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Is Everyone Allergic To Dust
Dust mite allergy is an abnormal immune response to the typically benign dust mite protein. Dust mites are present in most houses found in the bedding, carpets and fabrics. The dust mite is microscopic but it's droppings and body parts trigger allergic symptoms in sensitized individuals. Symptoms usually include nasal congestion, discharge, sneezing and eye symptoms. It can ...Read more
Dust: poorly defined: Dust is a mixture of many substances. Because it is poorly defined, we have stopped testing for it. House dust mites are tiny insects that live in dust in humid areas, also on beds and furniture. Dust is definitely irritating. If dust contains allergens from pets, pollen, chemicals etc, it can be both allergenic and irritating. ...Read more
Not true: Both indoor and outdoor cats can cause allergies. Sometimes a person can develop tolerance to their own cat's dander, and so not be allergic to their own cat after a while, but allergic to others There are things that can help. Remove other allergens: avoid fragrances in the house and on skin, clean often, avoid carpets and drapes, clean litterbox often. Air filter systems can help too. ...Read more
I want to try Ragwitek for Hay fever as opposed to allergy shots. The problem is that I am allergic to all pollens & dust. Would it help?
Yes and no: Ragwitek is an effective treatment for non severe asthmatics or others but this would only treat ragweed allergies. If this is your worst season then it is an effective treatment for those months but must be started 3 months prior. You would not be treating dust mite or other allergies you have though. If you have symptoms all year, allergy shots are more beneficial for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes possible but not: Yes it is possible and it can happen, you can develop allergy after you are exposed to the animals in some people but it is not universal pet allergies have to be treated seriously by an allergist if you must have the pet because it can make some people especially children very sick with asthma and other respiratory problems you need to confirm allergy to pets and treated with immunotherapy al. ...Read more
Possible to be allergic to the cannabis plant (contact or inhaling allergens while cultivating) but have no allergic reation to ingesting the bud?
THC: Marijuana smoke contains bronchial irritants. Inhalation with marijuana is more prolonged & deeper than with tobacco. Higher combustion temperatures are reached because it is smoked to a shorter butt. This leads to a carboxyhemoglobin concentration that is 5 times higher than tobacco. 3 times more tar is inhaled. Prolonged use of cannabis can lead to airway inflammation& wheezing & cough. ...Read more
KILLING BITING MITES: SORRY, NO "NATURAL" WAY.Get a more detailed answer ›
A little different: House dust is a mixture of stuff that accumulates in your carpets and upholstered furniture - house dust mites (hdm), molds, animal dander, even food particles & pollen. Hdm is an arachnid with 8 legs more closely related to spiders than to insects. Because hdm is the primary allergen in house dust the terms are sometimes inprecisely used interchangeably. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have heavy allergic to seafood. Is it possible to take antihistamine drug as profilaxis to minimize allergic reaction?
Stay away: I will stay way from seafood.Get a more detailed answer ›
Most allergists: Recommend a hepa type filter..Not ionizing type. http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/air-purifiers.htm. ...Read more
What is the best allergy medication for seasonal allergies like pollen, dust, ragweed, hay fever, dogs, cats, hamsters etc?
There are a few: Not one medicine is better than another....Everyone's system is different...Some people get better with allegra..Others with zyrtec..Others with Claritin or even benadryl (diphenhydramine). These are now over-the-counter...Try some and read the labels. If you don't feel better, see a board certified allergist (www.Acaai.Org). Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is treatment for allergic rhinitis going to be effective if the patient is stil exposed to the allergen?
Yes but: If you are talking about medications, they will remain effective but the symptom control will likely be reduced if you are exposed to a highly allergenic allergen. Thus it is not an issue as to whether the drug is effective, but whether the allergen exposure is overwhelming. Allergy shots however often allow people who are allergic to pets to be able to live with the pets they cannot part with. ...Read more
If someone is allergic to cat and dog dander does that mean they are also allergic to rabbit dander? Doctor couldn't find an rabbit test
See an allergists: In general, the treatment of allergic rhinits is three pronged: avoidance, medications and immunotherapy. Avoidance implies getting tested to understand what one is allergic too. Medications include: antihistamines, decongestants and nasal steroids. Immunotherapy is allergy vaccine therapy which, while woking to control you symptoms, is trying to establish a long term modification of one's allergy. ...Read more
See below: Skin prick test is simple, safe and gives results in minutes. It enables one to find out whether you have antibodies that react to a certain allergen (weeds/pollen). Blood tests are also used to measure levels of pollen or weed specific antibodies your body produces. Problem: positive test do not necessarily mean you have pollen/weed allergies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No allergy free dog: There really are no dogs that do not produce allergen. It is a protein that is found in hair and skin scales of all dogs. There may be individual differences in the amount that a dog produces, but you can't rely on a specific breed to produce less allergen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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