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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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What's effectiveness of allergen immunotherapy?

What's effectiveness of allergen immunotherapy?

High if done correct: For stinging insect venom.Effectiveness approaches 99% . For environmental inhalant allergies when appropriately tested and results interpretted by an expert before choosing relevant allergens to include in desensitization effectiveness has been shown for most symptoms up to 85% ...Read more

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Treating Skin Allergies (Checklist)

Use hydrocortisone
2x day
Do not use diphenhydramine topical cream
once
Avoid the offending agent (s)
once
Find out if you are allergic to nickel, as nickel is often the cause of skin allergies
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Does the emergency contraception TAKE ACTION work as good as plan B one step?

Does the emergency contraception TAKE ACTION work as good as plan B one step?

Should be: Should be similiar as both contain 1. 5 mg Levonorgestrel per Dose .
REF: http://ec.princeton.edu/questions/eceffect.html ...Read more

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How effective is taking plan b & taking your birth control pill the same day as taking plan b ? Do they cancel each other out ?

How effective is taking plan b & taking your birth control pill the same day as taking plan b ? Do they cancel each other out ?

Plan B: Depending on the kind of birth control pill, they contain similar hormones related to progesterone, levonorgestrel. It isn't necessary to take plan b if you haven't missed 2 or more birth control pills in a row. Plan B is 85% effective if taken within 72 hours and 95% effective within 24 hours, less effective in women with BMI's over 35. ...Read more

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Will Plan B One step work after/during ovulation?

Yes: Yes, Plan B reduces the chance of pregnancy by a factor of 10 when taken within 72 hours of an unprotected encounter, even during or after ovulation. It does not work by inhibiting ovulation; it inhibits implantation which is a separate process that must occur before a pregnancy is established. ...Read more

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Will allergy shots work?

Will allergy shots work?

Yes: Allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots) is effective for most people and is the only "disease modifying" treatment available. In general about 30% of patients have great response, 30% have good response, 30% have a fair response and unfortunately 10% don't respond. There is no way to predict how good the response will be. It's excellent and safe therapy in the right hands (an allergist). ...Read more

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Allergy shots or antihistamine pills which works better?

Allergy shots or antihistamine pills which works better?

Allergy shots: antihistamines only cover up symptoms and don't cure anything. Allergy shots treat the cause and that is why with successful immunotherapy you can get rid of antihistames. One complication of nasal allergy treated symptomatically is development of asthma. On the other hand if you treat the cause you prevent complications ...Read more

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How is nut allergy testing and de-sensitizing done? Orally? Shots?

How is nut allergy testing and de-sensitizing done?  Orally?  Shots?

Nut Allergy: Testing for nut allergy can be done either by skin test or by blood testing. There is no currently available desensitization for nuts, outside of that being done for clinical research. If someone offers you nut allergy desensitization, be very skeptical. ...Read more

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Is Plan B withdrawal bleeding good?

Not exactly sure : What you mean. However, bleeding after taking Plan B is neither good nor bad. It is a possible side effect of plan b. The way you know that it has worked is when you get your actual period. ...Read more

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What is the best allergy pill for cat allergies?

What is the best allergy pill for cat allergies?

Lots of Options: Over-the-counter non-sedating antihistamines like Allergra, Claritin, and Zyrtec are helpful (I like Zyrtec the best). Other treatments include daily steroid nasal sprays and antihistamine eye drops. Avoidance of triggers is also helpful. If you have a cat, keeping it out of the bedroom is important, HEPA filters, washing cat weekly, frequent cleaning. Allergy shots can also be life-changing. ...Read more

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Can a person taking risperidone take Allegra-D allergy & congestion?

Can a person taking risperidone take Allegra-D allergy & congestion?

Yes: Not interaction, good that you asked, always exercise caution with multiple medications, good luck ...Read more

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Does the Take Action pill have the same effects as the Plan B?

Does the Take Action pill have the same effects as the Plan B?

Yes: They both contain 1.5 mg of levonorgestrel. Plan B is the brand name most people recognize. Other versions of the same pill (such as Take Action) are considered the generic versions of Plan B. One should check a home pregnancy test 3 weeks after using one of these pills, to be sure the pill worked as expected. ...Read more

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Allergic reaction (possible anaphylaxis) after allergy testing, what to do?

Allergic reaction (possible anaphylaxis) after allergy testing, what to do?

Allergy testing: Only physicians trained in the specialty of allergy, asthma ; immunology are trained in a monitored situation during residency to perform skin testing for ige-mediated allergy. Some ENT programs are adding this to their training. If you were skin tested by a non-specialist, consult a specialist, if you were skin tested by an allergist, it is likely that you are unusally allergic. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get allergy desensitization / immunotherapy shots for food allergies?

Is it possible to get allergy desensitization / immunotherapy shots for food allergies?

No: There are no injection protocols for desensitization to foods. Oral desensitization is being carried out at several research centers, but is not ready for general clinical use at this time. ...Read more

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