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Best Places To Live If You Have Allergies
May Have To Give Up: You can try medication (antihistamines and/or steroid nose sprays), neti pot, wash the cat regularly to remove dander, clean and vacuum the house frequently to reduce the dander in the house, limit the range where the cat can roam in the house, ban the cat from areas you spend the most time (bedroom), etc. ...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
Tough question: Living with someone means both sides must make compromises. Ask yourself would you live with that same person if they smoked and were unwilling to quit or smoke outside. What kind of relationship will you have if the well being of a cat is more important than yours? ...Read more
Work w an allergist.: Eat healthfully w at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 of fruit /day (organic is best). Increase nutritional fiber. Avoid refined sugar & junk carbohydrates. Avoid sweetened juices, soda & caffeinated beverages. Watch portion sizes. No tobacco, illicit drugs & low to no alcohol use. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs sleep /night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Maintain good hygiene. Daily physical ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do you clean your home without being exposed to allergens that causes your asthma to get worse?
Medication: A very common symptom of allergic rhinitis (hay fever) is sneezing. Typically an antihistamine can prevent and treat sneezing. The new generation antihistamines such as claritin, allegra, zyrtec, xyzal, (levocetirizine) and Clarinex can minimize sneezing without causing significant sedation. ...Read more
Depends: That depends of the kind of infection you have in the blood and if the infection is being treated or not. There are bacterial infections that can kill within hours ( meningococcemia); HIV infections may not kill immediately but without treatment one may die relatively soon or in some cases may live even relatively normal life ( slow HIV progressors). ...Read more
Cat allergy info : Possibly. There can be some cross-reactivity between big cats and house cats, and I have had patients who work with big cats report that they were affected, so it's possible. The antigens probably are not exactly the same, so it would likely require some regular exposure--working in a zoo or preserve, to get symptoms. A person with severe cat allergies might want to pick a career without exposure. ...Read more
What to do if i need to know of a very good over-the-counter allergy medicine for people allergic to cats?
You are likely to get sick if close to sick people indoors, but what if outdoors, are you likely to catch infections or does the fresh air protect u?
Sunlight kills germs: Yes - when we are indoors - it's much easier to 'catch' something from someone else...especially if they are NOT covering their sneeze or cough properly. The great thing about being outdoors is the sunlight will quickly inactivate any germs sprayed forth from a sneeze or cough. Hopefully a fair breeze also can waft any surviving germ particles away in the other direction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you no longer go to a MD office and they decide to participate in a health information exchange, how would you know so you could opt out?
Good question: My feeling is that if you have not seen this physician for some time or even just yesterday he/she would be reluctant to give out any of your personal health information without your written approval. ...Read more
Dust mite allergy: Mites can cause nasal and skin allergy and asthma in susceptible allergic patients. Relative humidity of less than 50% in the house is crucial to reduce mite infestation. Dry heat in winter and A/C in summer are usually effective. No leaking faucets or water pipes. No swamp coolers! No pets in bedroom. Special encasing of pillows and bed covers may be unnecessary in Phoenix. See www.aaaai.org ...Read more
How long can it take for you to get sick if you have been exposed to someone at their most contagious state. I live with someone who is sick.
What if you don t have health insurance and you you think you might possibly have cervical cancer is there people and places that can help me ?
Absolutely: If you are in a state with a major university contact them. First and foremost, contact the city health department to give you some assistance. If that doesn't work, ask a friend who knows a physician and see if they can help. First it needs to be confirmed. You need to see a gynecologist. Call your local hospital and see if there is funds for assistance, which usually they are available. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Don't eat: If you are allergic to sea weed the best treatment is to avoid it. Don't ingest it or if it is a contact allergy try to avoid touching sea weed. If you want or can;t avoid it then see an Allergist to see what they recommend. ...Read more
Nasal steroid spray: The most effective medical treatment for nasal allergies triggered by pollen, dust, dander etc is topical nasal steroid sprays such as qnasl, flonase, nasonex, (mometasone) etc. Antihistamines can help many people and are available over the counter. The best long term treatment is allergy injections as this can decrease symptoms and medication requirements for years after shots stopped. ...Read more
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
What is going on?: For mild localized allergies, antihistamines like loratidine, fexofenadine, and cetirizine work well, with low chance of sedation. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) is plenty strong for stubborn cases, but often causes drowsiness - don't drive. Give us more description: location (nose, eyes, skin), duration, appearance, etc. Whole body allergic reactions (bees, foods, drugs)? Call 911. ...Read more
Trial Run: There is no such thing as an "allergy-free" pet. Hypoallergenic dogs often touted by breeders and more expensive. Unlike cat allergy where all breeds usually cause symptoms, there is evidence that dog allergy sufferers might be able to tolerate certain breeds. Everyone is different however. See Allergist to confirm allergies then "trial run" a breed and see if symptoms develop before purchase. ...Read more
Prevention best: Prevention of flare-ups by avoiding exposure to irritants and allergens that trigger outbreaks and by minimizing skin dryness. Typical skin irritants and allergens include soaps, chemicals, cleaning products, weeds, and some metals, such as nickel. Skin dryness can be avoided or treated by using a perfume-free moisturizer, avoiding scratchy clothes, and using a home humidifier. ...Read more
Lots of Options: Over-the-counter non-sedating antihistamines like Allergra, Claritin, and Zyrtec are helpful (I like Zyrtec the best). Other treatments include daily steroid nasal sprays and antihistamine eye drops. Avoidance of triggers is also helpful. If you have a cat, keeping it out of the bedroom is important, HEPA filters, washing cat weekly, frequent cleaning. Allergy shots can also be life-changing. ...Read more
Various Options: Daily steroid or antihistamines nasal sprays (fluticasone, azelastine) are helpful. Determining exactly what you could be sensitized to in order to practice appropriate avoidance measures is also important. If medications and avoidance are not effective or not feasible allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots) could be an option as well. Other meds include Sudafed, Mucinex, (guaifenesin) Afrin, oral antihistamines ...Read more
Allergy meds: If your tablet is Allegra and it's non-sedating, you can take it anytime. Ideally, you'd like to take it 30-60 minutes before your allergy exposure, if there's a specific thing you react to. If you take benadryl, (diphenhydramine) best take it at night if it sedates you. If you take sudafed for congestion, avoid taking it at night because it causes insomnia. Prescription sprays, any time you want. Singular --night. ...Read more
Depends...: ...On what you are allergic to, what your symptoms are, and how great an impact those symptoms have on your life. The best treatment is to find out what you're allergic to (an allergist can help with that) and avoid it. If avoidance is impossible, non-sedating antihistamines (allegra, claritin, xyzal, (levocetirizine) etc.) are currently the most popular treatments. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No cure yet, but...: Allergy shots (allergen immunotherapy) is currently the only treatment that is disease modifiying, meaning it can change how the body responds to exposure to allergens. It is "natural" and long lasting effects carry on after shots are stopped. It works for most, but not all people. Closest thing to a cure so far..... For more read my blog at: http://www.Familyallergyasthmacare.Com/2013/03/its-no. ...Read more
Treating congestion: Cold/allergies are usually a very vague and general term to descibe of nasal congestion, runny nose, cough due to post nasal drip and headache if there are sinus infections. Depending what causes it and how severe your symptoms are, best treatment can be different. If you can be more specific, it would be helpful. Otherwise, you should see a doctor to be evaluated to see which treatment is best. ...Read more
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