Nasacort Allergy 24HR nasal spray as an over-the-counter treatment for seasonal and year-round nasal allergies in adults and children 2 years of age and older. [More]

Circassia reports positive results from phase II clinical study of ToleroMune grass allergy treatment

Circassia Ltd, a specialty biopharmaceutical company focused on developing world-class immunotherapies, today announced successful results from a large phase II clinical study of its ToleroMune® grass allergy treatment (Grass-Synthetic Peptide Immuno-Regulatory Epitope [Grass-SPIRE]) [More]
Proper precautions may help people with allergies enjoy the beautiful fall weather

Proper precautions may help people with allergies enjoy the beautiful fall weather

As summer comes to a close, kids head back to school and preparation for fall begins, don't' forget to consider fall allergies. An estimated 35 million Americans suffer from allergies, which in the fall begin in late August and peak in September. For those with fall allergies, three triggers typically occur - ragweed, indoor allergens and infections. [More]
Allergic rhinitis treatments: an interview with Dr Dermot Ryan, GP and allergy expert

Allergic rhinitis treatments: an interview with Dr Dermot Ryan, GP and allergy expert

Allergic rhinitis is most commonly recognized as hay fever in the United Kingdom and it is due to the impact of an allergen, in the case of hay fever a pollen, setting off an inflammatory response in the lungs, causing typical symptoms... [More]
COPD patients with allergic phenotype have increased risk of lower respiratory symptoms, exacerbations

COPD patients with allergic phenotype have increased risk of lower respiratory symptoms, exacerbations

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who also have allergic disease have higher levels of respiratory symptoms and are at higher risk for COPD exacerbations, according to a new study from researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. [More]

Children born outside U.S. have lower prevalence of allergic disease

A study by Jonathan I. Silverberg, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., of St. Luke's—Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, and colleagues suggests children living the in the United States but born outside the U.S. have a lower prevalence of allergic disease that increases after residing in the United States for one decade. [More]
Antihistamine drugs work by preventing histamine from attaching to H1 receptors

Antihistamine drugs work by preventing histamine from attaching to H1 receptors

Itchy eyes, scratchy throat, running nose--it's allergy season! What triggers these allergic reactions, and how do allergy medications work? [More]

Scientists working on pollen count map to warn hay fever sufferers

In future there could be precise, personal travel warnings for hay fever sufferers covering the whole of Europe. The pollen warning service of the MedUni Vienna is working on a pollen count map in order to be better able to warn hay fever sufferers. [More]

ACAAI to offer free screenings for allergies and asthma

More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies and asthma, a number that continues to rise annually. To help children and adults with symptoms of these conditions know if they are at risk, allergists from around the country will conduct the 17th annual Nationwide Asthma Screening Program. [More]