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  • Can Dogs and Cats Prevent Eczema?
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    Can Dogs and Cats Prevent Eczema?

    Because I have sensitive skin and allergies, I worried about eczema affecting my children long before I became pregnant with my oldest daughter. Both my brothers dealt with eczema and other skin problems growing up. However, this is not the only problem that I have. I seem to have developed a dust allergy as well, […] More

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    Evaluating the Safety of Benadryl During Pregnancy

    As I have previously written, I suffer from moderate to severe allergies including allergies that manifest as nasal allergy symptoms. My preferred allergy medication is Flonase. However, because Flonase is a category C drug, I have opted to refrain from using the medication before and during pregnancy. Despite trying other treatment options, only Benadryl (diphenhydramine) […] More

  • Cell Phone in Hand
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    Cell Phones Can Cause Allergic Reactions

    For some individuals, cell phones may be a source of metal sensitization and a potential cause of allergic contact dermatitis (ACD), says a new study published in the journal Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonology. Many cell phones and other similar electronic devices contain and release metals such as such as nickel and chromium. Certain metals […] More

  • Some Salted Peanuts
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    Peanut Exposure Builds Immunity in Allergic Children

    With a warning not to try exposure therapy at home, researchers conducting a study on children with peanut allergies (STOP II trial) discovered that exposing allergic individuals to larger and larger amounts of peanuts over time could build up a tolerance to the nut. The results of the oral immunotherapy (OIT) study were published in […] More

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    Eating Peanuts During Pregnancy Lowers Allergy Risk for Child

    Despite previous recommendations that pregnant women avoid peanuts to reduce the risk of allergies and asthma in their children, new research from the Dana-Farber Children’s Cancer Center in Boston, Massachusetts suggests that women who are not allergic to nuts or legumes and who eat peanuts during pregnancy lower the risk of their child developing a […] More

  • Bailey the Shih-Tzu Running in the Park
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    Dogs Protect Against Allergies, Asthma, and Infections

    Children who grow up with dogs in the house have long been known to have a decreased risk of allergies and asthma. Now new research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicates that changes in gut microbes are responsible for the safeguard that dogs provide to young children. To study […] More

  • Pacifier on Tree
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    Dirty Pacifiers Might Be Good For Your Kids, Study Finds

    If you suck on your child’s pacifier rather than cleaning it with boiling or rinsing, you could be saving them from eczema, asthma, allergies, and other disorders. A new study published in Monday’s journal Pediatrics has found that the exposure of germs from pacifiers can help children by exposing them to important microbial conditions. The […] More

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    Cold and Allergy Medications: Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Risk Categories

    Which cold and allergy medications are safe to take during pregnancy? Which cold and allergy medications are safe to take while breastfeeding? Learn about the safety of the most common pain antidepressant medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding with the following general overview. For information about pain medications during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, please refer to Pain Medications: […] More

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    Does Breastfeeding Cause Nut Allergies?

    Does exclusive breastfeeding cause food allergies to nuts? According to a recent study from the Australian National University, yes, babies who are exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life are at an increased risk of developing a nut allergy. The study discovered that the likelihood of developing a nut allergy was 1.5 times […] More

  • Flonase as a Safe Allergy Medication While Breastfeeding
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    Flonase as a Safe Allergy Medication While Breastfeeding

    Which medications are safe to take for colds and allergies while breastfeeding? As soon as my daughter was born back in December, I began researching the answer to this question. I suffer from pretty terrible allergies. Without some sort of medication, my nose becomes so congested and runny that I can no longer breathe properly. […] More