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What sort of disorder is environmental allergies?

What sort of disorder is environmental allergies?

Allergies: Environmental allergies are your body’s response to substances you inhale at your home, school or workplace. They can be caused by dust, animal dander, mold spores or mildew, or feathers or other agents. They can also be substances that come in contact with your skin that cause rashes. ...Read more

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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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A friend was just diagnosed with environmental allergies, is that a serious condition?

A friend was just diagnosed with environmental allergies, is that a serious condition?

Depends on meaning: And meaning depends on who made the diagnosis. As an allergist when i say that someone has environmental allergies i mean that things like house dust mite, plant pollens, animal dander & mold spores are triggering symptoms of allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis, asthma & sometimes eczema & hives. These are common medical conditions that while sometimes serious are rarely life-threatening. ...Read more

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Is the scratch test for environmental allergies accurate and useful?

Is the scratch test for environmental allergies accurate and useful?

Incredibly: Skin prick testing is the most accurate way to test for environmental allergies. Blood testing is the 2nd most accurate although a far cry from skin testing. All other non-approved forms of testing............Well, i simply state, "let the buyer beware!" there is a reason insurance doesn't cover the non-approved methods... ...Read more

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What is the cause of environmental allergies in young children?

What is the cause of environmental allergies in young children?

Air-borne allergies: Environmental allergies affect your respiratory system including the nose, sinuses, eyes and if severe, the lung. Thus, symptoms are nasal congestion, sinus pressure, teary and itchy eyes, cough, wheezing, physical activity limitation and difficulty breathing if you have asthma. ...Read more

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Are there treatment guidelines for environmental allergies?

Are there treatment guidelines for environmental allergies?

Yes: The major physician allergy organizations in the US, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology) sponsor practice parameters one of which is "the diagnosis and management of rhinitis: an updated practice parameter" available online at the jcaai.org. You can also find an allergist at either aaaai.org or acaai.org. ...Read more

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Can there be some natural ways to be able to cure or to control environmental allergies?

Can there be some natural ways to be able to cure or to control environmental allergies?

Yes: Allergen specific immunotherapy or commonly known as allergy shot is as natural as it can be to treat environmental allergies. It is not medication. It is an immune modulator method to desensitize patients to allergens that they are allergic to and induces tolerance to the environment. There are no herbal medications to treat allergies effectively. ...Read more

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Is there a single medication I can take to get rid of all environmental allergies?

Is there a single medication I can take to get rid of all environmental allergies?

Allergy med: There is no medication to get rid of allergies. Antihistamines can reduce symptoms as can prescription nasal sprays. Allergy immunotherapy shots can reduce symptoms a great deal as well in many patients. ...Read more

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What exactly are environmental allergies?

What exactly are environmental allergies?

See below: Allergies to things in our environment. Such as; pets, trees, flowers, dust, molds, grasses, etc. ...Read more