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How can you tell if you have an allergy to pollen?

How can you tell if you have an allergy to pollen?

Allergy test: Pollen allergy can be suspected on clinical grounds if you get itchy eyes and nose, runny nose, congestion and sneezing when outdoors in certain seasons. To really make a diagnosis, though, you need to have a skin test or blood test showing the presence of ige antibodies to pollen. ...Read more

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Pollen (Definition)

Pollen is the equivalent of sperm for a plant. It is a genetically active product, seen on flowers usually, which the plants with the assistance of birds, bats and insects as well as the wind, uses to fertilize the egg of the plant to ensure a next generation. It also can be irritating, functioning as an allergen, leading to sneezing ...Read more


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Can you tell me how to plan/schedule seasonal pollen allergies?

Can you tell me how to plan/schedule seasonal pollen allergies?

Schedule: This varies by regions. You can check your local pollen counts with a simple google search or download various pollen count apps to your phone. In general: Early spring: trees late spring: grass fall: ragweed year round: dust mite, dog, cat, cockroach, indoor molds ...Read more

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How can you tell if your child has allergy to cats vs. To pollen?

Symptoms and testing: A child who sneezes when playing with a cat is likely to have cat allergy, this is confirmed with skin allergy test or blood test for specific ige to cat. Similarly, if the child sneezes or itches outdoors, she is likely to be allergic to pollen. Testing will confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how common is shortness of breath as a symptom of grass pollen allergies?

Can you tell me how common is shortness of breath as a symptom of grass pollen allergies?

Allergies: Allergies creating nasal congestion or asthmatic reactions are causes of shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Pollen allergies! what can I do?

Many things: There are three treatment options regarding allergies: 1. Avoidance - easier said than done but still possible for pollen allergies. Keep the windows closed during the pollen season. A hepa room air purifier is helpful but expensive. 2. Medicines. See my website for more detailed info: www.Kleinallergy.Com 3. Allergy injections - when the above methods fail or if meds cause side effects. ...Read more

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What I can do for pollen allergies?

What I can do for pollen allergies?

Avoid and treat: Allergic rhinitis is most commonly due to sensitization to pollens (tree, grass or weeds), animal dander, or dust mite. Allergy shots are particularly helpful in many cases. Treatment for mild-moderate allergy still provides lasting relief (several routes exist for optimized combination therapy) and proper avoidance strategies (keep windows shut in season, wear mask outside, avoid other irritant ...Read more

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How can you relieve pollen allergies?

How can you relieve pollen allergies?

Medication: Most people can obtain relief of their allergy symptoms with medications. The otc antihistamines, such as claritin, (loratadine) Allegra and zyrtec (all available generically) work for many patients. Prescription intranasal corticosteroids and antihistamines are a good option for more severe symptoms. When these do not work, allergen immunotherapy (allergy injections) should be considered. ...Read more

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What should I do for pollen allergies?

What should I do for pollen allergies?

Antihistamine: Daily antihistamine can help, and they are over the counter. Nasal steroids, which are prescription can also help but they work best when taken consistently. You can do an antihistamine as needed, such as when pollen counts are high or when you first start to get symptoms. ...Read more

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How can seasonal pollen allergies work?

How can seasonal pollen allergies work?

Seasonal symptoms?: Pollination from grasses, weeds, and trees are seasonal. Thus depending on what you are allergic to, your symptoms would appear during the time when that particular plant (plants) pollinate. Trees tend to bloom in the spring, grasses spring/summer, weeds late summer/fall. ...Read more

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How can you relieve a pollen / lily allergy?

Depends on Severity: The usual recommendation for patients with allergy to pollen is to dry some simple over the counter "anti-histamines." there are several now on the market which used to require a prescription. Allegra and zyrtec (cetirizine) are common anti-histamines. Read the label and consult your doctor. Not sure what you mean by "lily." are you allergic to only the plant and/or the flowers? ...Read more

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Can pollen allergies be passed on to your kids?

No: There certainly is a genetic component to allergic disease but not a specific pollen allergy gene that is passed on. A general rule of thunb is that is one parent is allergy there is a 25% chance that the kids will be allergic. If both parents are allergic the chance is 50%. What is passed on is the ability to be allergic. One may have asthma and the child is food allergic, for example. ...Read more

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What types of pollen will trigger allergy symptoms?

What types of pollen will trigger allergy symptoms?

Trees, grass, weeds: Pollen are fertilizing grains produced by plants for propagation. Some plants use the wind to help in pollination producing massive quantities of pollen that become airborne; these include trees, grasses, and weeds. If you are prone to allergies, these plants can cause symptoms during certain seasons. Plants that make pretty, fragrant flowers attract insects for propagation & don't cause allergies. ...Read more

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How long does an allergy attack to pollen normally last?

Days to weeks...: If you are continually exposed to pollen, an allergy attach could stretch over days to weeks (in fact, you could be sneezing or wheezing for the entire pollen season). ...Read more

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What is the best medication to fight severe pollen allergies?

Varies: Pollen allergy, meaning allergic rhinitis and / or allergic conjunctivitis can be treated by several different medications including oral/nasal/ocular antihistamines, nasal steroids, oral and ocualar decongestants and allergy vaccine therapy. ...Read more

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What exactly is it in the pollen that gives people allergies?

Proteins: Pollens contain proteins that trigger immune reactions in people with a genetic predisposition to develop allergies. ...Read more

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Why do my pollen allergies start at different times each year?

Why do my pollen allergies start at different times each year?

Depends: Seasonal allergies occur at different times of the year as different pollens come out. In the spring it is tree and grass season. In the fall it is ragweed season. At least in the mid atlantic area. ...Read more

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Do you seasonal or chronic allergy when there is pollen in the air?

Do you seasonal or chronic allergy when there is pollen in the air?

Yes: Seasonal allergies are most likely to be caused by various pollens. In general, grass pollen causes symptoms in the summer, tree pollen in the spring, and weed pollen in 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