Understanding Allergy Shots

If your allergies are severe or if you have significant side effects from your prescription medications, your doctor may recommend that you get allergy shots. Get all the information you need about allergy shots ›

What You Need to Know About Hives

  • Take an oral antihistamine; be aware of drowsiness.

  • Try a topical over-the-counter Hydrocortisone cream.

  • Soak in a lukewarm or cool bath with one cup of baking soda or an oatmeal product.

  • If hives develop after a bee sting or an insect bite, see a health care provider. You may need a prescription kit to counteract the reaction. A kit contains an injectable dose of epinephrine.

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True or False: A skin rash can indicate that you have a food allergy.

Allergies on Vacation

If you or your child has allergies or asthma, planning can help you keep sneezes, sniffles, wheezing, and attacks under control while you're on vacation.

“This is particularly important whenever you’re away from home,” says Richard A. Nicklas, M.D., an allergy specialist in Washington, D.C. Dr. Nicklas is also a spokesman for the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. You can’t always predict when you will have a reaction in a new place, he says. Make sure you have your medicines with you in case you need them.

The following steps can help you and your family travel safely:

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Pollen counts are highest on dry, hot, and windy mornings, between 5 and 10 o'clock.

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