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Are there treatment guidelines for environmental allergies?

Are there treatment guidelines for environmental allergies?

Yes: The major physician allergy organizations in the US, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology) sponsor practice parameters one of which is "the diagnosis and management of rhinitis: an updated practice parameter" available online at the jcaai.org. You can also find an allergist at either aaaai.org or acaai.org. ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

Essentially allergies occur when your immune system goes crazy and decides to has to fight against things it should be ignoring. The immune system of people without allergies simply ignores the pollen in the air or the dander on their cat while an allergic person's immune system creates cells to fight against the pollen or dander. The allergic reaction causes the ...Read more


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What are safe or effective treatments for a chronic sinusitis sufferer who has bad environmental allergies? It's making me kind of miserable.

What are safe or effective treatments for a chronic sinusitis sufferer who has bad environmental allergies?  It's making me kind of miserable.

Steroid nasal spray: Steroid nasal sprays can be helpful in controlling environmental allergies. Also doing saline rinses like the Neti-Pot can be helpful in keeping the nasal passages clean and patent ...Read more

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Can there be some natural ways to be able to cure or to control environmental allergies?

Can there be some natural ways to be able to cure or to control environmental allergies?

Yes: Allergen specific immunotherapy or commonly known as allergy shot is as natural as it can be to treat environmental allergies. It is not medication. It is an immune modulator method to desensitize patients to allergens that they are allergic to and induces tolerance to the environment. There are no herbal medications to treat allergies effectively. ...Read more

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I have severe environmental allergies, I have tried regular allergy medications and the allergy meds with the D. Nothing is working.Any suggestions?

I have severe environmental allergies, I have tried regular allergy medications and the allergy meds with the D. Nothing is working.Any suggestions?

Try nasal sprays: Despite so many medications over the counter, sometimes allergies are so strong they blow right through them. And exposure may be unavoidable, such as outdoor pollen, or pets in homes. Contact an allergist who can identify which allergies are bothering you and can list the ways to control symptoms. There's no reason to be miserable! ...Read more

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Is it possible that i take a child with environmental allergies outside?

Is it possible that i take a child with environmental allergies outside?

That's the goal : Depending on what your child is allergic to and how well his allergies are treated. The goal of treatment is to let him do things that he would not otherwise can't. During winter time like right now, there are not many allergens outside so it is probably fine to let him go outside. If he has asthma, cold air can exacerbate his symptoms. We allergist are specialized in treating those conditions. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with seasonal/environmental allergies.For years, it was well controlled with chlorpheniramine. The allergies are bad now but the symptoms are constant. What should I do?

I was diagnosed with seasonal/environmental allergies.For years, it was well controlled with chlorpheniramine. The allergies are bad now but the symptoms are constant. What should I do?

Several Options: If one is having increased seasonal allergy symptoms and otc meds are not helpful see your pcp. In general the treatment for allergy symptoms include avoidance, medications ( antihistamines and nasal steroids/antihistmines) and allergy vaccines. If your pcp can't help or one's symptoms are that severe they should might suggest a visit to an allergist. ...Read more

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My son constantly sneezes and blows his nose. He has environmental allergies and cat allergy but he is only on Claritin 24 10 mg. He weighs 143 lbs.?

My son constantly sneezes and blows his nose. He has environmental allergies and cat allergy but he is only on Claritin 24 10 mg. He weighs 143 lbs.?

A couple of choices: You could change his antihistamine to zyrtec/cetirizine - instead of Claritin - as some people respond differently to each type. Addition of singulair by your physician is also worth considering. Depending on his age, inhaled nasal steroids may be of value, but are not typically used in children. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is environmental allergies?

What sort of disorder is environmental allergies?

Allergies: Environmental allergies are your body’s response to substances you inhale at your home, school or workplace. They can be caused by dust, animal dander, mold spores or mildew, or feathers or other agents. They can also be substances that come in contact with your skin that cause rashes. ...Read more

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What are common environmental allergies in the home?

What are common environmental allergies in the home?

Pets dust mites mold: Indoor environmental allergens include pet dander, dust mites, cockroaches and molds. Most people are more allergic to cats than dogs. Dust mites live in mattresses, pillows, bedding, and carpet. The more humid the environment, the more dust mites. ...Read more

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