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Is It Ok To Bring Cut Flowers In The House If Pollen Might Be A Problem
Pollen is the equivalent of sperm for a plant. It is a genetically active product, seen on flowers usually, which the plants with the assistance of birds, bats and insects as well as the wind, uses to fertilize the egg of the plant to ensure a next generation. It also can be irritating, functioning as an allergen, leading to sneezing ...Read more
I'm allergic to dust and dogs however i've always wanted a puppy of my own. Do you think it would be possible to own a dog if it is hypoallergenic?
I'm very allergic to grass pollen. If i get grass pollen in my nose does the pollen get broken down or is it always a problem until it is washed out?
I was told that putting a drop of milk in the eyes before going to bed would help in cleaning the eyes. Is it true? Would you advise that?
No: Most 'home remedies' will not cause harm but will also have little to no benefit as well. If you are having a problem, it is best to get evaluated by your doctor to determine if something is wrong. ...Read more
Can you be allergic to poison ivy if you are allergic to pollen? I am very allergic to pollen and my friends want to take a camping trip off into the mountains where there is sure to not only be plenty of pollen but also plants like poison ivy. Should i
Poison : Poison ivy and poison oak produce their skin lesions lesion by direct contact with the plant oils found on their leaves. This can occur by brushing the plant or indirect transfer like coming in contact with smoke from burning the plant. You treat these lesions by washing the area thoroughly and applying a topical medication to sooth the itching, such as calamine lotion. Sinus allergies are due to pollen that plants and trees shed during their reproduction process. This pollen cause an allergic reaction within the body when inhaled. Treatment consist of taking antihistamines. ...Read more
Is it true that onions absorb bacteria and if you cut it and put it in a bowl to sit out it will help with the flu and colds?
If you was allergic to a drug and chewed a tablet of it in your mouth but spat it out would you still react to it like with peanuts etc?
Depends: On how sensitive you are to the drug. If you have a known drug allergy you should not chew or swallow any of the drug knowingly. If highly sensitive you may cause your airway to close off leading to death. Check with your md and if necessary carry an epi pen. ...Read more
Would it be ok to purchase a gently used dehumidifier. Rainy season on and my son and I are asthmatic. Is there a natural way to dehumidify?
Yes it's OK: There is no problem with a used dehumidifier. There are not a lot of good ways to "naturally dehumidify". For most asthmatic people, though, it's not the actual humidity that is the problem, but increase in things like dust mites in higher humidity that are the triggers for the asthma. Work on reducing exposures to these things, such as frequent washing of bedding, dusting and vacuuming. ...Read more
We have black mold in our bathroom and a handyman is going to replace the entire shower soon. Is it dangerous to use the bathroom until then?
Would it be ok to purchase a gently used humidifier. Rainy season on and my son and I are asthmatic. Is there a natural way to dehumidify? Low cost
Is regular dirt thats stirred up in the air harmful to inhale because there is silica in it or does it have to be grounded up for it to be harmful?
Clean air only: Particulate matter of any sort in the air can reach the lungs where our bodies must try to get rid of it. Why take a chance on a nosocomial disease? If you must ever be in the presence of particulate laden air (dust, smoke etc) you must wear a proper mask to filter out those impurities so that they don't get into your lungs where they can result in permanent damage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My daughter is allergic to dogs and dander is this the same thing or is it every animal? The cat sleeps with her not sure if this reason for allergies
Is it true that for you to contract any kind of germ/virus it has to be in a warm and moist environment? So if it was raining you won't get anything?
Myths: No this is not in any way true. You may have been misinformed. ...Read more
Probably: Lions and tigers are not commonly available and close contact is best avoided. Allergy would be the least consequence of a close encounter. ...Read more
If you are in a foreign country, the air is bad and you have asthma, what's the best solution at that time to continue with ur trip ?
If a piece of oatmeal gets stuck in a1 1/2 day old bicupid extraction site is it ok to leave it or does it have to be taken out?
Out it comes: If u can't get it out with a WaterPik go back to your Dentist and have him do it. ...Read more