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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
Essentially allergies occur when your immune system goes crazy and decides to has to fight against things it should be ignoring. The immune system of people without allergies simply ignores the pollen in the air or the dander on their cat while an allergic person's immune system creates cells to fight against the pollen or dander. The allergic reaction causes the ...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
As I get older, I seem to be developing more spring pollen allergies. Is this possible, and how can I manage these?
Absolutely: Dear G-absolutely, you are prime age for developing allergies. Especially if you are a newcomer to the midwest. You may have a temporary reprieve for 1-2 yrs, but likely you'd become allergic to local allergens. Start with 1 or more otc products (antihistamines, decongestants, topical steroids). Too weak? See allergist. PS Suggest no montelukast for you; rarely depression and suicide. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Treat: Individuals who develop allergies have a genetic tendency to develop new allergies. If you move, you would likely develop new allergies. New generation medications, appropriate avoidance of exposures, and immunotherapy (allergy shots) can be very effective in controlling allergies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Medication: Most people can obtain relief of their allergy symptoms with medications. The otc antihistamines, such as claritin, 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
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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