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May 16, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Josh Hamilton said he was assured by doctors this week that the allergies that lead to occasional sinus and throat discomfort and dizziness were not caused or exacerbated by his heavy cocaine use from 2002-2005. "You have a hallway up the middle of your nose and sinus cavities on each side," said Hamilton, whose addiction to drugs and alcohol led to a ban from baseball from 2003-2005. "When you breathe air, it goes up and down the hallway. "Same thing when you do drugs, it goes up the hallway, not into the sinus cavities.
December 26, 1988 | From Times staff and wire reports and
Recipients of bone marrow transplants have a good chance of "inheriting" allergies from their donors, according to a University of Washington study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. William Henderson said physicians must be aware of the finding when treating bone marrow transplant recipients, some of whom might not know they've acquired, for example, an allergy to penicillin or other medications and environmental allergens.
March 6, 1999 | KARIMA A. HAYNES
Sniffing, sneezing and watery eyes are a sure sign of spring for hay fever sufferers, but health officials say there are ways to enjoy the great outdoors without being overpowered by pollen. Seasonal allergies can be controlled through medication, pet control and by limiting outdoor activities, said Los Angeles County Public Health Director Jonathan Fielding.
January 10, 1993 | EUGENIA HAWRYLKO / Associated Press
Restaurant workers no longer consider it unusual for a customer to ask if an entree is high in fat, if a product contains salt, or if the establishment has a no-smoking section. Yet many people would consider it an overreaction to give the same attention to avoiding foods to which they're allergic. But food allergies, which are uncomfortable at best--causing nausea, facial swelling, hives and shortness of breath-- can at worst result in a potentially fatal condition called anaphylaxis.
October 24, 1993 | KATHY M. KRISTOF
Amy Bentsen was only six months old when she started to suffer chronic ear infections that required near-constant use of antibiotics. Her mother, Elesa, suspected that allergies were the cause of Amy's ailments, because serious allergy problems ran in the family. But the pediatrician told Elesa not to worry. As long as antibiotics could clear Amy's ears, allergy testing wouldn't be necessary, he says. "In 11 months, I was in the doctor's office 20 times.
Cynthia Merrell never had allergy problems before. So she was surprised when, soon after she moved here four years ago from Virginia, she started sniffling and sneezing and suffering from a stuffy nose. "I thought Arizona was supposed to be a good place for people with allergies," she said. Merrell is not alone. Experts say many people, including some physicians, still have an image of Arizona as a haven for allergy sufferers, a dry, clean desert environment that will cure what ails you.
March 10, 1994
After watching two young patients with milk allergies react to dill pickle-flavored potato chips, a doctor warns it's sometimes the hidden ingredients that get you. Within 10 minutes of snacking on the chips, a 2-year-old girl developed facial swelling and hives; a 9-year-old boy developed those symptoms, plus an itchy, swollen throat. The packages didn't list milk or milk products as ingredients, so Dr. Wade T.A. Watson took a closer look at what goes into "dill pickle seasonings" and "spices."
November 24, 1988 | Associated Press
Allergy sufferers would rather endure the symptoms of allergies than part with their favorite pets, according to the Chlor-Trimeton Allergy Season Index, an allergy awareness and education program According to the study, more than 63% of the allergic people polled would rather keep their pet than reduce their sniffling and sneezing by getting rid of it.
October 30, 1989 | From Times staff and wire reports
Allergic reactions to the natural rubber in condoms and protective gloves raise health concerns and could prevent some people from following the rules of safe sex, a dermatologist said last week. In one documented case, a woman developed hives and suffered respiratory problems within minutes after engaging in intercourse using a latex-based condom, said Dr. James Taylor of the Cleveland Clinic, author of an article published in this month's Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
September 1, 1999 | From Associated Press
American Home Products Corp. on Tuesday recalled more than 500,000 emergency injection kits for treating severe allergic reactions and asthma attacks because the drug may not work. The kits are routinely carried by people who are prone to acute asthma attacks or have deadly allergies to certain foods or bee stings. Users inject themselves with epinephrine, also known as adrenaline, to counter the reaction.
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