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Doctor insights on: Allergy To Mold Vs Allergy To Pcn

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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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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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How can I avoid another allergic reaction to an antibiotic medicine if allergic to penicillin?

How can I avoid another allergic reaction to an antibiotic medicine if allergic to penicillin?

Avoidance: If one is allergic to penicillin then avoidance of penicillin like medications is a requirement. Other classes of antibiotics should be fine but because an individual has one drug allergy they may be at risk for reactions to other classes of drugs. One should also be very clear that moving forward that antibiotics are needed. ...Read more

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What's sensitization to allergen?

What's sensitization to allergen?

Immune response: In sensitization the immune system has recognized an allergen as foreign to the body & developed an elaborate mechanism to rid itself of the substance on re-exposure. Sensitization involves processing of allergen by dendritic cells that recruit t lymphocytes to instruct b lymphocytes to make a specific class of antibody, ige class, against the allergen. Ige binds to mast cells. You're sensitized. ...Read more

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How to treat allergic reaction to cat?

How to treat allergic reaction to cat?

Taking antihistamine: Can help. If you need to be in frequent contact with cats - please see an allergist. ...Read more

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Pollen allergic reaction, what to do?

Pollen allergic reaction, what to do?

Keep pollens away: Eliminate exposure by using facial mask, high efficient hepa filter and vacuum your carpet more often. Use AC at home and when you drive in bad allergy season. Besides, there are OTC oral antihistamines, decongestants, and inhalers available. If not improve, talk to your doctor or allergy specialist for more potent treatments including nasal antihistamines, steroid inhaler and immuno-therapy. ...Read more

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What to take for an allergic reaction to unknown food?

What to take for an allergic reaction to unknown food?

Allergies: It depends on the symptoms? Go to the er if they are bad or you had a previous history of a bad reaction. Don't take a chance. For a mild skin reaction take antihistamines. ...Read more

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If allegic to pcn are you allergic to amoxicillin?

If allegic to pcn are you allergic to amoxicillin?

Yes: Penicillin and Amoxicillin are in the same chemical family, along with all of the other antibiotics whose name ends in -cillin. People allergic to penicillin are almost certainly allergic to all members of this class, and should not be treated with any of the cillins. ...Read more

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What is the best allergy treatment to fight severe pollen allergies?

What is the best allergy treatment to fight severe pollen allergies?

See an allergists: In general, the treatment of allergic rhinits is three pronged: avoidance, medications and immunotherapy. Avoidance implies getting tested to understand what one is allergic too. Medications include: antihistamines, decongestants and nasal steroids. Immunotherapy is allergy vaccine therapy which, while woking to control you symptoms, is trying to establish a long term modification of one's allergy. ...Read more

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Possible to have an allergic reaction to Ceclor and amoxicillin?

Possible to have an allergic reaction to Ceclor and amoxicillin?

Yes: Allergies to penicillins (including amoxicillin) are more common than allergies to cephalosporins (including ceclor), but you can be allergic to either or both. A small percentage of people who have penicillin allergies are also allergic to cephalosporins. ...Read more

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What's an allergic reaction to carpeting?

What's an allergic reaction to carpeting?

Carpets: Carpets are a traditional source of allergy as they harbor dust mites and mold spores. If the carpet got wet in the past more mold spores will be harbored there. The carpet also stores pet dander. A newer carpet also frquently emits chemicals that are irritants. ...Read more

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Is there an allergy testing for contrast dye. I'm allergic to shellfish. Thanks?

Is there an allergy testing for contrast dye. I'm allergic to shellfish. Thanks?

Unrelated: There is a common misunderstanding that one can be allergic to iodine yet this is incompatible with life -our thyroid hormone production depends on it. You are allergic to the muscle protein in shellfish and not to the iodine. The contrast dye reaction is from the molecular structure of the dye which releases histamine. You are not at higher risk for a dye reaction because of a shellfish allergy ...Read more

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How can an adult develope allergys to mold, pollen, dust mites and grass?

How can an adult develope allergys to mold, pollen, dust mites and grass?

Gene & environment: When your genes and the changing environment intreacts, some people would develop allergies. Allergy develops because your immune system has been redirected to react to otherwise innocuous substances such as animal dander, pollen, dust mite,mold, food etc. The stronger a family history of allergic diseases, the more likely you are going to become allergic. ...Read more

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Allergic to cats so also be allergic to cat toys?

Allergic to cats so also be allergic to cat toys?

Agree w Dr Rosch: Once a cat has interacted with the toy - it is like to contain dander. This could trigger an allergic reaction in person. ...Read more

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Help please. Could allergy shots eliminate my allergic reactions to cats?

possible: Donot let cat sleep in bedroom, useallerpet on cat, change filter once a month use nasal chrome 3 times a day. After tyou pet the cat wash hand and change the shirt and saline nasal wash. ...Read more

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Can you get allergy desensitization shots for food allergies?

Can you get allergy desensitization shots for food allergies?

No.: Dr. Carter is correct. Food desensitization protocols remain experimental at this time. When and if they become the standard of care, however, they are oral programs involving swallowing or holding in the mouth initially very small and progressively larger amounts of food. Injecting food under the skin is very dangerous and has been abandoned as a method for treating food allergies. ...Read more

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