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Allergic To Ragweed
I'm allergic to ragweeds and pollen so pretty much the outdoors. What can I take to alleviate the symptoms?
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
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
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
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?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers