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Doctor recommended airlines for people with peanut allergies?

Flying + nut allergy: Domestic airlines are more likely to honor the following for nut allergic traveler: a passenger buffer zone around w/ nut allergies, so nuts will not be served; announce that passengers do not eat nut-containing foods; have nut-free meals. Other common safety measures include the caregiver of affected passenger wipes down tray tables, bringing their own food and avoiding use of airline pillows. ...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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How effective are allergy shots for bees allergies?

How effective are allergy shots for bees allergies?

Very effective: After a true bee/wasp/hornet allergy is determined, there is approximately a 40-60% chance of another systemic reaction occurring if stung again without ever receiving allergy shots. However, if a patient receives allergy shots to the specific allergic venom, the risk of another systemic reaction reduces to less than 3%. Consultation with a board-certified allergist is recommended. ...Read more

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Is an h2 histamine blocker ok for children for allergies.?

Is an h2 histamine blocker ok for children for allergies.?

Doesn't help much: H2 histamine blocking drugs are safe for children with allergies to take, but they are of limited value in treating allergies. ...Read more

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Is it safe for lupus patients to receive allergy shots? (immunotherapy)

Is it safe for lupus patients to receive allergy shots? (immunotherapy)

Yes, if u need them: Having lupus is not a contraindication for you to get allergy shots, if you need them. If you are on certain medications such as prednisone/high dose immunosupressives etc..The shots may not work well, but otherwise you can get them. I am sure your allergist will inform you of the benefits/risks of the injections. Consult your doc... Good luck to you... ...Read more

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How are children tested for allergies?

How are children tested for allergies?

See below: They are tested the same as everyone else. They can have skin testing performed by an allergist, or blood work ordered by their primary care provider. ...Read more

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Please recommend the best allergy med for young child with mold allergy?

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Please recommend the best allergy med for young child with mold allergy?

See below: There is no specific allergy medicine against mold. In case child's allergy symptoms are not well controlled by prescribed allergy medicine along with environmental control, allergy shots against mold allergy should be considered. ...Read more

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Is allergy vaccine for child aged 14 safe to prevent him from asthma in future?

Is allergy vaccine for child aged 14 safe to prevent him from asthma in future?

Confusing question: I know of no allergy vaccination that can or will prevent asthma in anyone at any age. There are allergy shots that can reduce a persons allergic responses if taken over several years, but not all seem to benefit from them. Allergy by itself has been cited as a triggering factor in only 5-10% of asthma sufferers. ...Read more

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Are there allergy shots available for people with mice/rodent allergies? Thank you!

Are there allergy shots available for people with mice/rodent allergies? Thank you!

Yes, but: You need to be evaluated by an allergist to know the type of exposure, and testing be made to assess your sensitivities,is it to the mouse epithelia, saliva or urine. The shots are available for the epithelium (dander) only, whether you are a candidate or not for immunotherapy (allergy shots) will be decided after full evaluation.If you have occupational exposure, wear protective gear,masks/gloves ...Read more

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What are safe allergy medications for toddlers?

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What are safe allergy medications for toddlers?

Many: Most antihistamines are safe when given in the proper dose yet they are often ineffective. For severe cases, nasal steroid , nasal antihistamine, or Singulair (montelukast) may be used even if not yet FDA approved since they have a good risk/benefit ratio. However you will need to check with your doctor prior to using these medications . See an allergist if needed. ...Read more

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Are snakes a good choice for kids with allergies?

Are snakes a good choice for kids with allergies?

Depends: The aap (american academy of pediatrics) and cdc (center for disease control) do not recommend reptiles in the home with children under 5 years of age or in homes with people who have weakened immune systems to prevent the spread of salmonella. Over 5 years old, is debatable. However, regardless, always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after contact with reptiles (or any animal). ...Read more

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Help please! is epipen (epinephrine) jr auto injectors used for all allergic reactions or just emergency reactions?

Help please! is epipen (epinephrine) jr auto injectors used for all allergic reactions or just emergency reactions?

Limited use: The value of an Epipen (epinephrine) is its ability to help block a tragic evolving allergic reaction and provide time for a person to reach urgent followup care.It's effect is relatively short (hour or so).If you simply break out in hives as a food reaction, it could help some, but since the food will be processed in your body for days, a longer agent like Diphenhydramine or citirazine would be more benificial. ...Read more

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Are allergy drops or allergy shots available for treatment of food allergy/ or intolerance or are they only 4 treating environmental allergens ?

Are allergy drops or allergy shots available for treatment of food allergy/ or intolerance or are they only 4 treating environmental allergens

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Food allergy: Allergy drops and shots are now only administered for environmental allergies. There is ongoing research on treating food allergies with oral immunotherapy. ...Read more

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How safe is hydroxyzine for toddlers? Are allergic reactions rare? Needed to treat anxiety prior to dental work.

How safe is hydroxyzine for toddlers? Are allergic reactions rare? Needed to treat anxiety prior to dental work.

No problem: I have used it in toddlers for itching since it has less sedation than many other products. I've prescribed it for decades without problems. ...Read more

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Is immunicap testing reliable for allergy in kids with severe eczema?

Possibly: The testing can identify a kid with a high ige level and suggest a variety of food or other items that if avoided may improve the eczema. It's accuracy varies & it can only be considered a tool in the efforts to help kids.Skin testing is another tool with value but may be cumbersome or difficult in a kid with eczema. All this should be part of open discussion with your doc. ...Read more

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What are considered the most passenger friendly airlines for people with peanut allergies?

Flying + nut allergy: Most domestic airlines = more likely to follow the following safety measures: have epi pen available; announce that there is a nut allergic traveler on board; have a nut free seating buffer around allergic passenger; no nut containing foods, near nut allergic traveler. But..Bring your own foods, pillow and blanket; have someone wipe down the tray + seat that will be used by nut allergic passenger. ...Read more

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Does testing for food allergies in children painful?

Does testing for food allergies in children painful?

No: The pain is minimal with skin testing, similar testing can be done with a blood test which requires some blood being withdrawn with a needle. ...Read more

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What causes allergies in children?

What causes allergies in children?

Genes + environment: To develop an allergy, you need a genetic predisposition. For example, children at highest risk of developing allergic asthma are those whose parents have asthma. Also necessary is multiple exposures to the allergen. The strongest predictor of developing allergies in the future is having allergic disease now (for example, a child with eczema has increased chance of developing asthma). ...Read more

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