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I keep smelling something funky no matter where I go. Is this due to allergies?

I keep smelling something funky no matter where I go. Is this due to allergies?

Unlikely: Ask your doctor to examine your nose. This is a common symptom described by persons with sinus infections. ...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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I am getting headaches more frequently, is this due to allergies or is this something more serious?

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 more

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I constantly have dry mouth. Is this due to allergies?

I constantly have dry mouth. Is this due to allergies?

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 more

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I have to clear my throat often. Is this due to allergies?

I have to clear my throat often. Is this due to allergies?

Possibly: Allergies can certainly give you that feeling, but so can acid reflux(heartburn). This needs to be evaluated, so i would start with your primary care physician. ...Read more

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My husband complains that I snore a lot when I sleep. Is this due to allergies?

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 more

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I have really bad chapped lips. I also have a red ring around my lips. Is this due to allergies?

I have really bad chapped lips. I also have a red ring around my lips. Is this due to allergies?

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 more

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I get nose bleeds frequently. Is this due to allergies?

I get nose bleeds frequently. Is this due to allergies?

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 more

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When I eat eggs, I get nauseous and itchy. Is this due to allergies or am I just being paranoid?

When I eat eggs, I get nauseous and itchy. Is this due to allergies or am I just being paranoid?

Possibly: This could be related to an egg allergy, although it could be something else as well. It would be worthwhile being evaluated to determine more certainly. ...Read more

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When I was kneeling down, yellow watery liquid came out of my nose. Is this due to allergies?

When I was kneeling down, yellow watery liquid came out of my nose. Is this due to allergies?

Yellow mucus: Most often, yellow mucus is a sign of infection and clear mucus signals allergy. There are always exceptions to rules, so sometimes clear mucus is present in colds, and very yellow mucus is full of eosinophils, or allergy-related white cells. ...Read more

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Is sinus due to allergies/ or something else?

Is sinus due to allergies/ or something else?

Can be: Sinus symptoms can be due to allergies but can also occur with nonallergic sinus inflammation and infection. An allergist can evaluate the condition and determine if it is being triggered by allergies or something else. ...Read more

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I keep having sinus issues at work due to allergies. What should I do?

I keep having sinus issues at work due to allergies. What should I do?

Allergies: See an allergist for testing and then work with the doctor to find the best possible way to treat the sinus issues with either avoidance, medications or allergy shots. ...Read more

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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?

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?

You should: postpone while you are on this anti-histamine since human pregnancy data are lacking!!!! Would wait for at least one week after taking last dose before you "TTC" again! Hope this is helpful Good Luck! Dr Z ...Read more

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Could allergies go away on their own?

Could allergies go away on their own?

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

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Could allergies go away after a while?

Could allergies go away after a while?

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

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How does someone develop allergy to something?

How does someone develop allergy to something?

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

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Do allergies go away in different environments?

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 more

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Is it possible to lose an allergy to something?

Yes: *75% of people with penicillin allergy lose it after 15 years of avoidance *food allergy to milk, egg, wheat and soy frequently resolves in children *in advanced age (geriatric population) seasonal and year round allergies can improve and potentially resolve. ...Read more

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How can someone develop an allergy to something?

How can  someone develop an allergy to something?

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