Allergy or cold? The 7DROPS checklist

Achoo! Sneezing fits, a blocked or runny nose, watery eyes – did you catch a cold, or could it be an allergy? The two conditions are easier to confuse than people think, especially for adults who never experienced allergy symptoms before. We compiled a checklist so you can easily tell the difference: Have your symptoms … Continued

Travel checklist for allergy patients

Dealing with allergies and going on vacation can be stressful. But do not worry – with our travel checklist it will be easy to relax and have fun just like anyone else. We have prepared an essential checklist of all the things you should consider: Use a packing app There are plenty of free apps … Continued

Food allergy: Best and worst US airlines

Traveling with food allergies can be challenging. Choosing an airline that will accommodate your needs is an important step to make your overall travel experience safer and more enjoyable. But what makes an airline allergy-friendly? There are some best practices that indicate how willing an airline is to assist allergy sufferers, including: Allowing preboarding for … Continued

US vacation destinations for seasonal allergy sufferers

Depending on where you live and what kind of pollen you are allergic to, seasonal allergies can bother you almost all year. Naturally, a vacation should be a chance to relax and escape the irritants triggering your allergy symptoms. We collected a list of various holiday destinations that work for allergy patients. The best vacation … Continued

7 Allergy Myths

Allergies are common, but their mechanics are not always understood. There are still a lot of misconceptions about allergies, and a lot of misinformation is shared on the web every day. Today we tackle some widespread allergy myths and set the record straight:   1. Allergies only develop during childhood  Many people believe that allergies … Continued

How To Dust Mite Proof Your Home

When you suffer from a pollen allergy, it’s natural to spend most of your time during peak allergy season indoors to avoid symptoms as best as you can. But what can you do if the enemy is in your house? In your bed, even? The truth is that you can’t fully remove house dust mites … Continued

US pollen season start and regional variability

Pollen allergy is one of the most common forms of allergy in the US. It affects approximately 19.2 million adults as well as 5.2 million children. Typically, symptoms of hay fever include nasal congestion and obstruction, sneezing fits, conjunctivitis, ear infections as well as allergic asthma.    It is a regionally variable disease and heavily … Continued

What is allergen-specific immunotherapy (AIT)?

What is allergen-specific immunotherapy (AIT)? Also known as desensitization or hypo-sensitization, it is a form of medical therapy that involves exposing patients to larger and larger amounts of a specific allergen over a selected time-period to change the immune system’s response.  The main goal for every allergy sufferer is keeping their symptoms in check and maintaining … Continued

What is a true food allergy?

A true food allergy is caused by the body’s immune system identifying a usually harmless protein as dangerous. As a reaction, the immune system produces antibodies to fight this protein. This causes immediate bodily reactions such as:  Hives, swelling, itching  Digestive symptoms   Anaphylaxis (incl. shortness of breath, wheezing, and dizziness) In very severe cases, the state … Continued

Climate change and allergies

More than 24 million people in the US struggle with seasonal allergic rhinitis caused by pollen allergies. This number is set to increase drastically in future years. The culprit? Climate change.   Influence of climate change Climate change is not simply an environmental issue, it is also a threat to the global public health, as it dramatically impacts the severity … Continued