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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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How can you tell if you have an allergy to latex gloves?

How can you tell if you have an allergy to latex gloves?

Symptoms & Testing: Immediate itching or hives when wearing them a short while suggests contact urticaria. Intense itching and/or blisters the next day or hours after wearing gloves suggests contact dermatitis. You would have noticed if you had urticaria/hives/wheezing/ total body itching/ dizziness and and even drop in blood pressure can occur when being around powdered latex gloves when in use. See an allergist. ...Read more

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How can I tell if an allergy to birch?

How can I tell if an allergy to birch?

Skin or blood test: If you have itchy eyes, runny/stuffy nose, sneezing spells etc in spring, you can get tested for birch pollen allergy. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you are allergic to grass?

How can you tell if you are allergic to grass?

Timing & testing: Grass pollen allergy (called grass pollinosis) has symptoms of itchy, runny nose, nasal congestion and sneezing, sometimes with eye symptoms during the usual grass pollen time which is early to mid-summer (longer in the south). To confirm grass allergy, a skin test or ige blood test can be performed. ...Read more

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How can you know if you have a wheat allergy?

How can you know if you have a wheat allergy?

Get Tested: There are different types of wheat allergy and you may have an intolerance. Differentiating between these can be done with skin and blood tests performed by a board certified allergist. Wheat allergies can be severely limiting on the diet and potentially fatal if anaphylactic in nature. I recommend getting evaluated to determine if there is an allergy. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you are allergic to dogs or cats?

How can you tell if you are allergic to dogs or cats?

Allergy sympoms: When you enter a house with dog or cat you will start sneezing, the nose runs and eyes itch and some times you may develop more severe symptoms. After petting a dog or cat if you touch your eyes they may swell up, get puffy, run and itch. If you a pet at home and are allergic to it, you will feel the allergy symptoms begin when you come home. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have a vancomycin allergy?

How can you tell if you have a vancomycin allergy?

See Allergist: If you have never taken vancomycin before then there should be no concern for an allergy. You cannot develop an allergy after the first dose. For subsequent dose you are at no greater risk then the general population for developing an allergy to this medication. If you've had a reaction in the past, see Allergist to determine if your reaction is truly an allergy. Red Mans Syndrome non-allergic rx. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i might be allergic to dust?

Can you tell me if i might be allergic to dust?

Testing: You must be screen by specific allergy blood or skin tests usually by an allergist. Dust contains molds, spores animal dander, hairs, pollens etc: therefore formal allergy testing is a must/. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have allergies or a cold?

How can you tell if you have allergies or a cold?

Itchy eyes: It can be difficult to tell the difference between a cold and allergies since they share many of the same symptoms (nasal obstruction, nasal drainage, post nasal drainage) but colds usually do not have itchy nose, eyes, and throat and allergies aren't accompanied by fevers. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have eczema as an adult?

How can you tell if you have eczema as an adult?

Itchy rash: Eczema in adults often does not follow the usual pattern (crease of elbow, crease of knees, and behind the ears etc) but the rash is usually intensely itchy and symmetrically distributed. A high serum IgE helps but not diagnostic. The probability rises significantly if the person also suffers from hay fever and/or asthma as well a family history of eczema. ...Read more

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Can you be allergic to mold? How do you know?

Can you be allergic to mold? How do you know?

Yes you can: Mold spores are commonly found outdoors(though invisible) in the air, on warm , huid days. Symptoms can include runny or stuffy nose, post nasal drip or even coughing. See an allergist for simple testing to see if mold can be causing your symptoms. A full history and physical exam is needed to help make the diagnosis. There are very good treatments for this, too. ...Read more

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How to know when do you develop an allergy?

How to know when do you develop an allergy?

Any time: While most food allergies and asthma begin in childhood, they can develop at any time. Allergic rhinitis is most common in children, but can begin at any age. My oldest patient to develop dust mite allergy was over 65 years old! drug and bee stings allergies don't usually occur on the first exposure/sting, but can occur anytime after that. Bottom line: never too young or too old for allergies! ...Read more

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How to tell if I have an allergic reaction to dairy?

How to tell if I have an allergic reaction to dairy?

Timing and symptoms: Dairy or milk allergy is most common in young children and can present as hives, rash, cough, vomiting, diarrhea, flare of eczema or even more severe symptoms. The symptoms will improve when dairy is stopped and return if dairy is reintroduced. An allergist can perform a skin test or order a blood test to confirm your suspicion. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have an almond allergy?

How do you know if you have an almond allergy?

Typical allergy symp: If one is allergic to almonds and eats them, then typical allergy reaction will occur and symptoms may include: itchiness, swelling, hives, breathing problems, feeling sick, throwing up, diarrhea, belly pain, passing out. ...Read more

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How can you tell whether you have hives or allergic reactions?

How can you tell whether you have hives or allergic reactions?

Histamine driven: Hives (or welts) are histamine driven reactions. These lesions come and go within hours and do not leave scales or marks. Hives can be a form of allergic reaction (ie to drugs or shellfish), but they can often be idiopathic (unknown trigger). Because we know this is a histamine driven problem, we treat with oral antihistamines, or oral steroids if severe and associate with wheezing. ...Read more

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How can I know if I will have an allergic reaction to something?

How can I know if I will have an allergic reaction to something?

Difficult: Predicting if one will have an allergic reaction to a new food or medicine or other allergen is very difficult, especially if one has never had a reaction in the past. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a slight allergy to dairy?

How do you know if you have a slight allergy to dairy?

Avoidance; challenge: There are blood tests and skin tests for dairy allergy but neither are totally reliable as none test all the ways one might react. I advise totally avoiding dairy products for at least a week, then trying some to see if/how you react. With a slight allergy you may only react to large amounts or having it often. Some with allergy to dairy tolerate raw dairy and/or sheep/goat milk ; cheese. ...Read more

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How can you tell if an infant is allergic to something?

How can you tell if an infant is allergic to something?

Reproducible...: ...Symptoms with repeated exposures: rash that gets worse with a particular food, sneezing that gets worse when the cat comes by, etc. ...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