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Environmental Allergies Signs
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pets dust mites mold: Indoor environmental allergens include pet dander, dust mites, cockroaches and molds. Most people are more allergic to cats than dogs. Dust mites live in mattresses, pillows, bedding, and carpet. The more humid the environment, the more dust mites. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See an Allergists: The first step is to understand what your symptoms are and what you are allergic to. Once that is accomplished then implementation of environmental controls accompanied by using various oral or inhaled medications should be helpful. If not then allergy vaccine therapy may be needed. The medications that may be recommended include antihistamines, nasal steroids, or leukotriene blockers. ...Read more
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
That's the goal : Depending on what your child is allergic to and how well his allergies are treated. The goal of treatment is to let him do things that he would not otherwise can't. During winter time like right now, there are not many allergens outside so it is probably fine to let him go outside. If he has asthma, cold air can exacerbate his symptoms. We allergist are specialized in treating those conditions. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I have severe environmental allergies, I have tried regular allergy medications and the allergy meds with the D. Nothing is working.Any suggestions?
Try nasal sprays: Despite so many medications over the counter, sometimes allergies are so strong they blow right through them. And exposure may be unavoidable, such as outdoor pollen, or pets in homes. Contact an allergist who can identify which allergies are bothering you and can list the ways to control symptoms. There's no reason to be miserable! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Anatomy: Allergies cause swelling of the tissues that line the nose and sinuses. Swelling of the nasal tissues cause the drainage openings of the sinus to constrict. Once they constrict completely, mucous from the sinus cannot drain. If one side of the nose is shifted (think deviated septum) then that side constricts before the other. Try to shrink the tissues with antihistamines and, my fave, neilmed. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with seasonal/environmental allergies.For years, it was well controlled with chlorpheniramine. The allergies are bad now but the symptoms are constant. What should I do?
Several Options: If one is having increased seasonal allergy symptoms and otc meds are not helpful see your pcp. In general the treatment for allergy symptoms include avoidance, medications ( antihistamines and nasal steroids/antihistmines) and allergy vaccines. If your pcp can't help or one's symptoms are that severe they should might suggest a visit to an allergist. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's a start: It's a start. Usually not completely sufficient. Seeing an allergist and coming up with the best plan together is your best option. Other home remedies are avoidance of known triggers, no pets on bed or in bedroom, washing floors and sheets more frequently, salt water washes. See an allergist. ...Read more
I Hurd that bee pollen, and natural honey is good for "Allergies"..I have severe environmental allergies not to bees would it work.?
What are safe or effective treatments for a chronic sinusitis sufferer who has bad environmental allergies? It's making me kind of miserable.
Can bad environmental allergies cause you to snore? I'm on shots but can't get to maintenance due to reactions. I take meds/sprays but still snore.
My left ear feels clogged/full and then becomes painful. Could it be from environmental allergies?
Maybe: Ear congestion and popping can result from nasal congestion from nasal allergies. If the symptoms are intermittent and involve either ear intermnittently, that may be the case. See your doctor to rule out an ear infection and then start a steroid nasal spray to improve your nasal congestion and minimize your ear symptoms. ...Read more
My son constantly sneezes and blows his nose. He has environmental allergies and cat allergy but he is only on Claritin (loratadine) 24 10 mg. He weighs 143 lbs.?
A couple of choices: You could change his antihistamine to zyrtec/cetirizine - instead of Claritin - as some people respond differently to each type. Addition of singulair (montelukast) by your physician is also worth considering. Depending on his age, inhaled nasal steroids may be of value, but are not typically used in children. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can environmental allergies (food, pollen, dust mites, contrast dye, penicillin) cause a high positive ANA?
I have seen this: While the +ANA is suggestive of SLE there can be other causes - other connective tissue disease, autoimmune thyroid disease, auto immune hepatitis to name some. I have seen a lot of people with + ANAs who only have as another problem a history of allergic reactions and I am convinced that thee allergic reactions can cause a + ANA. Everyone can have very low titters (amount) of ANA. ...Read more
I have rhinitis.No environmental allergies No deviated septum. No sleep apnea.normal weight.Want to stop snoring Allegra (fexofenadine) helps. Need long term soln?
My baby is 9 months old and for weeks has watery, red eyes snotty nose. Can he have environmental allergies or animal allergies at that age?
Allergies: Most definitely. If he sleeps with stuffed animals that could be a cause or a down pillow or wool blankets. There are many other allergens he might be exposed to in his bedroom.See an allergist for further evaluation. ...Read more
Swollen, puffy eyes, eustachian tube dysfunction, and sinus problems/infections. Test for environmental allergies negative. What next?
2 main tests: There are 2 main tests for environmental allergies (pollen, dust, animal dander, mold, etc). #1 = skin testing and #2 = blood testing. Skin testing is the most commonly used test but it requires needles. Blood testing is just one or two vials of blood (1 needle stick usually) but it is expensive and not as broad as skin testing. As an allergist i prefer skin testing as the most accurate test. ...Read more
Many: Depending on what symptoms you have to the environment and what reactions you developed to the drug that we can recommend you specific solution. There are many ways out there available for treatment of environmental allergies including avoidance, medications and desensitization. Drug allergies are more complex. Drug avoidance is the main solution. Allergist is trained to treat those conditions. ...Read more
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
Maybe: Facial flushing may occur on consuming food one may be allergic to. Consuming food that immune system considers to be harmful, it fights off the foreign substance. As a result, cutaneous mast cells release histamines into the blood. This causes skin response and other allergy symptoms. Facial flushing might develop due to the release of histamines into the blood. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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