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Can you explain how pollen makes your eyes itchy if you are allergic to it?

Can you explain how pollen makes your eyes itchy if you are allergic to it?

Histamine release: A person has allergies if his immune system over-reacts to certain types of pollen, and the histamine (and other chemicals) released by his immune system causes itching, runny nose, watery eyes, wheezing, cough, lots of mucus, etc... The treatment is avoidance of pollen, and use of oral or eye-drop antihistamines, and nasal steroids. For bad eye allergies, eye doctors prescribe eye-drop steroids. ...Read more

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Pollen (Definition)

Pollen is the equivalent of sperm for a plant. It is a genetically active product, seen on flowers usually, which the plants with the assistance of birds, bats and insects as well as the wind, uses to fertilize the egg of the plant to ensure a next generation. It also can be irritating, functioning as an allergen, leading to sneezing ...Read more


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How can you tell if you are allergic to grass?

How can you tell if you are allergic to grass?

Timing & testing: Grass pollen allergy (called grass pollinosis) has symptoms of itchy, runny nose, nasal congestion and sneezing, sometimes with eye symptoms during the usual grass pollen time which is early to mid-summer (longer in the south). To confirm grass allergy, a skin test or ige blood test can be performed. ...Read more

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How do you deal with eyes that are itchy due to pollen?

How do you deal with eyes that are itchy due to pollen?

Avoidance: Removal of environmental factors or triggers causing or exacerbating allergies. Good lid hygiene. Antihistamines or cold compresses for itching. Artificial tears. Short course of steroids in severe situations. ...Read more

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If you have allergies can they make your skin itch,eyes?

If you have allergies can they make your skin itch,eyes?

Very much so: Pruritis(itchiness) of the skin and/or eyes is often allergy related. ...Read more

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What do you do when your eye is swollen from allergies?

What do you do when your eye is swollen from allergies?

Eye drops: There are anti-allergy eye drops available. These drops typically contain anti-histamine in them which reduces eye-redness. With regards to swelling, ice should help. ...Read more

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What happens if you eat mould and are allergic to penasilin?

What happens if you eat mould and are allergic to penasilin?

No issues: Current formulations of penicillin are synthetic and not cross reactive to naturally occurring molds. Eating mold doesn't sound to appetizing, but likely no harm (examples are moldy cheese). ...Read more

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How can our eyes see things and what has happened to your eyes if you are nearsighted?

How can our eyes see things and what has happened to your eyes if you are nearsighted?

Nearsightness: means the focusing parts of your eyes are naturally too strong. This make the distance vision blurry and the near vision clear. Glasses can help readjust the focusing power of your eyes, so that distance vision can also be clear. ...Read more

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Can you be allergic to alcohol? If so, what are the symptoms and how soon are they noticed?

Can you be allergic to alcohol? If so, what are the symptoms and how soon are they noticed?

Alcohol allergy: Alcohol can cause reactions. A hangover is really a toxic reaction. Some people have an enzyme deficiency which makes them prone to flushing of the skin especially face after drinking. Many people have nasal congestion after drinking beer or wine. Reactions to additives like sulfites can cause wheezing. True allergy to alcohol is very very rare but can cause anaphylaxis which can be severe. ...Read more

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What happens if someone is allergic to peanuts can you still eat them and sit next to them?

What happens if someone is allergic to peanuts can you still eat them and sit next to them?

Maybe: It is always best to avoid exposing people who are allergic to peanuts to peanut. However, most patients who have peanut allergy need to eat or at least touch the food to have a reaction. The best thin is to ask the person and respect their wishes as peanut allergy can be fatal. ...Read more

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What happens if someone is allergic to a medicine they need to be taking... Can.They be desensitized to it so they can take it?

What happens if someone is allergic to a medicine they need to be taking... Can.They be desensitized to it so they can take it?

Yes can be done: Allergic reaction ( to any thing ) is complex process , several factors & different mechanisms are involved . Allergy - like penicillin which will give anaphylatic shock (and death ) is caused by type-i mast cell / ige reaction , is being done for certain drugs , by specialized centers ( or offices ), and is not a routine procedure. ...Read more

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Can you get sinusitis from a cat if you are not allergic to it?

Can you get sinusitis from a cat if you are not allergic to it?

Unlikely: Allergy causes inflammation around the opening to the sinus which may cause an infection. If you aren't allergic, that is unlikely. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have contact allergic dermatitis reaction, how can I make it heal faster?

What do you suggest if I have contact allergic dermatitis reaction, how can I make it heal faster?

Topical steroid: An OTC steroid cream/ointment such as hydrocortisone. If something stronger is required your doctor will need to prescribe. ...Read more

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So when you are allergic to something are you actually allergic to it or a component of it?

So when you are allergic to something are you actually allergic to it or a component of it?

Component usually: Typically a person is allergic to an "epitope" which is a particular part of the protein of the substance that a person reacts to. For cow's milk, a person could be allergic to the whey, casein or both. For penicillin, usually the reaction is against the beta-lactam ring when it combines with a serum protein like albumin. For pollen, it is usually a specific protein in the pollen. ...Read more

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Can someone help me understand allegry shots more? Why does giving you the stuff you are allergic to make you better?

Can someone help me understand allegry shots more?  Why does giving you the stuff you are allergic to make you better?

Making antibodies: What is happening with an allergy shot is this: the doctor gives you very small doses of what you are allergic to in order that you can develop an immune reaction to them. A different type of antibody is formed against the thing to which you are allergic, and you stop having an allergic reaction to it. This can be used on, for example, people who are allergic to cats but want to keep their cats. ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's possible that my eyes sting from crying to much?

Can you explain if it's possible that my eyes sting from crying to much?

Usually not: Crying too much actually increases the moisture of the eyes, as well as increases the swelling of the eyelids. So usually crying doesn't cause stinging of the eyes. However, if you have a dry eye meibomian glands' oil layer of the tear film isn't adequate, then you might have tears that don't stay on the surface of the eye long enough, and can have a dry eye condition afterwards needing treatment. ...Read more

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Whenever you close your eyes, you can still see images, how and why is that?

Whenever you close your eyes, you can still see images, how and why is that?

Afterimage: This is called an entopic phenomenon. An example is when you can see floaters, or your own blood vessels when staring at bright light thru eyes closed. The cells in retina are excited after a flash of lightning that they continue to send message to brain. Kinda like when you burn your hand, feels hot even seconds later. ...Read more

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Itching (Definition)

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