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How long is the allergy season?

How long is the allergy season?

Weeks to months: It depends on the pollen you are sensitized to and your location. In southern california, the mild weather allows much longer pollenating seasons than in the northeast. The exact season depends on which pollen, with grasses generally in the late spring, trees in late winter and early spring, and weeds in summer and early fall. Weather and local conditions can make this vary, though.

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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

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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How can I stop my allergies in the rainy season?

How can I stop my allergies in the rainy season?

Wet season allergies: Often times these are due to molds or vegetation more prevalent during a wet season (depending on where you live). Immunotherapy is very helpful for mold allergies and antihistamines and intranasal steroids are useful for symptomatic contral.

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How should I get prepared for the allergy season?

How should I get prepared for the allergy season?

Start medication: Intranasal steroids, such as nasonex, (mometasone) have been demonstrated to prevent nasal allergies if started a few weeks before the season. Although most antihistamines work within 1 hour, starting a once a day antihistamine (claritin, allegra, zyrtec, etc.) a week or so before the pollen season will produce a steady state level. Obtaining an air-conditioner or hepa filter can keep pollen out of the home.

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What should I do to avoid allergies during this horrifying season?

What should I do to avoid allergies during this horrifying season?

Spring pollen: Allergen avoidance is very challenging when it comes to pollens. Some things that help include: change clothes and shower at end of day so pollen not tracked into bedroom; keep windows clothes and use air conditioning, avoid using clothes lines outdoors, keep car door windows closed, and limit amount of time spent outdoors. These may help, but usually it takes more....

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How can I feel better if I have season allergies and they don't go away I feel so bad.

How can I feel better if I have season allergies and they don't go away I feel so bad.

Seasonal allergies.: Seasonal allergies r very common. Along with antihistaminic/decongestant u may want 2 try the following. Change ur clothes b4 going2bed ;better still take a shower before u hit the bed. Try anti allergenic pillow covers, bed sheets. Also u can use sinus rinses 4nose congestion. Try otc saline rinses. See ur doc to get referred2 allergist if really bad. They even have oral antigen now.

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In summer season my body have little rashs and iching on them what I used for this allergy?

In summer season my body have little rashs and iching on them what I used for this allergy?

Allergies: I would recommend seeing an allergist to determine exactly what you are allergic to and then focus on treatment based on those findings. You can try some over the counter Hydrocortisone cream for now.

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What do you advise if since I was 5, my allergy season has been in winter if it was normal if allergy seasons can change?

What do you advise if since I was 5, my allergy season has been in winter if it was normal if allergy seasons can change?

Yes: Allergies can change over time. Depending on what you are allergic will determine when you will experience symptoms. An allergist can help identify allergies and triggers and determine the best treatment plan.

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When does ragweed allergy season end?

When does ragweed allergy season end?

Ragweed season: Depends on the part of the country you're in. Generally, however, it runs from mid-july until the first hard frost.

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Please tell me what improvements can I make to my diet before seasonal allergy season?

Please tell me what improvements can I make to my diet before seasonal allergy season?

Diet and allergies: Your diet has no impact on your seasonal allergies. See an allergist to help you start preventative treatment prior to the onset of your allergies to tame down your reactions.

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When does the ragweed allergy season start and end in california?

When does the ragweed allergy season start and end in california?

Don't worry about it: I don't know if any body has taken it over the rockies. But it is not supposed to be in california. If some body did take it over then it should still bloom around august 15th. In areas of no frost in southern california, it would behave like in southern florida where it blooms again in the end of april.

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What could lead to a skin allergy that occurs every summer seasons?

Numerous: There are many reasons to have skin rashes in the summer. See your doctor or a dermatologist or allergist to determine the cause and appropriate treatment.

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Anyone know of anything to help with the leaf mold allergy during fall season?

Anyone know of anything to help with the leaf mold allergy during fall season?

Avoidance.: Closing the windows of your home, using air conditioning with good quality air filters may be helpful for indoor symptoms. Wearing a facemask and eye protection may help with exposure to molds from outdoor activities but this is not always practical. Assigning another person to clean-up tasks may be needed if oral antihistamines, intranasal or eye medications fail to control symptoms.

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Can I take my 2 month old baby to the park? Grandparents are concerned for allergy season.

Can I take my 2 month old baby to the park? Grandparents are concerned for allergy season.

Enjoy the park: It is highly unlikely for an infant of 2 months old to develop allergy symptoms to pollen. Over several years or seasons of pollen exposure it is certainly possible to develop allergic rhinitis especially if the child has eczema, food allergies or parents with allergies. In the meantime, put sunscreen on the infant or wear a hat and enjoy!

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It's allergy season! What are strategies to deal help deal with the typical allergy symptoms that does not involve OTC drugs?

It's allergy season! What are strategies to deal help deal with the typical allergy symptoms that does not involve OTC drugs?

Allergist: See a board certified allergist to find out exactly what you are allergic to. Then a plan can be developed specifically for those allergies including approaches such as avoidance, meds and immunotherapy (allergy shots).

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I also wanted to know if I'm on singulair (montelukast) now does that mean I'm always going to have to be on it? Or if it's for allergies just during allergy season

I also wanted to know if I'm on singulair (montelukast) now does that mean I'm always going to have to be on it? Or if it's for allergies just during allergy season

DEPENDS: If you are having symptoms only during a certain time of the year, you may only need it during that period (note that it takes 2-3 weeks for it to reach optimal effectiveness). It also depends on whether you still have allergic inflammation during the rest of the year when you don't have any symptoms especially if it was Rxd for asthma.

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I had a sinus infect last mth, now I'm just getting over mine but now my husband has it. Could I have given it to him? Could it b our house? The season? I never had allergies but my husband does.

I had a sinus infect last mth, now I'm just getting over mine but now my husband has it. Could I have given it to him? Could it b our house? The season? I never had allergies but my husband does.

Virus vs bacteria: Bacterial sinus infections are often a complication of a cold which is of course very contagious. This usually can't be diagnosed until a good 10 days have gone by. Allergies may add to the risk but the actual bacteria that cause sinus infections are typically normal residents in the nasal passages that then get a foot hold in the sinuses.

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Why is my immune system so weak during allergy season?

Immune system: Allergies generally indicate that your immune system overreacts to normally harmless substances, so it does not mean that you necessarily have a weak immune system.

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What can I do if my eyes are so bad during allergy season. Why?

What can I do if my eyes are so bad during allergy season. Why?

Treatment: You need a stepped approach to treatment. Eliminate the allergen, go on loratidine or cetrizine, and use eye drops. I start with zaditor which is over the counter and this fails consider prescription mess such as bepreve (bepotastine besilate). Tough cases do well on alrex. Talk to your eye doctor.