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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Is mental stress usually cause of low eosinophill count? And does it indicate i dont have allergy to pollen? I have turbinate hypertrophy.
Low eo count: is not really abnormal. Eosinophils are associated with allergy. They would be elevated in association with allergy not low. ...Read more
Pinched nerve in my neck/shoulder. Used heat, ice, massage, roller. Could it relate to allergy to pollen? Idea of cause? Anything serious to consider?
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
Allergies: Allergies creating nasal congestion or asthmatic reactions are causes of shortness of breath. ...Read more
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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 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
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