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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
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 moreSee 6 more doctor answers
The usual culprits: The causes of allergy are many but the symptoms are predictable & limited. Hives, swelling of hands, feet, eyelids & lips called angioedema, breathing issues due to windpipe swelling or asthma & GI symptoms like nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain & diarrhea. Since Erythromycin commonly causes GI symptoms it's hard to tell if this is allergy or intolerance when skin or breathing symptoms are absent. ...Read more
When healthtap doctor says, allergy shots could work for eczema, is that mean atopic dermatitis is also treatable? Are they similar terms?
I'm allergic to Erythromycin-anaphylaxis
Sulfa drugs- rash can I use polymyxin b sulfate eye drops?
Yes: Polymyxin is an effective anti-bacterial. You could use it without the allergies popping up as it has with others. However: are you sure you need this drop? It seems as if you are using an antibiotic for every eye inflammation, most of which are probably not bacterial. And in so doing you have sensitized yourself to antibiotics that you might need for an actual infection. ...Read more
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 moreSee 14 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
Many: Allergic reactions to any drug vary widely from patient to patient. In my experience, it is very uncommon to have an allergic reaction to gastrografin. If you have an iodine allergy, then you should avoid gastrografin. Here is link to more detail information: http://www.Drugs.Com/pro/gastrografin.Html. ...Read more
Reaction to sux: In terms of allergy in the usual sense, it may not exist with succinylcholine. My top concern would be an adverse intrinsic response to exposure to this drug, called malignant hyperthermia. This is life threatening if not immediately recognized, there is genetic predisposition(family history). Other conditions preclude use of this drug too, renal failure, certain neurologic conditions also. ...Read more
Yes: Sigulair (montelukast) is a leukotriene receptor antagonist used for the maintenance treatment of asthma and has the added benefit of relieving symptoms of seasonal allergies. In addition, montelukast is used for other conditions including exercise induced bronchospasm, AERD, and chronic urticaria (hives).This medication is NOT useful for the treatment of acute asthma attacks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If i've conjunctivitis allergy, can it heal by allergy injection therapy ?Tried allergy meds : allegysal, patanol (olopatadine) and avil, Claritin loratadine, please help
Yes: Treatment of allergic conjunctivitis starts with eliminating or avoiding the allergen as well as rinsing the allergen from your eyes with plain water (reduces the allergen load). Allergy shots can help as can oral allergy meds. There are eye drops that help a great deal also. Steroid eye drops are very effective but are not used long term due to risk of glaucoma and cataract. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Yes: Drug allergy is a complex issue, so many drugs r in the market with many active / inactive ingredients, fortunately enough only few people develop drug allergy, if at all in doubt stop the medicine review it with ur doctor to replace it, if it is an absolute necessity to take the drug in question consult an allergist. ...Read more
Allegra (fexofenadine) allergy: I am not quite sure of the question. Allegra (fexofenadine) is a non drowsy antihistamine to treat symptoms of allergic or non allergic rhinitis. The symptoms include runny stuffy nose, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes. It can also help itching of the skin. If your question is not answered, please clarify the question. ...Read more
Can't say I would:
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Skin usually: Adverse reactions to Fluconazole are uncommon but can manifest in various ways, but usually involve skin reactions including mucus membranes like oral ulcers. Other organ systems that can be affected include nervous, heart, muscle, eye and kidney. I just saw a young lady with second episode of severe mouth and vaginal symptoms after Diflucan (fluconazole) dose. It happens. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can montelukast become an alternative of allergens immunotherapy for perenial allergic rhinitis ?
Not really: I suggest 3 steps to controlling allergies : 1) avoid the things you are allergic to. 2) take medications to control the symptoms. 3) get 'allergy shots' (immunotherapy) to teach your body to not be "allergic" to those things (immune tolerance). Using a leukotriene antagonist control the symptoms some, but it is not the most effective medication, and is not an equal alternative to immunotherapy. ...Read more
A few cause most: About 90% of serious food allergies caused by immune mechanisms come from a few foods: milk, egg, soy, wheat, peanut, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish. Allergies to fruits and vegetables are often due to cross-reactions with pollen allergies. However, there are also reactions that are not caused by immune mechanisms (intolerances) and these can occur to a wide range of other foods. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What can I use in my home to smell good when everyone has allergies ? I can't use glade or carpet freshener everyone gets stopped up!
Cinnamon sticks: Boil cinnamon sticks in a pot on the stove. It releases a wonderful smell and it is not harsh, should cause allergy flare. ...Read more
Loaded Question: To some degree they may be. For example in peanut allergic children subsequent sibs are probably at a higher risk than the general population for peanut allergy. However, the genetics of allergic disease is very complex and one generally passes on the ability to be allergic rather than a specific allergy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probable: Asthma is often hereditary as are allergies. However whether a disease condition will develop or not is dependent on how the body interacts with the environment. For example, in identical twins there is a close to 60% that the other twin would develop asthma if one of the twin has it. In non-identical twins, the chance is slightly under 30%. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer