ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Know Your Asthma Triggers
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Meditation May Boost Short-Term Visual Memory
Health Tip: Anticipating Acupuncture
Acupuncture May Trigger Natural Painkiller
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Beware of Dog Bites
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Heart Failure Raises Risk of Fractures
Vitamin D Plus Calcium Guards Against Fractures
Living Near Major Road May Boost Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk
CANCER
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
Occaisonal Dieting May Cut Breast Cancer, Study Says
CAREGIVING
When the Caregiver Becomes the Patient
Exercise During Pregnancy May Help Baby
Stressed Health Care Workers Battle 'Compassion Fatigue'
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
Mercury in Fish Linked to High Blood Pressure
COSMETIC
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
DENTAL, ORAL
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
DIABETES
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk
Whole Grains Take a Bite Out of Type 2 Diabetes Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
Iced Teas Pose High Risk of Kidney Stones
Leafy Greens Top Risky Food List
Coffee Drinking Lowers Women's Stroke Risk
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Hairspray Exposure Ups Risk for Birth Defect in Sons
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
Seasons Arriving 2 Days Earlier, Study Says
EYE CARE, VISION
Time Teaches Brain to Recognize Objects
Clues Found to Brain Mechanism Behind Migraines
Impotence Drugs Don't Harm Vision: Study
FITNESS
Barefoot Best for Running?
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
The Brain Comes Alive With the Sounds of Music
Cocaine Spurs Long-Term Change in Brain Chemistry
A Honey of a Sinusitis Treatment
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
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
Risk Factor for Stroke More Common Among Whites
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Dangerous Toys Still on Store Shelves, Report Finds
6 Million U.S. Kids Lack Enough Vitamin D
MEN'S HEALTH
Countdown to Hair Loss
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s
Meditation May Boost College Students' Learning
Have a Goal in Life? You Might Live Longer
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Expectant Mom's Exercise Keeps Newborn's Birth Weight Down
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
SENIORS
Money May Matter, Health-Wise, in Old Age
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
Seniors Cope With Sleep Loss Better Than Young Adults
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Heal Your Life® Tips for Living Well
Simple Carbs Pose Heart Risk for Women
For Women, Moderate Midlife Drinking Linked to Healthier Old Age
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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.