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Corn Pollen Allergy
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
Pollen allergy OR: No, corn pollen is not the same as the vegetable corn. This comes up with nut trees too, like pecan pollen vs pecan nuts, walnut tree pollen vs walnuts. The allergens in the pollens are not the same as the allergens in the "fruits" the plant produces. We have different skin tests for each and can show you how your responses differ.
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.
Pollen allergy: A common spring allergy that causes sensitive individuals to feel itchy or watery eyes, runny nose and congestion, an itch in the mouth or lip swelling. This sensitivity is a result of the body's reaction to certain airborne pollen from the tiny particles released from grasses, weeds and trees that hitch a ride on the currents of air.
Allergic rhinitis: Staying inside the house during pollen season seems like the best answer. But that's not practical. So, in addition to wearing a mask, do not forget to clean your outer clothes, accessories and shoes before getting back in your house to prevent pollen from being trapped inside the house. Taking a shower will help remove pollen adhering to your skin. Antihistamines plus nasal steroids will help.
Genetic & Environmen: Both genetic and environmental factors play a role. The chances of developing allergic disease is higher if one parent has an atopic condition, and higher if both parents are atopic. Then in the environment "cleanliness" propegates the immune system towards the allergic phenotype.
Avoid triggers: There are four steps to minimizing a bad allergic reaction to anything. First, educate yourself about the problems and treatments. Second, avoid the cause as much as possible. Third, use medications preventatively to reduce the immune reaction. Fourth, if available, consider allergen immunotherapy to also reduce the immune reaction.
Depends: There is a clinical syndrome called oral allergy syndrome in which some patients who have seasonal allergies can have symptoms, typically limited to the mouth area, to certain fresh fruits and vegetables. Not all allergy patients have these symptoms. Some of the classic associations are birch -apple and ragweed - melons.See 1 more doctor answer
Rarely real allergy: Congestion is a normal response of the airway to inhaled dust, fumes, dry heat, pollen, etc. As well as infection. Airway mucous traps debris particles and works to remove them. Vaporizers help thin heavy mucous in some. Avoid cleaning products with heavy odors, perfumes, and smoke and change ac filters often. A particle filter for babys room may also help. Nasal saline as a wash is helpful.See 1 more doctor answer
See below: You can treat your child with otc allergy medications, and treat him prior to exposure.
Move- but: It is nearly impossible to get rid of pollen exposure unless you confine yourself to a room with purified area (HEPA or AC). If the symptoms are severe, allergy shots would be a good solution by modifying your body's allergic response to them since living in a bubble is not the option most people choose. See allergist.
Yes: If you know you are juniper sensitive, you can be desensitized using allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots). For many people, this results in a permanent loss or reduction of sensitivity. Medications and avoidance also work, but symptoms will return after the medication is stopped.See 1 more doctor answer
It is OK: The origional dose studies were up to 40mg/day. The most cost effective dose for adults was the 10mg. The medication like this does not suddenly go bad like out dated milk so you are probably ending up with more than 10mg anyway.See 1 more doctor answer
Can you have pollen allergy shots during pollen allergy season? Or is having the shots on top of high pollen counts outside too much for your body?
No: It antagonizes H2 receptors in the stomach, thas helping decrease acid production, though an antihistaminic, but doesn't help the itch, H1 blockers, as diphenhydramine do help against the itching
A common spring allergy that causes sensitive individuals to feel itchy or watery eyes, runny nose and congestion, an itch in the mouth or lip swelling. This sensitivity is a result of the body's reaction to certain airborne pollen from the tiny particles released from grasses, weeds and trees that hitch a ride on ...Read more
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