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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

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

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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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Treating Skin Allergies (Checklist)

Apply non-medicated moisturizing cream to rash areas
5 Min, 2x day, forever
Keep daily showers brief and without the water being too hot
5 Min, Once, forever
Avoid soaps, which can be drying. Lotion-cleansers are better.
Once
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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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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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Treating Skin Allergies (Checklist)

Hydrate well with purified water
Once
Avoid sugars, dairy, soy, GMO products
Once
Avoid fried and grilled foods
Once
Avoid using harsh detergents in shampoos, moisturizers, sunscreen
Once
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What is the difference in symptoms of dairy allergy vs. Dairy intolerance?

What is the difference in symptoms of dairy allergy vs. Dairy intolerance?

Allergy not just GI: Dairy intolerance is caused by an inability to digest milk sugar lactose into two simpler sugars. This results in gas, cramps, bloating, flatulence & diarrhea. Dairy allergy may cause these same symptoms but typically also causes vomiting, skin rashes like hives or eczema & even triggers allergic rhinitis & asthma. If symptoms all GI try lactose-free milk. You'll have no symptoms if intolerant. ...Read more

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What's the difference between an allergy vs chemical sensitivity?

What's the difference between an allergy vs chemical sensitivity?

Immune vs Irritant: An allergic reaction involves the immune system reacting to a specific substance and causing symptoms such as rash, itching, hay fever, or asthma. A chemical sensitivity can be an irritant reaction or toxic reaction that causes direct damage to the skin, respiratory system or gastrointestinal system on contact. ...Read more

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Treating Skin Allergies (Checklist)

Use hydrocortisone
2x day
Do not use topical Benadryl
once
Avoid offending agent
once
Nickel is often cause of skin allergies
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How will I know if I have a mosquito allergy vs just being sensitive?

How will I know if I have a  mosquito allergy vs just being sensitive?

Severity of symptoms: Virtually everyone is essentially "allergic to mosquitos if they bite, it will cause an irritative reaction, the typical itchy "red bump" some people are more sensitive, depending on skin type or wearing lotions/sunscreens, perfumes w/certain smells, or certain colored clothing. Most important to be aware is that mosquitos carry dangerous diseases, such as malaria(humans)heartworm(dog)nile virus(h. ...Read more

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Hypersensitivity (Definition)

Hypersensitivity is a clinical term in which a normally tolerable trigger results in a larger than expected response. Examples include emotional responses to social situations, or sunburn from average amounts of sunlight that normally do ...Read more

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