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I think you may be: mistaken about your "moisture allergy".Could you better describe your ailment? ...Read more
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
Possibly: Both local anesthetics are esters, which means they are in the same family. However, true allergy is rare. Most commonly it is a side effect of Epinephrine added or a preservative. Lidocaine, Marcaine and other amide local anesthetics shouldn't cross-react. Cocaine has its own side-effects that are very dangerous so stay away, allergic or not. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've had a cough for awhile. And my parents smoke ariund me. Everyone says it's allergies. Can allergies be an everyday issue?
Rarely: Congestion is a normal response of the airway to inhaled dust, fumes, dry heat, pollen, etc. As well as infection. Airway mucous traps debris particles and works to remove them. Vaporizers help thin heavy mucous in some. Avoid cleaning products with heavy odors, perfumes, and smoke and change ac filters often. A particle filter for babys room may also help.Nasal saline as a wash is helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have really good skin but highly sensitive, can I take over-the-counter allergy meds for hives that developed due to a cat allergy (severe allergy)?
Yes: You may try it but if the problem is severe , avoidance would be the best answer. Allergy shots often help as well. At the minimum, keep the cat out of your bedroom. ...Read more
Avoidance: Don't eat what causes allergy.Get a more detailed answer ›
Severe allergy: This would be prescribed for a serious food allergy that has the potential to cause as a serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. A history of hives or respiratory symptoms caused by a food ingestion with evidence of allergy to that food on testing suggests the need to carry epinephrine. Common foods would include peanut, tree nuts, fish, or shellfish, although any food can be implicated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pretty good: Allergy vaccine therapy is 80% effective. So like most medications it works and is effective in the vast majority of patients. Obviously there are some patients who do not tolerate allergy vaccine therapy or it is not effective for them. ...Read more
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