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Dr. Steven Machtinger
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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

Allergic reactions are sensitivities to substances, called allergens, that come into contact with the skin, nose, eyes, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal tract. They can be inhaled into the lungs, swallowed, or injected.

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I bought shakeology. I am nervous to try it.75 ingredients, some I've never heard of. Could its ingredients cause allergic reaction. ?

I bought shakeology. I am nervous to try it.75 ingredients, some I've never heard of.  Could its ingredients cause allergic reaction. ?

Yes: Nicole, technically anything you ingest could cause an allergic reaction, although it is fairly unlikely. On the other hand, as a general principle of a healthy diet, if a food continues ingredients you can't even pronounce or have never heard of, you probably shouldn't eat or drink it. Stick to whole, unprocessed foods. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What does "mast cell degranulation" mean in an allergic reaction?

What does "mast cell degranulation" mean in an allergic reaction?

Mast cell: Definition protein involved in mast cell degranulation. Mast cell is a large, ovoid cell of hematopoietic lineage, with a centrally located nucleus and numerous large, intensely basophilic granules. The binding of an antigen to its specific immunoglobulin-e antibody on the mast cell surface triggers the release of the mc granules. Mast cells are involved in hypersensitivity reactions. ...Read more

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Allergies (Tip)

Allergies

Shower and change clothes when coming in for the day to keep outdoor allergies at bay! ...See more

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Treating Skin Allergies (Checklist)

Apply non-medicated moisturizing cream to rash areas
5 Min, 2x day, forever
Keep daily showers brief and without the water being too hot
5 Min, Once, forever
Avoid soaps, which can be drying. Lotion-cleansers are better.
Once
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What is best to treat allergic reaction lip swelling?

What is best to treat allergic reaction lip swelling?

Lip swelling: It is very important to find out what has caused the lip swelling. If it is an allergic reaction, stop taking whatever caused the reaction, and see your physician or an allergy specialist for an evaluation. Do not try and treat this yourself. Also see your dentist to see if there is a dental infection. ...Read more

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How can I effectively treat an allergic reaction?

How can I effectively treat an allergic reaction?

Medicines: It depends on the symptoms and the severity of the reaction. Severe reactions require immediate treatment. Mild reactions may respond to over the counter allergy medicines. Avoiding the trigger is also important. See an allergist for continuing or recurrent problems. ...Read more

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Allergies (Tip)

Allergies

Most people with chronic hives do not have food or food additive allergies. ...See more

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Treating Skin Allergies (Checklist)

Hydrate well with purified water
Once
Avoid sugars, dairy, soy, GMO products
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Avoid fried and grilled foods
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Avoid using harsh detergents in shampoos, moisturizers, sunscreen
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If I develop allergic reaction to insect bites, how will it be treated?

If I develop allergic reaction to insect bites, how will it be treated?

Allergy: Lots of different meds can be used. Antihistamines are very common but stopping the medicine (or other thing) that causes the reaction is the first thing to do, if known. Topical and systemic steroids are also commonly used (orally or injected). ...Read more

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What is the worst thing that could happen due to an allergic reaction?

Anaphylaxis: The most severe reaction that can occur after repeated exposure to something you are allergic to is called anaphylaxis. This rare but sudden condition causes itchy welts (hives), followed by wheezing, shortness of breath, and occasionally, swelling of the tongue or throat. Without treatment, swelling of the tongue or throat can sometimes worsen and block the airway. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Essentially allergies occur when your immune system goes crazy and decides to has to fight against things it should be ignoring. The immune system of people without allergies simply ignores the pollen in the air or the dander on their cat while an allergic person's immune system creates cells to fight against the pollen or dander. The allergic reaction causes the ...Read more

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