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A 31-year-old member asked:

a friend was just diagnosed with environmental allergies, is that a serious condition?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Depends on meaning: And meaning depends on who made the diagnosis. As an allergist when i say that someone has environmental allergies i mean that things like house dust mite, plant pollens, animal dander & mold spores are triggering symptoms of allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis, asthma & sometimes eczema & hives. These are common medical conditions that while sometimes serious are rarely life-threatening.
Dr. Gary Steven
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 30 years experience
It can be: Allergies to environmental allergens such as pollens, molds, danders and dust mites can be easily controlled in most patients. If left untreated, however, in addition to making people miserable, chronic allergic inflammation can lead to chronic sinusitis, ear problems, and asthma. For the most part these are not life-threatening, but they can significantly interfere with the quality of life.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What are common environmental allergies in the home?

2 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alan Goldsobel
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Pets dust mites mold: Indoor environmental allergens include pet dander, dust mites, cockroaches and molds. Most people are more allergic to cats than dogs. Dust mites live in mattresses, pillows, bedding, and carpet. The more humid the environment, the more dust mites.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

Are there fewer environmental allergies in the southern states?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
No: No, just different ones.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

What sort of disorder is environmental allergies?

2 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Allergies: Environmental allergies are your body’s response to substances you inhale at your home, school or workplace. They can be caused by dust, animal dander, mold spores or mildew, or feathers or other agents. They can also be substances that come in contact with your skin that cause rashes.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Are there treatment guidelines for environmental allergies?

1 doctor answer13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Zemble
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Yes: The major physician allergy organizations in the US, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology) sponsor practice parameters one of which is "the diagnosis and management of rhinitis: an updated practice parameter" available online at the jcaai.org. You can also find an allergist at either aaaai.org or acaai.org.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What symptoms can environmental allergies manifest?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera answered
Pediatrics 28 years experience
See below: Common symptoms are runny nose, sneezing, watery and itchy eyes. You may also have a cough and sore throat.

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