While parts of the East Coast have been hit with nearly 12 inches of snow, parts of the Midwest were enjoying highs into the 60s and in the same week. No wonder everyone seems to be sneezing and coughing? But do they have a cold or an allergy?

The prevalence of allergies is nothing to sneeze at. Roughly 40 million Americans suffer from allergies of some kind, and those numbers may be growing.

Sharp temperature fluctuations aren’t just creating major wardrobe challenges around the country. For people coughing, sneezing and blowing their nose, the weather is also making it harder to diagnose the cause of their symptoms.
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Talking too much on your cell phone can be dangerous, but in a more subtle way than you might think. There are all kinds of allergies and it turns out that chatting endlessly on your cell phone can lead to an allergic reaction to the nickel in your phone. From cosmetics to jewelry, body piercings to tattoos, allergies can lurk in unlikely places. Allergist Luz Fonacier says, "Increased use of cell phones with unlimited usage plans has led to more prolonged exposure to the nickel in phones.read more

Here’s an unfortunate allergy! While sex can be good for you (in many ways), it turns out that even brushing your teeth or waiting hours after eating may not prevent some partners of people with food and medicine allergies from triggering an allergic reaction through a kiss. "Kissing" allergies are most commonly found in people who have food or medication allergies. Symptoms include swelling of the lips or throat, rash, hives, itching and wheezing.read more

You suffer from terrible allergies every spring, but how can this be? You don’t live in the country, you live and work in skyscrapers in the middle of a city. Scientists now say that tall buildings are one of the worst places for getting hay fever.

Spanish researchers studied 17,171 allergy patients who either lived in a tall building in the city or in the suburbs. They found that if the pollen is falling and you?re near an open window in a highrise building, you’re going to get a bigger dose of it than if you’re closer to the ground, out in the country. Dr. Alicia Armentia says, “On the basis of our local investigations, natural pollen sensitization appears to increase with the height of where the patient lived.”
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