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What is pigweed and does it affect allergies?

What is pigweed and does it affect allergies?

Potent allergen: Pigweed is a weed, from a plant family with a latin name is amaranthus. The pollen of this plant is very potent to induce allergic disease. People exposed to pigweed develop allergy to pigweed pollen easier than to other weed pollen, similar to ragweed pollen. They suffer from allergic respiratory symptoms, especially during the fall. ...Read more

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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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What is the definition or description of: Pigweed allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Pigweed allergy?

Fall weed: Pigweed is a type of weed that usually pollinates in the fall in most areas of the USA. Inhalation of pigweed pollen, when allergic, can cause nasal and eye allergy symptoms like runny nose, itchy nose, itchy watery eyes, and sometimes cough or breathing difficulty if allergy is severe enough. ...Read more

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My son has an egg allergy. Will my baking foods with eggs in it effect him?

My son has an egg allergy. Will my baking foods with eggs in it effect him?

Egg allergy: Yes! Eggs in food still need to be avoided as heat does not denaturize the egg molecule. ...Read more

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Can my son's food allergies cause fever?

Can my son's food allergies cause fever?

Not directly: Allergies do not cause fevers but secondary conditions related to allergies can cause fevers such as ear infections that resulted from fluid behind the ear drum that becomes infected. ...Read more

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What can my son eat with peanut, soybean, milk and wheat allergies?

What can my son eat with peanut, soybean, milk and wheat allergies?

FOOD ALLERGIES: There are several substitute to protein food allergy. Milk, peanut, soy are protein. Wheat is carbohydrate. For protein you can give meat products. For carbohydrate rice and white bread. He can eat other food except those mentioned. ...Read more

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My son has a fruit, veggie, and rye food allergy. Are beans and potato chips safe?

My son has a fruit, veggie, and rye food allergy. Are beans and potato chips safe?

Wide categories: Beans and potatoes are vegetables, and you say your son has allergies to "veggies." Do you mean ALL "veggies" or just specific ones? (and fruits and rye, etc). If you're not sure, please check with the physician who did the food allergy testing. ...Read more

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My son has food allergies to wheat, soy and milk, so can anyone share a recipe or a site that's helpful?

My son has food allergies to wheat, soy and milk, so can anyone share a recipe or a site that's helpful?

Food Allergy NetworK: Go to foodallergy. Org, they are a great resource for food allergy patients. Kids with food allergy is another site. Consider checking with a nutritionist for suggestions as well. ...Read more

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Is it likely the type of allergy causing allergic shiners could be a food allergy or a sinus or hayfever problem? My son has all year round?

Is it likely the type of allergy causing allergic shiners could be a food allergy or a sinus or hayfever problem? My son has all year round?

Allergic Shiners: Generally indicate sinus or a hay fever problem. Try to insure good sinus drainage with gentle saline and consider Singulair (montelukast) or an intranasal steroid. All the best. ...Read more

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Could someone with a food allergy possibly breathe something they are allergic to and have a reaction with hives? My son is allergic to something so we have been avoiding a lot of the most common allergens but is still breaking out in hives.

Could someone with a food allergy possibly breathe something they are allergic to and have a reaction with hives? My son is allergic to something so we have been avoiding a lot of the most common allergens but is still breaking out in hives.

Allergist: Finding the cause of recurrent hives is very elusive and in these cases an allergist is best qualified to do the investigation. The offending agent could be internal or external including temperature change, exercise, etc. While waiting for the allergist's appointment, the pediatrician may prescribe an antihistamine for symptom relief. ...Read more

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My son can eat peanut butter sandwiches, but the second he eats nuts, he has itchy ears and itchy throat. Does this count as an allergy?

My son can eat peanut butter sandwiches, but the second he eats nuts, he has itchy ears and itchy throat. Does this count as an allergy?

Different allergens: Peanut and tree nut allergens are different. I would recommend your son be evaluated with specific allergy testing. ...Read more

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Is a class 3 peanut allergy something to worry over? My son is 3 and he has been having some tummy problems. His GI ordered some blood work for food allergies. It came back as a class 3 peanut allergy. A week before he had a skin test for allergies and al

Is a class 3 peanut allergy something to worry over? My son is 3 and he has been having some tummy problems. His GI ordered some blood work for food allergies. It came back as a class 3 peanut allergy. A week before he had a skin test for allergies and al

Workup/mgt: I would suggest avoiding all peanut products including peanut oil and observing whether the symptoms resolve. The test called a CAP test can then be repeated at that time. Children who are allergic to one food may be allergic to other allergens as well. There was a study that indicated faucets in public and at schools are one source of peanut contamination, so the surfaces should be cleaned. ...Read more

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How can I protect my son from allergies?

How can I protect my son from allergies?

Allergies: Determine what your child is allergic to first, see an allergist and they should give you proper advice on avoidance measures. ...Read more

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Is it possible to stop a cat allergy from developing in my son?

Is it possible to stop a cat allergy from developing in my son?

Sort of: The less exposure, the better. If he is genetically predisposed to develop a cat allergy, there is enough cat dander in the environment that he probably will. However, the more exposure he has, such as going for daycare in a home with cats, or - worse - bringing a cat into the home to live with him, the more likely he is to develop a cat allergy, and the worse the symptoms will become. ...Read more

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Can I confirm my son has an allergy since he tests negative for all IgE allergies?

Can I confirm my son has an allergy since he tests negative for all IgE allergies?

Yes: I presume you mean a blood test was done because you feel he has allergy symptoms. If that is the case then an allergist can do a simple scratch test to confirm this. The age of your son (ie. An infant) would affect the interpretation of these tests as well. ...Read more

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My son had an allergy test today and it came back negative to almost everything. Why is he reacting?

???? symptoms???: Many people assume that nasal congestion is due to allergies. You fail to realize that the nasal membranes react for many reasons. Sensitivity to airborne fumes/dust/cleaning odors/fragrances/etc are common. There can be structural issues in the nose. If there are skin issues that also can come from many sources. We can help you more when you provide more detail about the problem. ...Read more

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My son took my dose of rtanna by mistake. He thought it was his allergy medicine. He is 8 and weighs 90/95 lbs. He took 2 tablets

Probably nothing: Phenylephrine is a short-acting and weak decongestant and chlorpheniramine is a weak and short-acting antihistamine. Just watch him for a little bit but nothing should happen. ...Read more

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My son is over 1yr old and still gets formula for an allergy. Is it okay to give expired formula? I have a ton that expired Oct. 1st

My son is over 1yr old and still gets formula for an allergy. Is it okay to give expired formula? I have a ton that expired Oct. 1st

Expired formula: It is always best to stop the formula after expiration date has occurred. Efficacy of the elements in the formula may not be as good, sometimes even getting sick from it. That said, one can use outdated formula x 1 month after the expiration, but would throw out end Oct when used up. ...Read more

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My son will be 8 months on the 15th and I was wanting to know if I can give some children's allergy medicine and hpw much will be safe?

See below: It would be unlikely for a child this age to have environmental allergies. They normally emerge around 2 years of age. I would not recommend any medications. ...Read more

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My son has fall allergies. How can I keep it on control?

My son has fall allergies. How can I keep it on control?

Treat early: The best time to treat fall allergy symptoms is before they start. The most effective treatment for allergic rhinitis is the prescription nasal cortisone sprays such as qnasl, nasonex, (mometasone) flonase, etc. Nasonex (mometasone) is approved to age 2 years old. Antihistamines can also be helpful. If symptoms not controlled, an allergist can be a great source of information and advice. ...Read more

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My son is very dependent on his pills for a few years now. The allergies are so bad that he can barely sleep at night : (any advice?

See allergist: There are steroid nasal sprays that work really well if pills are not helping. There is a prescription medication called singulair (montelukast) that might help. In addition to these, there are allergy shots that usually help. Some people have obstructions in the nose that need to be treated by an ENT doctor. See an allergist or ENT for treatment options. ...Read more

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Is coconut the same as peanuts my son has allergy too peanuts?

Is coconut the same as peanuts my son has allergy too peanuts?

No: Peanuts are not a nut and in no way related to coconut they are the fruit of a tree the same as other tree fruits however if you child is allergic to peanuts and may have others so when introducing new foods do so carefully when he goes to school be sure he is protected from sitting near children who may have peanuts in their lunch there are substitutes for peanut butter that he may have. ...Read more

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How would I know if my son had a milk protein allergy?

How would I know if my son had a milk protein allergy?

Milk protein allergy: Simple way to test and that is having your doc check the stool for microscopic blood with a guaic test. Your son might be colicky, have loose and/or mucous stool or might even have visible blood in the stool. ...Read more

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Will removing my son's tonsils improve his allergies?

No: Removing the tonsils won't change your sons allergies. However, they might help some of the symptoms. If your son snores badly and he is allergic, sometimes his snoring and airway symptoms might be in part due to allergies and in part due to his tonsils. Removing the tonsils might therefore be thought to help his "allergies.". ...Read more

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My son has alternaria allergy (outdoor fungus), what kind of allergy medication?

My son has alternaria allergy (outdoor fungus), what kind of allergy medication?

Several Options: The treatment of allergic rhinitis consists of avoidance, anti histamines, nasal steroids and allergy vaccine therapy. Some combination of one or all these modalities will be helpful. ...Read more

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My son has an peanut allergy but has no reaction. Does that mean he doesn't have it?

My son has an peanut allergy but has no reaction. Does that mean he doesn't have it?

Sensitivity: If an allergist has told you he has an allergy please don't test it by giving him peanuts. Food sensitivities can build over time, which means he could eventually have a very serious reaction. ...Read more