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Is sublingual immunotherapy as effective as injections? I'm targeting fatigue that allergies cause. Living in Austin/TX it's almost year-round.

Is sublingual immunotherapy as effective as injections? I'm targeting fatigue that allergies cause. Living in Austin/TX it's almost year-round.

Overall shots better: When comparing sublingual vs subcutaneous immunotherapy, the latter turns out to be more effective overall. The fact that sublingual IT often causes oral itching and requires daily dosing leads to a very high drop-out rate. In addition, the allergens available for sublingual are quite limited- Dust mite may soon be approved but molds are likely many years away. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Palumbo
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Immunotherapy (Definition)

Encompasses subcutaneous, patch or sublingual treatment with increasing amounts of specific allergen. Used for allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, and hymenoptera hypersensitivity (and in ongoing trials for food allergy). Specific IgE-mediated disease must be proven. Indications are lack of symptom control despite medication/avoidance, reduce risk of anaphylaxis, or ...Read more


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I am not having a good digestive system. Cause whenever I eats my meal I have to go for toilet after an hour or after 10 minutes. How to improve it.

I am not having a good digestive system. Cause whenever I eats my meal I have to go for toilet after an hour or after 10 minutes. How to improve it.

Perfect system!: This is your body performing exactly the way it is suppose to. The gastrocolic reflex intends to remove food waste when new nutrition packed food is introduced. Way to go don't do anything except the natural thing. Your body knows best. ...Read more

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Is taking digestive enzymes safe? Would it cause any dependency issues?

Is taking digestive enzymes safe? Would it cause any dependency issues?

Enzymes: They are safe. No, you would not be dependent on them unless your body fails to make a specific enzyme. If this was in fact the case, then you would find that you would have difficulty digesting certain foods without the enzymes. A common example is lactose deficiency. Those that are deficient find it very unpleasant to try and consume dairy without lactaid tablets. ...Read more

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Can not drinking enough water cause digestive problems? I am 32 yo male, 175lbs. How much should I be drinking?

Can not drinking enough water cause digestive problems? I am 32 yo male, 175lbs. How much should I be drinking?

Yes.: Not drinking enough water causes colon to maximally reabsorb water from stool in distal colon producing constipation. Minimum water intake is driven by obligatory losses which are 1600 ml/day. Minimum fluid intake is therefore 1600 ml per day divided among fluids - 500 cc/day, water in food - 800 cc/day and water derived from metabolism - 300 cc/day. Beating the minimum is a good idea. ...Read more

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What are the causes of digestive diseases?

What are the causes of digestive diseases?

Multiple: Evrybody has at one time experienced a GI illness--heartburn is very common, as is diarrhea, constipation, gastroenteritis, etc. Most of these are not serious, self-limiting, and usually get better by themselves. Likewise, serious GI illnesses are also quite common, as your gut is about 25 feet long from mouth to anus, and exposed to a variety of environmental insults every day! ...Read more

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Why does digestive enzymes cause flatuation?

Breakdown/ferment: Breakdown of dietary media without a slow digestion leads to decr absorption of nutrients and hence fermentation of semidigested food/ leading to flatus. ...Read more

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What digestive problems can anxiety and worry cause?

What digestive problems can anxiety and worry cause?

Anxiety/ worry: Nausea, emesis, constipation, loose stools, cramping ; change in bowel habitus. It can also effect conditions which you already have such as irritable bowel syndrome or ulcer. ...Read more

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What can cause your digestive tract to be off balance?

What can cause your digestive tract to be off balance?

Define please: I don't understand "off balance? " Viral infections, bacterial infections, medications, disagreeable foods or beverages, and of course infirmities such as diabetes mellitus, IBS, Crohn's, etc. Etc. Etc. All can knock the GI system off kilter (there I go, using your type of terminology!) HA! So, really anything can affect normal functioning of the GI tract. Why do you ask? ...Read more

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Can colitis cause complications with other digestive problems?

Can colitis cause complications with other digestive problems?

Please elaborate: Colitis is a non-specific term. There are many types of colitis. Which one do you have? For example ulcerative colitis is associated to many systemic other medical problems. ...Read more

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What are some common causes of digestive problems related to stress?

What are some common causes of digestive problems related to stress?

Causes: Your response to stress can affect your nervous system which in turn influence the way your digestion works through the vagus nerve and endocrine changes. ...Read more

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Can your lower back being out affect your digestive system and cause pain?

Can your lower back being out affect your digestive system and cause pain?

Not directly: But if you are taking lots of narcotic pain medication such as vicodin, norco, or codeine, it might cause constipation and cramps. If you are taking nsaids such as Ibuprofen or naprosyn, (naproxen) it might cause gastritis. ...Read more

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Jogging and having lower digestive tract pain throughout the whole time, what are possible causes?

Jogging and having lower digestive tract pain throughout the whole time, what are possible causes?

A major UGI problem-: -which should be addressed by an UGI specialist. 1 other thing could be running 2 soon after a meal. Half way thru your run take a swig of liquid antacid & if you feel better, get in 2 see the specialist. ...Read more

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Been eating healthy for a while but past 3 days eaten lots of junk, can that cause digestive upsets?

Been eating healthy for a while but past 3 days eaten lots of junk, can that cause digestive upsets?

Yes: If your system has been used to healthful foods, and then eat a lot of high fat, high carb, higher processed, unhealthful foods, your digestive system can feel upset. ...Read more

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Digestive problems causes dizziness?

Digestive problems causes dizziness?

Sure: There are numerous ways digestive problems cause dizziness. If you vomit and unable to due or eat for a day or two you will be dizzy. If you have severe diarrhea and unable to replenish the loss you will feel dizzy since your blood pressure will be low due to the effective circulating blood volume will be low. There or dozens or reason you might feel dizzy from GI causes. ...Read more

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What causes bleeding in the digestive tract?

What causes bleeding in the digestive tract?

Lots of things: From ulcers to gastritis to tumors, inflammation, polyps, hemorrhoids, fissures. No amount of bleeding is "normal". Get a proper evaluation for any bleeding seen. ...Read more

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What can cause problems with my digestive system?

Look at diet first: Whatever goes into your gut affects what happens. Review your diet. If you aren't eating a healthy diet, it's likely you'll have some symptoms. You should be aiming for a diet high in fiber (fruits, veggies, whole grains), low in red meat (notice I didn't say none!); proteins should be lean. Drink lots of water, minimize caffeine (again, I didn't say none!). Get some exercise regularly. How's that? ...Read more

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Is it actually true that digestive damage caused by bulimia will heal over time?

Is it actually true that digestive damage caused by bulimia will heal over time?

Mostly yes: For the most part, for sure, to stop the episodes will bring anyone much closer to normal, and eventually symptoms might not exist. Worth trying to overcome this condition. Chances are you will feel just fine eventually. ...Read more

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Can we eat promagranate daily after 30 minutes of dinner? Or does it cause digestive problems?

Can we eat promagranate daily after 30 minutes of dinner? Or does it cause digestive problems?

Food Myths: I am not sure where this question comes from. But, there is no medical or health effect from eating pomegranate when ever you ingest it. ...Read more

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Does obesity cause other digestive problems?

Does obesity cause other digestive problems?

Yes: Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, gallstones and gastroesophageal reflux are all caused by obesity just to name a few things. If the obese patient develops diabetes then you can add gastroparesis into the mix too. ...Read more

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Why do antibiotics cause me digestive problems?

Why do antibiotics cause me digestive problems?

Gut flora: Gets rid of gut flora. Recommend taking probiotics with it. ...Read more

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Can stress and thinking too much cause digestive problems?

Can stress and thinking too much cause digestive problems?

Absolutely: The digestive system is very sensitive to stress in many people. From top to bottom, symptoms can include nausea, lack of appetite, stomach pains, stomach gurgling, diarrhea or constipation. It's best to manage the stress itself; in the meantime you might try over-the-counter digestive aids like pepto-bismol. See a doctor if symptoms are severe or persist. ...Read more

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What causes colitis, Crohn's disease and other digestive problems?

What causes colitis, Crohn's disease and other digestive problems?

Unknown: While we don't entirely know what causes these, inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and crohn's) appears to be caused by an autoimmune mechanism. There is a degree of genetic susceptibility, which seems to be higher in crohn's. However other theories, such as a virus as a cause, may also play a role. There are many other forms of colitis that may mimic these, and only a doctor can tell. ...Read more

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Can the nerves from thorasic T11 thru l 2 cause digestive problems?

Nerve: The nerves that you are mentioning do not control the digestive system. The intestines and digestive has its own intrinsic nervous system that controls the motility of the bowels. ...Read more

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What all digestive disorder can cause breathing trouble with drowsiness (for a very prolonged amount of time)?

What all digestive disorder can cause breathing trouble with drowsiness (for a very prolonged amount of time)?

Unlikely: Food aspiration from reflux can cause breathing problem but not drowsiness. You need to consult your doctor to get a comprehensive workup. ...Read more

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I have anxiety can anxiety affect the digestive an bowel system and can it cause chronic fatique?

I have anxiety can anxiety affect the digestive an bowel system and can it cause chronic fatique?

Yes: Anxiety can modulate the autonomic nervous system, therefore the effectiveness of mindfulness therapies and biofeedback. People with chronic anxiety can have unrefreshing sleep causal of chronic daytime fatigue. ...Read more

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Want to know what is the real cause of my body odor and what can I do to stop it was told that digestive enzymes after meal would help with the odor.

Want to know what is the real cause of my body odor and what can I do to stop it was told that digestive enzymes after meal would help with the odor.

See a doctor: I recommend seeing a doctor so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. It is difficult to find the reason why because I do not have your medical records nor do I know your lifestyle, so it is best to see a doctor for this so they can find the underlying cause. ...Read more

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Does digestive tract odor cause bad breath?

Does digestive tract odor cause bad breath?

No: These are two separate processes. Bad breath or halitosis is caused by mouth bacteria which don't have anything to do with the lower GI tract which is essentially separated from the "lower" GI tract by the acid within the stomach. For bad breath I recommend brushing your tongue daily and seeing your dentist. ...Read more