A term for the biological antigen-antibody reaction which causes various symptoms ranging from rashes to anaphylaxis in sensitized people who encounter certain particles. Can also refer to the study of these interactions, treatment of afflicted patients, intensity of reaction, and study of reaction ...

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Does diet affect the intensity of allergies?

I had a recent discussion where it was claimed that one's diet has a huge effect on the intensity of allergic reactions. I was wondering if food which is unrelated to one's allergies (e.g. eating ...
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Do cat owners have a lower chance of developing allergies?

The following is from http://blog.petspyjamas.com/getty-dog-owners-vs-cat-owners-unbelievable-facts/9/: 9. Cat owners have a lower chance of developing allergies When cats enthusiastically ...
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NAET - is it a hoax or does it have any merit?

Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Techniques seems to claim to be able to heal almost anything. It primarily focuses on allergies as the core of all issues. It seems to talk of meridians in human ...
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Are delayed food allergies a recognized medical condition?

My parents went to a nutritionist, who tested their blood and diagnosed them with a dozen of 'delayed food allergies'. They are told that consuming any quantities these substances (which include tea, ...
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Does breastfeeding affect the risk of Adult Onset Allergies

A radio program over the weekend had a doctor who stated that people who were breast fed as babies were at a greatly reduced risk of adult onset allergies and that the vast majority of patients she ...
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Can sunglasses reduce the symptoms of hayfever?

My mother always relayed this one to me - put sunglasses on and your eyes wont itch so much. I always laughed at this as being an old wives tale, however there seems to be plenty of anecdotal advice ...
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Do probiotic bacteria prevent or ameilorate dust mites in beds?

I was offered a bed. The seller claimed that the bed has probiotic bacteria in it. It contains special living bacteria that will eat germs and sweat. Wow. Does that really work? If so, I'll buy. ...
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Is the “Electromagnetic Field Sensitivity” study reliable?

Until recently, I have only heard about studies proving electrosensitivity being entirely a nocebo effect. Now I just found out about a study: Electromagnetic Field Sensitivity, William J. Real et ...
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Do air purifiers do what they are supposed to do?

I am allergic to House dust mites. There are some air purifiers on the market that suppose to "clean" the air and reduce allergens. I have been really skeptical concerning these devices. Recently I ...
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Can women give their children certain allergies by eating certain foods while pregnant?

I've heard anecdotes time and time again from people with allergies that their parent ate a lot of the food they're allergic too while pregnant. Is there any known correlation? Alright, let's jazz up ...
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Homeopathic Sinus Pain/Allergy Relief

I suffer from occasional sinus pain and headaches. Upon hearing this, a pharmacist friend of mine immediately recommended I take a "drug" that has proven to work wonders for her sinus problems. It ...
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Is AllergyEZ a validated treatment for allergies?

My girlfriend is excited about an allergy treatment she's about to undergo. The product is sub-lingual allergy drops with the brand name "AllergyEZ." She's told me that her allergy doctor has told ...
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Are many allergies caused by too much hygiene?

One hears it once in a while that many allergies are due to people overly concerned with hygiene. The rationale is that growing up in a near-sterile environment will leave your immune system confused ...
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Has there been a dramatic rise in food allergies?

There's been a lot of reports in the media that there's been a large rise in the number of allergy-related health problems over the past decade. Some reports claim that there has been a 265% increase ...
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Can locally produced honey help to build an immunity to hayfever?

I suffer quite badly in the summer months with hayfever and I've been told by numerous people that eating a spoonful of locally produced honey a day in the months leading up to summer will help me ...