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Does naturopathic allergy testing work well?

Does naturopathic allergy testing work well?

Buyer be ware.: There are many practitioners out there that are doing things that they call allergy testing that don't have any basis in science or reality. Be sure you see a board certified allergist for evaluation for allergy to be sure you are getting the best possible care! ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Carter
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Allergy Tests (Definition)

Allergies can be identified by allergy tests. The best allergy test is a skin test. It is safe and reliable. The next best allergy test is a blood test - less reliable than skin tests but also safe. If we are looking into food allergy then a challenge test is very reliable but ...Read more


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Does naturopathic allergy testing really work?

Does naturopathic allergy testing really work?

I'm not convinced: I had naturopathic allergy testing and clearing for my "sugar" allergy. I remain unconvinced and frankly a bit appalled at the audacity of the technique. That's my opinion. ...Read more

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Does reflexology work for allergies?

Does reflexology work for allergies?

Doubtful: I have yet to see a benefit from it long term in treating allergies. ...Read more

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Does reflexology work for allergies?

Does reflexology work for allergies?

Not evidence based: Reflexology is time-honored but getting scientifically-controlled studies that show an effect above placebo has been problematic. The magic may come from the relationship with the practitioner, and i'd not criticize anyone who sought this out with a hope of relief. Use it as part of a comprehensive program of allergy management -- your health depends on this, as allergy isn't trivial. ...Read more

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Does chlor-trimeton work well as a allergy medi?

Does chlor-trimeton work well as a allergy medi?

It is an allergy med: Like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) Chlor-Trimeton (chlorpheniramine maleate) is a 1st-generation antihistamine that is effective for the treatment of allergic rhinitis and hives. It causes drowsiness less frequently than Benadryl more more than Claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec. Its effects only last for 3-5 hours. Other side-effects include dry mouth & constipation. Men with prostate problems should be wary of it. ...Read more

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What allergy meds work well with allergic rhinitis?

What allergy meds work well with allergic rhinitis?

See above: I agree but remember the nasal steroid must be used cautiously and not meant to use chronically. Hot fluids work great and no side effects to you ...Read more

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Dr. How to test for food allergies? How does allergy testing work in general? And what about non food allergy testing?

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Dr. How to test for food allergies? How does allergy testing work in general? And what about non food allergy testing?

Two kinds: Of allergy testing - blood test for antibody levels and skin prick test (a small amount of the substance placed on a sharp tip that is pressed against the skin). The skin test is more likely to correlate with real allergy, however remember w both methods it can only suggest a possible allergy. Would leave interpretation up to ur allergist. ...Read more

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Does this treatment exist or work? Allergy shots for cat allergies?

Does this treatment exist or work?  Allergy shots for cat allergies?

Yes: Allergy immunotherapy is about 80% effective. So like most medicines, it works on most people. There are also some individuals, like with any medication, that cat allergy vaccine is not effecdtive.Cat. ...Read more

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How does desensitization therapy work for people with allergies?

How does desensitization therapy work for people with allergies?

Complex answer: Allergy vaccine therapy (ait) is a very complex immunologic treatment. Basically what ait does is stops one's body from seeing an allergen as an allergen. The result is less allergy antibody production and less symptoms. The immunology of this is very complex and fills textbooks. ...Read more

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How does desensitization therapy and allergy shots work on people with allergies?

How does desensitization therapy and allergy shots work on people with allergies?

Mechanism: It changes the regulating mechanism of the immune system to lower the specific types of ige antibodies and raising the igg4 antibodies. Allergy patient usually (90%) have too much ige antibodies which combine with the allergic protein and after bridging on a mast cell, a chemical reaction is produced resulting in your symptoms. ...Read more

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Does immunotherapy work for a shellfish allergy?

Does immunotherapy work for a shellfish allergy?

NO: I am not awwre of any imunothreapy for shellfish allergy.I recomend consulting an allergist to see what options there are ...Read more

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How well do anti-histamines typically work at treating allergies?

How well do anti-histamines typically work at treating allergies?

Good for mild allerg: Antihistamines work pretty well for mild, intermittent allergies, or as a second medication in patients with more severe disease. For persistent symptoms that require daily medications, then nasal steroid sprays are superior. ...Read more

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Does viracept (nelfinavir) work well ?

Does viracept (nelfinavir) work well ?

Yes: Viracept (nelfinavir) is an effective protease inhibitor used in combination with other anti-viral medications to treat hiv. It is not commonly used anymore because newer drugs require less pills and have less side effects. ...Read more

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Does natural d-hist work for rashes from food allergies?

Does natural d-hist work for rashes from food allergies?

No: No reason to believe that it would help with food allergy. The reason it is labeled as a food product is that no studies have been done to prove any health benefit of the product. However, there may be some health benefits of individual components of the product, though not necessarily in the amount provided. ...Read more

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Does zenmed work for rosacea?

Does zenmed work for rosacea?

Perhaps: The standard for rosacea includes avoiding any known "triggers" - that may include sun, foods, topical agents, etc. Beyond that, using sun protection and occasionally antibiotic therapy will help in some individuals. Trying "natural" products is prob fine, but results (as with any skincare) will vary - particularly with non-prescription agents. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Does light therapy work for non seasonal depression as well?

Does light therapy work for non seasonal depression as well?

May help...: There is some data to suggest that light therapy can be effective in helping to treat other conditions like non-seasonal depression and insomnia. Given there are really no side effects, it may be worthwhile trying. ...Read more

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Ok turmeric and ala don't work - what are alternative OTC vitamin/herbs good for lupus to go with my medications :) ?

Ok turmeric and ala don't work - what are alternative OTC vitamin/herbs good for lupus to go with my medications :) ?

None, but...: There aren't any otc herbs, vitamins, or supplements that treat lupus, but that may be a good thing. Once a person has lupus, she has an autoimmune disease. Her immune system is no longer working right. However, it would be quite frightening if companies were selling over-the-counter herbs, vitamins, or supplements that were strong enough to alter the function of people's immune systems. ...Read more

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Are there any home allergy testing kits that can be bought that work just as well as allergy testing at docs?

Are there any home allergy testing kits that can be bought that work just as well as allergy testing at docs?

Unfortunately no: It would be nice to have allergy testing that can be done at home. Unfortunately, no reliable test kits are available. The most reliable test is a skin test applied and interpreted by an allergist. Even specific ige blood tests can have "false negative" results. Igg blood tests are essentially useless. ...Read more

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Do all allergists do desensitisation treatment for allergy and immunology problems?

Do all allergists do  desensitisation treatment for allergy and immunology problems?

They should!: Board certified allergists are trained to do desensitization treatments for a number of problems. The most common is for severe allergy problems to environmental allergens (pollen, animal danders, insect stings). However, many allergists can assist other doctors with medication desensitization (like antibiotics) as well. ...Read more

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