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What is Hay Fever?

Changing seasons may tickle your senses — not just figuratively, but literally. For people with allergies, fresh air and a stunning view don't seem that poetic if you're too busy sneezing. As hay fever season rears its bothersome head, how can you prepare to deal with it as painlessly as possible? Thankfully, there are simple measures to prevent and deal with allergy symptoms as the weather transitions. Hay fever, which…
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Nasal Irrigation Study on COVID-19 Patients

A recent study has found that twice daily rinsing of the nasal mucosa helps reduce the risk of hospitalization from COVID-19. Nasal irrigation provides hydration to the nasal mucosa and flushes out dirt, viruses, and other contaminants. This study shows that there may be a treatment with almost no side effects that can provide a significant benefit for many patients. Study: Nasal saline irrigation to reduce severity in high-risk COVID+…
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FDA Approval of Astepro (Azelastine) as OTC

A nasal spray that has only been available with a prescription is now available over the counter after the FDA approved Astepro for OTC sales. Astepro is an antihistamine nasal spray intended to relieve nasal allergy symptoms such as nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, and itchy nose. Prior to July 2022, this medication was only available with a prescription. Individuals can now purchase this azelastine 0.15% nasal spray product over-the-counter…
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Recall of Allergy Bee Gone Product and Ingredient Review

This month, the FDA announced that Buzzagogo, Inc. had issued a voluntary nationwide recall of their Allergy Bee Gone for Kids Nasal Swab Remedy. Testing by the FDA found that some of the product contained elevated levels of yeast & mold and may contain the bacteria Bacillus cereus. The presence of these bacteria can be harmful to anyone who uses the product, but especially to immunocompromised patients. No adverse events…
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