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Doctor insights on: Birch Syrup

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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

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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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I am allergic to birch pollen, is there a certain farm or time of year whn count is low?

I am allergic to birch pollen, is there a certain farm or time of year whn count is low?

Highest in spring: Birch trees pollinate from early march to late may depending on the geographical location. Birch pollen counts are usually low rest of the year. ...Read more

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I'm on the birch control called implanon, am i suppose to get a period?

I'm on the birch control called implanon, am i suppose to get a period?

It Can Vary: Many women have lighter or irregular cycles, some don't have cycles at all. If you miss your period, this may be normal but do check a pregnancy test if you have any early symptoms of pregnancy (fatigue, nausea, breast tenderness, etc). It's perfectly normal not to have cycles on implanon. ...Read more

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Angioedema & 4+ to birch pollen. 4 cetirizine/day, tongue+face swell LOT in summer. On pred. for months + stay inside - anything else you recommend?

Angioedema & 4+ to birch pollen. 4 cetirizine/day, tongue+face swell LOT in summer. On pred. for months + stay inside - anything else you recommend?

Pollen allergy?: If the swelling occurs only during the summer and you have documented allergy to pollen during the season, you may consider starting allergy shots during the off season to modify your allergic response to that pollen. I must admit that I have yet seen a case of pollen allergy-> angioedema. In the meanwhile, consider getting a HEPA filter or A/C for your home or at least the bedroom. ...Read more

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Would pollen (birch) immunotherapy help resolve OAS? (Apple, hazelnut, peanuts ara h8, etc)

Would pollen (birch) immunotherapy help resolve OAS?  (Apple, hazelnut, peanuts ara h8, etc)

Maybe: Will birch immunotherapy help with oral allergy syndrome? I agree with Dr. Al Hegab that the benefits are not fully understood at this point in time and immunotherapy solely for the purpose of treating OAS is not recommended. However, if you also have allergic rhinitis and/or allergic asthma symptoms, immunotherapy could improve these symptoms, and maybe symptoms of OAS. ...Read more

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What is the maple syrup diet?

What is the maple syrup diet?

Yes, but...: The downside of the diet living on a maple syrup concoction for several days will probably leave you weak and with less muscle. The major problem with the diet and that it lacks protein, fiber, and nutrients for bruits and vegetables. He risk muscle loss, increased fatigue, overall malnutrition. ...Read more

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Is maltitol syrup unhealthy?

Is maltitol syrup unhealthy?

No: Maltitol is a disaccaride produced by hydrogenation of maltose. It is a low calorie sweetener. It causes less decay. It is more slowly absorbed than sucrose which make it more suitable in diabetic patents. ...Read more