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Is There An Allergy Shot
An allergy is an exagerated immune responce to a typically benign trigger. You can have allergic responces to many things like pollens, animal dander, foods, medications, among other things. Symptoms may be bothersome, but benign, or can be fatal. Not all reactions to exposures are allergies and if you think you may be allergic , i recommend being evaluated by ...Read more
Absolutely: Almonds are on of several tree nuts including, among others, walnuts, pecans, cashews and pistachios. Tree nuts, like peanuts, are among the 8 most allergenic foods. The can trigger anaphylactic reactions. If you think you or some one you care for has had an allergic reaction to almonds, or other foods, I recommend you get it evaluated by a board certified allergist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: It really depends on the condition being treated. In general terms, cortisone injections relieve inflammation and pain. Other modalities that can sometimes achieve this are: ice, oral medications such as Ibuprofen or steroids, rest, and splinting. Physical or occupational therapy can also sometimes be helpful for musculoskeletal conditions and there is always surgery too. ...Read more
No: Eczema is diagnosed by examining the patient and taking a history. Allergy prick testing may be helpful in treating eczema, but is not necessary. Allergy testing by skin prick or blood test always needs to be interpreted with careful attention to the patient's history and symptoms. For example some patients may test mildly positive for milk allergy, but can drink milk every day without problem. ...Read more
What kind?: I have not seen an allergic reaction to Shingles vaccine yet. Is this anything more than a large local reaction? Does it itch? If it is just a local reaction, ice pack and NSAID would likely help. At times , a short course of cortisone may be needed. However since the type of reaction is unknown, this is at best a guess. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No fever: Allergy is not associated with fever and is not catchy. It may be associated with itching and often responds to antihistamine. In a cold, you tend to get very tired, achy, and feverish. Most colds go away in about a week but allergic diseases will usually linger much longer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I suspect an allergy to Benadryl (diphenhydramine) altho it's rare. Is there a test for this type of allergy to confirm? I get hives.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Meds or Shots: If allergies are casuing repeated episodes of sinusitis... Get the allergies treated with antihistamines or nasal steroids. Immunotherapy (shots) may also be very beneficial in treating allergies which may reduce the number of sinus infections you get. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Has anyone become immuned to having a shellfish allergy after doing allergy shots? Is that treatment available?
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