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how do i get allergy relief?

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Allergies: First and foremost, get in to see an allergist to find out what you are allergic to. Over the counter allergy medications are never very effective although it is a multi-billion dollar industry that the american public believes helps based on the lies of commercials. See your allergist, find out what you are allergic to, and come up with a good plan of action to avoid and treat.
Dr. Jeffrey Rosch
Allergy and Immunology 49 years experience
Self treat allergies: Avoidance is first. There are multiple otc antihistamines that can help sneezing and itching, other nasal, chest, gi, and skin symptoms require prescription medication. If these do not give adequate control, are not tolerated, or there are more severe or concurrent diseases see a board certified allergist.

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Can christmas trees trigger childhood allergies?

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Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
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Yes: They can, but not as often as you might think. People can be allergic to tree pollen and sap. In december, christmas pine trees do not release that much pollen, though they can be covered in pollen just from being outdoors for years. Many experts recommend spraying the tree down with water in the yard before bringing it into the house.
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Are allergies a autoimmune disorder?

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Dr. Andrew Murphy
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No : Allergies are not autoimmune disorder. Allergy is the overproduction of ige, the allergy antibody, to various allergens in the environment. Autoimmune disease is different antibodies to "self" antigens.
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How long does an allergic reaction on the face last?

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Depends: Depends on the type of reaction. Swelling (angioedema) usually lasts 24-72 hours when it reaches maximum. Allergies can last for very long times if not treated. If unsure, the safest bet is to see your friendly allergist for advice and treatment.
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Is it a good idea to take pain relief medicine while doing a football tryout?

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Dr. Cheryl White
Pain Management 31 years experience
Self Medication: You do not specify the type of medication. I may take a couple of advil (ibuprofen) before I do something athletic, but i would neve take a prescription medication prior to a workout, or tryout. Too many reasons to list here, but masking real pain, fatigue or euphoria, drug testing etc are just a few. If you are up to the sport - go do it. If not, see a sports medicine physician for help.
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Could allergies and exercise induce asthma?

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Dr. Brian Bezack
Pediatric Pulmonology 18 years experience
Yes: Allergies and exercise are 2 of the most common triggers for exacerbation of asthma symptoms. If your asthma is not well controlled and you have allergies, treatment of the allergies is an important part of asthma therapy. If exercise is making your breathing worse it doesn't mean you can't do it. It suggests that your asthma is not well controlled and this should be discussed with your doctor.

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