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Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim
Board Certified, Urgent Care
14 years in practice
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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?

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?

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. Marsha Davis
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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
24 years in practice
12M people helped
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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

Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
24 years in practice
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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

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. Marsha Davis
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Dr. Matt Wachsman
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
31 years in practice
4M people helped
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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?

Dr. Matt Wachsman
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
31 years in practice
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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?

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
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
40 years in practice
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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

Dr. Marvin Den
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
40 years in practice
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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. Marsha Davis
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Dr. Eli Silver
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Do children grow out of allergies?

Dr. Eli Silver
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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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Dr. Dean Giannone
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
20 years in practice
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How can I treat my allergies?

Dr. Dean Giannone
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
20 years in practice
11M people helped
How can I treat my allergies?

Nasal sprays not OTC: For seasonal allergies, the most effective options are the steroid or antihistamine nasal sprays, available by prescription. Not only do they work the best, but they are technically local therapy as negligible amounts enter the bloodstream. The OTC nasal sprays can cause rebound symptoms, which the prescription versions do not. ...Read more

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Board Certified, Pediatrics
30 years in practice
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How can I understand what allergies my child has?

Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Board Certified, Pediatrics
30 years in practice
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Good question...: Skin rashes are usually food or contact allergy, cough and nasal allergies are usually to airborne allergens (dust, pollen, animal dander). For food allergy, observe what seems to make it worse -- food diary is a useful tool. For airborne, the rule of thumb is, tree pollen in the spring, grass pollen in the summer, weed pollen in the fall, dust and animal dander year round but worse in winter. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
39 years in practice
7M people helped
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What causes allergies?

Dr. Steven Machtinger
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
39 years in practice
7M people helped
What causes allergies?

Genes + environment: Noses run in families - if both parents have allergies the chance that their child will be allergic is 80%. If neither parent is allergic the child's risk is10%. Exposure to urban pollutants like diesel exhaust, cigarette smoke, & antibacterial hand cleansers upset the ecological balance between our immune system & beneficial microorganisms. With both factors present allergy is more likely. ...Read more

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Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
14 years in practice
185K people helped
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Which medications are safe to treat childhood allergies?

Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
14 years in practice
185K people helped
Which medications are safe to treat childhood allergies?

Several: The options depend upon age. Oral second generation antihistamines are unlikely to be sedating (zyrtec, claritin, or allegra). Nasal steroid and antihistamine sprays can be very helpful for symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Leukotriene inhibitors such as singulair block allergic inflammatory chemicals. These all have a good safety record. Allergy shots can help with moderate to severe allergy. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Carter
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
25 years in practice
2M people helped
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Why are fall allergies so bad?

Dr. Paul Carter
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
25 years in practice
2M people helped
Why are fall allergies so bad?

Ragweed & Mold: Allergy problems are often worse in the fall because of weed pollen such as ragweed. In addition, mold is worse in the fall because decaying plant material such as all summer's grass clipping and falling leaves. Ragweed is a potent allergen for those who are allergic to it and can cause fairly severe symptoms. The combo of weed pollen and mold is a double whammy. ...Read more

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