A young relative of mine has a 4-month-old baby. She asked me about peanut allergies and the best way to introduce her infant to peanuts. She had already talked to her pediatrician, but wanted more reassurance that she was doing the right thing.
Her anxiety is shared by lots of new parents who are terrified of peanut allergies.
Who can blame them? Peanut allergies among children have been on the …
read on Although spring is usually associated with the most allergies, some of us suffer year round.
And allergies—to pets, feathers, dust, pollen, or fragrances—can really interfere with getting a good night’s sleep.
Some people find relief with
over-the-counter allergy medication, but I don’t like to use them. Not only are they expensive to use on a daily basis, but common side effects include dry mouth, dry eyes, and dry sinuses, … read on I just read an article explaining how climate change is giving us longer, more intense allergy seasons.
That’s good news for bees, but not for an allergy sufferer like me.
As I said in a previous post, I prefer to use
a neti pot over taking medication. It works great for me, but I know a neti pot won’t be everyone’s first choice.
Over-the-counter allergy medications can be …
read on Spring and allergy eyes
I love the sunny days of early spring when the trees, flowers and grasses are in bloom…but then my allergies kick in.
I don’t mind the runny nose and sneezing so much. I can use my
to keep the pollen out of my nose. neti pot
But I’ve had a harder time treating
the allergy eyes—the itchy, red, watery, ugly eyes that are the by-product of … read on Over-the-counter medicines can be costly (and unnecessary)
There are two ways to save money at the drugstore:
Know what you need and find the cheapest price. Know what you don’t need and avoid buying anything at all.
I’ve written a lot of posts on this topic because I think it’s one of the easiest ways to save money on health care, and certainly the one we have the most control …
read on Over-the-counter nasal sprays
It’s cold season, and I see so many ads in the media for nasal sprays.
The best tip for saving money on OTC nasal sprays is to know the ingredients used in the different products. Read the labels!
When you understand which ingredient is best for which nasal problem, you can shop for the best price.
Nasal sprays fall roughly into three categories:
Allergy sprays Decongestant sprays
read on Allergy vs severe reaction
Bees, wasps, yellow jackets, hornets, and fire ants all belong to the same order of insects,
, so their venoms cause similar reactions if you are stung or bitten. Hymenoptera
People’s bodies react in one of three ways:
85-90% experience a small local reaction—pain, redness and some swelling just around the sting site. 10% experience what is called a “large local reaction”—pain, itching, redness and swelling
read on How do I know it’s Spring?
Violent bouts of sneezing? Check.
Crazy red and itchy eyes? Check.
An incessant drip, drip, drip from my nose? Check.
Anyone who suffers from seasonal allergies, like me, has a love-hate relationship with Spring.
And the drug makers love us! Prescription and over-the-counter medications for seasonal allergies are huge money makers; we spend billions every year!
I’ve tried a lot of different remedies over …
read on A new drug, but not a new treatment, for peanut allergies
The media have been reporting on
for severe peanut allergies. The drug, known only as AR101, has not yet been approved by the FDA, but may be by the end of the year. a potential new treatment
It’s basically a capsule with a bit of peanut flour, and it works by gradually desensitizing the patient to the protein in …
read on Just last week, , the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new epinephrine auto-injector Symjepi.
I don’t much like the name, but if it’s cheaper…!
I’ve posted several times about
—over 500% in the last 10 years. the skyrocketing cost of EpiPens
Anyone who, like me, has been
to discover how much a two-pack of EpiPens costs will be hoping Symjepi will be more … shocked at the pharmacy read on