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How to prevent allergies?

How to prevent allergies?

See an allergist: Find out what you're allergic to exactly, and avoid being around those triggers. An allergist can easily administer an allergy test to help you figure out exactly what you're allergic to so you know what to avoid. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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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


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How to cure allergic rhinitis? How to prevent cough?

How to cure allergic rhinitis? How to prevent cough?

See an allergist: The best treatment for allergic rhinitis is allergy shots. You need an evaluation by an allergist or ENT allergist. We have several medications that can help. Shots or sublingual drops can have a significant and long term effect on the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Cough is not a disease, it is a symptom, and can also be evaluated by the same docs. ...Read more

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How can I reduce exposure to airborne allergens besides filters?

How can I reduce exposure to airborne allergens besides filters?

Several things!: Keeping windows closed, particularly at night, driving with closed windows, using central air systems in your home, these can all help. Showering at night will also help. ...Read more

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How to treat asthma and how to prevent allergic asthma attacks?

How to treat asthma and how to prevent allergic asthma attacks?

Inhaled steroids: There are a few medications to treat asthma, but the mainstay are inhaled corticosteroids. While they are steroids, they have a very localized effect and are very safe. If they are not effective alone at preventing asthma, we have a number of other medications we can use. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how to cope with environmental allergies?

I'm wondering how to cope with environmental allergies?

See an Allergists: The first step is to understand what your symptoms are and what you are allergic to. Once that is accomplished then implementation of environmental controls accompanied by using various oral or inhaled medications should be helpful. If not then allergy vaccine therapy may be needed. The medications that may be recommended include antihistamines, nasal steroids, or leukotriene blockers. ...Read more

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How to cure spring allergies, help..?

How to cure spring allergies, help..?

Allergies: Seasonal allergies are a chronic recurrent condition. Medication can control symptoms but does not cure the condition. Allergy shots help you become less allergic over time and are a better long approach for severe moderate to severe allergies. See a board certified allergist for evaluation. ...Read more

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How to prevent asthma?

How to prevent asthma?

Choose parents well: There are many components to the asthma experience & by far the most important is genetic. Those born into families where one or both parents have or had asthma have a higher lifetime risk. There is an interaction with eczema, allergies &asthma within families. You can reduce the impact by avoiding smoking or exposure to fumes, etc.But this comes out if your born susceptible, when the time comes. ...Read more

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How best to stop your child's seasonal allergies?

How best to stop your child's seasonal allergies?

Immunotherapy: It is difficult to avoid seasonal allergens, so we often use medications first. These due a great job of reducing the effects of the inflammatory response to allergens, but allergy shots work best - they desensitize your child so there is no allergic inflammation in the first place. Further, it is only shots, not medications, that reduce the likelihood of your child developing asthma over time. ...Read more

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Do you know of natural ways to prevent seasonal allergies?

Do you know of natural ways to prevent seasonal allergies?

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

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How to prevent allrgic asthma attacks?

How to prevent allrgic asthma attacks?

Several ways: The most important thing is to avoid the trigger if known. Seasonal asthma such as from pollens may require an increase in controller medication before pollen season starts. Allergy injections are an excellent way to prevent allergic asthma after identifying the causative allergens. While this is more time consuming, it is the only real long-term treatment that is disease-modifying! ...Read more

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My nose is allergic to dust how to prevent it with filters, etc?

My nose is allergic to dust how to prevent it with filters, etc?

Dust mite covers: There are covers that one can buy that specifically seal dust mites in bedding. For cleaning, wet dust don't dry dust, use a hepa filter in the vacuum cleaner. ...Read more

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It's ragweed allergy season. How do you prevent yourself from the suffering allergies induce?

It's ragweed allergy season. How do you prevent yourself from the suffering allergies induce?

Ragweed: It is a little early for ragweed but fall will be here soon. Immunotherapy to build a new resistance against ragweed works best for prevention since allergy is a hereditary disease. ...Read more

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Can food allergies lead to lupis?

Can food allergies lead to lupis?

No: I am not aware of any studies which associate food allergies as a predisposition to lupus. ...Read more

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How does eczema relate to allergies or asthma?

How does eczema relate to allergies or asthma?

A strong link: A mom told me in israel her son's eczema was referred to as skin asthma; a great way to emphasize that infantile eczema often precedes onset of asthma by 2-3 years. For every 3 kids seen for eczema 2 react to foods on skin/blood testing. Only 1 of 3 improves with elimination of some foods. They're never allergic to all the foods to which they react. Dust mites may be the primary culprit in the end. ...Read more

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How to avoid dust allergies when away from home?

How to avoid dust allergies when away from home?

Not easy, use meds: Allergy symptoms are expected when exposed to what cause them in a particular person. Know where you will stay in advance, if there is a choice, prefer non-carpeted, vacuumed rooms. Remember to use maintenance medications to prevent allergy flare up. Use nasal/sinus saline washes to reduce dust in nose passages. Stay outdoors if there is no pollen allergy. ...Read more

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How to treat seasonal allergies while nursing?

How to treat seasonal allergies while nursing?

Safe meds: Plain nasal saline irrigations are typically very safe. While no medications have been shown to be 100% safe in pregnancy, there are different safety categories of medications. This is also true of seasonal allergies. Category B medications are thought to be safer. Your OB-GYN or allergist should be able to provide a list depending on your symptoms. ...Read more

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How to prevent nose swesting?

How to prevent nose swesting?

Antiperspirant.: You can try a clear antiperspirant but prolonged use may lead to acne as it may clog pores. Make sure it is cleaned offf at night and apply a retinoid to keep the pores from plugging. ...Read more

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Can allergies to cats cause acne ?

Can allergies to cats cause acne ?

NO: Allergy to cats cause other symptoms like coughing, itchy rash but not acne, sob and other allergic manifestations. ...Read more

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Can there be some natural ways to be able to cure or to control environmental allergies?

Can there be some natural ways to be able to cure or to control environmental allergies?

Yes: Allergen specific immunotherapy or commonly known as allergy shot is as natural as it can be to treat environmental allergies. It is not medication. It is an immune modulator method to desensitize patients to allergens that they are allergic to and induces tolerance to the environment. There are no herbal medications to treat allergies effectively. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is environmental allergies?

What sort of disorder is environmental allergies?

Allergies: Environmental allergies are your body’s response to substances you inhale at your home, school or workplace. They can be caused by dust, animal dander, mold spores or mildew, or feathers or other agents. They can also be substances that come in contact with your skin that cause rashes. ...Read more

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Are there fewer environmental allergies in the southern states?

Are there fewer environmental allergies in the southern states?

Nope: There are just different environmental allergens in different parts of the country, but there are really no places where there are less allergens. That is a gross misnomer that has been readily debunked. ...Read more

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What exactly are environmental allergies?

What exactly are environmental allergies?

See below: Allergies to things in our environment. Such as; pets, trees, flowers, dust, molds, grasses, etc. ...Read more

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What are common environmental allergies in the home?

What are common environmental allergies in the home?

Pets dust mites mold: Indoor environmental allergens include pet dander, dust mites, cockroaches and molds. Most people are more allergic to cats than dogs. Dust mites live in mattresses, pillows, bedding, and carpet. The more humid the environment, the more dust mites. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how to cope with environmental allergies?

See an Allergists: The first step is to understand what your symptoms are and what you are allergic to. Once that is accomplished then implementation of environmental controls accompanied by using various oral or inhaled medications should be helpful. If not then allergy vaccine therapy may be needed. The medications that may be recommended include antihistamines, nasal steroids, or leukotriene blockers. ...Read more

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What is the cause of environmental allergies in young children?

What is the cause of environmental allergies in young children?

Air-borne allergies: Environmental allergies affect your respiratory system including the nose, sinuses, eyes and if severe, the lung. Thus, symptoms are nasal congestion, sinus pressure, teary and itchy eyes, cough, wheezing, physical activity limitation and difficulty breathing if you have asthma. ...Read more

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Is it possible that i take a child with environmental allergies outside?

Is it possible that i take a child with environmental allergies outside?

That's the goal : Depending on what your child is allergic to and how well his allergies are treated. The goal of treatment is to let him do things that he would not otherwise can't. During winter time like right now, there are not many allergens outside so it is probably fine to let him go outside. If he has asthma, cold air can exacerbate his symptoms. We allergist are specialized in treating those conditions. ...Read more

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A friend was just diagnosed with environmental allergies, is that a serious condition?

A friend was just diagnosed with environmental allergies, is that a serious condition?

Depends on meaning: And meaning depends on who made the diagnosis. As an allergist when i say that someone has environmental allergies i mean that things like house dust mite, plant pollens, animal dander & mold spores are triggering symptoms of allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis, asthma & sometimes eczema & hives. These are common medical conditions that while sometimes serious are rarely life-threatening. ...Read more

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Can there be some natural ways to be able to cure or to control environmental allergies?

Yes: Allergen specific immunotherapy or commonly known as allergy shot is as natural as it can be to treat environmental allergies. It is not medication. It is an immune modulator method to desensitize patients to allergens that they are allergic to and induces tolerance to the environment. There are no herbal medications to treat allergies effectively. ...Read more

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I have severe environmental allergies, I have tried regular allergy medications and the allergy meds with the D. Nothing is working.Any suggestions?

I have severe environmental allergies, I have tried regular allergy medications and the allergy meds with the D. Nothing is working.Any suggestions?

Try nasal sprays: Despite so many medications over the counter, sometimes allergies are so strong they blow right through them. And exposure may be unavoidable, such as outdoor pollen, or pets in homes. Contact an allergist who can identify which allergies are bothering you and can list the ways to control symptoms. There's no reason to be miserable! ...Read more

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Are there treatment guidelines for environmental allergies?

Are there treatment guidelines for environmental allergies?

Yes: The major physician allergy organizations in the US, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology) sponsor practice parameters one of which is "the diagnosis and management of rhinitis: an updated practice parameter" available online at the jcaai.org. You can also find an allergist at either aaaai.org or acaai.org. ...Read more

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Environmental allergies affecting only left sinus cavities, why is this?

Environmental allergies affecting only left sinus cavities, why is this?

Anatomy: Allergies cause swelling of the tissues that line the nose and sinuses. Swelling of the nasal tissues cause the drainage openings of the sinus to constrict. Once they constrict completely, mucous from the sinus cannot drain. If one side of the nose is shifted (think deviated septum) then that side constricts before the other. Try to shrink the tissues with antihistamines and, my fave, neilmed. ...Read more

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Is there a single medication I can take to get rid of all environmental allergies?

Is there a single medication I can take to get rid of all environmental allergies?

Allergy med: There is no medication to get rid of allergies. Antihistamines can reduce symptoms as can prescription nasal sprays. Allergy immunotherapy shots can reduce symptoms a great deal as well in many patients. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with seasonal/environmental allergies.For years, it was well controlled with chlorpheniramine. The allergies are bad now but the symptoms are constant. What should I do?

Several Options: If one is having increased seasonal allergy symptoms and otc meds are not helpful see your pcp. In general the treatment for allergy symptoms include avoidance, medications ( antihistamines and nasal steroids/antihistmines) and allergy vaccines. If your pcp can't help or one's symptoms are that severe they should might suggest a visit to an allergist. ...Read more

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Is the scratch test for environmental allergies accurate and useful?

Is the scratch test for environmental allergies accurate and useful?

Incredibly: Skin prick testing is the most accurate way to test for environmental allergies. Blood testing is the 2nd most accurate although a far cry from skin testing. All other non-approved forms of testing............Well, i simply state, "let the buyer beware!" there is a reason insurance doesn't cover the non-approved methods... ...Read more

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Can antihistamines be a good strategy for managing environmental allergies?

Can antihistamines be a good strategy for managing environmental allergies?

It's a start: It's a start. Usually not completely sufficient. Seeing an allergist and coming up with the best plan together is your best option. Other home remedies are avoidance of known triggers, no pets on bed or in bedroom, washing floors and sheets more frequently, salt water washes. See an allergist. ...Read more

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Is there an association between environmental allergies and joint pain?

Is there an association between environmental allergies and joint pain?

Rheumatism: A controversial area. Some individuals reports more rheumatism or muscle pain when exposed to food intolerances or environmental solvents or other vapors. There is not a lot of scientific studies to confirm this but in my 40 years of practice i often belive my patients. ...Read more

Dr. Corey Clay
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Environmental Allergies (Definition)

Environmental allergies are allergies to items in one's environment. For example this includes pollen, dust, dust ...Read more