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Dhpg Allergy In Children
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
Ganciclovir: Fairly common, but depends upon the dosage and duration of therapy. Generally patients receiving this are followed with periodic cbcs to make sure that this potential complication is not becoming seriously threatening. Good luck. ...Read more
I have a transplant kidney. My CMV test is positive. I used ganciclovir for 14 days, but what does it do?
Needs clarification: If your CMV antibody (IgG) test was (+), it indicates that you had a prior exposure to the virus but does not mean an active infection. In most renal transplant recipients, anti-viral medication is usually given to prevent CMV reactivation. If your blood PCR test was (+) for CMV, it indicates active presence of the virus in the blood and its tx requires ganciclovir(IV) or valganciclovir (oral). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is Bausch + Lomb Zirgan (ganciclovir ophthalmic gel) eye drops usually used to treat Shingles (herpes zoster) in the eye?
Herpes zoster tx: The standard approach to herpes zoster opthalmicus is to treat with antiviral therapy using a systemic drug like acyclovir, valacyclovir or famciclovir. However, gangciclovir ophthalmic gel is still indicated for treatment of herpes zoster opthalmicus. Treatment depends on the symptoms, because if there are systemic shingles symptoms present, a systemic antiviral should be started. ...Read more
Exposure + Genes: One needs both a genetic component and "exposure" to a said allergen to develop an allergy. There is a growing support over the past 20 years, that growing up in an environment which is "too clean" can also lead to development of allergies down the road. Either way, allergies are on the rise. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Nut allergy: Maybe. Your children may have inherited genes from you that make them more likely to develop an allergy, but they do not inherit a specific allergy to a food e.g. Nuts. The children have to be exposed to food proteins in the diet, before an allergy can develop. Once one develops an allergy then they are always allergic and need proper medical attention to prevent severe problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Allergy tests: There are several types of testing. Some involve certain types of blood tests. Another method is to do a series of skin tests done by pricking the skin and applying different allergens. Other tests are provocative tests that can involve challanging the patient with allergic materials. Testing should be done by doctors specializing in allergy to obtain the best results. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Skin & blood tests: Prick testing with allergenic extracts or fresh foods can help confirm allergy, as can blood tests for specific ige antibodies (rast-type tests). However, both types of testing can produce false positive results, and confirmation with food challenges may be needed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not exactly: The ability to react to certain proteins in an allergic way is passed on from parents to their children, but a specific allergy is not. So if a mom is allergic to pollen and the dad is allergic to fire ants, their child may develop allergies but it may be to a food instead. If 1 parent has allergies, the child is 50% likely to develop allergies, but it's a 75% chance if both parents are allergic. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can I as a 46 year old, take children's Benadryl. It's all I have in the house and my allergies are terrible.
Where can I find a statistic for the number of children who died from allergies causing anaphylaxis in the u.S.?
Only overall numbers: The incidence of anaphylaxis in children is unknown. Estimates of anaphylactic deaths (from drugs, foods, insect stings, and latex) in the us are 0.002 percent annually (2 per 100, 000): 500 fatalities from penicillin anaphylaxis; 40 fatalities from bee stings; 125-150 from food anaphylaxis. ...Read more
My husband has nut and fish allergies. I have 4 children, 2 without allergies should I get rest of kids tested before giving them these foods?
I give my 17mnth old 1/2 teaspoon of children's zyrtec (cetirizine) for allergies but some days it's not enough. Can i increase the dose or try something differ t?
Do not increase : A 17 month old should not have allergies to inhaled items like dust or pollen. Zyrtec (cetirizine) could cause drowsiness and i would avoid long term use of zyrtec (cetirizine) in your child. If your child has a runny or stuffy nose that is unresponsive to zyrtec (cetirizine) then see your doctor to make sure there isn't an infection brewing. ...Read more
It depends: It really depends on the age of the child, and whether you're talking about food or environmental allergies. I generally will skin test children over age 2 for environmental allergies, while many younger kids need food testing. In terms of frequency, children with environmental allergies may benefit from repeat testing after 2 years, as their allergies can change as they get older. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hygiene hypothesis: The immune system has two opposing arms, one makes protective antibodies against bacteria and viruses, the other makes allergic antibody. One theory is that early antibiotic use disrupts the gut flora which tips the scale away from fighting infection and more toward making allergic antibodies. Clean environments might be at fault as well, farm kids don't get allergies as much as city kids. ...Read more
Sometimes: But not all the time. Nasal allergies are not a frequent cause of a really bad persistent cough. In a child with allergies and a really bad cough (assuming no fever) I would be concerned about a reactive airway/asthma type condition. If the child also had eczema I would be even more concerned. ...Read more
Breastfeed!: Breastfeeding is shown to be protective for children with a strong family history of allergies. If unable to breast feed, try a hypoallergenic formula such as "nutramigen" or "alimentum". Try to avoid introducing baby foods until 4-6 months of age; once you do, introduce them slowly. Interestingly, exposure to dogs & cats appears to reduce the risk of becoming allergic to those household pets! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nasal, eye, skin: Children will exhibit sneezing, itchy nose/eye, stuffy nose or cough with close exposures with pets. If licked by a cat or dog and allergy is present, a rash could develop at that site. The allergies could manifest as asthma with cough, wheezing or difficulty breathing. Typically a pattern will be seen, but if it is an indoor pet, the symptoms may be continuous. ...Read more
No: The pain is minimal with skin testing, similar testing can be done with a blood test which requires some blood being withdrawn with a needle. ...Read more
Delayed reaction: Symptoms do not appear for hours or even days. Poison ivy and similar plants cause some of the best-known delayed hypersensitivity reactions. When a person first touches the plant, no reaction occurs for the first 24 to 48 hours. Read more: http://www.Livestrong.Com/article/253484-types-of-delayed-reaction-allergies/#ixzz2vcsli9lf. ...Read more
Several choices: For anaphylaxis, self injectable Epinephrine is recommended. Antihistamines available include: Allegra suspension down to 2 years old, Clarinex syrup down to 6 months old, Claritin syrup down to 2 years old, xyzal (levocetirizine) syrup down to 6 months old, zyrtec syrup down to 2 years old; palgic syrup down to 1 year old. Also, singulair is approved down to 6 months old. For severe allergies, see allergist! ...Read more
Does exposing small children to peanuts earlier in life make them more likely to develop allergies?
Could incorporating locally grown honey into my children's diet, help with their seasonal allergies?
Not at all: It is a common misconception that eating local honey helps allergies. Local honey contains pollen from local flowers. People generally have little exposure to and aren't allergic to flower pollen (except florists). Wind pollinated trees, grasses and weeds which release huge amounts of pollen cause most allergies. Eating pollen has no effect on allergies though holding pollen under the tongue may. ...Read more
I read that children under 1year can not eat any dairy products because they might be more liable to allergy or asthma. Is it true?
My children have been coughing for 5 weeks now. they have been on a course of antibiotic as well as allergy tablets? what must I do?
Coughing: Hard to answer without more information and examination ...Read more
Yes: Especially in children too young to communicate effectively. Food allergies can manifest as itching, hives, swelling, vomiting and/or diarrhea. Any of these symptoms could lead to being irritable. Similarly, food intolerance syndromes such as lactose intolerance with abdominal pain, gas and diarrhea can also be accompanied by irritability. There are other reasons for being irritable as well. ...Read more