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The Never Ending Cough: Is Cough Medication the Answer?

We have almost made it through the last of outdoor allergy season. Ragweed has run its course in most of the U.S. while mold spores try to survive the declining temperatures of the Midwest and Northeast. Currently outdoor mold, weather changes and sh...

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Fall Allergy Season is Coming: Are You Ready For Ragweed?

The middle of summer is often a good time for those who have outdoor seasonal allergy problems. In the upper half of the U.S., tree and grass pollen season is over. The hot weather forces many people to more consistently run their air conditioning (w...

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The Use and Misuse of Over the Counter Antihistamines and Decongestants

More than 40 million people suffer from nasal allergy symptoms in the United States. Over-the-counter (OTC) medications for allergy relief fill the shelves of retail pharmacies and there always seem to be new ones coming to the market. Choosing the r...

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Update on Pulmicort : From Turbuhaler to Flexhaler

According to the recently revised National Institute of Health asthma guidelines, inhaled corticosteroids are the preferred class of controller medications for treating persistent asthma in all ages. Pulmicort Turbuhaler, a brand of budesonide, was a...

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Decongestant Nasal Sprays: Beware of Addiction

Over-the-counter nasal sprays provide quick relief to millions of Americans suffering from a stuffy nose or sinus pressure, often brought on by allergies (aka “hay fever”). But did you know prolonged use of these sprays – known as topical nasal decon...

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Nasal Spray Addiction -- Know The Facts and Avoid the Danger

Many people use over-the-counter nasal decongestant sprays when allergies and hay fever make them stuffy, congested and miserable, but if they use them beyond three consecutive days, they may run into greater breathing difficulty and damage to their ...

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Are There Fragrance Allergies?

Fragrances can be a trigger for those with asthma. But can they also cause allergies?

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Don't Get Hooked on Hookah!

A fairly new wave of tobacco smoking has infiltrated the lives of many of our young people at a time when almost half of U.S. states have banned smoking in most public places. It’s called Hookah smoking and there are now more than 400 Hookah bars acr...

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Sublingual Immunotherapy and Oral Immunotherapy: Are WE There Yet?

Many publications about sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) have been cited in recent years. Sublingual immunotherapy is widely used in Europe as a form of desensitization. Desensitization is a method of making a person less sensitive to allergy triggers ...

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Seven Tips For Surviving Spring Allergy Season

Most people can hardly wait for the arrival of spring, following the cough, cold and flu season, cold weather and being cooped up indoors from the cold. But along with the warm weather comes the pollens and molds that plague those of us with seasonal ...