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Common Pitbull Allergies
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
Common: Allergic rhinitis including allergy to dogs is common, affecting 10-30% of people in the U.S. Rates seems to be increasing over time, particularly in urban areas. These statistic include all allergy sufferers (trees, grass, weeds, dust mites, molds, cats, dogs, etc). I don't have rates for dog allergy sufferers specifically. ...Read more
Many things: Pet dander, dust mites, molds, grasses, tree pollens!!!! ...Read more
Symptoms: Similar to other allergies. Sneezing, runny nose, and watery & itchy eyes. You could possibly get hives from the cat saliva, if you are sensitive. Unlike tv ads would have you believe, specific allergen causes do not cause specific symptoms or require specific treatment. Although, food allergies are a different story. ...Read more
Exposure/foreignness: The frequency of an allergy is related to the amount of exposure that a population has and how likely a protein is to promote production of the allergic antibody. Proteins that are much different than those made by humans are more likely to cause this type of reaction. ...Read more
What would be a significant or serious reaction to first time allergy shot? And how common is it?
How common is an allergy or intolerance to nightshade vegetables/foods? What are the typical symptoms?
Fairly: Allergy is likely rare but intolerance likely fairly common. Allergy to foods in the nightshades family in not that different from other allergy allergies although anaphylaxis must be very rare. As for intolerance, it can be almost anything with different people having different symptoms to a certain food. ...Read more
Yes: Somewhere between 2-5% of children will have a milk allergy. Many but not all will outgrow that allergy as they get older. By adulthood only 0.1-0.5% of people will have an allergy. However, milk intolerance (lactose intolerance) is extremely common in adults. While not a "true" allergy, it can cause gas and diarrhea when milk is drunk. This happens in 25% of caucasians and 90% of asians. ...Read more
Somewhat: Latex allergy is estimated to affect about 5-10% of the general population; the people most at risk of becoming sensitized to latex include patients requiring multiple medical procedures (such as children with spina bifida or people with urinary tract abnormalities), rubber industry workers, and health care professionals. Symptoms range from contact reactions to full-blown anaphylaxis. ...Read more
Less common: Once manufacturers stopped using cornstarch powder and spray molds, immediate-type reactions like sneezing and wheezing became much less common. Now latex allergy is rarely seen outside of high exposure groups such as health care workers and persons who have had multiple surgeries for spina bifida, genitourinary malformations, etc. ...Read more
Rarely: In general insect pollenated plants have low allergy potential because the pollen is too heavy to be carried by air currents into your nose. Flowers are giant advertising signs for plants attracting insects to them with bright colors and interesting aromas. The plant trades nectar for a chance for its pollen to hitchhike from one flower to the next on the bug's back. ...Read more
Possibly: There is something called oral allergy syndrome, where people who are allergic to ragweed, cannot eat the melon family. They get itching in the mouth and ears, and sometimes swelling. This occurs in people who are allergic to birch trees, and eat hazelnuts, or some fruits such as apple, plums, and nectarines. ...Read more
True tomato allergy is rare. Within 1 hour of eating tomato you would experience hives, wheezing, swelling or more serious reactions.
Tomato is known to be part of the "food pollen syndrome" also called "oral allergy syndrome". This is a cross reactivity between grass pollen and tomato. Symptoms of this would be limited to an itchy mouth. Avoidance or immunotherapy to grass are the treatment. ...Read more
Indirectly: Allergy symptoms can include nasal congestion and inflammation of the posterior nasopharynx where the eustachian tube drains from the middle ear. With enough congestion, eustachian tube dysfunction can feel like ear popping or plugging that is uncomfortable. An ENT or allergist can assist in unraveling the ear discomfort. ...Read more