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Doctor insights on: Dogs And Allergic Reactions

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Are allergic reactions hereditary?

Are allergic reactions hereditary?

Yes and No: Allergies to specific triggers, like peanuts, shrimp, dust mites, etc., are not inherited from one generation to the next. However, the general state of "being allergic" (atopy) can be hereditary, so children of parents with asthma or seasonal allergies may have increased risk to develop those or other allergic conditions. See an allergist for more information. ...Read more

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Are allergic reactions always immediate?

Are allergic reactions always immediate?

Not at all: Because there are many different immune mechanisms(the specifics aren't important in this setting) that cause "allergic" reactions, you can have immediate reactions on the order of seconds all the way to weeks out(like in the case of some drug rashes). It really depends on the type of allergic reaction you are referring too. ...Read more

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In what ways are allergic reactions actually formed?

In what ways are allergic reactions actually formed?

Protein antibodies : Are produced by white blood cells when they recognize "something "foreign "..Like a bacteria ... But it also happens when the body is exposed to tree pollen (for ex. ) and mistakenly thinks it is harmful. Then you may sneeze , get itchy eyes etc. ...Read more

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Are metabollic food reactions allergic reactions?

Are metabollic food reactions allergic reactions?

No: Food allergic reactions are mediated by the ige allergic antibody. Reactions mediated by metabolic factors occur without an ige antibody, so an allergy skin or blood ige test is not helpful. ...Read more

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I have had allergic reactions to lavender and I am wondering if lavandin is ok?

I have had allergic reactions to lavender and I am wondering if lavandin is ok?

Probably not: Lavender oil is from the species lavandula augustifolia (english or common lavender). Lavandin oil is from the hybrid species "lavandula hybrida" which is a cross of lavandula augustiflolia (english or common lavender) and lavandula latifolia (spike lavender) so many of the coonsituents of the oils are the same and can cause the same allergic reaction that you developed with lavender oil. ...Read more

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How come we have allergic reactions?

How come we have allergic reactions?

Complete ans unknown: It technically is misguided immune reaction. The body misinterprets a harmless protein or complex carbohydrate as a potential invader. Specifically it mounts a response as if there is a parasite in the area involved: skin, airway, gut - but if large areas involved or the trigger gets into the bloodstream (like bee sting or food allergy) life-threatening generalized allergic reaction=anaphylaxis. ...Read more

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How can I avoid my allergic reactions !?

How can I avoid my allergic reactions !?

Allergist: See a board certified allergist to fully evaluate the symptoms, perform an exam and testing to accurately identify the allergy issues and then provide a treatment plan. ...Read more

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How can I stop allergic reactions to cats?

How can I stop allergic reactions to cats?

Avoid and meds: Avoiding cats and cat dander is the most important, but challenging since 50% of all households have pets. Antihistamines, nasal sprays and eye drops can decrease the symptoms after exposure to cat dander. The best long term treatment is allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots) for long lasting relief even after allergy shots are stopped. ...Read more

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How does the body fortress allergic reactions?

How does the body fortress allergic reactions?

Immune regulation: Complex question. When genes and environment interact , some people become allergic. Much of this is determined by immune regulation. The body would try to counter the allergic reaction but usually the counter-offense is insufficient leading to allergic diseases. Exposure to bacteria from animals (preferably multiple) in the first few months of life appears to reduce the development of allergies. ...Read more