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Is poison oak allergy genetic?

Is poison oak allergy genetic?

Poison oak: Some people appear to be immune, others become immune. However, you can gain or lose immunity, so to assume you can't get it if you never have before is foolish. People change as they age. I would never assume that i was immune at any time no matter what my past experience was. ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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What is the best allergy medication for seasonal allergies like pollen, dust, ragweed, hay fever, dogs, cats, hamsters etc?

What is the best allergy medication for seasonal allergies like pollen, dust, ragweed, hay fever, dogs, cats, hamsters etc?

There are a few: Not one medicine is better than another....Everyone's system is different...Some people get better with allegra..Others with zyrtec..Others with Claritin or even benadryl (diphenhydramine). These are now over-the-counter...Try some and read the labels. If you don't feel better, see a board certified allergist (www.Acaai.Org). Good luck. ...Read more

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Treating Skin Allergies (Checklist)

Use hydrocortisone
2x day
Do not use diphenhydramine topical cream
once
Avoid the offending agent (s)
once
Find out if you are allergic to nickel, as nickel is often the cause of skin allergies
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Is wheat allergy genetic?

Is wheat allergy genetic?

Yes and no: The tendency to become allergic does run in families. However, you do not inherit the allergies of a parent like you would eye color or other similar traits. Those who develop celiac disease ( of which wheat is a trigger) most of those affected fall into certain inherited tissue types, but not all. Not all with those tissue types develop celiac disease. ...Read more

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What seasonal allergy medscanitakesafelywithfluoxetine(prozac)?

What seasonal allergy medscanitakesafelywithfluoxetine(prozac)?

Allergy meds: Most second generation antihistamines can be taken with Prozac without interaction, such as allegra, zyrtec and claritin. Steroid and antihistamine nasal sprays are also safe and carry less sedating side effects. ...Read more

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Are allergy vaccines helpful in allergic dermatitis?

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Are allergy vaccines helpful in allergic dermatitis?

Probably: Not as strongly effective as with airways allergies, need to be prescribed and monitored by an expert, an allergist, in selected patients, after controlling the environment and trial of other modalities, and control of symptoms, good luck ...Read more

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What in the air could be triggering my allergy symptoms?

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What in the air could be triggering my allergy symptoms?

Get tested: Consider seeing a trained allergist for evaluation. Skin testing takes a half hour & can reveal to what you're allergic. It might be the pollens of plants, mold spores, dust mites, or animal dander. Your allergist can help you decide which are relevant & devise a strategy that may include avoiding those allergens, taking medication or receiving allergy injections. Knowiedge is half the battle. ...Read more

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Hiv - seborrheic dermatitis / allergic rhinitis, what to do?

Hiv - seborrheic dermatitis / allergic rhinitis, what to do?

Treat the HIV: First you always treat the HIV. In the early days of treatment, as the immune system begins to recover, skin issues may actually worsen. But with time the skin often heals on it's own as the viral load diminishes and the immune system recovers. Treat the HIV. Always. ...Read more

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What signs might warn of allergies?

What signs might warn of allergies?

Varied symptoms: The symptoms vary by affected area and type of allergy. Food allergies typically affect the skin (hives, itching). Environmental allergies typically affect the respiratory tract (nose - itching and congestion, throat - itching and mucus, lungs - tightness and mucus). Eyes (itching, redness and watering) and ears (itching) are also frequently involved. See an allergist for specific answers. ...Read more

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Shellfish / crustacean allergy testing safe? Costly?

Shellfish / crustacean allergy testing safe? Costly?

Consider: There are such tests, such as rast testing (radioallergosorbent testing), cost varries by lab and your insurer (if you have). ...Read more

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Anyone know about barley allergies diagnosis, treatment?

Anyone know about barley allergies diagnosis, treatment?

History & testing: Testing may be performed with a history of typical allergy symptoms after eating something containing barley. Skin and blood (rast) testing are accurate & easy to perform. Tests for other foods eaten at the same time should be negative. When the diagnosis is uncertain an oral challenge to barley may be considered. This should only be performed by experts experienced with oral challenges. ...Read more

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Pollen allergic reaction, what to do?

Pollen allergic reaction, what to do?

Keep pollens away: Eliminate exposure by using facial mask, high efficient hepa filter and vacuum your carpet more often. Use AC at home and when you drive in bad allergy season. Besides, there are OTC oral antihistamines, decongestants, and inhalers available. If not improve, talk to your doctor or allergy specialist for more potent treatments including nasal antihistamines, steroid inhaler and immuno-therapy. ...Read more

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What is the best way to diagnose allergies?

What is the best way to diagnose allergies?

See below: Allergy is based upon the physician taking the patients history, performing a examination and ordering appropriate test. ...Read more

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Is a euphorbia allergy a latex allergy?

Is a euphorbia allergy a latex allergy?

Question of the week: Delores ibanez et al reported in allergy 59; 1127:2004 an association between latex from the poinsettia (euphorbia pulcherrima) & asthma. In at least 1 patient skin testing was positive to latex from the poinsettia & natural rubber latex. Inhalation challenges with poinettia extract but not latex rubber triggered asthma. Poinettias & not xmas trees may be the cause of xmas time asthma attacks! ...Read more

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Looking for nut allergies symptoms, eg, cashew allergy?

Looking for nut allergies symptoms, eg, cashew allergy?

Varies: Allergic reactions varies with individuals.Some can consume cashews, while to others they are toxic.Reactions can be mild or severe. Mild reactions include nausea , vomiting, diarrhea. Skin rash and itching on the skin.The eyes , roof of mouth and throat may itch.Severe reactions include difficulty breathing, swelling to face and throat.The most dangerous is anaphylaxis.This can be fatal ...Read more

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What is the most accurate test method to identify allergy?

What is the most accurate test method to identify allergy?

There are two: Skin testing (prick/puncture and intradermal) and RAST (radioallorsorbent) testing are the only truly reliable tests for allergies and these need to be performed by an allergist who is not only trained in performing the test but in interpreting the results as well. Keep in mind you may test positive for something that you don't actually react to or need intradermal testing as well as prick testing ...Read more

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My son has alternaria allergy (outdoor fungus), what kind of allergy medication?

My son has alternaria allergy (outdoor fungus), what kind of allergy medication?

Several Options: The treatment of allergic rhinitis consists of avoidance, anti histamines, nasal steroids and allergy vaccine therapy. Some combination of one or all these modalities will be helpful. ...Read more

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Chinese food triggering someone's cashew allergy?

Chinese food triggering someone's cashew allergy?

Possible: Some chinese dishes contain cashews. The other possibility is that there was cashew "contamination" in your dish. ...Read more

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How do I know if my child has allergies?

Allergies: Sneezing, itching, runny nose, watery eyes, loose stools, lethargic, confused, to name just a few symptoms. A blood test can pin point the allergens. I am not a big fan of the skin allergy test. ...Read more

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What causes allergies?

What causes allergies?

Genes + environment: Noses run in families - if both parents have allergies the chance that their child will be allergic is 80%. If neither parent is allergic the child's risk is10%. Exposure to urban pollutants like diesel exhaust, cigarette smoke, & antibacterial hand cleansers upset the ecological balance between our immune system & beneficial microorganisms. With both factors present allergy is more likely. ...Read more

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About allergic rhinitis?

About allergic rhinitis?

What?: This is inflammation of the tissues of the lining of the nasal passages induced by infiltration by immune modulating cells as a result of "allergic" reactions to a foreign chemical antigen. It results in tissue swelling, fluid production, itching, redness and general misery with congestion, coughing and other symptoms. ...Read more

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Allergic reaction (possible anaphylaxis) after allergy testing, what to do?

Allergic reaction (possible anaphylaxis) after allergy testing, what to do?

Allergy testing: Only physicians trained in the specialty of allergy, asthma ; immunology are trained in a monitored situation during residency to perform skin testing for ige-mediated allergy. Some ENT programs are adding this to their training. If you were skin tested by a non-specialist, consult a specialist, if you were skin tested by an allergist, it is likely that you are unusally allergic. ...Read more

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Would pollen (birch) immunotherapy help resolve OAS? (Apple, hazelnut, peanuts ara h8, etc)

Would pollen (birch) immunotherapy help resolve OAS?  (Apple, hazelnut, peanuts ara h8, etc)

Maybe: Will birch immunotherapy help with oral allergy syndrome? I agree with Dr. Al Hegab that the benefits are not fully understood at this point in time and immunotherapy solely for the purpose of treating OAS is not recommended. However, if you also have allergic rhinitis and/or allergic asthma symptoms, immunotherapy could improve these symptoms, and maybe symptoms of OAS. ...Read more

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What does it mean to get an allergy shot?

What does it mean to get an allergy shot?

Allergy shots: You receive increasing doses of the allergen(s) to which you are allergic over time to alter the immune system to stop seeing the allergen as bad but rather as a normal reaction recognized by protective antibodies called igg. ...Read more

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When healthtap doctor says, allergy shots could work for eczema, is that mean atopic dermatitis is also treatable? Are they similar terms?

When healthtap doctor says, allergy shots could work for eczema, is that mean atopic dermatitis is also treatable? Are they similar terms?

ATOPIC DERMATITIS: Atopic dermatitis is allergic in origin manifested by eczema or other itchy rashes located in the cubital and popliteal areas, recurrent in nature unless allergen is discovered. The allergy shots are given to desensitized the patient. ...Read more

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How can I treat my allergies?

How can I treat my allergies?

Nasal sprays not OTC: For seasonal allergies, the most effective options are the steroid or antihistamine nasal sprays, available by prescription. Not only do they work the best, but they are technically local therapy as negligible amounts enter the bloodstream. The OTC nasal sprays can cause rebound symptoms, which the prescription versions do not. ...Read more

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Will calamari trigger a shellfish allergy?

Will calamari trigger a shellfish allergy?

Yes: About 10-15% of people who are shellfish allergic (shrimp, lobster, etc) are also clinically sensitive to mollusks (clams, squid(calamari), octopus). Ask your allergist before introducing mollusks to your diet. ...Read more

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How can I get help treating my allergies?

How can I get help treating my allergies?

Lots of resources: Start with family members who have allergies. I like to say that "noses run in families" (allergy joke). So who's helping them with their allergies? Next your primary care physician - a trustworthy, knowledgeable resource. You can call your county medical society for names or find an allergist at www.Aaaai.Org & www.Acaai.Org. Think twice about those who advertise. ...Read more

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What's a simple, cheap treatment for my allergies?

Many: One of the best treatments is benadryl; however, this may make you tired. Other, less sedating, options are claritin, (loratadine) allegra, and zyrtec. ...Read more

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Can you cure your allergy by exposing yourself to the things you are allergic to?

Can you cure your allergy by exposing yourself to the things you are allergic to?

Desensitization: Is the techincal term. This is currently fda approved in subcutaneous formulation and under investigation in sublingual/oral formulation. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of cat allergys?

How can I get rid of cat allergys?

Allergy shots: Treatment for cat allergy includes avoiding cats (not keeping them at home), medications to treat symptoms, and for long term relief, allergy injections (allergy shots). An allergist can review the benefits and risks of allergy shots. This is the only disease modifying strategy to relieve symptoms long term. ...Read more

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Kato (Definition)

Kato is a mineral which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more