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Everything you need to know about basophils
Basophils are a type of white blood cell that plays a vital role in keeping the immune system functioning. Basophil tests can help doctors diagnose a range of health problems, including autoimmune conditions and allergies. Learn more about the function of basophils and what high and low levels mean in this article. (Medical News Today)

Raising histamine levels boosts long-term memory
According to a recent Japanese study, boosting histamine levels in the brain can significantly improve performance in long-term memory tests. (Medical News Today)

How common are food allergies, really?
Millions of adults in the United States believe that they have a food allergy, but new research suggests that only around half of them actually do. (Medical News Today)

What does my eosinophil count mean?
Eosinophils are a type of white blood cell that help the body fight off infections. The test involves a doctor drawing blood. An eosinophil count may be either too high or too low, which may indicate an underlying condition, or it may be in the normal range. Learn more about eosinophil count here. (Medical News Today)

'Breakthrough' treatment for peanut allergy awaits FDA check
Millions of people live with peanut allergy, for which there is currently no available treatment. Thanks to a new study, though, this may soon change. (Medical News Today)

What causes lightheadedness?
People who experience lightheadedness feel dizzy or faint. This sensation is particularly common after standing up too quickly. Learn about the other possible causes and treatment options in this article. (Medical News Today)

What is the best remedy for sinus drainage?
The sinuses drain down the back of the throat, and issues such as allergies, infections, and colds can make the process irritating or painful. Some home remedies include nasal irrigation and steam therapy. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

How to manage a polyester allergy
A person with a polyester allergy may experience irritation, redness, and other symptoms when their skin comes into direct contact with polyester. The best way to treat this allergy is to avoid all fabrics containing polyester. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What can cause red skin?
Skin redness is often harmless, but can sometimes be a symptom of another condition. Possible causes of red skin include burns, infections, and allergic reactions. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What are the effects of black mold exposure?
Black mold is a type of fungus that tends to thrive in damp areas. Long-term exposure to black mold may cause symptoms, particularly in people with asthma, respiratory allergies, or a weakened immune system. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

How to use cromolyn sodium to treat allergies
Cromolyn sodium is a widely available medication for preventing and treating nasal allergies, such as hay fever and pet or dust allergies. It comes as a nasal solution and works by preventing the release of histamines in the nose. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What can cause facial swelling?
A person's face can become swollen in response to injuries, allergic reactions, infections, and other medical conditions. Face swelling that occurs alongside other symptoms, such as breathing difficulties or rapid heartbeat, may indicate anaphylaxis, which requires immediate medical assistance. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Top 5 natural antihistamines for allergies
Certain plant extracts and natural products may have antihistamine properties, meaning they can reduce allergy symptoms. Learn about five natural antihistamines, and what the evidence says here. (Medical News Today)

What to know about chicken allergies
While fish and seafood often cause allergies, chicken meat allergies are less common. The symptoms can vary from mild to very severe. In some cases, chicken allergies are related to bird egg allergies, though they can also exist separately. Chicken allergies may be linked to other bird allergies. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Can people be allergic to strawberries?
Strawberry allergies are less common than other allergies, but they do occur. Most allergic reactions to strawberries are mild, but they can occasionally be life-threatening for some people. In this article, we look at the symptoms of this allergy as well as the risk factors and diagnosis. We also cover foods to avoid. (Medical News Today)

How do you use a suppository?
A suppository is a medication that is inserted into the rectum, vagina, or urethra to be broken down and absorbed by the body. Suppository uses include asthma, allergies, and pain. Suppositories are typically safe and effective. Learn more about how suppositories work, and follow a guide on how to use them, here. (Medical News Today)

What is frontal sinusitis and what causes it?
The sinuses are cavities that produce mucus. If a person has frontal sinusitis, the cavities just behind the eyes become inflamed, and the mucus cannot drain correctly. Infections, allergies, or long-term health issues may be responsible. Here, we examine the causes of frontal sinusitis and how treatments vary. (Medical News Today)

Eight home remedies for bee stings
A bee sting causes a painful, raised welt to form on the skin. This welt usually disappears after a few days without treatment, but some natural remedies can help to speed healing and reduce pain and swelling. Here, learn about the research behind home remedies for bee stings and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

Why are my eyebrows itchy?
Itchy eyebrows can be annoying, but they are rarely a cause for concern. Some people may also notice red, flaky skin or dandruff in the eyebrows. Common causes include skin conditions, allergic reactions, and diabetes. In this article, we look at the causes, symptoms, and treatments of itchy eyebrows. (Medical News Today)

What can cause spots on the tongue?
There are many tiny spots or bumps on the tongue that people need for taste and sensation. But spots on the tongue that are unusual in size or appearance could be the sign of a health issue. Causes of unusual spots include lie bumps, burns, canker sores, infections, and oral cancer. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What to know about a watermelon allergy
A watermelon allergy is rare, and symptoms include coughing, hives, and stomach cramping. A person can treat a mild allergic reaction with over-the-counter medication, but serious reactions may require emergency treatment. Learn more about an allergy to watermelon and how to handle it here. (Medical News Today)

Cat lovers, this is how a feline friend can boost your health
Cats are loved for their elegance, their calming purrs, and the sweetness of their cuddles, but do you know how they can actually improve your health? (Medical News Today)

Meat allergy from tick bite: A common cause of anaphylaxis?
A Tennessee allergy clinic found that a third of its anaphylaxis cases with known causes were due to a red meat allergy that is triggered by tick bites. (Medical News Today)

What causes patches of discolored skin?
Patches of discolored skin have many possible causes, including birthmarks, pigmentation disorders, rashes, infections, and skin cancer. While not all causes are serious, some may require prompt diagnosis and treatment. Anyone who notices a new patch of discolored skin should see a doctor. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What to do if a baby has an allergic reaction
Allergic reactions are common in babies and may occur as a result of irritants, bug bites, certain foods, or underlying skin conditions. Allergies can cause various rashes, including eczema, hives, and papular urticaria. In this article, learn how to identify different allergic reactions and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

Allergies Quiz: Symptoms & Home Remedies
Title: Allergies Quiz: Symptoms & Home Remedies
Category: MedicineNet Quiz
Created: 6/22/2010 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 1/15/2019 (Medicine Net)

Health Tip: Getting Rid of a Mold Problem
Title: Health Tip: Getting Rid of a Mold Problem
Category: Health News
Created: 1/15/2019 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 1/15/2019 (Medicine Net)

1 in 10 Adults Have Food Allergies, But Twice as Many Think They Do
Title: 1 in 10 Adults Have Food Allergies, But Twice as Many Think They Do
Category: Health News
Created: 1/4/2019 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 1/7/2019 (Medicine Net)

Holidays' Pitfalls for Those With Food Allergies
Title: Holidays' Pitfalls for Those With Food Allergies
Category: Health News
Created: 12/24/2018 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 12/26/2018 (Medicine Net)

Health Tip: Preventing Nosebleeds
Title: Health Tip: Preventing Nosebleeds
Category: Health News
Created: 12/25/2018 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 12/26/2018 (Medicine Net)

Move Over, Air Filter. Scientists Have a Greener Idea
Title: Move Over, Air Filter. Scientists Have a Greener Idea
Category: Health News
Created: 12/20/2018 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 12/21/2018 (Medicine Net)

Food Allergies Tied to MS Relapses
Title: Food Allergies Tied to MS Relapses
Category: Health News
Created: 12/19/2018 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 12/19/2018 (Medicine Net)

ELISA Tests
Title: ELISA Tests
Category: Procedures and Tests
Created: 4/14/1999 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 12/18/2018 (Medicine Net)

Don't Let Holiday Season Stress Worsen Your Allergies, Asthma
Title: Don't Let Holiday Season Stress Worsen Your Allergies, Asthma
Category: Health News
Created: 12/16/2018 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 12/17/2018 (Medicine Net)

Tap Water in Neti Pot Linked to Woman's Death from Brain-Eating Amoeba
Title: Tap Water in Neti Pot Linked to Woman's Death from Brain-Eating Amoeba
Category: Health News
Created: 12/10/2018 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 12/10/2018 (Medicine Net)

Peanut Allergy
Title: Peanut Allergy
Category: Diseases and Conditions
Created: 12/20/2000 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 12/4/2018 (Medicine Net)

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