SUNDAY, Feb. 10, 2019 -- Even if you think you can go to work when you have a cold or flu, you need to think about others, an infectious disease expert says.
"I see a lot of patients whose jobs and stress make them feel torn between staying home and going in when they're sick," said Dr. Robin Wigmore. She is a primary care physician and infectious disease specialist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
THURSDAY, Jan. 31, 2019 -- When it comes to allergies, allergic rhinitis with its congested, itchy nose gets a lot of attention. But for some, allergic conjunctivitis with itchy, watery eyes is the greater nuisance. You might even have both reactions.
Allergic conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva -- the layer of tissue lining the eyelids and covering the whites of the eyes. It's caused by contact with a substance you're allergic to, such as outdoor pollen or indoor pet dander or dust spores. Blood vessels in the eye swell, and eyes become itchy and red, and start to tear.
FRIDAY, Jan. 4, 2019 -- More than 10 percent of U.S. adults have a food allergy -- and nearly double that believe they do, a new study estimates.
Researchers found that 19 percent of those surveyed thought they had a food allergy. But when the investigators dug into people's symptoms, they found that only 10.8 percent reported "convincing" signs of a true allergy.