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Best Places For Allergy Sufferers To Live
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
Depends....: Most asthmatic children suffer asthma exacerbations when exposed to their specific allergens so the best place for an individual asthmatic child to live is wherever they will have the least exposures to what they are allergic to. In general, the place needs to be as free as possible from rodents, insects, mold, dust, ozone, air pollution, smoke as these will trigger most asthmatics. ...Read more
Not necessarily : Though the weather is drier in that part of the us, the triggers that cause your asthma may or may not be affected by this. If your asthma is triggered by certain pollen, yes it is possible that since they may not grow in that climate your attacks may diminish. Best to review your triggers with your physician before you pack up and move. ...Read more
I live in a house where several indoor outdoor cats stay in the back room and i'm alergic to cats.Are there any good allergie masks to deal with this?
Cat allergies: If you are going to live with those cats for a while, you need to consider allergy shots. They have a 95% success rate with cat allergies. It is a better long term solution and face masks are really useless unless you are actually cleaning after the cats and do not want to inhale particulate matter from their litter. ...Read more
Rarely: Hives are rarely if ever caused by laundry detergent although may get a contact or irritant dermatitis from it. I often caution people about using fabric softener or anti-static strips which tend to increase the itching. For most cases of hives, oral antihistamine up to 4 doses per day would be the first choice. ...Read more
Hard to answer: I am guessing you concern about pollution, different tress and plants (hay fever types) and hot or cold temperatures. Its hard to answer without specifics. If you triggers are indoor types like animal dander, dust mites, etc , moving to another part of the country may not help. Talk this over with your physician. Good luck. ...Read more
None really: If you have a specific allergy to dogs and/or cats, the best advice is not to have one. There is a misconception that dogs with hair that don't shed are "hypo-allergenic; however, the allergen comes from the animal's salivary glands. The pets clean themselves by licking and the allergen gets on there hair, fur, & skin. This is also why a reaction is worse when the pet licks you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
?? allergies ??: You could have tests done to see if you had allergies to either dogs or cats, since just having allergies doesn't mean they would be a problem. However, warm blooded furry pets all shed dander which can aggravate asthma just like dust or smoke. Consider a fish tank. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
For those of us who aren't campers or outdoors people, what's the best or safest way to poop or pee outdoors in a disaster situation?
Over worrying: Judging by the number of questions you have posted, you must be unusually obsessed with disasters. I would suggest that you seek some information from FEMA and or the American Red Cross for guidance. Your local fire department often has such information as well. As for the bodily function, if no facility can be found, dig a whole = do your deed-> cover it with soil. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
For those of us who aren't country folk, what's the best or safest way to poop or pee outdoors in a disaster situation?
Country Folk ?: Are you implying that those who live in suburban areas have special techniques to defecate and urinate outdoors? For anyone looking for advice, I'm confident that when nature calls you'll find a way to "poop and pee" without soiling yourself or putting yourself in harm's way. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
You and me: There are plenty more. I've dealt with it for a lifetime, and the key is to learn everything you can about it, so your personal physician can be an effective partner working with you in managing your illness. You won't find a group that meets, as you might for psoriasis, since by an large if the diagnosis is correct, it's manageable. Don't overlook older remedies or overuse glucocorticoids. Cheers ...Read more
Unlikely: The doctor style masks are mostly designed to give the wearer protection against droplets which are much bigger than mold spores. The masks are not very close fitting so air and particles can get around them. An n95 respirator/respirator mask which is properly fitted will reduce particle transmission by 95% and should greatly reduce mold inhalation. ...Read more
Antibiotic/steroid: Cold weather causes rhinorrhea. Coming into the warm air should help dry the nostrils but if you continue having stuffy nose, perhaps you have sinusitis and will need something like a penicillin for up to six weeks. Nasonex (mometasone) may also help twice daily. Doubt its an allergy to the cold but an oral antihistamine may also help. ...Read more
I trying to find a doctor who will do arthrographic distension for adhesive capsulitis in the Northeast US (I live in southern Vermont).
Alternatives....: that procedure is fairly outdated, with limited success rate. Steroid injections, physical therapy, and manipulation are all considered, with arthroscopic capsular release as a last option of all else fails. See a shoulder specialist if your problem is not resolving with your current treatment regimen. ...Read more
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