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If you have an allergy to latex and use a latex paint in your house, are you allergic to the walls?

If you have an allergy to latex and use a latex paint in your house, are you allergic to the walls?

NO!!!: Latex paint does not have any rubber latex. It is called latex paint only because it looks like latex when it dries. Fumes from any paints are irritating when painting and soon after paint has dried. Especially to those with other respiratory problems like asthma. ...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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Had an allergy test which reports that I am not allergic to anything. However, my nose is always stuffy in my home and nowhere else. Was the test bad?

Had an allergy test which reports that I am not allergic to anything. However, my nose is always stuffy in my home and nowhere else. Was the test bad?

Vasomotor rhinitis?: It depends on what kind of allergy test was done. Skin tests in an allergist's office are the most accurate. These can even be negative though if antihistamines were taken or immunosuppressed for some reason. If your symptoms improve with dusting and mopping, then you may have a dust mite allergy. Vasomotor rhinitis feels like an allergic response, but isn't. There are chemical resp. Irritants ...Read more

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I'm allergic to axe body spray and house dust. How do I get rid of my allergies that make my nose run and sneeze?

I'm allergic to axe body spray and house dust. How do I get rid of my allergies that make my nose run and sneeze?

Avoidance: First you need to pinpoint the triggers such as axe body spray and dust mites then avoid them. However most people with allergic diseases are not allergic to just a few allergens. For the dust mites, special mite-proof encasings for the mattress, box spring, and pillows are recommended. If otc medications such as antihistamine/decongestant did not help. Consult your doctor or an allergist. ...Read more

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Could I be allergic to my dog or just a seasonal allergy? How can I tell?

Could I be allergic to my dog or just a seasonal allergy? How can I tell?

See an allergist: An allergist can evaluate the situation with allergy testing and determine what you are allergic to and how best to manage your symptoms. ...Read more

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How can someone be allergic to coulers? And how can someone have a deadly allergy and than one day it just disappears?

How can someone be allergic to coulers? And how can someone have a deadly allergy and than one day it just disappears?

Chemical dyes: Most colors in our environment are made from different chemical combinations. You may have an allergic reaction to a chemical that is used to color something. Some chemical allergic reaction can be life threatening. By removing the chemical the allergy may appear to go away. ...Read more

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How can I clear my annoying house allergy?

How can I clear my annoying house allergy?

Indoor allergens: Indoor allergens are usually dust mites, pollens, molds, cockroache, and/or animal danders. Environmental control, minimizing exposure, may be of some help as are topical/oral medication. If those are not adequate allergen immunotherapy is usually indicated. In rare extreme situations you might need ro move, but the "grass isn't always greener". Need to see board certiified allergist. ...Read more

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Should I wear a allergy bracelet if allergic to suxs?

Should I wear a allergy bracelet if allergic to suxs?

Yes: It is always a good idea to have information of your drug allergy or intolerance with you at all times should you be unable to provide the answer due to illnesses or injuries. ...Read more

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How can allergy injections help control allergic disease?

How can allergy injections help control allergic disease?

Build tolerance: Allergen immunotherapy injections (commonly called allergy shots) help build immune tolerance to environmental allergies. They can be very helpful for allergy to dust mite, pollens, molds, pet dander, or stinging insect allergy. After months of allergy shots the amount of allergic antibody specific to an allergen decreases and counter allergic cells and antibodies increase. ...Read more

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Why am I allergic to so many things? What causes allergies?

Why am I allergic to so many things? What causes allergies?

Multifactorial: Allergies are associated with both environmental and genetic factors. Usually there are 2 phases to allergy, a sensitization phase and an effector phase. Sensitization usually occurs at one site (such as the skin, nose, lungs, or GI tract), then can spread to other sites once the body develops memory. ...Read more

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Why do I have allergies during the spring? What am I allergic to?

Why do I have allergies during the spring? What am I allergic to?

Tree pollen: Generally tree pollen is the most likely airborne allergy that appears in the spring. Tree pollen will be released earlier in the southern states while in the northern states it generally pollinates from late march to may. ...Read more

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What can you do to treat severe allergy symptoms with home remedies?

What can you do to treat severe allergy symptoms with home remedies?

Call a doctor: Most severe allergies may require prescription medicine, so it is best to call a doctor. ...Read more

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I am having allergy symptoms in my house. What may cause these outbreaks?

I am having allergy symptoms in my house. What may cause these outbreaks?

Indoor allergies: Common indoor allergens include dust mite and animal dander. Other less common indoor allergens are mold, cockroach, other pets (birds, rodents), and feathers (pillows, comforters). During tree, grass or weed pollen season, pollen may blow through screens or open doors or windows, making it seem like indoor allergens. An allergist can perform skin tests for these and have an answer in 20 min. ...Read more

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What happens if I have allergies does that mean I will be allergic to guinea pigs?

What happens if I have allergies does that mean I will be allergic to guinea pigs?

Not Automatically: Allergies in each and every person are different. Mother only way to know if you are allergic to guinea pig is to be allergy tested. But, if you have never been exposed to one before, you might have a negative allergy test now but develop allergy over time with regular exposure to Guinea Pig. ...Read more

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I have an allergy to nuts and I was wondering if my children would also be allergic?

I have an allergy to nuts and I was wondering if my children would also be allergic?

Nut allergy: Maybe. Your children may have inherited genes from you that make them more likely to develop an allergy, but they do not inherit a specific allergy to a food e.g. Nuts. The children have to be exposed to food proteins in the diet, before an allergy can develop. Once one develops an allergy then they are always allergic and need proper medical attention to prevent severe problems. ...Read more

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