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Dr. Ira Katz
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Ant Allergy (Overview)

Ant allergy - allergic reaction to ant sting/ bite. Allergic reactions can include difficulty breathing, hives and swelling of face, lips, throat, mouth or tongue.


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What is the definition or description of: Ant allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Ant allergy?

Ant allergy: Ant allergy - allergic reaction to ant sting/ bite. Allergic reactions can include difficulty breathing, hives and swelling of face, lips, throat, mouth or tongue. ...Read more

Dr. Ira Katz
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Ant Allergy (Overview)

Ant allergy - allergic reaction to ant sting/ bite. Allergic reactions can include difficulty breathing, hives and swelling of face, lips, throat, mouth or tongue.


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What is the definition or description of: tropical fire ant allergy?

What is the definition or description of: tropical fire ant allergy?

See below: It consists of reactions (other than the typical itching and swelling at sting site) of any of the following symptoms: diffuse itching, swelling, hives, flushing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, chest tightness, wheezing, shock and death. An allergist can order blood tests and perform skin testing to confirm fire ant allergy. Carry an epipen (epinephrine). Allergy shots can provide long term protection. ...Read more

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Permanent damage from single shot of prednisone for ant allergy?

Permanent damage from single shot of prednisone for ant allergy?

Usually not, unless: Injection into tendon can result in tendon rupture. Steroid could exacerbate infection or diabetes. ...Read more

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Fire ants allergies - are there places I should avoid?

Fire ants allergies - are there places I should avoid?

Be careful: , fire ants are found throughout the United States esp the southern states.They can also be found in south america, australia the philippines taiwan and china.Avoid stepping in a fire ant mound avoid brightly colored clothings, wear pants. ...Read more

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Fire ants allergies - I think this is a bad year- please advise?

Fire ants allergies - I think this is a bad year- please advise?

Fire Ant Allergies: About 15% of people have fire ant sting allergies. The symptoms may be mild or could be more severe w hives, swelling (mouth, tongue, lips), nausea, chest pain, difficulty breathing, dizziness or shock. In extremely rare situations there have been deaths related to fire ant stings. Please see your allergist for evaluation. Desensitization is possible with an imported fire ant vaccine. ...Read more

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I think I have cold allergy, if something cold touches my skin it starts to itch a lot..., and then it becomes swollen asif bitten by hundreds of ants?

I think I have cold allergy, if something cold touches my skin it starts to itch a lot..., and then it becomes swollen asif bitten by hundreds of ants?

Cold Urticaria: Cold urticaria is an allergy to cold temperatures. With cold urticaria, exposure to cold temperatures causes redness, itching, swelling and hives on the skin that has been in contact with the cold. As much as possible, people with cold urticaria should avoid exposure to cold air and cold water. For example, swimming in cold water is the most common cause of a severe reaction. ...Read more

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Can a child overgrow an allergy to an insect venom? If fire ant causes rashes, and swollen ear does it mean a child has severe allergy?

Can a child overgrow an allergy to an insect venom? If fire ant causes rashes, and swollen ear does it mean a child has severe allergy?

How old is ur child?: The reaction you described differs if before or after 5 years of age, please avoid exposure, keep an epinephrine pen and antihistaminic handy, check with an allergist/immunologist, might need desensitization according to clinical judgement after history and examination. Check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area, best wishes ...Read more

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I got bit by ONE fire ant on my big toe last night. Now, my whole foot is swollen. Is this a sign of an allergy? 

No: More likely, this is a reaction to the bite itself, although if this occurred several days after, it could be an infection. In either case, seek prompt medical attention! ...Read more

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Dear doctor, i'm female 29 years old from uae and I have severe allergy from ant sting.Do you know if there is any treatment for the same. Thx ?

Dear doctor, i'm female 29 years old from uae and I have severe allergy from ant sting.Do you know if there is any treatment for the same. Thx ?

Allergic reaction: Please make sure that you have an emergency kit on hand at all times if you have had a severe reaction! the kit should include 2 epi pens, 50mg of Prednisone and an otc zyrtec (cetirizine). A trip to an allergist would be a good thought as well. ...Read more

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What is allergy tablets do?

What is allergy tablets do?

Allergy tablets: Most allergy tablets are medications that fall into the category of antihistamines that block the effect of histamine. This treats symptoms such as sneezing, itching, runny nose, etc. Sometimes antihistamines are combined with decongestants to help with stuffy nose. Studies are evaluating "allergy tablets" that may work similar to allergy shots where the tablet contains the pollen, etc. ...Read more

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How to help with allergies?

How to help with allergies?

Allergies: An allergist is best qualified to diagnose and treat allergies. If you wish to try taking antihistamines like benadryl(causes drowsiness) or claritin(is non drowsy) to see if symptoms resolve or improve you can buy these medications without a prescription. If you think you're experiencing allergies, try to determine what they can be caused by and try an elimination technique of one thing at a time ...Read more

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How can I reduce allergies?

How can I reduce allergies?

Lots of Options: OTC non-sedating antihistamines like Allegra, Claritin, (loratadine) or Zyrtec are helpful for perennial allergic rhinitis symptoms, however the gold-standard treatment are daily intranasal steroid sprays if your symptoms are more severe. Avoidance of triggers is important as well and allergy shots are also an option. Saline sprays are useful but will not provide lasting relief used alone. See Allergist. ...Read more

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How to cope with allergies?

How to cope with allergies?

Lots of Options: Over-the-counter non-sedating antihistamines like Allegra, Claritin, or Zyrtec are helpful for perennial allergic rhinitis symptoms, however the gold-standard treatment are daily intranasal steroid sprays like Flonase or Nasonex (mometasone) if your symptoms are more severe. Avoidance of triggers is important. Allergy shots also option. See Allergist to determine what medications could give you lasting relief. ...Read more

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What can I do for allergies?

What can I do for allergies?

Identify the causes: Allergy is becoming much more common in usa. The severity of your symptoms will direct the treatment. Sometimes over the counter antihistamines and nasal saline are sufficient. If your symptoms are severe or recur frequently then allergy testing may be beneficial. Environmental modification is also an essential part of treatment. ...Read more

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How can I stop my allergies?

How can I stop my allergies?

Avoid and treat: You can often lessen symptoms with avoidance and medications. To certain allergens you can greatly lessen sensitivity with specific allergen immunotherapy. You can lessen all ige mediated reactions with Omalizumab (xolair). As allergists we usually recommend various combinations of these depending on severity and duration of symptoms as well as comorbidities (other medical problems). ...Read more

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How can I treat my allergies?

How can I treat my allergies?

Nasal sprays not OTC: For seasonal allergies, the most effective options are the steroid or antihistamine nasal sprays, available by prescription. Not only do they work the best, but they are technically local therapy as negligible amounts enter the bloodstream. The OTC nasal sprays can cause rebound symptoms, which the prescription versions do not. ...Read more

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Why are fall allergies so bad?

Ragweed & Mold: Allergy problems are often worse in the fall because of weed pollen such as ragweed. In addition, mold is worse in the fall because decaying plant material such as all summer's grass clipping and falling leaves. Ragweed is a potent allergen for those who are allergic to it and can cause fairly severe symptoms. The combo of weed pollen and mold is a double whammy. ...Read more

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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