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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.

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

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

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


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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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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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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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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

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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What's the best natural s way to treat allergies toward seaweed ?

What's the best natural s way to treat allergies toward seaweed ?

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

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Can you tell me which are the primary contraindication(s) of keppray excluding known allergy?

Can you tell me which are the primary contraindication(s) of keppray excluding known allergy?

Include Following: If you are referring to Keppra (levetiracetam) contraindications/cautions include if pregnant, if kidney (renal) impairment, or if psychiatric disorder. Avoid abruptly withdrawaling this medication. ...Read more

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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 ?

Usually: The humidity is helpful unless you have mold or dust mite allergy. Usually the winds are blowing inland and as there is nothing in the ocean that pollinates then the air coming off the water has relatively less, pollen. ...Read more