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Doctor insights on: Allergies Vs Irritants

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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

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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

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What is allergy?

What is allergy?

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

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What are allergies?

What are allergies?

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 more

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What is an allergy?

What is an allergy?

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 more

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What causes allergy?

What causes allergy?

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 more

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Poly allergy syndrom?

Poly allergy syndrom?

Allergies: As a doctor, if I heard this it simply makes me think (1) you have allergies, asthma, eczema, etc.... Or (2) you have multiple allergies to pollens, medications, foods, stinging insects, etc... ...Read more

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Can allergy be cured?

Can allergy be cured?

Controlled: Allergy can be controlled with avoidance of known sources of allergy (pets, pollen, etc), medication taken consistently, and perhaps allergy shots. However we are not able to "cure allergy" but these measures help restore a good quality of life. ...Read more

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Symptoms of allergies?

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

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Can allergy be treated?

Can allergy be treated?

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