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Contact Lens Safety: How Wearing Contacts Too Long Can Cause Invisible Damage

[Editor's note: This article was originally hosted on MyFamilyDoctorMag.com, our sister site. It's now featured here as part of our new general-health section.] by Louise A. Sclafani, O.D., F.A.A.O. Q. My ophthalmologist said I could [...]

Do Flowers Cause Allergies? 4 Tips and Surprises

[Editor’s note: This article was originally hosted on MyFamilyDoctorMag.com, our sister site. It’s now featured here as part of our new general-health section.] Sneezing by Kathleen A. Sheerin, M.D. The joys of spring! Warm days, mittenless walks in the park, budding flowers, gentle breezes filled with pollen … a sneezy, itchy, wheezy existence that can last from the first bud on the maple trees until the heat of summer strikes in June. Crazy spring. Here are a few things you may not know about spring allergies—along with tips to deal with them. […]

By | August 3rd, 2012|General Health, General Health Articles|Comments Off on Do Flowers Cause Allergies? 4 Tips and Surprises

Allergy Treatment: What Medicines to Take For Allergies–and How to Take Them

[Editor’s note: This article was originally hosted on MyFamilyDoctorMag.com, our sister site. It’s now featured here as part of our new general-health section.]   Antihistamines, decongestants, nasal sprays, injections… you just want to breathe again! But which of the plethora of allergy meds will do the trick? That isn’t the only question you should be asking, according to Dennis Ownby, M.D., section chief of allergy and immunology at the Medical College of Georgia Health System. Once you choose one, you then need to know how to take it to get the most bang for your buck. “Most people wait until they are sick and then jump from one medicine to another, complaining that none of them work,” Dr. Ownby says. “That’s like looking for your life jacket after you fall overboard in a storm.”  Here, he gives us the whats, whens and hows of allergy medicines.  In other words, everything your nose ever wanted to know. […]