By: Terry Graedon August 8, 2022 38 Comments
    Can Quercetin Control Your Allergy Symptoms?

    Hay fever season is looming, and many allergy sufferers may be wishing they had a way to prevent the misery of sneezing and sniffling. One reader made a serendipitous discovery: quercetin taken for gl…

    By: Joe Graedon June 20, 2022 18 Comments
    Prednisone Withdrawal: Can You Ever Stop Cortico…

    Corticosteroids are powerful double-edged swords. One side of the blade is beneficial. It can save lives. The other side can do incredible harm. Balancing the benefits against the risks of drugs like …

    By: Joe Graedon May 9, 2022 101 Comments
    NasalCrom (Cromolyn Sodium) Is Surprisingly Help…

    It is that time of year: sniffling, sneezing and snorting because of allergies. Such symptoms didn't used to be a big deal. During a time of COVID-19, though, people look at you with anxiety and trepi…

    By: Joe Graedon January 10, 2022 41 Comments
    The Itch That Won’t Quit | Itching After Stopp…

    Chances are good that you have seen a Xyzal commercial on TV. You see an animated owl with a distinctive accent. He wears a monocle…presumably to give this wise owl some extra authority. He lets you…

    By: Joe Graedon October 4, 2021 24 Comments
    Stopping Zyrtec (Cetirizine) Led to Itchy Nightm…

    Over six years ago we heard from a reader who had used the antihistamine cetirizine (Zyrtec) to ease allergy symptoms. In preparation for allergy tests he tried stopping Zyrtec. He noted that: "w…

    By: Terry Graedon September 27, 2021 17 Comments
    Can You Take Quercetin for Your Allergies?

    Quercetin is a flavonol, an antioxidant compound many plants make. Scientists have been studying this compound since 1857. Within the last decade, they have identified a number of health benefits it c…

    By: Terry Graedon September 13, 2021 11 Comments
    Mystery Allergen Nutmeg Is Tough to Avoid

    Have you ever had to track down a mystery allergen? The sleuthing needed to figure out what is causing allergic symptoms can be quite daunting. One reader describes a dramatic discovery of a nutmeg al…

    By: Terry Graedon July 5, 2021 58 Comments
    Stopping Antihistamine Leads to Unbelievable Itc…

    Every so often, doctors discover something from their own experience as patients that they didn't learn in medical school and haven't heard from their colleagues. Often, the symptoms of withdrawa…

    By: Terry Graedon May 31, 2021 4 Comments
    Does Watermelon or Pineapple Make Your Throat It…

    When we start to describe a healthful diet, we always mention fruits and vegetables. But while most people can enjoy a big slice of watermelon on a summer afternoon, some absolutely cannot. Does fruit…

    By: Joe Graedon May 17, 2021 141 Comments
    Do Flonase and Nasacort Harm the Sense of Smell?

    The benefits of steroid nasal spray for allergies are significant. There are, however, some side effects that you may want to know about before you start using them. A loss of the sense of smell or ta…

    By: Joe Graedon May 3, 2021 11 Comments
    Solve Spring Allergy Symptoms Safely!

    This spring has been especially heartening. We went from a really hard winter to a time of renewal. Watching everything turn green has given a lot of people hope for the future. But for tens of millio…

    By: Terry Graedon April 26, 2021 11 Comments
    Are There Natural Ways to Reduce Allergy Symptom…

    While some people revel in the glory of spring flowers and new green leaves, others suffer. Allergy symptoms such as itchy eyes, nasal. congestion and fatigue or fuzzy brain can be troublesome. Are th…

    By: Joe Graedon April 5, 2021 11 Comments
    Should You Report Drug Side Effects to the FDA?

    Have you ever looked for a drug’s side effects on the web? That is where most people go these days for medication information. It’s a surprisingly terrible way to get drug data. That’s because m…

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2021 7 Comments
    Will an Allergen-Free Diet Help Your Joint Pain?

    Would you like to find a way to reduce or control your joint pain? One of the fundamental principles for people with arthritis is to keep moving, but that can be hard when your knees creak or your hip…

    By: Terry Graedon November 9, 2020 7 Comments
    Is Your Pillow the Source of Your Allergy Sympto…

    If you have year-round allergy symptoms, as so many people do, you might want to undertake some detective work to see if you can identify the source. That way, you might be able to avoid those things …

    By: Terry Graedon October 1, 2020 8 Comments
    Show 1229: The End of Food Allergies

    Very likely you have heard of children who are allergic to peanuts. Sometimes the tiniest whiff of peanut dust can trigger a frightening reaction. Food allergies have been increasing dramatically amon…

    By: Terry Graedon May 25, 2020 13 Comments
    Reader Regains Sense of Smell Lost to Flonase

    We have five senses, and the loss of any one of them can be profoundly disturbing. If you have ever had one ear blocked so that you can't hear out of it, you will have experienced this. While visual i…

    By: Terry Graedon May 4, 2020 13 Comments
    Quercetin Is a Natural Way to Relieve Spring All…

    Spring brings warmer days, butterflies, blooming flowers and–pollen. If your spring allergies are bothersome, you might be looking for a natural approach to alleviate  itchy eyes, sneezing, hea…

    By: Terry Graedon April 16, 2020 2 Comments
    Show 1208: Keeping Kids Healthy in the Age of Co…

    Schools are closed and kids are home so that they don’t catch COVID-19 and spread it to family members. Of course, parents don’t want their children to get sick, either. How are we keeping kids he…

    By: Joe Graedon March 16, 2020 19 Comments
    Singulair – Montelukast Warning About Psyc…

    What took the FDA so long to issue a montelukast warning about serious neuropsychiatric reactions? We are constantly amazed that the Food and Drug Administration moves so slowly when it comes to serio…

    By: Terry Graedon February 20, 2020 0 Comments
    Are Household Cleaners Harmful to Babies?

    New parents may attempt to protect their babies from germs, but they shouldn’t try to keep their homes too clean. Household cleaners may have undesirable side effects.  The Dangers of Common Ho…

    By: Joe Graedon January 20, 2020 7 Comments
    Are Your Medicines Delivered in Cold Weather?

    Baby, it’s cold out there! Depending upon where you live, the temperature could be below freezing at some point during the day. If you get your medicines delivered by the United States Postal Servic…

    By: Joe Graedon January 6, 2020 25 Comments
    Do Doctors Know About Zyrtec Antihistamine Withd…

    We first heard about the cetirizine – Zyrtec antihistamine withdrawal phenomenon a decade ago from a reader of our syndicated newspaper column: “I have had terrible trouble trying to stop taking Z…

    By: Terry Graedon October 14, 2019 7 Comments
    Should You Use NasalCrom for Your Allergies?

    How do you manage your allergy symptoms? Sneezing, stuffiness and itchy red eyes are more than a bother. Unfortunately, many of the medicines you might take for relief can have unpleasant side effects…

    By: Terry Graedon September 9, 2019 3 Comments
    Will You Breathe Better by Cutting Out Dairy?

    Allergy sufferers know frustration. The difficulties of just trying breathe through the nose during hay fever season are significant. That's without counting other allergy symptoms such as trying to n…

    By: Terry Graedon July 23, 2019 6 Comments
    Will New Epinephrine Shot Be More Affordable?

    A few years ago, there was quite a fuss about high prices and shortages affecting EpiPen emergency allergy injections. This epinephrine shot is used to avert anaphylactic shock that can be life threat…

    By: Terry Graedon June 3, 2019 26 Comments
    Why Sterile Water Is Best to Flush Sinuses

    Have you ever heard of a neti pot? This tool from the Ayurvedic medical tradition looks a lot like Aladdin's lamp. But you don't rub it to make a genie appear. Instead, you fill it with tepid saline s…

    By: Terry Graedon May 23, 2019 9 Comments
    Show 1166: How Can You Manage the Misery of Seas…

    Do you sniffle through spring or feel crummy in the fall? Many people suffer with seasonal allergies, and trying to figure out which medicines make sense is no easy task. To start with, how do you kno…

    By: Terry Graedon March 18, 2019 16 Comments
    Can You Ease Sinus Woes by Avoiding Dairy?

    Hay fever and other seasonal allergies can cause a lot of discomfort. The congestion such allergic reactions cause can lead to sinus woes that seem to last a long time. But what if the problem is not&…

    By: Terry Graedon March 11, 2019 15 Comments
    Can You Overcome Allergies with Xlear?

    Every year as allergy season arrives, people who suffer from allergies look for solutions. Antihistamines such as cetirizine (Zyrtec), fexofenadine (Allegra), levocetirizine (Xyzal) or loratadine (Cla…

    By: Terry Graedon February 28, 2019 7 Comments
    Will Tick Bites Make You Allergic to Red Meat?

    Most people are aware that tick bites can transmit infections such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease. There is another condition caused by tick bites, however. It’s called alpha-gal a…

    By: Joe Graedon January 28, 2019 55 Comments
    Nighttime Nasal Congestion | Is There a Non-Addi…

    Do you breathe through your mouth when you sleep? A lot of people do. That’s because they experience nighttime nasal congestion. It’s not pleasant. Your mouth gets terribly dry and scuzzy. Nightti…

    By: Terry Graedon September 27, 2018 13 Comments
    What’s Your Personal Invisible Cloud Made …

    Many people have heard of the microbiota in our digestive tracts. This collection of bacteria, viruses and fungi live together inside us and impact our health. It is sometimes referred to as the "micr…

    By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2018 11 Comments
    Is It Safe to Use NasalCrom for Years?

    If you suffer from hay fever or other fall allergies, you may already be miserable. On the other hand, you might be dreading the weeks ahead. Will you be sneezing, sniffling and suffering itchy eyes a…

    By: Terry Graedon August 19, 2018 19 Comments
    Can You Overcome an Afrin Addiction?

    Have you ever become addicted to your nasal spray? Millions of people do. Decongestant nasal sprays can be used safely for only a few days before they start to produce rebound congestion that can be q…

    By: Joe Graedon July 30, 2018 27 Comments
    Allergy Symptoms? | NasalCrom to the Rescue!

    Ask most people what works best to calm allergy symptoms and you are likely to hear about antihistamines or corticosteroid nasal sprays. That’s hardly surprising. If you’ve watched any TV at all t…

    By: Karen Berger, PharmD, RPh July 12, 2018 16 Comments
    A Walk Down the Aisle of Allergy Meds

    “Decisions, decisions,” said the gentleman standing in the aisle of allergy meds, pondering his purchase. “I never know which one to get.” As a pharmacist, I see this very often – the allerg…

    By: Joe Graedon May 17, 2018 11 Comments
    Are You Highly Allergic? What To Do About EpiPen…

    With warm weather, bees, wasps and other stinging creatures are on the move. That means people who are highly allergic to stings need to keep epinephrine available at all times. This injectable medica…

    By: Terry Graedon May 17, 2018 1 Comments
    You Don’t Have to Be a Farmer to Benefit f…

    Epidemiologists have observed that children who grow up on farms are less susceptible to allergies than their urban counterparts. (Our previous report on this interesting phenomenon is below.) Now a D…

    By: Joe Graedon April 2, 2018 17 Comments
    How to Treat Seasonal Allergies: Drugs or Natura…

    Allergy season is here. Even if you did not realize that, the warring drug commercials on television should have alerted you. On the same program you can see ads for Xyzal, Allegra and Nasacort. There…