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Doctor insights on: Allergic To Ragweed

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What kind of herb can I use if i'm allergic to ragweed?

What kind of herb can I use if i'm allergic to ragweed?

None: Unfortunately, no herbal remedies have been shown to improve ragweed allergy. ...Read more

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If i'm allergic to ragweed, should I eat wheat?

If i'm allergic to ragweed, should I eat wheat?

Not necessary: Ragweed is an inhalent allergen. A reaction to ragweed will not be affected by eating wheat. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to ragweeds and pollen so pretty much the outdoors. What can I take to alleviate the symptoms?

I'm allergic to ragweeds and pollen so pretty much the outdoors. What can I take to alleviate the symptoms?

Allergy treatments : Try avoid exposure to ragweed and pollen first, then using hepa filter system and vacuum your carpet more often. Then OTC antihistamines, decongestants, or Neti pot Normal Saline nasal rinse. See an allergy doctor for advice and more potent treatments if neccesary. ...Read more

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Is it okay for me to take milk thistle even though I am allergic to ragweed?

Is it okay for me to take milk thistle even though I am allergic to ragweed?

Good question!: Both milk thistle and ragweed are in the asteraceae botanical family. While this might be enough to increase the chance they share common allergens, i was unable to find information in the scientific literature that the allergy to one increased risk to the other. Since information is lacking, be cautious and use the expertise of an allergist. A skin test might be helpful or a stepwise challenge. ...Read more

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If I am allergic to ragweed and pollen should I take anything containing desert indian wheat in it?

If I am allergic to ragweed and pollen should I take anything containing desert indian wheat in it?

Sure: When an individual is allergic to trees, grasses or weeds the reaction isn't to the leaves, bark, roots but to the pollen made by the male plant which gets blown by the wind onto the eggs of the female plant to make a seed which can go on to make a new plant. There should be no cross-reactivity between ragweed pollen and indian wheat dessert or indian wheat/maize. ...Read more

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I am allergic to ragweed. My DC has recommended a supplement that is "contraindicated in known allergy to plants of the daisy family." Is it ok?

I am allergic to ragweed. My DC has recommended a supplement that is "contraindicated in known allergy to plants of the daisy family." Is it ok?

It's ok to be...: It's ok to be allergic to ragweed pollen. Many people are allergic to a variety of pollens. A primary care provider can help take care of such allergies. A "DC" usually means a chiropractor. Chiropractors are not medical doctors, so nobody knows what chiropractors are doing when they make medical recommendations. If worried, one can bring the supplement to his real medical doctor to ask about it. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take milk thistle supplements if allergic to ragweed?

Is it okay to take milk thistle supplements if allergic to ragweed?

Best not to: Milk thistle can cause an allergic reaction in people sensitive to the asteraceae/compositae family of plants, which includes ragweed, marigolds, daisies, & many others. ...Read more

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Allergic to mold, ragweed, grass which has been high in my area. Have sinus pressure past 2 days. Not sure if I should see dr for infection?

Allergic to mold, ragweed, grass which has been high in my area. Have sinus pressure past 2 days. Not sure if I should see dr for infection?

See an A/I doctor: Allergist/Immunologist, should help you out with your current problems of upper airways allergies/inflammation and your probable chronic sinusitis. Check AAAAI.org or ACAAI.org for an Allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more

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If you're not allergic to pollen, dust, ragweed, etc...Basically no allergies.....Tested and negative, can you still have rhinitis? What causes it?

If you're not allergic to pollen, dust, ragweed, etc...Basically no allergies.....Tested and negative, can you still have rhinitis? What causes it?

Yes.: The cause of about 1/3 adult patients with chronic rhinitis is not allergic. For these patients triggers include irritants like smoke, perfume, petrochemical odors, diesel exhaust, wind & cold air. Topical antihsitamine & anticholinergic sprays are effective meds. Nasal polyps, chronic sinusitis, & hypothyroidism are other common causes of chronic rhinitis. ...Read more

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What to do if I have never broken out, so i was just wondering would i be allergic to it because of the pollen and ragweeds?

What to do if I have never broken out, so i was just wondering would i be allergic to it because of the pollen and ragweeds?

No problem: If you are not genetically predisposed to become allergic, it is unlikely that you will have problem regardless of the pollen count. ...Read more