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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 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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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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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