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Doctor insights on: Is Gender A Factor In Allergic Rhinitis

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Dr. John Chiu
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Rhinitis (Definition)

This is a symptomatic disorder of the nose characterized by inflamed nasal mucosa. Groupings of rhinitis exist triggered by infection, allergy, non-allergic triggers/exposure, meds, immune disorder, and/or structural problems in the nose. Symptoms can include itching, sneezing, congestion, watery/mucoid drainage, post-nasal drainage with sore throat, ear ...Read more


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What is an allergic fungal sinusitis in a child?

What is an allergic fungal sinusitis in a child?

Allergic fungal inf: Answer: extremely unusual. It is actually not clear to me what this means. Children can get fungal diseases, just like adults, but nowhere near as often. More likely in disease states like cystic fibrosis, immune deficiency, leukemia, etc. There is one particular fungal condition, "aspergillosis", common in asthmatics and can also cause sinus infection, which has "allergic" in its title. ...Read more

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Can stress (or anything other than the allergen) be a factor in the frequency or severity of a dust mite allergic reaction?

Can stress (or anything other than the allergen) be a factor in the frequency or severity of a dust mite allergic reaction?

Stress worsens: Our bodies are so complex, and we really only understand a fraction of how our bodies' systems interact with our environment. In general, chronic ongoing stress seems to worsen many illness. So yes, i'm sure stress has the potential to worsen allergy. It's good to make a concerted effort to lessen overall stress. See stress reduction techniques on health tap. ...Read more

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Is method of administration a factor in drug allergy?

Is method of administration a factor in drug allergy?

Oral vs iv: In some patients with allergy to drugs, giving orally might not trigger and allergic reacton, while givne intravenously it does. This has been reported with amoxicillin. It appears that concetration is importnat, and in some case, metabolism. Without challenging, it is not easy to predict a reaction in a particlar individual. Safest is always to avoid the drug entirely. ...Read more

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Is Allergic Rhinitis the same as a common cold?

Is Allergic Rhinitis the same as a common cold?

Same symptoms: but causes are different, common cold is due to viruses while allergic rhinitis is an inflammation in the internal lining of the nasal cavities due to specific allergens, e.g. pollens, both conditions can be treated by same medications, allergic rhinitis selected cases can receive immunotherapy against those specific allergens determined by the treating allergist ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as perennial allergic rhinitis?

Is there such a thing as perennial allergic rhinitis?

YES: Perennial means that the condition stays most of the year, as opposed to seasonal. Examples of perennial allergic rhintis are those associated to exposure to dust and molds. These are usually indoor and difficult to get rid of. ...Read more

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Is watermelon a common trigger for allergies?

Is watermelon a common trigger for allergies?

Possibly: There is something called oral allergy syndrome, where people who are allergic to ragweed, cannot eat the melon family. They get itching in the mouth and ears, and sometimes swelling. This occurs in people who are allergic to birch trees, and eat hazelnuts, or some fruits such as apple, plums, and nectarines. ...Read more

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What is the cause of environmental allergies in young children?

What is the cause of environmental allergies in young children?

Air-borne allergies: Environmental allergies affect your respiratory system including the nose, sinuses, eyes and if severe, the lung. Thus, symptoms are nasal congestion, sinus pressure, teary and itchy eyes, cough, wheezing, physical activity limitation and difficulty breathing if you have asthma. ...Read more

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Why is xyzal (levocetirizine) given to a patient with systemic viral infection?..It is because of a possibility of having an allergy caused by the virus itself?

Why is xyzal (levocetirizine) given to a patient with systemic viral infection?..It is because of a possibility of having an allergy caused by the virus itself?

Not sure: Usually xyzal, (levocetirizine) or levoceterizine, is reserved for allergic problems. It it not typically used for uri's (colds). But some people have rashes/hives associated with uris and this can be helpful. Sometimes it is recommended for the nasal symptoms, but efficacy can be variable. But yes, you can have allergic reactions triggered by infections. ...Read more

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What is a clotting factor deficiency in a child?

What is a clotting factor deficiency in a child?

Depends on which : Factor. There are about a dozen clotting factors and any of those could be deficient. Some are serious others not so much. It is not feasible to provide specific suggestion from the information provided. ...Read more

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Is there any consensus in the cause of chronic sinusitis being related to molds as a 1990's study showed ? I have a postnasal drip 24/7.

Allergies: So there is a good consensus at this time that chronic sinusitis is caused by inflammation of the lining of the nose and sinuses that often leads to sinus infections with bacterial build-up. This inflammation can be caused be anything that inflames the nasal and sinus mucosa, like allergies to mold, dust, animal dander etc., smoking, toxic fumes, viral illnesses, inhaled drugs, and others. ...Read more

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What causes an egg allergy to appear in a healthy male?

What causes an egg allergy to appear in a healthy male?

No one knows: No ones the exact causes of allergies yet and why some get certain ones and others don't. ...Read more

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Is montilukast usually prescribed for non allergic rhinitis? does it work?or is it just for allergic types of rhinitis?

Is montilukast usually prescribed for non allergic rhinitis? does it work?or is it just for allergic types of rhinitis?

Anti inflammatory: Montelukast is a leukotreine inhibitor, one of many mediators for chronic inflammation, Rhinitis in general denotes inflammation, whether is it of allergic origin doesn't matter, that's why Montelukast is helpful too with asthma of any type and exercise induced asthma (a non-allergic condition), ...Read more

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Is it true that genetics play a role in an individual's drug or alcohol addiction?

Is it true that genetics play a role in an individual's drug or alcohol addiction?

Unfortunately, yes: Family history is an iimportant risk for developing drug and alcohol addiction. There is something about the brain that one is given, that makes one more susceptible to taking drugs or alcohol.....And those people who are vulnerable, get something extra, that most others do not get from taking drugs or alcohol, which unfortunately encourages the person to take more and more, leading to problems. ...Read more

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Is there a certain type of dog that would'nt effect my teen sons allergies?

Is there a certain type of dog that would'nt effect my teen sons allergies?

Less effect: Dogs less likely to cause reactions include poodles, wheaton terriers, portugese water dog, others. ...Read more

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How important antigen testing is in HSP in finding causative agent when it occurs in house wife with no obvious cause at home env.?

How important antigen testing is in HSP in finding causative agent  when it occurs in house wife with no obvious cause at home env.?

HSP: Some cases of hsp have been linked to vaccinations for typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, measles, or hepatitis b; foods, drugs, chemicals, and insect bites. Some experts also say that hsp is associated with the colder weather of fall and winter. ...Read more

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How common is an elevated lupus anticoagulant level in a 4 year old girl?

How common is an elevated lupus anticoagulant level in a 4 year old girl?

Not common, but can.: It can occur. However, it would be much rarer for your four year old to have sle. Antiphospholipid syndrome can occur by itself, or with other conditions. ...Read more

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Thyroid cancer and heredity? How much does heredity play a part in getting thyroid cancer? Is it different if the relative who had it is a cousin vs. A mother or an aunt? What about an identical twin?

Thyroid cancer and heredity? How much does heredity play a part in getting thyroid cancer? Is it different if the relative who had it is a cousin vs. A mother or an aunt? What about an identical twin?

A little bit: Authorities think about 5% of patients with thyroid cancer may have a hereditary component. We can't identify the genes yet, and go by "clusters. In general, the closer the relative, the more likely you will have thyroid cancer, assuming that this has an hereditary component. But most dont. ...Read more

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