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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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Could allergy shots make allergy symptoms worse?

Could allergy shots make allergy symptoms worse?

Sometimes: Occasionally allergy shots can exacerbate allergy symptoms especially if symptoms are severe or you are sick. This is why allergy shot should be given in doctors office. ...Read more

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What is the best allergy medication for seasonal allergies like pollen, dust, ragweed, hay fever, dogs, cats, hamsters etc?

There are a few: Not one medicine is better than another....Everyone's system is different...Some people get better with allegra..Others with zyrtec..Others with Claritin or even benadryl (diphenhydramine). These are now over-the-counter...Try some and read the labels. If you don't feel better, see a board certified allergist (www.Acaai.Org). Good luck. ...Read more

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Can allergen sprays really work in controlling dust mite allergy symptoms?

Can allergen sprays really work in controlling dust mite allergy symptoms?

Unfortunately, no: To truly decrease dust mite symptoms, several measures are needed including encasements over bedding, hot water washing, reducing humidity and no carpet or frequent vacuuming. Some sprays kill mites, others denature mite proteins, but by themselves they are not sufficient to decrease symptoms. ...Read more

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Can hives be symptoms of dog allergies?

Can hives be symptoms of dog allergies?

Yes if when with dog: Any severe allergy can cause hives in the allergic person, so yes, hives could be due to a dog. More people are allergic to cats than are allergic to dogs, by a large percentage, but some people have life- threatening dog allergies. Severe reactions can include eye swelling, throat- closing, coughing and asthma, and shock, as well as skin rashes including hives. ...Read more

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I have allergic asthma & seasonal allergies. Can dust & animal dander cause headaches?

Depends: Are you allergic to these allergens? If so yes it can cause runny nose and headaches. If you don't know what you are allergic to, speak to doctor get an allergy test. ...Read more

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What are cedar allergy symptoms?

What are cedar allergy symptoms?

Cedar.: Cedar symptoms are the same as any other inhalent allergy. If you are asthmatic, it may cause asthma, it may cause nasal or eye allergies just like ragweed. It does not cause a fever unless there is a complication. Sometimes cedar allergic patients have problems with other similar trees such as christmas boughs or trees.A tip off is that it affects patients in the winter months. ...Read more

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Looking for nut allergies symptoms, eg, cashew allergy?

Looking for nut allergies symptoms, eg, cashew allergy?

Varies: Allergic reactions varies with individuals.Some can consume cashews, while to others they are toxic.Reactions can be mild or severe. Mild reactions include nausea , vomiting, diarrhea. Skin rash and itching on the skin.The eyes , roof of mouth and throat may itch.Severe reactions include difficulty breathing, swelling to face and throat.The most dangerous is anaphylaxis.This can be fatal ...Read more

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What causes crab allergies? Shrimp allergy?

What causes crab allergies? Shrimp allergy?

Muscle protein: The allergen in shrimp and crab is probably a common allergen called tropomyosin which is a muscle protein. ...Read more

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Symptoms of allergic reaction to antihistmine ?

Symptoms of allergic reaction to antihistmine ?

That's curious....: Allergic reactions are when the body's immune system detect something that it recognizes as a foreign substance (ingested, contact through skin, food or medicine, or in the case of auto-immure diseases, it's own cells). One reax is to mobilize cells that secrete anti-histamines to fight the allergic reax. So, allergic relax to antihistamine would be very unusual. Let detective doc sort this out. ...Read more

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Can seasonal allergies cause asthmatic symptoms? Will allergy shots help?

Yes to both: Pollens and outdoor molds can cause both nasal symptoms and asthma. Immunotherapy or allergy shots have been demonstrated to help both conditions. Controlling nasal symptoms can help with the asthma. ...Read more

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Symptoms of allergies?

Symptoms of allergies?

Allergy symptoms: Allergies can cause a large variety of symptoms: most common is hay fever (molds, dust, pollen) with watery runny nose, watery eyes & itching, nasal itch, sneezing, and congestion. Plant/tree/grass allergies can cause eczema, a skin rash, as can food allergies. Aerosolized allergens (pet dander, pollen, etc.) can cause asthma with chest tightness and wheezing. ...Read more

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Could loratadine treat indoor allergies, or only outdoor allergies?

Could loratadine treat indoor allergies, or only outdoor allergies?

Both: Loratadine (brand name claritin) is fda approved for seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and hives. However, it is also effective for treating allergies caused by indoor allergens such as animal dander and dust. ...Read more

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Will something like Claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec relieve cat allergy symptoms?

Will something like Claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec relieve cat allergy symptoms?

Possible: Oral antihistamines are used to treat itchy nose, eye and sneezing. So if one is experiencing these symptoms use of anti histamines would be reasonable. ...Read more

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What are typical latex allergy symptoms?

What are typical latex allergy symptoms?

Latex allergy: Can vary from life threatening respiratory and throat swelling if the latex is aerosolized to simply having redness, irritation and a rash in the areas where the latex actually touches. ...Read more

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Can pollen cause seasonal allergies?

Can pollen cause seasonal allergies?

Often is the cause: Pollen released from flowers and plants is often a cause for hay fever (seasonal allergies). Spring & summer time is the most challenging time for allergy sufferers. Some people find relief by eating honey that is produced locally because it can help build some tolerance to the pollen that causes one's hay fever. ...Read more

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Can honey lessen seasonal allergy symptoms?

Can honey lessen seasonal allergy symptoms?

Probably not: Honey has been anecdotally reported to lessen symptoms in people with seasonal allergies. But these results haven't been consistently duplicated in clinical studies. Still the idea isn't so far-fetched. Honey has been studied as a cough suppressant and may have anti-inflammatory effects. In addition, some experts point out that honey can contain traces of flower pollen — an allergen. And one treatment for allergies is repeated exposure to small amounts of allergens. For now, however, it appears that honey may just be a sweet placebo. But don't let that stop you from using it in food and beverages. Just don't give honey to children younger than 1 year because of the risk of infant botulism, a rare but serious form of food poisoning. Ozone air purifiers. ...Read more

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Symptoms of titanium allergies?

Nothing special: Allergic reactions are pretty common and for the most part not specific to the specific antigen (cause). If the exposure to titanium is direct skin contact, would expect redness and possible swelling there. See:http://j.Mp/vgz70k. ...Read more

Runny Nose, Made Worse By Exposure To Allergen Or Irritants (Definition)

Runny nose, made worse by exposure to allergen or irritants ...Read more


Watery Eyes, Made Worse By Pets (Definition)

Watery eyes, made worse by pets ...Read more