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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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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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My allergies:dust, pollen, trees, mold, grass, i get sinus congestion & Inflammation several times a day. Will immunotherapy prevent the Inflammation?

My allergies:dust, pollen, trees, mold, grass, i get sinus congestion & Inflammation several times a day. Will immunotherapy prevent the Inflammation?

Allergies: Immunotherapy will over time diminish your inflammatory response and decrease your congestion. It is essential part of management of upper and lower airway inflammation for which you are taking Pulmicort. ...Read more

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Any tips for traveling with a tree nut allergy?

Any tips for traveling with a tree nut allergy?

Ask and inform: As with any food allergy, ID and avoidance of the particular allergen is the only way to prevent an exposure. If you are traveling to a country where health care facilities are limited you want to bring enough medication to deliver anything that might have been used for ongoing care. But !!! before having to treat yourself make sure you know exactly how to ask if dishes contain nuts. Be vigilan ...Read more

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Safe fruits/foods for airborne nut allergies?

Safe fruits/foods for airborne nut allergies?

Nuts cautioned,: It is believed that one is likely allergic to most nuts when a definite allergy to one nut has been documented. However this is not always true since some people may be allergic to just one nut and not the others. You need to consult an allergist to sort this out since a serious reaction to airborne nuts (including peanut which is actually a bean) has rarely been noted outside of workplace. ...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?

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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Please describe a good treatment for my oak tree pollen allergies?

Please describe a good treatment for my oak tree pollen allergies?

Several: The most effective treatment for seasonal pollen allergies is prescription nasal steroid sprays such as qnasl, flonase, nasonex, (mometasone) etc. Otc antihistamines such as claritin, Allegra and zyrtec can be helpful for many people. Avoidance measures for pollen are possible but not really practical. An allergist can assist in a personalized treatment plan. ...Read more

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Allergic to olive trees?

Allergic to olive trees?

Possible: Olive tree pollen allergy is not common in the us b/c olive trees are not that common. It is more common in mediteranean area. ...Read more

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Can OTC bee pollen for a toddler with eczema and food allergies hurt? Any help?

Can OTC bee pollen for a toddler with eczema and food allergies hurt? Any help?

It could: It depends what your child is allergic to. I would not try anything even if it is otc without talking it over with your allergist or physician. ...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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Can montelukast become an alternative of allergens immunotherapy for perenial allergic rhinitis ?

Can montelukast become an alternative of allergens immunotherapy for perenial allergic rhinitis ?

Not really: I suggest 3 steps to controlling allergies : 1) avoid the things you are allergic to. 2) take medications to control the symptoms. 3) get 'allergy shots' (immunotherapy) to teach your body to not be "allergic" to those things (immune tolerance). Using a leukotriene antagonist control the symptoms some, but it is not the most effective medication, and is not an equal alternative to immunotherapy. ...Read more

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Most preferred medicine for grass allergies?

Most preferred medicine for grass allergies?

No single one: Depending on the severity of your condition. There is no one best drug for anyone but most people respond well to intranasal cortisone + a intranasal antihistamine. Dymista is currently the only rx drug with this combination. Avoidance remains the best and consider allergy shots if your symptoms are not adequately controlled. However allergy shots are not medicine. ...Read more

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What could cause a tree nut allergy?

What could cause a tree nut allergy?

Genes & environment: The tendency to develop allergies to foods & other innocuous environmental things is inherited. Allergy to tree nuts & peanuts probably occurs because exposure is too low during the critical period when the infant's immune system is sorting out self from dangerous stuff & foreign but safe stuff. Allergists currently think that early exposure to tree nuts might prevent allergy to these foods. ...Read more

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Are allergy drops or allergy shots available for treatment of food allergy/ or intolerance or are they only 4 treating environmental allergens ?

Are allergy drops or allergy shots available for treatment of food allergy/ or intolerance or are they only 4 treating environmental allergens

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Food allergy: Allergy drops and shots are now only administered for environmental allergies. There is ongoing research on treating food allergies with oral immunotherapy. ...Read more

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For someone with a tree nut allergy would pine nuts cause a reaction?

For someone with a tree nut allergy would pine nuts cause a reaction?

Very possibly: Pine nuts are a type of tree nut and contain many of the same proteins as other tree nuts. It is very likely that you could have a problem with pine nuts if you have allergy to other tree nuts. ...Read more

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Have hives - suspect pecan allergy. Now stopped all tree nuts. If it is tree nut allergy, how long might hives continue to appear?

Why nut allergy?: Unless you have known nut allergy, the likelihood of new food allergy at your age is unlikely. If your hives are truly due to pecan allergy, they would resolve within a few days, more rapidly if you take an antihistamine such as fexofenadine 180mg, or Cetirizine 10mg for a couple of days. If they persist and do not respond to the above, see a physician. ...Read more

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Is either Claritin (loratadine) or Allegra better for seasonal tree pollen allergies? My voice is gone and my inner ears itch and are swollen.

Is either Claritin (loratadine) or Allegra better for seasonal tree pollen allergies? My voice is gone and my inner ears itch and are swollen.

Allegra>Claritin but: Allegra is usually considered more potent than Claritin but they do not appear to work for you. Suggest you consider trying an OTC nasal steroid for a week. If still no relief, see allergist. ...Read more

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Are tree pollen allergies treated differently from other allergies?

Are tree pollen allergies treated differently from other allergies?

No: Generally no. If you are receiving allergy shots, it is important to have the correct tree pollen that is responsible in the shot, but otherwise the basic principles are the same. Knowing which tree pollens are responsible for your allergies can help plan desensitization (allergy shots) and might help you predict which seasons will be difficult for you. ...Read more

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