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Aeroallergens

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Oral Allergy Syndrome: Unraveling IgE Allergy Cross-Reactivity

Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS), also called pollen-food allergy syndrome (PFAS), is an odd phenomenon. OAS patients present with local IgE-mediated allergic reactions to raw fruits and vegetables. The symptoms of OAS include itchy mouth, scratchy throat, or...

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Does Smog = Sensitivity? Pollens, Pollution, and Aeroallergen Reactivity

Polluted air irritates lung tissue and disrupts the lung mucosal barrier. Much of the Pacific coast of the United States is currently impacted by the smoke and destruction of wildfires, and that smoke will eventually circle the earth. While the effects...

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Summer Allergies in a Changing Climate

Anyone with seasonal pollen allergies to grasses greets the summer season with sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and other symptoms. Some may develop asthma exacerbations or seasonal gastrointestinal symptoms due to inhaled and swallowed pollens in the...

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How Food Allergies and the Environment Collide

When the allergy season arrives, many patients are focused on avoiding pollen from trees and grasses. Yet, they're not always aware of an important fact—if they're reacting to tree and grass pollen, they are also are likely reacting to specific foods as...

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Viral Exposures and Asthma Exacerbation

As the COVID-19 Coronavirus continues to spread, the CDC has identified certain groups that are at a higher risk for severe illness. Patients with moderate to severe asthma are one of the high-risk groups, and these individuals are encouraged to take...

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Cross-Reactivity, Allergens, and the Biochemical Impact on ADHD and Autism

In mice with cow’s milk allergy, diets that reduce mTOR activity in the prefrontal cortex and amygdala improve behavioral problems similar to those seen in autistic children. This suggests mTOR may be a mechanism of action by which allergies can lead to...

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When Hay Fever and Food Allergies Collide!

‘Tis the season for Spring Allergies, the foods your patients are consuming can be aggravating their hay fever symptoms. In the Western developed world, birch pollen allergy is the form of allergic rhinitis most likely to be accompanied by food...

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