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Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim
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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?

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?

Get checked: Perhaps your doctor can confirm the eczema or perhaps a very bad allergy or infection. I would recommend a face to face encounter ...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


Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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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

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

Yes: It is called vasomotor rhintis and a nasal spray can help. You should be tested by an allergist to rule out environmental allergies first. The two conditions can coexist. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
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Dr. Matt Wachsman
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What can cause chronic bronchitis with normal lung function test, no relation to allergy, infectious disease, tobacco and other chemical irritants?

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 more

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Dr. Marvin Den
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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

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Dr. Lee Perry
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Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
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What causes allergies in children?

What causes allergies in children?

Genes + environment: To develop an allergy, you need a genetic predisposition. For example, children at highest risk of developing allergic asthma are those whose parents have asthma. Also necessary is multiple exposures to the allergen. The strongest predictor of developing allergies in the future is having allergic disease now (for example, a child with eczema has increased chance of developing asthma). ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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What type of allergies can the medication Singular help with?

What type of allergies can the medication Singular help with?

Nose and chest: Dr Fisher has given a good description on its action. In addition to asthma, Singulair may also be effective for allergic rhinitis. In my experience, it is effective in about 50% of the people. Singulair is not as effective as inhaled steroid but may be uniquely effective about 25% of the time. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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I have 67 med allergies, is there anything I can do that might help me not be allergic to so much?

I have 67 med allergies, is there anything I can do that might help me not be allergic to so much?

Consult allergist: A board certified allergist is specifically trained to investigate and manage adverse reactions to drugs including multiple drug allergies. These can be complex and an experienced allergist can likely provide some answers and direction. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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What can be prescribed to relieve food allergys?

What can be prescribed to relieve food allergys?

Emergency Rx: The best way to diagnose food allergies is by history, or perhaps an elimination diet, and the best treatment by far is avoidance as realistically required. My egg allergy is fairly mild but my other family members have had to carry Epinephrine needles as they are more severely affected. No rx / pill / supplement will make food allergies just go away -- being proactive is best. ...Read more

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Dr. Eli Silver
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Do children grow out of allergies?

Yes: Not all of the food allergies are created equal. Food allergies like dairy, egg, wheat tend to be outgrown. Tree nut and peanut are less likely (although recent studies suggest that 20-30% outgrow the peanut allergy). Environmental allergies tend to "grow on you" with time. Note: the allergy test may remain positive despite the child having outgrown the allergy. Consult with an allergist. ...Read more

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