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    Is there anything worse than a springtime cold? The running nose, the weeping eyes, the painful congestion. It all seems even worse when the weather is so nice out, too. It's like adding insult to injury. It can also be hard to determine if what you've got going on is actually a cold or if it's springtime allergies. Damn you, pollen! And also child who sneezed at me on the bus! 

    Before you start mainlining chicken soup or taking Claritin like a boss, it's important to properly identify your symptoms. While there are no "real" cures for either source of woe, you'll be a whole lot more successful at treating your problem if it's the right problem in the first place! That sounds like a joke, but it isn't. These two are so similar in symptoms, it's no wonder people get all turned around. 

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    Whether they're minor or severe, food allergies and aversions can be threatening to a child's safety or health. Any child with serious allergies, and their parents, know how important it is to keep them protected from anything that can trigger an allergic reaction. If that means changing the whole family's diet or shopping for exclusively allergen-free products, families will often make changes in their habits to make sure that kids are kept healthy and are able to avoid irritants.

    However, plenty of people are ignorant and insensitive to those who suffer incredibly serious, even life-threatening, allergies to certain foods. And unfortunately, when people lack understanding, they tend to make not-so-nice comments to parents of kids with food allergies. We can all do better to understand what these families deal with on a daily basis. Here is a list of 10 things you should never say to a mom of a child with allergies:

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    Sometimes the hardest thing about living life without gluten is finding tasty, nutritious alternatives. But you know what? Most celiacs and other gluten-sensitive people are finding more and better options every day. Now the hardest thing about living life without gluten is other people. Folks say the rudest, most ignorant things when they find out you're avoiding eating gluten. Honestly, why is this such a problem for them? Moms, has anyone ever said something like this to you?

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    Allergy season is upon us, my friends. Are you ready? It's time to gather your allergy survival kit. We asked our fellow sufferers what must-have remedies they keep on hand every year -- besides the obvious boxes and boxes of the softest tissues you can find. Oh, and the big guns: Steroid nasal spray and allergy shots. Yikes! We're talking about soothers you can get without a prescription and keep in a basket on your desk, in your bedside table drawer, and in your glove compartment.

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    There seems to be as many different triggers for eczema flare-ups as there are people who have eczema. If you have this skin condition, then you know it can be very difficult to pinpoint your own personal triggers. Some things around your house that you would never have even considered a danger to your health can send your eczema into a tizzy.

    While the exact cause of eczema is still unknown, many doctors think eczema is linked to allergies like hay fever or asthma. In other cases, eczema is believed to be linked to food allergies, which means you might need to keep an eye on the dairy or wheat in your diet. Some of the other common eczema triggers that you should keep your eye on are as follows.

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    As happy as we are that spring is finally upon us, it brings with it something a big chunk of the population dreads. That's right, it's allergy season. Break out the extra-soft Kleenex and the sinus congestion curing tablets -- it's about to get awful up in here. Allergies are abysmal, and most of the 'cures' just seem to make you feel worse in new and equally awful ways.

    The best thing you can do when this time of year is in full force? Know how best to avoid the places that are more likely to be full of triggers for you and your fragile immune system. Lucky for you, allergy experts have just released a list of the 10 worst cities in America for allergy sufferers.

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    Like lots of moms, Nicola Hickman wanted to show her love for her daughter by getting inked. In fact, she and her partner of 17 years Leslie Mkwah decided to both get tattoos in honor of their 7-year-old, Chenai. Leslie opted for his daughter's name on his back, while Nicola chose a small, heart-shaped design on her right ankle. It was her first tattoo ... and you'd think her last, after the nightmare she went through as a result!

    Not long after having the tattoo done, Nicola began to suffer a severe, painful allergic reaction.

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    Every three minutes in the United States, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room. If you've got a child with a food allergy, you could probably use some good news right about now. How's this for good news? A 10-year-old boy with a severe peanut allergy was just cured ... with a bone marrow transplant!

    If it sounds like an odd course of treatment for an allergy, that's because it wasn't. The 10-year-old had leukemia, and a marrow transplant is a common treatment for this form cancer. But the unexpected side effect gives hope for parents of the 1 in every 13 kids under 18 who have a food allergy.

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    A mom from Charlotte, North Carolina, had every parent's worst nightmare happen to her while she was stuck in traffic on a busy highway. Her 2-year-old started having an allergic reaction to a cookie she'd eaten earlier that day at a play date.

    Jill Fowler was driving along Interstate-277 in the middle of rush hour when her daughter, Mia, started having trouble breathing and was clearly in a state of distress.

    Unable to pull over, Jill stopped in the middle of the road and ran around the car to help her daughter. She was in such a state of panic, she couldn't inject Mia with the EpiPen needed to stop her reaction.

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    According to the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), one in 13 children in the United States has a potentially deadly food allergy. That's about two kids in every classroom who can't tolerate a particular food -- usually milk, peanuts, eggs, soy, or wheat -- and reactions can run the spectrum from tummy distress to anaphylactic shock. Lately, parents tasked with raising awareness about their child's health situation are turning to an unconventional solution: temporary tattoos.

    Temporary tattoos printed with allergy information are sort of the modern equivalent of a medical bracelet, and brands like SafetyTat are offering stick-on tattoos that can be personalized to indicate a child’s food restrictions. It sounds like a great idea ... except for one major downfall.

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