Allergies are Hereditary—and Gender Matters

Conventional wisdom tells us that if one of your parents has allergies, you have a 50 percent chance of developing allergies yourself. If both of your parents have allergies, your risk ascends to 75 percent. But recent research has added a new spin on those...

Why do Allergies Cause Itchy Eyes?

Spring is often a welcome change from winter with its milder weather and blooming flowers, but it can also be miserable if you are prone to allergies. Allergies tend to peak in spring as pollens fill the air. When your body has an allergic reaction, it tries to fight...

For Family Practice Doctors: Test Your Allergic Patients In-house

Roughly 20 percent of Americans have allergies. That means that if you are a primary care physician and see 20 patients per day, roughly four of your patients will be affected by allergy symptoms. You can understand a lot about patients’ allergies by asking about the...

For Physicians: Your Patients May Have Allergies If….

As spring sets in, primary care physicians can expect to see a litany of patients with allergy complaints. These may include the obvious symptoms such as sneezing, red and itchy eyes, a runny or stuffed-up nose, and hives. But allergies can extend well beyond the...

Kid-friendly Allergy Treatment

Allergies can wreak havoc in the youngest years of life causing a perpetual runny or congested nose, itchy eczema that can crust over and bleed, asthma, recurring ear infections, coughing, and allergic shiners (dark circles under the eyes from nose congestion). If...

Treatment for Spring Allergies

Winter has brought brutal weather to many parts of this country, but spring is on its way. Unfortunately, along with sunshine, flowers, and temperate weather, spring can bring an explosion of pollen that can trigger allergy symptoms. The most common symptoms include:...