Allergies

New medication advances treatment for chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps

The FDA has approved a new medication for the treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps, dupilumab, which is given by injection biweekly.

Save the trees, prevent the sneeze

If it seems like your seasonal allergies are worse than they used to be, you aren’t imagining it, and you aren’t alone. Climate change has caused a longer pollen season, and plants are producing more pollen that is more potent.

Clean cosmetics: The science behind the trend

The growing popularity of “clean” cosmetics and personal care products has raised awareness of certain ingredients that may be harmful or cause allergic reactions.

Do you really have a penicillin allergy?

Many people who believe they are allergic to penicillin do not in fact have this allergy. Additionally, people who were allergic in the past may no longer be. An allergist can use various tests to determine whether a person has a true allergy.

Smell disorders: When your sense of smell goes astray

A person’s sense of smell can be affected by numerous causes and to varying degrees, and loss can be complete or partial. Whether or not treatment is successful depends on its cause and severity, and improvement can take a year or more.

Giving antacids and antibiotics to babies can lead to allergies

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

The overuse of antibiotics and antacids can lead to problems regardless of age, but if given to babies it can contribute to allergies and asthma as children grow.

Another option for life-threatening allergic reactions

Susan Farrell, MD

Contributing Editor

For the millions of people with allergies to foods and medications, the availability of another pre-filled epinephrine product provides an option that should mean greater accessibility and lower cost for this vital medication.