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Allergen D Farinae
Skin prick allergy test with green duo tip. D.pteronyssinus=Wheal:7,Flare:15(mm);D.Farinae=Wh:6,Flare:15.How mild/moderate/severe my dust allergy is?
Dust mite: Positive prick skin tests means there is a sensitivity to the allergen (i.e. Dust mite). The larger the size, the more likely the allergen will cause sxs. However, size does not correlate with symptom severity. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Can stress (or anything other than the allergen) be a factor in the frequency or severity of a dust mite allergic reaction?
Stress worsens: Our bodies are so complex, and we really only understand a fraction of how our bodies' systems interact with our environment. In general, chronic ongoing stress seems to worsen many illness. So yes, i'm sure stress has the potential to worsen allergy. It's good to make a concerted effort to lessen overall stress. See stress reduction techniques on health tap. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Unfortunately, no: To truly decrease dust mite symptoms, several measures are needed including encasements over bedding, hot water washing, reducing humidity and no carpet or frequent vacuuming. Some sprays kill mites, others denature mite proteins, but by themselves they are not sufficient to decrease symptoms. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
With asthma, dust mite & food allergies, need I use 1) latex or organic wool/cotton mattress with or w/o allergen mattress cover & 2) organic bedding?
Dust mite barrier: Covering your mattress with an impermeable dust mite barrier and washing sheets in hot water weekly as well as removing extra pillows and thick comforters are the most important steps to avoid dust mite allergy reactions. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Are allergic tests for cats definitive? Will the test be done for all for major allergens known in cats?
Depends: There are two materials used for cat allergy testing - hair & skin. Both contain the major cat allergen. Cat skin contains other allergens - especially cat Albumin - not present in cat hair - that sometimes cause allergic symptoms. So if you were tested only with cat hair perhaps you could be retested with cat skin (aka cat epidermal or cat dander). ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Triggers allergies: An allergen is any substance, usually a protein but occasionally a carbohydrate, drug or metal, that upon entering the body is perceived by the immune system as being foreign. If the immune reaction results in immediate hypersensitivity like asthma or anaphylaxis or contact dermatitis like poison ivy or poison oak then that foreign substance has acted like an allergen. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Many things: Anything that causes an allergic reaction, usually an ige mediated reaction. Spring pollen allergens are tree pollens and molds. Summer is mostly grass and mold. Fall is ragweed, other weeds, and mold. Year round allergens in the house are dust mites, pet danders, and , wait for it, mold. Common food allergens are peanut, shellfish, nuts, wheat, and others. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›