Allergies

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Meat Allergy Caused by Tick Bite Is the Most Common Cause of Anaphylaxis

An allergic reaction to alpha-gal, a complex sugar found in red meat, caused by a Lone Star tick bite is now the most common known cause of anaphylaxis.

By Diane Domina

Penicillin Allergy Testing May Reduce ‘Superbug’ Risk, Study Says

People who are allergic to penicillin are often prescribed much stronger antibiotics, increasing antibiotic resistance and their risk for serious drug-resistant infections, but fewer than 1 percent of people believed to be allergic to penicillin are tested.

By Diane Domina

Red Meat Allergy Linked to Heart Disease

Research suggests that such red meat allergies, sometimes caused by a tick bite, increase plaque buildup in arteries and can increase the risk for heart disease.

By Diane Domina

A New, Safer Test for Peanut Allergies?

Researchers at King’s College London in England have developed a new blood test to diagnose peanut allergies that may be safer, more accurate, and less expensive than existing tests.

By Diane Domina

2018 Spring Allergy Capitals Crowned

Here are the best and worst places to live with spring allergies based on pollen counts, medication needs, and number of allergy specialists.

By Stephanie Stephens

Allergy-Friendly Holiday Cookie Recipes

With food allergies on the rise, these allergy-friendly alternatives to classic cookie recipes will be a hit at your next holiday party.

By Carmen Roberts, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.

Xolair Update: Six months later

Survey says — Xolair appears to be working its magic six months later.

By Jennifer Mitchell Rackley

4 Ways to Prevent Fall Asthma Flares

If you have asthma, you know that flare-ups spike in the fall. But you can get through these trigger months. Here are four strategies to try.

By Jennifer Mitchell Rackley

5 Tips for Staying on Top of Asthma

Here are five of my favorite tips for dealing with asthma so that you’ll have a healthier year ahead.

By Jennifer Mitchell Rackley

8 Safe Candies for Kids with Food Allergies

Halloween is a time for fun, but kids with food allergies need to be careful about which candies they eat. Here’s what to add to your trick-or-treat cauldron.

By The HealthCentral Editorial Team