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Allergies Vs Irritants
Is it possible to over-use salt water nasal douche? Been using it for 2 years 2x per day to clear irritants + allergy meds. Worried about any damage.
Study points to yes: Saline irrigation can be beneficial when used for a short period of time. A study presented at the 2009 College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology suggested that chronic use of saline was counter productive. Although it removes pathogens when used from time to time, chronic use may remove the "good bacteria". Usually 1-3 weeks of use once a day is enough. If symptoms persist, see an ENT. ...Read more
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
Patches of itchy, dry skin on face and eyelid, eyelid has now also swollen. As a whole, skin on face is irritant. Possibly allergy or eczema?
Can chronic post nasal drip no allergy b caused by an irritant, something that a person's nose is sensitive to? Ex. Car exhaust, air pollution, perf
What can cause chronic bronchitis with normal lung function test, no relation to allergy, infectious disease, tobacco and other chemical irritants?
50% of us: Have asthma that does not make us go to the doctor on a given year. Mostly, I think this is mis-diagnosis of not asthma, but actually inflammation due to a viral illness which varies from days to over a month. Asthma meds (especially monteleukast) fix it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can the irritant in poison ivy travel through the air? Now that it is spring, I have been having a lot of issues with allergies because of all the pollen in the air. However, the other day I noticed after a sneezing fit that I was developing an itchy rash
The: The answer is yes, but only under circumstances like burning it. You may have come into contact with it thru other means like a pet or something else that came into contact with it, if it is really poison ivy. The rash should be seen by a medical person as it may not be poison ivy or any contact allergy. ...Read more
My daughter started allergy shots 5 weeks ago. For first time, she's having true allergy like symptoms - runny nose, watery eyes... Is it the shots? She is experiencing runny nose (worsened by: exposure to allergen or irritants, dust, allergens)
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Don't eat: If you are allergic to sea weed the best treatment is to avoid it. Don't ingest it or if it is a contact allergy try to avoid touching sea weed. If you want or can;t avoid it then see an Allergist to see what they recommend. ...Read more
I have alkergy rhinitis! Some asked me to swim in the beach and told me it s good to you if u have allergy rhinitis?
Allergy: Is an exaggerated immunological reaction (sneezing, difficulty breathing, itching, skin rash) to substances (pollen, animal dander), situations or physical states that do not produce similar effects in most people. It can also be defined as altered bodily reactivity to an antigen when a person is first exposed, such as to bee venom, that is so severe that a second sting may be fatal. Hope this helps ...Read more
See detail: Allergies are caused when a person makes an allergic antibody known as immunoglobulin e against a protein. This protein can be a food, pollen, mold, or medication. Allergic reactions can cause itching, swelling, redness in eyes, nasal passages, skin, GI tract, and in the lungs. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Abnormal reaction: An allergy is an abnormal, incorrect reaction of the immune system against substances we are exposed to in our environment. This includes environmental exposures, foods, drugs, etc. Allergies must be differentiated from other reactions not mediated specifically through the immune system including irritants, intolerance, etc. In general, allergy involves the respiratory tract, skin, or GI system. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Immune reaction: Your immune system normally makes igg antibodies that recognize foreign proteins. In patients with allergy, the immune system switches to making a ige antibodies for certain proteins. The ige antibodies act as a detector of the specific protein that they are made to react with and trigger the allergic response when they come in contact with that protein. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Allergy symptoms: Allergies can cause a large variety of symptoms: most common is hay fever (molds, dust, pollen) with watery runny nose, watery eyes & itching, nasal itch, sneezing, and congestion. Plant/tree/grass allergies can cause eczema, a skin rash, as can food allergies. Aerosolized allergens (pet dander, pollen, etc.) can cause asthma with chest tightness and wheezing. ...Read more
Yes: The most important treatment for allergies is identification and avoidance as possible. For environmental allergies, new generation antihistamines, nasal steroid sprays and allergy injections are current standard of care. Food allergy treatment is avoidance and Epinephrine in case of an accidental exposure. Research is being done on food oral desensitization, but not yet ready for "prime time". ...Read more