Allergies

Pope’s pit viper, a venomous species that lives across Southeast Asia. Someone who is allergic to one type of snake is likely allergic to many types because their venoms have a similar composition.

What Happens When Scientists Become Allergic to Their Research

Researchers spend long periods of time around the organisms they study, and sometimes that exposure has unintended effects

The phenomenon of increasing yearly pollen loads is accelerating.

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Climate Change Is Making Allergy Season Worse

New research finds climate change is making allergy season arrive earlier and bring higher pollen loads in North America

Halloween can be a particularly challenging time for families navigating life-threatening food allergies.

Allergic Reactions to Peanuts and Tree Nuts Spike 85 Percent on Halloween

Parents and children can avoid the dangers by taking key precautions and embracing alternative activities

That's some bad news for hay fever sufferers.

New Research

Allergy Season Is Getting Longer and Nastier Each Year

An extended and intensified allergy season is one of the most visible effects of climate change

In theory, all you’d need to do is give a blood sample and his test would indicate whether you have allergies to a certain substance or not.

Teen Inventor Designs Noninvasive Allergy Screen Using Genetics and Machine Learning

Seventeen-year-old Ayush Alag is one of 40 finalists in this year’s Regeneron Science Talent Search

The most common allergy for adults is shellfish.

A Lot of American Adults Have Food Allergies—and a Lot Mistakenly Think They Do

A new study found that 19 percent of adults believe they had a food allergy, but only 10 percent have symptoms consistent with the condition

Promising Peanut Allergy Treatment Could Become Available in the Near Future

A new study has found that gradually exposing children to peanut protein could increase their tolerance—though the treatment does not offer a complete cure

These unusual cats may have some advantages for allergic owners, but to call them hypoallergenic would be a stretch.

There's No Such Thing as a Hypoallergenic Cat

With its short tight curl, many claim that the Cornish Rex is proof that cats can be allergen-free. Nope

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How Common Are Food Allergies?

Roughly 3.6 percent of Americans have at least one food allergy or intolerance, study says

A new study recommends that the peanut-allergic try consuming other nuts—but only under the supervision of a licensed allergist.

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Tree Nut Allergies May Be Massively Overdiagnosed

But don’t go for the jar of almond butter just yet

New Research

New Patch Could Help Reduce Peanut Allergies

A new study shows that a transdermal patch delivering tiny doses of peanut protein could help allergy sufferers tolerate larger exposure to peanuts

Cool Finds

These Temporary Tattoos Can Help ID a Food Allergy

Plus, the tattoo is inspired by historical Japanese prints

Testing for allergies

New Research

Signs of Food Allergies Might Be in Newborns' Blood

Overactive immune cells could prime the immune system to attack normally harmless molecules found in food

Cool Finds

This Man Tracked his Sneezes for Five Years and Fixed his Pollen Allergy

What a little bit of data about health can do

Nima food allergen detector

The Innovative Spirit

Test Your Restaurant Meal for Allergens in Two Minutes

Nima, a handheld food analyzer, can test for gluten on the spot

Cool Finds

How Emojis Could Help People With Food Allergies

Bread emoji. Disappointed face emoji.

New Research

Got Allergies? Air Pollution Could Be to Blame

New research suggests that ozone and nitrogen dioxide can alter allergens, creating more potent immune responses

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Allergy Treatments Could Someday Start Before You Are Born

Studies in mice are showing that it might be possible treat disorders that have a genetic basis during pregnancy

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23 Kids’ Peanut Allergies Were Cured, At Least Temporarily

A probiotic may be the key to fighting allergies to peanut proteins

New Research

Just Let Detroit’s Vacant Lots Run Wild

Neglected and overgrown lots are, it turns out, a boon to Detroit's allergy sufferers

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