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My daughter touched a garden snail, do I need to be worried?

My daughter touched a garden snail, do I need to be worried?

Not really: Yes children can be injured in many ways of not only chemical rneans, but the number of microbes and tiny nasties that are waiting in dirt is numerous. Gi symptoms are number one. I assume this was a brief encounter. If possible, capture the snail for your pediatrician. Most important is letting your pediatrician know asap. Please do not wait. ...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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How can I get rid of cat allergys?

How can I get rid of cat allergys?

Allergy shots: Treatment for cat allergy includes avoiding cats (not keeping them at home), medications to treat symptoms, and for long term relief, allergy injections (allergy shots). An allergist can review the benefits and risks of allergy shots. This is the only disease modifying strategy to relieve symptoms long term. ...Read more

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My daughter touched a garden snail, do I need to be worried?

Not really: Yes children can be injured in many ways of not only chemical rneans, but the number of microbes and tiny nasties that are waiting in dirt is numerous. Gi symptoms are number one. I assume this was a brief encounter. If possible, capture the snail for your pediatrician. Most important is letting your pediatrician know asap. Please do not wait. ...Read more

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My one year old put a garden snail in her mouth. Is there anything I should be worried about? Should I take her to the Dr?

My one year old put a garden snail in her mouth. Is there anything I should be worried about? Should I take her to the Dr?

IN US not dangerous: You need to know if the snail was in an area that there are snail bites. They can have metaldehyde and cause poisoning like tremors, twitching and seizures. If the snail was in your garden and you do not use these bites you are probably ok. The snails in the US by themselves are not dangerous ...Read more

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What are good flowers to put in the garden in my yard that won't trigger my allergies (hay fever)?

What are good flowers to put in the garden in my yard that won't trigger my allergies (hay fever)?

See allergist: If you truly have hayfever, this is allergy just to ragweed, so you are safe to plant anything else. More likely, though, you have general seasonal allergies. It is impossible to say what specific flowers/plants any one individual would be allergic to without doing testing. One person can be very allergic to marigolds and roses, but do just fine with lilies and vinca. Use gloves when planting! ...Read more

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Do children grow out of allergies?

Do children grow out of allergies?

Yes: Not all of the food allergies are created equal. Food allergies like dairy, egg, wheat tend to be outgrown. Tree nut and peanut are less likely (although recent studies suggest that 20-30% outgrow the peanut allergy). Environmental allergies tend to "grow on you" with time. Note: the allergy test may remain positive despite the child having outgrown the allergy. Consult with an allergist. ...Read more

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How do I get tested for allergies?

How do I get tested for allergies?

Talk with your doc: There are 2 different ways to test for allergies: blood tests and skin tests. Talk with your doc about which one is best for you. ...Read more

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Can I grow out of my cat allergies?

Can I grow out of my cat allergies?

Allergies dynamic: Many children's allergies, foods more than inhalants, can greatly lessen or disappear (outgrow) over time, however cat (feline) sensitivity is one if the least likely of the inhalants to be list. The only treatment that may result in loosing one's cat allergy symptoms is immunotherapy (allergy shots) since they can lessen or resolve sensitivity rather than just treat symptoms. ...Read more