Hives vs. Angioedema

If you see welts forming on your skin, you may wonder what’s going on. Chances are, you have a case of hives or a related condition known as angioedema. Hives (also known as urticaria) are characterized by raised welts on the skin that are: Red or flesh-colored Highly...

For Primary Care Physicians: Test Your Allergic Patients In-Office

One in five Americans has allergies. If you are a primary care doctor, your practice likely reflects this. Chances are, you see a few patients per day who complain of common allergy symptoms including: Runny or congested nose Sneezing Conjunctivitis Sinus problems...

Is Ragweed Season Getting Worse?

If you are prone to hay fever, chances are that you are allergic to ragweed. Roughly 75 percent of people with allergic rhinitis react to ragweed pollen. If ragweed is your Kryptonite, expect the next few months to be rocky. Ragweed typically pollinates in fall. If...

Food Allergy Bullying

Heading back to school can be a big deal for kids. They meet new friends, adjust to new teachers, and get back in the swing of doing homework and participating in extra-curricular activities. When kids have food allergies, there’s even more to get used to. Kids may...

Are Allergies the Source of your Stomach Problems?

Tummy trouble? You may have food allergies. A lot of people limp along with symptoms that resemble Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) when they could get relief from food allergy treatment. One of the most common symptoms of food allergy is gastrointestinal distress,...

Frequent Urge to Urinate? It Could be Interstitial Cystitis

Interstitial cystitis (IC), also known as “painful bladder syndrome,” is diagnosed in about 200,000 people in the U.S. each year. It is most common in women and can cut deeply into its sufferers’ quality of life. Symptoms include: Frequent urge to urinate Pain in the...