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After the Sting

By Laurie Ross For most people stung by a bee, there’s a burning sensation at the sting site followed by a red bump that aches and itches. Other people may experience more serious reactions – widespread swelling, hives, shortness of breath, fainting or worse.

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How USAnaphylaxis™ Summits Inspire Change

Mark Holbreich, MD, left last year’s USAnaphylaxis™ Summit in Washington, D.C., inspired to make a real difference in the lives of schoolchildren with life-threatening allergies. He returned to Indianapolis and immediately started calling colleagues.

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Insect Sting Webinar Highlights Prevention, Treatment

In Hopewell, N.Y., a historical marker commemorates the 1814 death of Timothy Ryan — the second known fatality in North America from an insect sting, according to the plaque. Two hundred years later, we still see at least 50 deaths a year from stings, many due to anaphylaxis.

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New York State Epinephrine Bills Need Your Support!

Spread the news: Two pieces of critical legislation affecting schoolchildren with life-threatening allergies in New York State are on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk awaiting signature. You can help complete passage of these bills by contacting the governor and encouraging him to sign!

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Women Breathe Free: A Program to Help Women Control Their Asthma

  Allergy & Asthma Network is now recruiting participants for Women Breathe Free, an asthma education program made especially for women — with the goal of helping women everywhere gain better control over their asthma, and their lives. The program will help women develop asthma management skills to handle situations and symptoms that can lead […]

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How to Baby Your Skin

Summertime tips for taming eczema When Beth’s eczema flares, she gets itchy red blotches on the backs of her arms – and sometimes from nose to cheek. “Just the left side,” she says. “Never on the right. This month, I’ve got a dime-size spot on my hand that won’t go away.”

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An ACE Advocate Says: ‘Get Involved!’

“This bill will save lives.” M. Razi Rafeeq, MD, a board-certified allergist and Anaphylaxis Community Expert (ACE) from Toledo, Ohio, recently testified before the Ohio House Education Committee in support of HB 296, legislation that allows schools to stock auto-injectable epinephrine to treat life-threatening allergic reactions, or anaphylaxis.

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Clearing the Air at Work: How to Identify Occupational Allergies or Asthma

VIENNA, VA, JUNE 2, 2014 – You’re back at work after a relaxing vacation, and by noon your head aches and the nagging cough returns. Is it stress? A virus? Or could you be allergic to something in the office?

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Safe Travels

Careful Planning Can Go a Long Way  – Wherever Your Destination When Diane, a 22-year-old graduate student at the University of Maryland, packed for a three-week study abroad course in Morocco last winter, she never thought she would need an epinephrine auto-injector. Diane figured she had long outgrown her food allergies. She hadn’t had an […]

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Melting Away Allergies

People allergic to grass or ragweed – two common seasonal allergies in the U.S. – now have a new treatment option: immunotherapy tablets that dissolve under your tongue. Allergy immunotherapy gradually builds a person’s tolerance to specific allergens by exposing the patient to ever-increasing doses over a period of time – eventually reducing or eliminating […]