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I Keep Smelling Something Funky No Matter Where I Go Is This Due To Allergies
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
I am getting headaches more frequently, is this due to allergies or is this something more serious?
Many headache causes: There are many things that could be causing worsening headaches, some of which are quite serious. Allergy can sometimes contribute to headaches by blocking sinuses. But it would be unwise to assume that allergy is the cause. See a healthcare provider for a careful history and exam to begin figuring out the cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe.: Dry mouth may be due to several causes. (1) dehydration - think diabetes. (2) medication side-effects - medications for hives, for sleep, for irritable bowel syndrome often cause mucous membranes dryness. (3) mouth-breathing - think allergy, nasal obstruction, sleep apnea. Your health care professional should be able to help you sort this out. Napoleon dynamite is a chronic mouth-breather. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Maybe a little: Snoring is due to airway obstruction. Any blockage between the nostrils/lips and the windpipe (trachea) can cause snoring. The most common area of obstruction include the nose, palate, uvula, tonsils and tongue. In as much as snoring has some nasal causes, if your allergies make it harder for you to breath through your nose then they can be related. An ENT doctor will be able to check your airway. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lip eczema treatable: Persistent chapped lips is lip eczema, which can be treated like skin eczema, using Hydrocortisone cream plus vaseline or aquaphor to retain moisture. Sometimes, lipsticks or lip sunscreen chemicals are causing an allergic reaction on the lips. Other times, a person is a primary lip-licker (it's his habit). Once cracked, lips get irritated by routine foods and juices. A doctor can sort things out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: Frequent nose bleeding is also common among persons with sinusitis. See your doctor for a nasal exam. Some allergy medications , especially nasal steroids, can lead to nose bleeding however, it has been my personal experience that if i treat nasal allergies with nasal steroids and nose bleeding occurs, I have likely failed to diagnose a low grade sinus infection that frequently co-exists w/ allerg. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Husband & I want to ttc this month but I will need to take ebastine cause of my allergies.Should we postpone?Keep going?How long ebastine in system?
Sometimes: Many food allergies in children resolve spontaneously including milk, egg, wheat, soy (but not nuts or peanuts). Sometimes environmental allergies will resolve over time, but not as common as above food allergies. Nickel, gold, latex, poison ivy and other contact allergies do not resolve. ...Read more
Help is available: Allergy symptoms usually decrease with age. Taking appropriate medication is helpful. Avoidance of triggers and if appropriate, allergy desensitization injections (allergy shots) can help tremendously. People who are terribly allergic to dust mites may benefit from moving to dry places. Better see a board-certified allergist immunologist. ...Read more
Sensitization: You have to see the substance at least once (maybe many more times) to prime your immune system into recognizing it. The next time you are exposed after that, your immune system will see the substance and start an allergic reaction. The likelihood of this happening depends on one's inherent predisposition to develop allergies, as well as the route, amount, and duration of exposure to the substance. ...Read more
Depends how diff.: It depends on how different you're talking about. Certain parts of the country have totally different allergens that don't exist elsewhere. For example, in texas you can get mountain cedar which pollinates in the winter, but this is not present in the mountain west. So if you've moved a significant distance things could be different, if within the same region, not likely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Exposure and genes: To develop an allergy to "something" requires exposure to that "something" such as cat, pollen, dust, antibiotic, bee sting, food, etc. The immune system then recognizes that the "something" as "foreign" and makes an allergic antibody (ige). In that genetically prone person, on re-exposure, the ige binds together and releases histamine and other mediators causing allergy symptoms. ...Read more