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Why are fall allergies so bad?

Why are fall allergies so bad?

Ragweed & Mold: Allergy problems are often worse in the fall because of weed pollen such as ragweed. In addition, mold is worse in the fall because decaying plant material such as all summer's grass clipping and falling leaves. Ragweed is a potent allergen for those who are allergic to it and can cause fairly severe symptoms. The combo of weed pollen and mold is a double whammy. ...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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What can I do to make my allergies not as bad?

What can I do to make my allergies not as bad?

Many things: The most important treatment for allergies is to avoid the trigger if possible. Second line treatment is medications--there are both over the counter and prescription medications that can help. For environmental allergies and asthma triggered by allergies, allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots) are the most effective long term treatment currently available. They are inconvenient, but worth it! ...Read more

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What should you do when your allergies are really bad?

What should you do when your allergies are really bad?

See an allergist: See a board certified allergist, they can test you to find your triggers and come up with a comprehensive treatment plan to control your allergies. ...Read more

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I don't have any allergies but my dog sleeps on my bed. Is it bad?

I don't have any allergies but my dog sleeps on my bed. Is it bad?

No: If you aren't bothered by it in terms of allergy or sleep cycle then it's just a personal choice. ...Read more

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Allergy symptoms coming and going; should I take meds only on bad days?

Allergy symptoms coming and going; should I take meds only on bad days?

Depends on frequency: Since it is extremely difficult to predict when you will have exposure to things to which you are allergic, if your symptoms are fairly frequent, I would recommend taking medications daily. If they are somewhat rare, like once a month or once a week, you may take medication only on days you have symptoms and do fairly well. Your doctor or allergist can recommend meds for your situation. ...Read more

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I am suffering badly with allergies even though I take zertex every day?

I am suffering badly with allergies even though I take zertex every day?

What r ur symptoms?: Are they skin or respiratory symptoms? Need to be more specific, also zertex, (I believe you meant 'zyrtec') isn't meant to be a panacea for all allergy problems, if you used it and still suffering, then you need professional help, kindly see your primary doctor who may refer you to an allergist. Check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, also for some patient education materials ...Read more

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If my allergies are really bad, do I need to worry about overdosing on allergy meds?

If my allergies are really bad, do I need to worry about overdosing on allergy meds?

No: If taken as prescribed, you should not have issues at all. Most allergy meds are anti-histamines. .. An over-dosage is just going to cause disruptions in alertness, dry mouth, etc. But if your allergy meds aren't working... See out an ENT who does allergy or an allergist. You may be a candidate for immunotherapy - you may get to the point you could stop taking meds all together. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my neighbors schnauzers cause my allergies to get really bad?

What do you suggest if my neighbors schnauzers cause my allergies to get really bad?

Hard To Say: More information would be helpful. The best treatment is avoidance, but if you are not taking a medication for allergies, pre-medicating with an OTC antihistamine like Allegra (fexofenadine) or Zyrtec could help. Don't touch the dogs if you can help it. See an allergist and they can help you explore other therapies including immunotherapy to desensitize you to dog. ...Read more

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Every time I eat garlic I have a bad reaction in my body!? How could I have this allergy?

Every time I eat garlic I have a bad reaction in my body!? How could I have this allergy?

Garlic: You do not specifiy the type of the reaction you develop, so I am not sure if I would classify it as an allergy, can you be more specific? ...Read more

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Allergies have gotten so bad that I now need my enhaler several times a day. I am a very in shape person. Any sugrestions? Allergy med aren't working

Allergies have gotten so bad that I now need my enhaler several times a day. I am a very in shape person. Any sugrestions? Allergy med aren't working

Asthma: Your allergies are triggering your asthma, you need to see an allergist asap to control them and stabilize your asthma. There are several options available for individuals with your case, find an allergist in your area. ...Read more

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Difference Between Allergies and Cold I have mild allergies, and it started out mild this year, but two days ago it got 2x worse. Cold Or bad Allergy?

Infection/reaction: A cold is typically due to a viral infection, which has to run its course. Allergies are your body's natural reaction to airborne particles, such as pollen. Can be controlled with some allergy medication that can be obtained over the counter. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What should I do if I have really bad allergies.?

See an allergist: An allergist is uniquely qualified and highly trained to diagnose and treat allergies in all age groups. There is no need to suffer or try multiple over the counter medications. See a board-certified allergist. Go to the american college of allergy, asthma ; immunology page and "find an allergist": http://www. Acaai. Org/allergist/pages/default. Aspx. ...Read more

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If you have bad allergies how often should you be checked?

If you have bad allergies how often should you be checked?

Depends: As an adult if you have severe food allergies, you might want to be checked every year or so. For pollen allergies, you only need retesting if you have moved to a new region. ...Read more

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Bad throat for 4 months. Is this allergy or something else?

Bad throat for 4 months. Is this allergy or something else?

Can't tell but...: Can't tell without a better history and direct examination. Ask your doctor to take a look. ...Read more

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What is a class 3 allergy?

What is a class 3 allergy?

Moderate RAST result: Dr. Shulan is correct: type 3 immune reactions involve igg & antigen. "class 3 allergy" may also refer to rast, a blood test for detecting ige against antigen. For convenience labs define from 5 to 7 levels. Class 2 is often borderline & class 3 low positive. But positive is positive. There is little significant difference between class 3 & class 6. Photo: dr & dr ishizaka, discoverers of ige. ...Read more

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How to stop bad horse allergies?

How to stop bad horse allergies?

Avoidance: Like any pet allergy, if one is having significant allergy symptoms then consideration should be given to getting away from the pet. For horse allergy, a patient should be evaluated for other allergens as well include molds, pollens and rodent allergy to make sure all base are covered. In general, antihisltamines and inhaled steroids for nasal and chest problems. Not alot of data on immunotherapy. ...Read more

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I have very bad allergies, what to do?

I have very bad allergies, what to do?

Broad Answer: This is a very broad question and the answer will depend upon what you mean by "allergies". If you suspect you have allergy you should see your pcp for guidance. If that is not helpful or their suggestions are not providing relief then consider seeing a board certified allergist for their opinion. ...Read more

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How can I stop my really bad allergies?

How can I stop my really bad allergies?

Bad Allergies: Most nasal or eye allergies that do not respond to anti-histamines, nasal steroids or leukotriene antagonists can be sucessfully managed with allergy shots. Allergists are trained to skin test and formulate effective allergy shots. Some ENT training programs are also teaching this to their residents. Most allergy shot treatments involve twice per month in-office allergy shots for 3 or more years. ...Read more

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How should one take care of bad allergies?

How should one take care of bad allergies?

See Allergist: Allergies can be severe and really affect quality of life. For those with severe allergies, the advice from a board-certified allergist can be invaluable. Allergist are specifically trained and highly qualified to diagnose and treat allergies. Don't waste time on over-the-counter medications, "natural" therapies, and avoid injections of steroids (kenalog). Seek the advice of a specialist! ...Read more