Seasonal Allergies | Nip Them in the Bud

Relieve seasonal allergies with these tried-and-true techniques.   Spring means flower buds and blooming trees — and if you’re one of the millions of people who have seasonal allergies, it also means sneezing, congestion, a runny nose and other bothersome symptoms. Seasonal allergies — also called hay fever and allergic rhinitis — can make you[…]

Warning Signs of an Anaphylactic Reaction

Left untreated, anaphylaxis can be deadly. The first signs may look like typical allergy symptoms. But within 30 minutes, more serious signs appear.  Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that needs to be treated right away. If you have an anaphylactic reaction, you need an epinephrine (adrenaline) shot as soon as possible, and someone should call[…]

Protect Yourself from The Flu & Illness

Cold & Flu Prevention Here it comes again, the dreaded cold and flu season.  Chances are you’ve been dealing with these common illnesses throughout your life.  So why should you deal with them any differently now?  Because as you get older, your body has a harder time fighting off infection. Once you have a cold[…]

Common Plants and Trees That Trigger Allergies

Here’s what you need to know about what plants might be producing the pollen that makes your allergies flare.   Birch If it’s spring and you’re sneezing, these trees might be part of the problem. They grow throughout the continental U.S., except in the southernmost and westernmost states, and their pollen is very likely to[…]


An allergy is a reaction in the body to a normally harmless substance. Usually the immune system functions as the body’s defense against invading bacteria and viruses. In most allergic reactions, the immune system is responding to a false alarm. When you inhale an allergen (a substance that causes allergies), your immune system releases chemical[…]