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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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    If you're planning on having friends and family over to celebrate the Fourth of July, you might want to consider having some gluten-free buns for those hamburgers and hot dogs. Maybe a gluten-free pie or cookies to boot. Because more now than ever before, people are experimenting with -- or committing to -- a gluten-free diet, whether or not they've been diagnosed with celiac disease. Going gluten-free may be the only thing that has helped them address certain G.I., autoimmune, or hormonal issues, but some experts are still hyper-critical, skeptical, and certain gluten sensitivity is rare and claiming you suffer from it is a fad.

    Now, not only are they saying people aren't to be trusted to eat a well-rounded, nutritious, and gluten-free diet, but researchers say gluten sensitivity isn't triggered by gluten at all.

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    I've been reading the new book, Gluten Is My Bitch: Rants, Recipes, and Ridiculousness for the Gluten-Free by April Peveteaux (a former Stir contributor!). Even for the totally gluten-friendly, the book is informative and an unexpected kness-slapper. You wouldn't think there's anything funny about celiac, but there is. Oh yes, there is. Anyway, I'm actually learning a few things I didn't know about gluten before. Like -- all of the things in the world that have gluten in them. And they're not even all food! Gluten is so not just about bread and pasta. Here are several places April says gluten hides.

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    Ah, the springtime is such a lovely time of year ... if only the blue skies and budding flowers weren't accompanied by allergy symptoms so miserable you're scared to even go outside. SO unfair! Plus, unlike a case of the winter sniffles, allergies don't generally come and go after just a few days. Seasonal allergies = allergies all season long. Ain't nobody got time for that!

    If you're one of the dwindling few who don't suffer a slew of unbearably uncomfortable symptoms this time of year, you'll consider yourself lucky after checking out our choices for the 11 worst things about these highly allergenic months -- illustrated by priceless photos of kids who clearly know the specific brand of torture we're talking about. (If you DO have allergies, these will probably make you laugh. Or cry. Or both.)

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    Feeling the spring pollen allergies yet? Here's some really weird news. Apparently being born in the U.S. puts you at a higher risk for allergies. Kids born outside the US are less likely to have allergy diseases like asthma, eczema, hay fever, and food allergies than kids born here. And even if you're born outside the U.S., your chances of coming down with those allergy diseases is higher if you move here. Yikes, why are so many of us allergic to America?

    Well, the short story is doctors don't really know for certain. But they have a few ideas. Here's what some suspect are causing our allergies, and what you might want to do about it.

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