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Are air fresheners bad if I have dust allergies?

Are air fresheners bad if I have dust allergies?

Probably not: But the strong odor might actually cause symptoms through a mechanism known as vaso motor rhinitis. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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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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Mold in bathroom ceiling & above window in bedroom from drainage spout. Have asthma/allergies. Should i worry? Have sinusitis post flu since january.

Mold in bathroom ceiling & above window in bedroom from drainage spout. Have asthma/allergies. Should i worry? Have sinusitis post flu since january.

Absolutely: Mold is a common allergen and some types are very toxic. This needs to be cleaned up and the area evaluated for hidden mold or leaks. ...Read more

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I have runny nose & congestion. But i'm not sick. Could it be from the cat dander, that got blown about with the heater? I'm allergic, but tried to put cat in other room. I have dust mite bedding.

I have runny nose & congestion. But i'm not sick. Could it be from the cat dander, that got blown about with the heater?  I'm allergic, but tried to put cat in other room. I have dust mite bedding.

Yes: If you are allergic to cat dander then it doesn't matter where the cat is inside the house. Unless you have a hepa filter in the furnace, the dander will be recirculating constantly when the furnace is on. Cat dander can be detected even 2 years after removal of the cat. Solution? Antihistamine-> removal of the cat following by thorough cleaning -> allergist. ...Read more

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I am suffering from catarrah runny nose nasal congestion cough with shortness of breath phelgmin upper respiratory tract i cannot go to doctor .

I am suffering from catarrah runny nose nasal congestion cough with shortness of breath phelgmin upper respiratory tract i cannot go to doctor .

Cold or allergies: Your symptoms can be from a wide variety of ailments. How long have you been suffering from these symptoms? If they recur continuously, you may be suffering from nasal allergies and secondary asthma. If this is an acute problem you may be suffering from an infection. ...Read more

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I cough everytime I am near dust. Can i be allergic to dust?

A Symptom: Yes, dust can cause a person to cough. A cough is a symptom caused by some underlying condition. There are many conditions that can cause a cough. If one has a persistent or worsening cough, a visit to their primary care physician would be advised. I see from your profile that you smoke tobacco. Smoking often leads to a cough. Don't dismiss the cough. Pay attention to this symptom. ...Read more

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I am going crazy with ragweed allergy and pollen. Should I change car air filter?

I am going crazy with ragweed allergy and pollen. Should I change car air filter?

Ragweed allergy: Keeping car windows closed and filter change may be useful. Allergy medicines will help. For severe symptoms Prednisone or cortisone injection (celestone (betamethasone) or kenalog) may give relief. Ideally see a trained allergist for proper allergy testing and treatment. Immunotherapy or allergy injections if started now may help you in the future seasons, prevent complications and be more economical. ...Read more

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I have allergic asthma & seasonal allergies. Can dust & animal dander cause headaches?

I have allergic asthma & seasonal allergies.  Can dust & animal dander cause headaches?

Depends: Are you allergic to these allergens? If so yes it can cause runny nose and headaches. If you don't know what you are allergic to, speak to doctor get an allergy test. ...Read more

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I have bad allergies. If allergies are caused by overactive immune system, why do I get sick so easy? 2 staph, sinus infect, HPV, MANY colds & flu.

I have bad allergies. If allergies are caused by overactive immune system, why do I get sick so easy? 2 staph, sinus infect, HPV,  MANY colds & flu.

Good question: allergy causes inflammation of mucus membranes /skin, this inflammation invites bacteria which colonize sinuses, skin and other areas causing chronic infection with frequent flare-ups, sometimes with the allergy there could be a subtle defect in the complex immune system which adds to the problem, you need to see a qualified allergist/immunologist for management,keep follow up with your doctor/ENT ...Read more

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I have seasonal allergy.Like sneezing or whistle sound in respiration.Specially spring season.How to avoid?

I have seasonal allergy.Like sneezing or whistle sound in respiration.Specially spring season.How to avoid?

See allergist: Limit your activities to the indoors.Avoid blossoming trees and cutting the grass. Sleep with windows closed and air conditioning on. Take antihistamines and bronchodilators if necessary. ...Read more

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I don't have allergies but I do have allergy like reaction (including nasal congestion) to dust, smoke, scents, etc. Did that cause my dark circles?

I don't have allergies but I do have allergy like reaction (including nasal congestion) to dust, smoke, scents, etc. Did that cause my dark circles?

Non Allergic Rhiniti: Rhinitis is the condition that causes nasal congestion, sneezing, itchy nose, and a runny nose. It can be caused by allergies or not caused by allergies -- this is called non allergic rhinitis (nar). Nar is caused by strong odors perfumes, smoke and other irritants. I would challenge the statement that allergy testing is too cumbersome, costly and painful to perfume. ...Read more

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I hear so much abt allergic reactions that i've started avoiding peanuts, fish, etc, even tho I have no food allergies. Overreacting?

I hear so much abt allergic reactions that i've started avoiding peanuts, fish, etc, even tho I have no food allergies. Overreacting?

Yes: The guidelines that are published for evaluation and treatment of food allergies do not recommend testing without a prior reaction/symptoms after eating. If you have never had any problems with a specific food, avoiding them proactively would be unneccessary. I do admire your desire to be proactive though. ...Read more

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Am I having asthma symptoms or just sick from smog in beijing?

Am I having asthma symptoms or just sick from smog in beijing?

Maybe both.: Asthma would certainly be made worse by the smog. Lung function testing would be helpful in determining if you have asthma. ...Read more

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Anyone still suffering from ragweed allergies? Clean out closets?

Anyone still suffering from ragweed allergies? Clean out closets?

No: Ragweed is a specific plant which normally causes allergy symptoms in the fall. Cleaning your closet may help with dust allergies. ...Read more

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High mold exposure when cleaning. Allergic to mold. 1 wk increasing sinus/chest congestion, itching nose/eyes/throat. Antihistamine? Fluticasone?

Yes: Both can give you some symptomatic relief. Avoiding the exposure is primary and if it is in a home it is best to move if you are highly sensitive. Check out www.mhpvitamins.com, Inc. as they have a homeopathic for this. ...Read more

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Allergic to dogs but my parents brought their dogs to my house recently now noticing wheeze upon exhale, itchy nose sneezing, phelgm in throat.dogs?

Allergic to dogs but my parents brought their dogs to my house recently now noticing wheeze upon exhale, itchy nose sneezing, phelgm in throat.dogs?

Yes: Either you move or the dogs move, meanwhile, you want to see your doctor for evaluation and possibly referral to an allergist, also your doctor would prescribe some inhalers to help the wheeze, and other medicines to control your symptoms, you can start with OTC loratadine or cetirizine, but take them regularly, saline nasal washes often to reduce allergens in your nasal passages, good luck ...Read more

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Just had flu, havr slight cough, no pain/chest issues, no stuffiness..do have seas. allergies. I feel like I must breath in deeply. Is this allergies?

Just had flu, havr slight cough, no pain/chest issues, no stuffiness..do have seas. allergies. I feel like I must breath in deeply. Is this allergies?

No: Have trouble breathing in is from upper airway obstruction or anxiety. If this becomes a recurrent problem then you need to make sure that your anxiety is resolved (with psychiatric counselling as well as medications) and consult an allergist or ENT to evaluate your upper airway area (vocal cord dysfunction is one possibility.) ...Read more

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I am allergic to dust, cigarette and it's smell , hairy animals, plants and grass, birds, strong smell of anything since 4 years am suffering. .

I am allergic to dust, cigarette and it's smell , hairy animals, plants and grass, birds, strong smell of anything since 4 years am suffering. .

See specialist: An allergist is uniquely trained to diagnose and treat patients with allergies and non-allergic irritants. An individualized plan can be provided to have a plan going forward. ...Read more

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I inhaled wood chip dust today. As I'm trying to sleep tonight I cannot stop coughing and I'm having issues breathing. How can I clear this up?

I inhaled wood chip dust today. As I'm trying to sleep tonight I cannot stop coughing and I'm having issues breathing. How can I clear this up?

Coughing is your: body's natural response to particles in your airway. A vigorous cough helps remove them. Wood chip dust can't be removed mechanically. Avoid taking cough suppressants like dextromethorphan )Robitussin et. al.). Running a humidified and staying upright when possible can improves your airway's ability to clear stuff out. Significant breathing problems & fever require prompt medical care. ...Read more