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Can You Suggest A Way To Deal With Pollen And Grass Allergies
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
Multiple ways: Avoid peak pollen times which are in the morning. Air conditioning can help. Low or non sedating antihistamines can help (such as loratadine, Cetirizine or fexophenadine). Prescription topical steroid or antihistamine nasal sprays are very effective. Specific allergy immunotherapy (allergy shots fda approved, sublingual immunotherapy is a promising but is not fda approved) can reduce the allergy. ...Read more
The best way to deal: With this is with formal treatment by an allergist (i.e. Shots). Not having a dog could be a way to avoid having the symptoms all together. Take care. ...Read more
Mold Allergy: If there is visible mold on walls have it removed and replaced with clean drywall. Attempt to have any damp/wet places in the house fixed so that mold doesn't have a place to set up shop, especially in basement areas. If you have daily symptoms of congestion try OTC steroid nasal sprays and/or saline rinses. See allergist if no improvement, consider allergy shots if persistent. ...Read more
I want to try Ragwitek for Hay fever as opposed to allergy shots. The problem is that I am allergic to all pollens & dust. Would it help?
Yes and no: Ragwitek is an effective treatment for non severe asthmatics or others but this would only treat ragweed allergies. If this is your worst season then it is an effective treatment for those months but must be started 3 months prior. You would not be treating dust mite or other allergies you have though. If you have symptoms all year, allergy shots are more beneficial for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could be allergic to my puppy. I have to find a way to fight these allergies and figured a natural treatment might work. Any recs?
You could be: allergic to your puppy. Avoidance is the most reliable treatment. I know of no natural treatments to prevent reactions to dog dander. Consider seeing an allergist. Take care. ...Read more
Allergy shots: Allergy shots are designed to slowly help you build tolerance to those things that you are allergic to. Speak to an allergist about all of your options and this one specifically. ...Read more
Meds/sprays: A simple non sedating once daily antihistamine like loritadine or fexofenadine can help many. Some people have better response to one med than the other. An over the counter nasal steroid can also help. Nasal steroids often require a week of use before you see noticeable improvement. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None really: If you have a specific allergy to dogs and/or cats, the best advice is not to have one. There is a misconception that dogs with hair that don't shed are "hypo-allergenic; however, the allergen comes from the animal's salivary glands. The pets clean themselves by licking and the allergen gets on there hair, fur, & skin. This is also why a reaction is worse when the pet licks you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on severity: Avoidance: stay indoors on hot, sunny, breezy days. Keep windows open only at night or use a/c. Use a/c in car. Meds: otc antihistamines like claritin, allegra, zyrtec or Nasalcrom spray. Zaditor (ketotifen) for eyes. Presciptions: antihistamine or corticosteroid nasal sprays. Mast cell stabiliziing eye drops. Immunotherapy: allergy shots really help for long-term treatment. ...Read more
Can I take fexofenadine and benedryl together. Or is there something else I can do to help with a dust mite allergy?
Yes and yes: Though not risky, the above med combination is hart on many. The benedryl makes many people drowsy so it can interfere with life. There are OTC nasal steroid sprays that can decrease symptoms.Your nasal membranes are often the site where most discomfort is triggered. The sprays (rhinocort,nasocort,etc.) take several days to make a difference, but might help if used daily. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If I'm allergic to pollen from a lot of wild flowers and have seasonal allergies from ragweed and dandelions, will I be allergic to chamomile?
Symptoms and testing: A child who sneezes when playing with a cat is likely to have cat allergy, this is confirmed with skin allergy test or blood test for specific ige to cat. Similarly, if the child sneezes or itches outdoors, she is likely to be allergic to pollen. Testing will confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more
How likely is it for pollen allergies to be passed? Are there ways to reduce or "cushion" allergies for kids?
A few tips: Although there is a strong genetic component for allergy, you cannot pass along the pollen allergy like a virus but your offsprings will more likely have allergic diseases. There is strong evidence that children raised in a farm and exposed to many animals is less likely to develop allergy. Low vitamin d level in the pregnant mother is linked to a higher incidence of allergy in the baby. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mold is a huge allergen for me - can anything be done other than using antihistamines to help with this allergy?
Medication: A very common symptom of allergic rhinitis (hay fever) is sneezing. Typically an antihistamine can prevent and treat sneezing. The new generation antihistamines such as claritin, allegra, zyrtec, xyzal, (levocetirizine) and Clarinex can minimize sneezing without causing significant sedation. ...Read more
Plan ahead: Once symptoms start, they are more difficult to control. Avoidance of pollen is frequently not practical. Medications can be very helpful especially if taken before the pollen starts blowing around. Allergy injections are the best long term treatment. An allergist can assist in an individualized treatment plan. ...Read more
I'm allergic to ragweeds and pollen so pretty much the outdoors. What can I take to alleviate the symptoms?
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
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