ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Maggots as Good as Gel in Leg Ulcer Treatments
Garlic Yields Up Its Health Secret
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Safe Toys for Dogs
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Study Shows Exercise Shields Against Osteoporosis
Using a Balloon to Repair a Broken Back
Bone Loss Stable on Restricted Calorie Diet
CANCER
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Exercise Cuts Lung Cancer Risk in Ex-Smokers by 45%
CAREGIVING
High Rate of Rehospitalizations Costing Billions
Baby's Sleep Position May Not Affect Severity of Head Flattening
What Moms Learned May Be Passed to Offspring
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
COSMETIC
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
DENTAL, ORAL
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
DIABETES
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
Strict Blood Sugar Lowering Won't Ease Diabetes Heart Risk
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
Weight Loss Might Not Curb Knee Arthritis
Proven Strategies for Avoiding Colds and the Flu
Decline of Underweight Children in U.S. Continue to Fall
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Ozone Pollution Taking Toll on American Lives
Is It Safe to Go in the Gulf Coast's Water?
Restaurant Sushi May Have More Mercury Than Store-Bought Fare
EYE CARE, VISION
Eye Care Checkups Tied to Insurance Status
Statin Drugs Cause Eye Disorders
Brain Pressure More Likely to Cause Vision Loss in Men
FITNESS
Avoiding a Holiday Season of Discontent
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
Run for Your Life
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
U.S. Spends Billions On Alternative Medicine
Research Shows Genetic Activity of Antioxidants
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Arteries Age Twice as Fast in Smokers
Fewer Heart Attacks After England Goes Smoke-Free
Small Cuts in Salt Intake Spur Big Drops in Heart Trouble
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Plastics Chemical Tied to Aggression in Young Girls
Too Many Infants Short on Vitamin D
Even Young Kids Can Learn CPR
MEN'S HEALTH
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
MENTAL HEALTH
Musicians' Brains Tuned to Emotions in Sound
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
SENIORS
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Lowers Alzheimer's Risk
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
For Women, Moderate Midlife Drinking Linked to Healthier Old Age
Natural Childbirth Moms More Attuned to Babies' Cry
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Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies

With spring allergy season looming, people need to know the facts about controlling their allergies, says the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

According to the ACAAI:

* Over-the-counter (OTC) oral antihistamines are less effective than prescription medicines in controlling a stuffy nose. OTC antihistamines may control some allergy symptoms but have little effect on relieving a stuffy nose or inflammation that often occurs with allergies.
* OTC decongestant nasal sprays are not addictive. However, overuse leads to the need to use more and more nasal spray in order to get congestion relief. Don't use an OTC decongestant nasal spray for more than three days in a row.
* Eating local honey will not combat spring allergies.
* Pollen allergies can lead to food allergies. About one-third of people with pollen allergies also may react to certain foods because some pollens and foods have similar proteins. The reaction is usually mild and may include itchy, tingling mouth, throat or lips.
* Skin tests are more sensitive than blood tests for diagnosing allergies.
* Allergy shots are not necessarily more costly or time-consuming than taking medicine to relieve allergy symptoms. Over time, in fact, they may reduce an allergic person's health-care costs.

More information

The American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery has more about allergies and hay fever.