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Can You Be Allergic To Leech Detox Therapy
Yes: A person can become allergic to almost anything. Having said that, using leeches for detox makes no sense. A leech will drain some blood, but they are not filters that cleanse for you. In addition, the agents they secrete to thin your blood do not have much of an effect systemically, and haven't been shown to have any detox properties. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ingestion or exposure: Aquagenic urticaria is a rare form of physical urticaria, when exposed to cold water hives and itching develop, also ice can induce the reaction when placed over the skin for few minutes, probably ingestion of ice cold juices/shakes can cause some reaction. Treatment is avoiding exposure to cold/ice cold water or beverages and histamines in case of exposure ...Read more
It is possible: It is possible to be allergic to any medication. A medication has other ingredients, such as stabilizers, preservatives, pH buffers, etc..., and a person may be allergic to one of the other ingredients. Also, a person can be ok with the drug, but react to a breakdown product of the drug, or react to a "bound" combination of the drug+substance (the substance may be from the person's own body). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Allergy=a label; to: be blunt: a guess made by whomever, no matter training/degree. Allergy refers to a person's behavior, "presumed" in response to a "presumed" trigger. It this real solid science, or guess-work&marketing? Rarely the former; routinely the latter. Can humans alter behavior to any stimulus? Absolutely! What behaviors can they alter? All the behaviors humans are capable of. Is this reality? Absolutely. ...Read more
If someone has an allergy to asprin (anaphylaxis) but they need to take it for whatever reason, can they be desensitized to it?
Yes: Yes, it can be done. But after the procedure, you need to take it everyday or you have to repeat the procedure again. Your local allergist could help you with this. ...Read more
Aspirin allergy: Aspirin can cause hives or anaphylaxis and it can cause unusual reactions including asthma wheezing and rhinitis and conjunctivitis similar to hay fever in people who are sensitive. People with asthma and nasal polyps are prone to this reaction which can be severe. Some also react to a similar group of drugs called nsaids which includes ibuprofen. Desensitization by an allergist is possible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No antibodies: Nicotine is too small a molecule to stimulate antibody production so allergic antibody mediated reactions to nicotine aren't possible. Nicotine patches can produce contact allergies mostly due to chemicals in the adhesives. Inhaled (snuff) or chewed tobacco products can produce allergic antibodies and allergic reactions, due to large molecules in the tobacco leaves. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you are allergic to hydrocodone will you be likely to be allergic to methocarbamol oral as well?
Can an allergist do a skin test to see if you are allergic to penicillin, in case you need to use penicillin?
Unlikely, happily: Tequila & mezcal is a distilled spirit - like vodka and gin. The distillation process removes virtually all impurities - especially proteins that trigger allergy. So whatever adverse effect you are experiencing with drinking tequila are not allergic. You could however be allergic to something you are eating or drinking at the same time - like the avocado in the guacamole. ...Read more
What can I substitute amoxicillin with if I'm allergic to penicillin? It will be used to treat swollen gum
Yes: Weed allergy is very common. The most common weed is usually ragweed which is found in abundance is most of the U.S. Except southern california. Weeds usually pollinate in the late summer (mid-august) until the first frost. An allergist can assist in identifying weed allergy and developing a treatment plan. ...Read more
Time: Drugs have what is called a half-life. This is the time for half the amount of a drug in your body to be excreted. They vary from drug to drug. In general, 3 to 5 half lives are needed to eliminate a drug almost 100%. Time is the safest, though not always the easiest way to go this route. Good luck. ...Read more
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