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How can I tell if an allergy to birch?

How can I tell if an allergy to birch?

Skin or blood test: If you have itchy eyes, runny/stuffy nose, sneezing spells etc in spring, you can get tested for birch pollen allergy. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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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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How can I get rid off the oral allergy syndrome?

How can I get rid off the oral allergy syndrome?

Avoid offending food: Oral allergy syndrome due to allergic antibody (ige) to pollen which cross-reacts with heat labile proteins in raw fruits/vegetables e.g. Birch pollen ige cross-reacts with apple, peach, etc. Heating the fruit/vegetable destroys the cross-reacting proteins. Avoid the offending foods when raw; can be eaten cooked/canned. Sometimes allergy injections decrease pollen ige so can tolerate raw fruit. ...Read more

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How can I prevent my baby from developing allergies?

How can I prevent my baby from developing allergies?

Nothing Much: There are really no proven techniques which have been demonstrated scientifically to prevent the development of allergies. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have an allergy to birch wood?

How can I tell if I have an allergy to birch wood?

Tree allergy not all: Generally allergy to trees are to their pollen not the wood. The exception is the great western cedar. Otherwise saw dust is an irritant not an allergen. ...Read more

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How can I tell if an allergy to birch?

Skin or blood test: If you have itchy eyes, runny/stuffy nose, sneezing spells etc in spring, you can get tested for birch pollen allergy. ...Read more

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What is allergy tablets do?

What is allergy tablets do?

Allergy tablets: Most allergy tablets are medications that fall into the category of antihistamines that block the effect of histamine. This treats symptoms such as sneezing, itching, runny nose, etc. Sometimes antihistamines are combined with decongestants to help with stuffy nose. Studies are evaluating "allergy tablets" that may work similar to allergy shots where the tablet contains the pollen, etc. ...Read more

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How can I reduce allergies?

How can I reduce allergies?

Lots of Options: OTC non-sedating antihistamines like Allegra, Claritin, (loratadine) or Zyrtec are helpful for perennial allergic rhinitis symptoms, however the gold-standard treatment are daily intranasal steroid sprays if your symptoms are more severe. Avoidance of triggers is important as well and allergy shots are also an option. Saline sprays are useful but will not provide lasting relief used alone. See Allergist. ...Read more