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Questions pertaining to a damaging immune response by the body to a substance, esp. pollen, fur, a particular food, or dust, to which it has become hypersensitive.

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How do antihistamines work?

We recently got some new kittens and my step son is allergic to them. He mostly suffers from a runny nose, but also had itchy eye last night after he Left a robe in the kitten room all day Put it ...
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Can a person eliminate lactose intolerance through extended exposure?

It sounds dangerous, or at least uncomfortable, but I have a friend who thinks drinking milk daily will help cure him of lactose intolerance. Are there any studies that indicate that prolonged ...
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Rising allergy and intolerance diagnosis rates

A leading theory behind the rising allergy and intolerance diagnosis rates is the "hygiene hypothesis." This theory suggests that living conditions in much of the world might be too clean and that ...
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Is there solid evidence, that antibiotics cause allergies?

I have read, that the use of antibiotics could be part of the reason for the increase in allergies, we see today. In alternative medicine circles, it is a common theme to reduce the use of ...
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Is there any evidence for the idea that eating too many nuts makes you allergic?

I occasionally come across the idea that eating too many of a particular nut or other food substance will give you an allergy to it later. An example might be:
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What percentage of reported allergies are genuine?

Many people claim to be allergic to various things (e.g. Since I've been to an allergist, I naturally wonder how reliable those claims are. As far as I can ...
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Type of hypoalergenic milk to supplement breastfeeding?

As I am already asking here: Allergy prevention: long duration of breast feeding vs early exposure to allergens - how does that fit together? Isn't this contradictory? I am a quite puzzled by the ...
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Allergy prevention: long duration of breast feeding vs early exposure to allergens - how does that fit together?

So, as a proud father of a two-months old daughter, whose mom has many rather strong allergies and heavy asthma passed down through several generations we'd like to suppress her developing of ...
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