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How Can I Prevent My Allergies From Being Triggered By Sawdust
Dust mask: I would look into a high quality dust mask or even invest in a respirator if you work regularly with wood. I would also wear goggles or safety glasses to prevent eye problems. You also may need to use allergy medications prior to working in the woodshop. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
No: The studies to date are conflicting regarding maternal diet in pregnancy and later development of allergy in children, so no clear recommendations can be made at this time. Some of the most intriguing data, however, suggest low vitamin d levels may correlate with later allergic diseases such as asthma. So, taking a vitamin d supplement when pregnant may be worth discussing with your obstetrician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Avoid it: Once you are sensitized to latex, it is unlikely you can get rid of your allergy. You need to avoid exposure to it. Most exposure is in medical facilities but some common day items also have latex such as underwear and shoes. Always wear cotton underwear and avoid direct contact with latex, such as condoms, balloons, etc. ...Read more
$1 million question: If a person is genetically susceptible and has allergen exposure, an allergy could develop. At this time, there is no sure way to prevent allergies from occurring. Studies have looked at breast feeding during infancy with +/- results. Avoiding certain high risk occupations can decrease risk of work related asthma. Avoiding the allergen is best...But not very realistic--all of us are exposed! ...Read more
Allergy prevention: By saying allergies i suppose you mean allergies to the environment like pollens, molds, dust mites, cat, dog... There are no known good way to prevent you from developing new allergies accept from avoiding exposure to those allergens so your body don't develop sensitivities to them. That seems to be impossible to do. Allergy shots have been shown to prevent your body to develop new sensitivities. ...Read more
Avoidance: At times becomes rather impossible, you can easily avoid foods / drugs that cause allergies if you know the culprit food / drug, but for inhalants, pollens and the like, sometimes environmental control isn't easy, check with an allergist, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more
Challenging task: The best approach to treating allergies is avoidance, medications and allergy injections. Avoidance measures may be impractical for seasonal pollens. Medications that are started before the allergy season is better than waiting for symptoms to occur. The best long term treatment is allergy shots from board certified allergist. This can provide long lasting relief even after injections are done. ...Read more
A very open question: but in short, we don't know unless we get exposed, if we know that we are allergic to something, food, medicine or pollen for instance, avoidance is the best strategy then, if we can't, then certain medicines for whatever disease is caused by the exposure, such asthma or rhinosinusitis, is the way to prevent complications, certain patients would benefit from desensitization, good luck ...Read more
Allergy shots: Allergy shots or allergen immunotherapy as administered by an allergist contains the natural allergens (tree, grass, weed, etc) a person is allergic to and in small amounts is injected. Each week the dose is gradually increased. This is the best, long term and natural way to treat seasonal allergies that will have long lasting results. ...Read more
Insect repellent: Use an insect repellent to avoid the bites. Avoid being outside without protection in the early morning or evening hours. Cover your arms and legs with clothing when outside. Don't have standing water around your house. Use Hydrocortisone cream on the bites 2-3 times a day and take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to help with itching and swelling. ...Read more
Maybe: Depends what you develop in the sun, you should always put on sunblock lotion that is water resistant in your case and you need to stay in the shade. Of these measures don't help, you may need to change jobs. You need to know what you are sensitive to the sun, consult an allergist. ...Read more
During summer my skin suffers allergywhat measures should I take to prevent such kind of allergy?
Good skin care: Be gentle to your skin: use dove white bar unscented soap for bathing, keep the water lukewarm (never hot), and liberally apply moisturizer (cerave cream is one of my favorites) after bathing. You may consider using an oral antihistamine like zyrtec (cetirizine) as well. ...Read more
Will a new cat give your child allergies or will it prevent your child from getting allergies; or neither?
Could go either way: Children can often develop allergies to cats without any exposure in the home. They get enough exposure outside of the home to develop an allergy. If your child is already allergic, and you didn't know it, a new cat could cause a reaction. On the other hand, children with high levels of cat exposure may be less likely to develop an allergy to cats. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Every spring I seem to get a cold that leads to broncitis. I do have allergies but am a non smoker, is there a way to prevent this?
Yes: If by bronchitis you meant a cough, then it may be from post-nasal drips or asthma occurring seasonally. In spring grass and tree allergens are the most likely culprit. At the least, you need to get a lung function test to find out if the cough is from asthma. Only after the diagnosis is made can proper treatment be started. See allergist if problem is bothersome. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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