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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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Treating Skin Allergies (Tip)

Treating Skin Allergies

Allergy shots, if given at appropriate doses, can cure allergies. ...See more

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What in the air could be triggering my allergy symptoms?

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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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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Treating Skin Allergies (Tip)

Treating Skin Allergies

Confirm your allergies with allergy testing so that you know what allergens to avoid. ...See 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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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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Treating Skin Allergies (Tip)

Treating Skin Allergies

The only "cure" to allergies is allergy shots. Everything else is a temporary fix for the problem. ...See more