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California Kissing Bug Allergy In Children
I am not 100% sure but I think I was bitten by a "kissing" bug. What are chances of Chagas' disease? I live in Louisiana.
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
Bit by kissing bug a year ago, posion center advised to get tested for chagasdisease.Er people thought i was crazy, who can test for it ?
How can you tell if you've been bitten by a kissing bug? What's the difference between a kissing bug bite and a mosquito bite (appearance, sensation)?
R U Kidding: YOU cannot unless you catch the bug ...Read more
I was recently bitten by a beetle while asleep. Subsequent research leads me to believe it was a "kissing bug". The bite was extremely painful and the reaction (fever, swelling, & pain) continued for a week. I read they can inject a parasite that can
Chagas disease: If you were bitten in north america it is extremely unlikely that you will contract chagas disease. The prevalence of the disease here is just too low. Some will develop an ulcer at the site of the bite. Parasitemia is easily demonstrated with blood smears or pcr. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a wicked prawn allergy; can I kiss my girlfriend after she has eaten said calamitous crustacean?
I have gluten allergy, can kissing someone who ate gluten get me sick as a form of cross contamination?
No: Will not get you sick. Thank you for the question. ...Read more
Don't worry about it: I don't know if any body has taken it over the rockies. But it is not supposed to be in california. If some body did take it over then it should still bloom around august 15th .In areas of no frost in southern california, it would behave like in southern florida where it blooms again in the end of april. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Find out: find out what your food allergies are= and ask her if she had any of those foods. Usually it is called oral allergy syndrome, and can be treated with antihistamines such as benadryl (diphenhydramine). You certainly can ask before, rather than finding out afterwards when your lips may get red and swollen. ...Read more
I wanted to know is it safe to kiss my boyfriend with a peanut allergy after ingesting peanuts the evening before?
Evenin before: Safe unless you have residual peanuts between your teeth etc. I would avoid exposing him to any peanuts even via kiss if you recently had eaten them. Normally the mouth would be clear of any residual peanuts a day later provided you maintain good oral hygiene ...Read more
How severe?: Serious peanut allergies can be fatal if not treated promptly with an epipen (epinephrine). No one can answer this question for you without knowing how severe your boyfriend's reaction is. For some people, the smallest contact with peanuts, peanut butter, or any other food containing peanuts can trigger immediate swelling and difficulty breathing. If this is the case, don't eat peanuts around him! ...Read more
How serious can nut and salmon allergies be? If I have these foods and then brush my teeth, is it possible for me to kiss a guy with these allergies?
Food allergies: Some people are extremely sensitive and even being in the same room with these foods can trigger allergic reactions. Talk to,the guy and ask how sensitive he is. But for the most part it would be safe to refrain from eating these food when you are with him. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
To an allergist: question about raisin allergy i had a severe reaction to raisins (unprocessed) i ate while on vacation in the dominican republic but the processed raisins from california never caused a problem. Why did one type of raisin cause urticaria
Raisins : Raisins are not a natural product. What is meant by unprocessed? How did they make the grapes into raisins? There-in likely is the answer. ...Read more
If there's no history of fish or seafood allergy on either parents families, how worried do I need 2 be holding or kissing my 3 month old after meals?
No need to worry: about kissing baby.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have peanut allergy. Do I need to limit my dating partners to those who NEVER eat peanuts? Can enough peanut protein be transferred through kissing?
Peanut allergy: This would depend on how allergic you are. Ask the Dr who tested you. ...Read more
Ordered sushi, a California , dragon roll & miso soup. Started getting small hives hours later, a food allergy? I'm 6 weeks pregnant. Is the baby ok?
Is there any cures for mold allergy ? I lived in costa rica for two years last month's living there i had bad allergy from molds in the house moist weather so i returned to usa california I am having a hard time to get rid of it my nose is pluged can't br
Nose allergies: Avoidance of allergic triggers is very important. Getting tested to determine what you may be allergic to can help answer this question. Over the counter antihistamines can help to relieve allergy symptoms. Allergen immunotherapy injections can be used to help decrease or at times completely resolve your allergy to environmental allergens such as pollens or molds. ...Read more
Chaga's Disease: Not always easy to know because so many states have discontinued Chaga's surveillance. I believe that there are only about 6 states that are doing surveillance. Of an estimated 300,000 people in the US who have been affected, it has likely been brought by people who migrated to the US from endemic areas. Most are old cases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Several factors here. I usually never recommend it if the family is attached to the pet, but if it is causing severe symptoms, you should sequester the animal out of the bedrooms and living spaces. Then make sure you thoroughly rid those areas of cat dander as it is a potent and tenacious allergen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please clarify: Yes children have allergies and yes there are specialists.You have not provided enough background information to determine whether the situation needs a doc, much less a specialist.You can start over with the additional info and we may be better able to help you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
You have prepared the lunch meal for the children and you find out that one of the children has an allergy to?
Question unclear: If you are asking what to do if the kid is allergic to what you prepaired, the answer is simple, don't let s/he eat it.Prepare something else.If the child ate it and developed hives, benedryl may help some.It is advisable to know specific dietary problems in any child you watch & have a rapid action plan for any unexpected reactions. Kids can develop pbms to foods they have tolerated in the past. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: The pain is minimal with skin testing, similar testing can be done with a blood test which requires some blood being withdrawn with a needle. ...Read more
Yes: Especially in children too young to communicate effectively. Food allergies can manifest as itching, hives, swelling, vomiting and/or diarrhea. Any of these symptoms could lead to being irritable. Similarly, food intolerance syndromes such as lactose intolerance with abdominal pain, gas and diarrhea can also be accompanied by irritability. There are other reasons for being irritable as well. ...Read more
No: However the venom of bugs can render you allergic to it. ...Read more
No: The condition of being allergic is certainly an inherited property. Often, that tendancy is greater in children whose biological mother has allergies. However, specific allergy is generally not thought to be inherited. That is, a parent can be allergic to food, and their children allergic to pollen or insect stings. ...Read more
Add-on for hives: Ranitidine (zantac), although it's a different kind of histamine blocker (h2 for acid vs h1 for allergies), has been shown to have some anti-allergy properties, especially when used with an h1 blocker like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for hives. There was actually one study that showed benefit in nasal allergies, but i don't know anyone that prescribes it for that purpose. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: There are a variety of sources depending on age and co-existing food allergies. Soy milk is a possible but 30% of cow milk allergic will be allergic to it. Goat milk or cheese, rice milk, etc. Older kids can simply be fed Tums wafers/tablets I a once or twice a day dosing based on size/need. These have enough calcium. The fluid/sugar & fat found in cow milk can be found in many sources. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: If you have the genes to get asthma, it doesn't matter if you treat seasonal allergies or not. It will emerge whenever & wherever you hit the trigger events that let it come out. Many kids have seasonal allergies. Those that ignore them do not get asthma because they chose to live with them without throwing meds or shots at them ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it ok to give my 8yr old ibuprofin while he took a dose of cvs children allergy medicine an hour ago?
My daughter has a bug bite allergy that she blisters up when bitten how to protect and treat blisters that form?
Can I give my 1-year old son children's Zyrtec? He seems to be battling seasonal allergies. If so, what's the recommended dosage?
No. : Zyrtec not the good medicine for one year old child. This maybe not the allergy at all. Most likely this is teething syndrome and swelling gums and nasal mucosa because of this. Use nasal washing with normal saline 2 times a day and camomile tea for gums 4-5 times a day. Follow with pediatrician for other medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 11yr old catches every bug there is! she has asthma and allergies an brohncatis ! what can she take to help prevent these besides allergy meds ?
Needs controllers;: She does need an allergy work up;you should consult an allergist if not already done so far, but there is limited success with allrgy shots(immunotherapy) you need to treat asthma which is a chronic disease due to inflammation in bronchi. You have to discuss treatment options with your pediatrician including controller meds(inhaled steroids, singular, long acting bron/dilaters and relievers albuterol. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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