Lungs, Breathing & Allergies

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4 Questions You May Have About Scleroderma

Tags: interstitial lung disease, lung disorders, pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, scleroderma, skin, skin care

Scleroderma is a rare disease of the autoimmune system that many people haven’t heard of. Yet recognizing the symptoms can help you get treatment faster – and provide the best chance for a successful outcome.

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Tiny Coils Help COPD Patients to Breathe Easier

Tags: bronchitis, bronchodilators, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), COPD, emphysema, lung disease, lung disorders, lungs, shortness of breath

Doctors and researchers are testing a new procedure that doesn't involve surgery to help patients with a devastating lung disease called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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Allergies? Why You Might Develop Asthma This Spring

Tags: allergies, allergy, asthma, step into spring

Whenever the pollen count goes up, so does the number of new asthma cases. Allergists predict seeing a number of new asthma cases this spring because of the coming bad allergy season.

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Spring Allergies: 8 Top Ways to Help Your Child

Tags: allergies, asthma, asthma attack, asthmatic, Be Well e-News, celebrate spring, cough, pollen, seasonal allergies, step into spring, wheezing

It's the time of year when allergies become a nuisance for your child. Learn about spring allergy symptoms and treatments for children, including pollen avoidance and OTC medication strategies.

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Don’t Stifle That Sneeze! You Could Get Hurt

Tags: allergies, allergy, sinus, sneezing

Clamping your nostrils and mouth shut during a sneeze might avoid disturbing others. But it could damage your eardrums or sinuses or cause an ear infection.

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New Standard Lung Screening Could Save Your Life

Tags: CT scan, health screenings, innovations, lung disease, lung disorders, lungs

In 2012, a National Lung Screening Trial showed evidence in favor of using low-dose computed tomography to detect lung cancer early. In 2014, the CT scan has become the standard of care.

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Wetter Winter This Year Could Spell Allergy Woes

Tags: allergies, allergy, seasonal allergies, tips for winter weather, winter

Lots of snow fell this past winter, which means there's lots of water in the ground. That can set the stage for a bad allergy season.

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Best Ways to Prevent Your Allergies on Vacation

Tags: allergies, allergy, food allergies, pets, pollen, travel tips, vacation

The best time of year to take a vacation is often the best time to catch a big whiff of pollen and get sidelined. Find practical tips for traveling with allergies, whether due to pollen, pets, dust food or bees.

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New Pill Can Take the Place of Allergy Shot

Tags: allergies, allergy, FDA, medical innovations, pollen

Sometime soon, people with severe hay fever will be able to take a prescription pill -- rather than receive shots -- to control their symptoms. The FDA recently approved a drug for hay fever caused by certain grass pollens.

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Electronic Cigarettes: Weighing in on a Popular Trend

Tags: cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, lung cancer, quit smoking, smoking, smoking cessation, stop smoking

Electronic cigarette (e-cig) manufacturers claim that they are a safer alternative to cigarettes. But two important questions must be addressed: Are e-cigs safe? Are they effective for smoking cessation?