Allergy symptoms can make you miserable and in some cases, they're life-threatening. Here's some information about allergies — and tips on treating allergy symptoms.
Anaphylaxis is the most serious type of allergic reaction. It often occurs rapidly after exposure to an allergen and may be life-threatening.
Ascariasis is a common type of roundworm infection found worldwide. It's spread by poor hygiene and improper sanitation. Infections are effectively treated with medication.
Aspergillosis is a group of illnesses caused by a common mold. It mainly affects people with a weakened immune system, another lung disease or asthma.
Asthma occurs when the main air passages of the lungs become inflamed, causing wheezing and difficulty breathing. Knowing warning signs can help you manage this chronic condition.
Asthma attack: Find out what the symptoms are and how to treat an asthma attack.
Atrioventricular canal defect is a congenital heart defect involving a hole in the center of the heart and abnormal valves between the heart's chambers.
Bronchiolitis is an infection of the lungs' airways that starts out like a cold but progresses to coughing and wheezing. It's common in infants.
Bronchitis often develops after a cold. Learn how to prevent this potentially serious lung infection.
Carcinoid tumors are rare, slow-growing cancerous tumors that most often occur in the gastrointestinal tract or in the lungs.
More than an annoyance, a chronic cough can significantly affect your quality of life. Find out how it's diagnosed and treated.
Earlier detection and better treatments have improved the outlook for people with cystic fibrosis.
Dilated cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart in which the heart's main pumping chamber becomes enlarged and doesn't pump blood efficiently.
Dust mite allergy, an immune system reaction to inhaled dust mite "debris," causes hay fever symptoms and may cause allergy-induced asthma.
Heart failure means your heart can't efficiently pump blood throughout your body. Medications, and sometimes devices or surgery, can help you manage this condition.
Smoking increases your risk of lung cancer. Quit now and reduce your risk.
Milk allergy can cause hives, wheezing and gastrointestinal problems. Avoidance is the primary treatment, but the good news is that many children outgrow milk allergy.
Neuroblastoma most commonly affects children age 5 and younger. It's the most common form of cancer in babies.
Peanut allergy can be serious. Find out what you need to know to prevent a life-threatening reaction.
Pectus excavatum — Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, complications of this deformity of the chest.
Penicillin allergy is the most common drug allergy. Find out what you can do to avoid potentially dangerous reactions.
Pulmonary edema occurs when air sacs in the lungs fill with fluid. It's often a life-threatening emergency.
Pulmonary embolism occurs when one or more arteries in your lungs become blocked. Surgery, cancer, family history and long airplane trips may place you at risk.
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infects most children by age 2. Signs and symptoms of the virus typically mimic a cold, but it can be serious.
Sarcoidosis starts in your lungs but can cause inflammation in any part of your body. It can last a lifetime, or disappear in a few years.
Shellfish allergy can cause serious reactions. Discover what you can do to avoid them.
Wegener's granulomatosis is an uncommon disease that causes blood vessel inflammation that can damage lungs, kidneys and other organs. Untreated, it can be fatal.
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