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Pollen (Definition)

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


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Are there any successful treatments for vasomotor rhinitis and associated coughing durig peak pollen when nasal sprays/antihista./inhalers do not work

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 more

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Are dehumidifiers considered effective in helping asthma and eczema sufferers?

Are dehumidifiers considered effective in helping asthma and eczema sufferers?

Depends: May be helpful depending upon your climate. Eczema improves w a more moist environment. Asthma after worsens as moisture may breed mold which can irritate asthma. Appropriate medications are much more effective in general. ...Read more

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Can one de-sensitise from controlled allergen exposure. Also what exercise is good for asthma patients ?

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Can one de-sensitise from controlled allergen exposure. Also what exercise is good for asthma patients ?

? in theory: And that's the basis for allergy shots, programmed allergen exposure, and swimming is a good exercise for asthma, goodluck ...Read more

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Is there permanent treatment for allergy to pollens and dust in spring?

Is there permanent treatment for allergy to pollens and dust in spring?

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

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Are there some effective ways to clear stuffy nose from animal allergies?

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

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Which are some good home remedies to get rid of seasonal asthma or allergies?

Which are some good home remedies to get rid of seasonal asthma or allergies?

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 more

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I get common cold quite easily, mainly allergic to dust. Are there ways to make body more immune to such irritants naturally?

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

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Can steroid shots for allergic rhinitis at the beginning of allergy season be considered standard of care? Is there good data backing these up?

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 more

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Are pseudoallergies to meds less dangerous than "true" IgE mediated allergies? Are they less likely to grow in severity over time?

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

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Which one amongst the three can be the most effective tool for severe indoor allergy : 1. Vaccum cleaner 2. De-humidifier 3. Good air purifier?

Which one amongst the three can be the most effective tool for severe indoor allergy :
1. Vaccum cleaner
2. De-humidifier
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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 more

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Are allergy drops or allergy shots available for treatment of food allergy/ or intolerance or are they only 4 treating environmental allergens ?

Are allergy drops or allergy shots available for treatment of food allergy/ or intolerance or are they only 4 treating environmental allergens

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Food allergy: Allergy drops and shots are now only administered for environmental allergies. There is ongoing research on treating food allergies with oral immunotherapy. ...Read more

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Can piriton help with non allergic rhinitis where the only symptoms is nasal inflammation and excess need for throat clearing ?

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

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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.

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.

Genetic allergies: There is a hereditary component to allergies. If one parent has allergies, there is about a 50% chance that their child will also. That increases to about 75% in both parents have allergies. Other factors including environment and diet play a role also. ...Read more

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Can bee pollen work as an effective treatment of outdoor allergies?

Can bee pollen work as an effective treatment of outdoor allergies?

No: Pollen (bee or otherwise) is an allergen and can elicit an immune response (allergic response). If you have allergies, you should use an anti-histamine or have allergy testing done. Yu can start with an allergist or an ent. ...Read more

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I live in japan and you might know that wearing surgical masks are ubiquitous for various reasons such as preventing sickness from airborne illnesses, ?

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I live in japan and you might know that wearing surgical masks are ubiquitous for various reasons such as preventing sickness from airborne illnesses, ?

Yes: In asia many people do wear surgical masks to prevent airborne illness like the flu. You will need a good mask though . The cheap ones may not be very effective. ...Read more

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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.

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 &notums.

What foods can I eat: Some advocate rotation of your foods to every four days to minimize likelihood of acquiring food sensitivity. A food allergy on the other hand can not be reduced by other specific foods. ...Read more

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Most effective medicines for spring time allergies?

Most effective medicines for spring time allergies?

Many: There are various antihistamines that are good for seasonal allergies many of which are over the counter such as Claritin Allegra or zyrtec. If those do not help there are prescription antihistamines and nasal sprays which can help. ...Read more

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Can chronic nasal allergy be cured forever and what effective treatments are there?

Can chronic nasal allergy be cured forever and what effective treatments are there?

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

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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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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways, caused ...Read more