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Alpha-gal syndrome: How a tick bite can make you allergic to meat

The bite of the lone star tick can cause alpha-gal syndrome, an allergic condition to red meat and other mammalian food products. Lauren Franzblau, M.D., answers common questions about the condition.

Bitten by a snake or spider? Here’s what to do – and what not to do

If you think you’ve been bitten by a venomous snake or spider, stay calm and follow three steps to slow venom spread and aid in your full recovery.

Picky eater or something more serious? Kids and EoE

Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is a newly recognized chronic inflammatory condition that causes vomiting and trouble swallowing in children. Christopher Parrish, M.D., discusses diagnosis and treatment of EoE in this week's MedBlog.

Pet ownership may be a good way to boost your baby's health

Can pet ownership help boost a baby’s respiratory health? In this week's Your Pregnancy Matters, discover how your furry friends may help lower a child’s risk of allergies and asthma.

7 common causes of pediatric GI bleeding, plus treatment information

Finding blood in your child's stool is scary, especially if the child is too young to describe how they feel. In this MedBlog, pediatric gastroenterologist Bradley Barth, M.D., M.P.H., discusses seven common, treatable conditions that cause GI bleeding, plus treatment information.

Kids’ food allergies can affect the GI tract: Symptoms parents should know

Pediatric food allergies are rising in the U.S., and so is awareness about food-related GI symptoms such as diarrhea and cramping. In this MedBlog, find symptoms parents should look for and learn about a rare condition that is associated with food allergies. Read more.

Allergic to penicillin? There’s a 90% chance that’s not true

More than 90 percent of patients who believe they are allergic to penicillin actually aren’t. This is a serious concern, particularly during pregnancy. In this week’s Your Pregnancy Matters blog, allergy expert David Khan, M.D., discusses penicillin allergy testing and antibiotic safety.

Itchy eyes, sore throat: How to manage allergies and asthma during pregnancy

Not properly treating seasonal allergies and asthma while pregnant can lead to an array of health problems for women and their babies. Learn why.

Prevent peanut allergies with … peanut puff

Early exposure to peanut products might prevent children from developing peanut allergies.