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Doctor insights on: Indoor Allergens

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Indoor Air Pollution (Definition)

Indoor air pollution is the introduction of chemicals inside in a confined space. These chemicals include cigarette ...Read more


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What are the best OTC meds for 1.indoor and 2.outdoor allergies?How does these meds work differently(on diff. allergens) from each other?

Allergies: Your Body responds to allergens the same way whether they are indoor allergens or outside allergens by releasing Histamines and Leukitrines . To treat these allergic responses , doctors prescribe Antihistamines Such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) ( sedating ) Alkegra or Zyrtic or Claritin ( non sedating ) . Leukotrine inhibitors such as Singulair . To maximize allergy treatment , we can add topical nasal steroids . ...Read more

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What is an allergen?

What is an allergen?

Many things: Anything that causes an allergic reaction, usually an ige mediated reaction. Spring pollen allergens are tree pollens and molds. Summer is mostly grass and mold. Fall is ragweed, other weeds, and mold. Year round allergens in the house are dust mites, pet danders, and , wait for it, mold. Common food allergens are peanut, shellfish, nuts, wheat, and others. ...Read more

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What are common food allergens?

What are common food allergens?

Eight foods : Milk eggs peanuts tree nuts such as almonds, cashews, walnuts. Fish (such as bass, cod, flounder) shellfish (such as crab, lobster, shrimp) soy wheat the eight foods included in food allergy labeling account for an estimated 90 percent of allergic reactions. ...Read more

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What are common plant allergens?

Ragweed: Ragweed, mulberry, sage grasses are some of the more common plant allergens. ...Read more

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Do nachos contain any allergens?

Do nachos contain any allergens?

Yes: If your nachos contain chips (wheat) or cheese (dairy) these are very common food allergens. The other common food allergens are egg, peanut, soy, nuts, fish and shellfish. However, any food can potentially trigger a food allergic reaction. ...Read more

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Are there allergens in chocolate?

Are there allergens in chocolate?

Milk and nuts: Patients can become allergic to chocolate. Also, besides peanut, milk and tree nuts are often added to chocolate candies. ...Read more

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How do allergens affect the body?

How do allergens affect the body?

Depends on what kind: Respiratory allergens attach to eosinophils, mast cells or other cells and cause allergy symptoms; oral allergens get absorbed and bind to mast cells and cause allergy symptoms - just to give you an idea. ...Read more

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What are the major food allergens?

8 foods/ food groups: The major food allergens are milk, egg, wheat, soy, peanut, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. These are responsible for roughly 95% of food allergies. ...Read more

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Can exposing yourself to an allergen help?

Depends how: The route of exposure, among other factors (including genetics) determines whether an individual becomes allergic or tolerant of an allergen. Once allergic, for over 100 yrs, it has been known that bypassing respiratory mucous membranes by giving allergy shots leads to tolerance; similarly, new ways of food desensitization involve gradually eating the food in measured amounts. ...Read more

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I need help managing my nuts and legume allergen?

Avoidance: Of whatever causing you symptoms is the key for now, keep an antihistamine handy in case of accidental exposure, till you manage to see an allergist if you have access to one , good luck ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: allergen?

What is the definition or description of: allergen?

Cause for allergy: A substance that can cause an allergic reaction. Common allergens include ragweed pollen, animal dander, and mold. ...Read more

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How can I keep the air in my car clear of allergens?

How can I keep the air in my car clear of allergens?

HEPA: Is a type of air filter. Meeting the hepa standard have many applications, including use in medical facilities, automobiles, aircraft, and homes. The filter must satisfy certain standards of efficiency such as those set by the United States department of energy .To qualify as hepa by us government standards, an air filter must remove 99.97% of all particles greater than 0.3 micrometre ...Read more

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What is does it mean for something to be an allergen?

Triggers allergies: An allergen is any substance, usually a protein but occasionally a carbohydrate, drug or metal, that upon entering the body is perceived by the immune system as being foreign. If the immune reaction results in immediate hypersensitivity like asthma or anaphylaxis or contact dermatitis like poison ivy or poison oak then that foreign substance has acted like an allergen. ...Read more

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How can I find information about allergens in my food?

How can I find information about allergens in my food?

Elimination diet: Try an elimination diet. You'll remove suspected allergens like wheat or dairy for a week, if symptoms improve, try reintroducing them one at a time in 2-3 day intervals. If you react negatively to a food, you may have a sensitivity to that food type. You can also see a provider for "rast" blood testing. ...Read more

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Does contact with allergens cause immediate reactions?

Yes if allergic: The hallmark of allergy is an almost immediate reaction to substances to which you are allergic. If you are not allergic nothing happens. ...Read more

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What determines the degree of response your body mounts to an allergen?

What determines the degree of response your body mounts to an allergen?

Genes ; environment: Whether you would become allergic or not is highly dependent on your genetic makeup and your exposure to the environment. In atopic dermatitis, one often finds gene mutations which lead to a permeable skin surface thereby allowing water to escape and allergens to enter through the skin and sensitize you the susceptibility of one's organ also determines what disease one may suffer. ...Read more

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Are allergic tests for cats definitive? Will the test be done for all for major allergens known in cats?

Depends: There are two materials used for cat allergy testing - hair & skin. Both contain the major cat allergen. Cat skin contains other allergens - especially cat Albumin - not present in cat hair - that sometimes cause allergic symptoms. So if you were tested only with cat hair perhaps you could be retested with cat skin (aka cat epidermal or cat dander). ...Read more

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Allergen (Definition)

A substance that can cause an allergic reaction. Common allergens include ragweed pollen, ...Read more


Gritty Or Scratchy Eyes, Made Worse By Exposure To Allergens (Definition)

Gritty or scratchy eyes, made worse by exposure to allergens ...Read more