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How a Tick Bite Can Make You Allergic to Meat

Bad news, burger fans: A tick bite has the potential to permanently remove red meat from your menu. A meat allergy known as alpha-gal syndrome (AGS) appears to be triggered by a tick bite, researchers say. Case counts are growing, too. There were only 24 reported cases in the United State in 2009. By 2018,…

How To Find Spring Allergy Relief

Runny nose, itchy eyes, brain-rattling sneezes … must be spring! In many parts of the U.S., allergy season begins in February and can last until early summer. Allergist Frank J. Eidelman, MD, MBA, FAAAAI, explains what can make spring allergies so brutal and how you can manage the sneezing, wheezing, sniffling and more. Why your allergies are…

Food Allergy vs. Intolerance: What’s the Difference?

If you have the same reaction to a certain food every time you eat it — like an upset stomach or diarrhea — you may think you have a food allergy. But it’s more likely you have a food intolerance, which affects an estimated 20% of the U.S. population. The key is understanding the differences…

What Is Exercise-Induced Anaphylaxis?   

You live for closing those rings or reaching that daily step goal. For you, exercise is never a chore. But one day while exercising, you start wheezing, itching and you break out in hives. And it doesn’t happen once. It keeps on happening. Why are you experiencing this? A rare disorder known as exercise-induced anaphylaxis might be…

How and When To Use an EpiPen for an Allergic Reaction

The 976 words in this article could help you save the life of someone experiencing a severe allergic reaction. Using an epinephrine auto-injector — more commonly known by the brand name EpiPen® — can help reverse symptoms of anaphylaxis. “It’s really the first line of defense,” says allergist and immunologist Anuja Kapil, MD. It’s critical…

What To Do for an Allergic Reaction

Pollen, dust, animal dander, nuts, shellfish and other foods — these can all cause an allergic reaction in susceptible people. Symptoms can range from being mildly uncomfortable and annoying to serious and life-threatening. So, it’s good to know what to do if you or someone you’re with has an allergic reaction. Allergist and immunologist Anuja Kapil, MD, breaks…

Are There Foods That Can Trigger Asthma? 

Have you ever eaten something and then broken out in hives? Or ended up with a rash or worse — nausea, vomiting or diarrhea? Reactions like these to foods are considered adverse reactions that can stem from food intolerances or allergies. Allergy and clinical immunology specialist Ahila Subramanian, MD, MPH, helps us understand these reactions and…

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