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Are Pollen Masks Usually Effective For Preventing Allergies Leading To Asthma
Pollen is the equivalent of sperm for a plant. It is a genetically active product, seen on flowers usually, which the plants with the assistance of birds, bats and insects as well as the wind, uses to fertilize the egg of the plant to ensure a next generation. It also can be irritating, functioning as an allergen, leading to sneezing ...Read more
Are there any successful treatments for vasomotor rhinitis and associated coughing durig peak pollen when nasal sprays/antihista./inhalers do not work
Vasomotor rhinitis: By definition, vasomotor rhinitis is not allergies and not infectious. It is related to irritants and not easily treated. Nasal steroid sprays and antihistamine nasal sprays (astepro) are approved for treatment but even with these complete relief is unusual. Avoiding the triggers is helpful but can be impractical. Pollen has nothing to do with vasomotor rhinitis and antihistamines don't work. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can allergens by itself cause fatigue and chest tightness?How good are products like air purifier or nasal filters(woodyknows) for preventing allergy?
Curing allergies: All medications whether tablet, liquid or spray only masque symptoms. Subcutaneous allergen immunotherapy (scit), allergy shots, in many people over time decrease the allergic response inducing a relative cure. There is not sufficient experience to yet assign that outcome to sublingual allergen immunotherapy (slit). Allergen immunotherapy is also more cost efficient for moderate to severe cases. ...Read more
Avoid and meds: The best treatment for animal allergies is to avoid the trigger (pet dander). While antihistamines can be helpful to decrease sneezing and itching, the congestion related to allergies is best treated with prescription nasal sprays such as qnasl, flonase, nasonex, (mometasone) etc. If symptoms become persistent, then allergy injections may be considered. ...Read more
Environmental: removing or limiting indoor allergens is the key. Remove rugs (if possible or use HEPA filter vacuum. Cover mattresses with dust mite barrier covers. Smoke from tobacco, fireplaces,etc can also be a cause. Know your triggers and try to minimize your exposure. These are the best things you ca do. Good Luck ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I get common cold quite easily, mainly allergic to dust. Are there ways to make body more immune to such irritants naturally?
Better nose: Often nasal funtction is impaired when congested.This can be related to nasal inflammation from dust allergy and irriitants.Your defenses and resistance can be compromised oftrn leading to more viral infections and sinus disease.Contolling dust and avoiding irritants may improve resistance.Medications to improve nasal function or decrease inflammation should help. ...Read more
Can steroid shots for allergic rhinitis at the beginning of allergy season be considered standard of care? Is there good data backing these up?
Depends: Since there are so many effective nasal sprays and oral medication for hay fever, giving steroid injection pre-seasonal is likely not the best solution because of the many potential side effects with injectable steroid. On the other hand, if you are getting the injection only once a year and have no problem with osteoporosis or brittle diabetes, the side effects may be acceptable. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are pseudoallergies to meds less dangerous than "true" IgE mediated allergies? Are they less likely to grow in severity over time?
Both can be severe: For a medication allergy, a true ige mediated one can be as severe as one not mediated by ige. Anaphylaxis vs. Anaphylactoid. Same severe symptoms, just not ige mediated. These non-ige reactions can be to: blood products, ace inhibitors for high blood pressure, aspirin, nsaids, narcotics, anti-convulsants, and others. The severity is difficult to predict---treatment is same: avoidance! ...Read more
Which one amongst the three can be the most effective tool for severe indoor allergy :
1. Vaccum cleaner
3. Good air purifier?
Depends: It depends on what allergens you are sensitive to. An Allergist can help figuring that out. As a general rule of thumb: -Vacuum with a HEPA filter: good for dust, animal dander, mold, and other allergens trapped in carpeting (getting rid of it is better) -De-humidifier: good for molds and dust mites -HEPA/UV purifier: molds, animal dander, pollen that comes in, and other irritants. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are allergy drops or allergy shots available for treatment of food allergy/ or intolerance or are they only 4 treating environmental allergens
Can piriton help with non allergic rhinitis where the only symptoms is nasal inflammation and excess need for throat clearing ?
Usually not: But if it dose , then your problem is not non-allergic rhinitis. Nasal antihistamine (azelastine etc) may be helpful. I suspect that you do have an allergic rhinitis given the presence of asthma. Perhaps you need another consultation especially if the non-allergic rhinitis was made based on blood test alone. ...Read more
Which are the chances for my baby to develop my allergies? I'm allergic to several meds such as NSAIDs, morphine, aspirin, dust and some trees.
I live in japan and you might know that wearing surgical masks are ubiquitous for various reasons such as preventing sickness from airborne illnesses, ?
Hi. What foods can be used to reduce the effects of allergy especially those that are rare such as rinheit allergy.I am allergic to soil ¬ums.
Possibly: There is no absolute yes or no answer. Immunotherapy, which can either be with allergy shots or allergy drops addresses the fact that your body is making antibodies to allergic proteins. There are people that go on allergy shots and their symptoms go away and never come back. However, that is not always the case. All medications do is treat symptoms. Medicine is not a cure for allergies. ...Read more
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