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What exactly are environmental allergies?

What exactly are environmental allergies?

See below: Allergies to things in our environment. Such as; pets, trees, flowers, dust, molds, grasses, etc. ...Read more

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 sort of disorder is environmental allergies?

What sort of disorder is environmental allergies?

Allergies: Environmental allergies are your body’s response to substances you inhale at your home, school or workplace. They can be caused by dust, animal dander, mold spores or mildew, or feathers or other agents. They can also be substances that come in contact with your skin that cause rashes. ...Read more

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What symptoms can environmental allergies manifest?

What symptoms can environmental allergies manifest?

See below: Common symptoms are runny nose, sneezing, watery and itchy eyes. You may also have a cough and sore throat. ...Read more

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What are common environmental allergies in the home?

What are common environmental allergies in the home?

Pets dust mites mold: Indoor environmental allergens include pet dander, dust mites, cockroaches and molds. Most people are more allergic to cats than dogs. Dust mites live in mattresses, pillows, bedding, and carpet. The more humid the environment, the more dust mites. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how to cope with environmental allergies?

I'm wondering how to cope with environmental allergies?

See an Allergists: The first step is to understand what your symptoms are and what you are allergic to. Once that is accomplished then implementation of environmental controls accompanied by using various oral or inhaled medications should be helpful. If not then allergy vaccine therapy may be needed. The medications that may be recommended include antihistamines, nasal steroids, or leukotriene blockers. ...Read more

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Are there fewer environmental allergies in the southern states?

Are there fewer environmental allergies in the southern states?

Nope: There are just different environmental allergens in different parts of the country, but there are really no places where there are less allergens. That is a gross misnomer that has been readily debunked. ...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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What is the definition or description of: environmental allergies?

What is the definition or description of: environmental allergies?

Environmental: Environmental allergies are allergies to items in one's environment. For example this includes pollen, dust, dust mite and animal dander. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I take a child with environmental allergies outside?

Is it possible that I take a child with environmental allergies outside?

That's the goal: Depending on what your child is allergic to and how well his allergies are treated. The goal of treatment is to let him do things that he would not otherwise can't. During winter time like right now, there are not many allergens outside so it is probably fine to let him go outside. If he has asthma, cold air can exacerbate his symptoms. We allergist are specialized in treating those conditions. ...Read more

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A friend was just diagnosed with environmental allergies, is that a serious condition?

A friend was just diagnosed with environmental allergies, is that a serious condition?

Depends on meaning: And meaning depends on who made the diagnosis. As an allergist when I say that someone has environmental allergies I mean that things like house dust mite, plant pollens, animal dander & mold spores are triggering symptoms of allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis, asthma & sometimes eczema & hives. These are common medical conditions that while sometimes serious are rarely life-threatening. ...Read more

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Can there be some natural ways to be able to cure or to control environmental allergies?

Can there be some natural ways to be able to cure or to control environmental allergies?

Yes: Allergen specific immunotherapy or commonly known as allergy shot is as natural as it can be to treat environmental allergies. It is not medication. It is an immune modulator method to desensitize patients to allergens that they are allergic to and induces tolerance to the environment. There are no herbal medications to treat allergies effectively. ...Read more

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I have severe environmental allergies, I have tried regular allergy medications and the allergy meds with the D. Nothing is working. Any suggestions?

I have severe environmental allergies, I have tried regular allergy medications and the allergy meds with the D. Nothing is working. Any suggestions?

Try nasal sprays: Despite so many medications over the counter, sometimes allergies are so strong they blow right through them. And exposure may be unavoidable, such as outdoor pollen, or pets in homes. Contact an allergist who can identify which allergies are bothering you and can list the ways to control symptoms. There's no reason to be miserable! ...Read more

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Are there treatment guidelines for environmental allergies?

Are there treatment guidelines for environmental allergies?

Yes: The major physician allergy organizations in the US, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology) sponsor practice parameters one of which is "the diagnosis and management of rhinitis: an updated practice parameter" available online at the jcaai. Org. You can also find an allergist at either aaaai. Org or acaai. Org. ...Read more

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Environmental allergies affecting only left sinus cavities, why is this?

Environmental allergies affecting only left sinus cavities, why is this?

Anatomy: Allergies cause swelling of the tissues that line the nose and sinuses. Swelling of the nasal tissues cause the drainage openings of the sinus to constrict. Once they constrict completely, mucous from the sinus cannot drain. If one side of the nose is shifted (think deviated septum) then that side constricts before the other. Try to shrink the tissues with antihistamines and, my fave, neilmed. ...Read more

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Is there a single medication I can take to get rid of all environmental allergies?

Is there a single medication I can take to get rid of all environmental allergies?

Allergy med: There is no medication to get rid of allergies. Antihistamines can reduce symptoms as can prescription nasal sprays. Allergy immunotherapy shots can reduce symptoms a great deal as well in many patients. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with seasonal/environmental allergies. For years, it was well controlled with chlorpheniramine. The allergies are bad now but the symptoms are constant. What should I do?

Several Options: If one is having increased seasonal allergy symptoms and otc meds are not helpful see your pcp. In general the treatment for allergy symptoms include avoidance, medications (antihistamines and nasal steroids/antihistmines) and allergy vaccines. If your pcp can't help or one's symptoms are that severe they should might suggest a visit to an allergist. ...Read more

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Is the scratch test for environmental allergies accurate and useful?

Is the scratch test for environmental allergies accurate and useful?

Incredibly: Skin prick testing is the most accurate way to test for environmental allergies. Blood testing is the 2nd most accurate although a far cry from skin testing. All other non-approved forms of testing............Well, I simply state, "let the buyer beware! " there is a reason insurance doesn't cover the non-approved methods... ...Read more

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Can antihistamines be a good strategy for managing environmental allergies?

Can antihistamines be a good strategy for managing environmental allergies?

It's a start: It's a start. Usually not completely sufficient. Seeing an allergist and coming up with the best plan together is your best option. Other home remedies are avoidance of known triggers, no pets on bed or in bedroom, washing floors and sheets more frequently, salt water washes. See an allergist. ...Read more

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Is there an association between environmental allergies and joint pain?

Is there an association between environmental allergies and joint pain?

Rheumatism: A controversial area. Some individuals reports more rheumatism or muscle pain when exposed to food intolerances or environmental solvents or other vapors. There is not a lot of scientific studies to confirm this but in my 40 years of practice I often belive my patients. ...Read more

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I Hurd that bee pollen, and natural honey is good for "Allergies". I have severe environmental allergies not to bees would it work.?

I Hurd that bee pollen, and natural honey is good for "Allergies". I have severe environmental allergies not to bees would it work.?

Bee pollen: The thought is that the local honey will contain properties that can help make you less allergic to plants and trees in your local area ...Read more

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What are safe or effective treatments for a chronic sinusitis sufferer who has bad environmental allergies? It's making me kind of miserable.

What are safe or effective treatments for a chronic sinusitis sufferer who has bad environmental allergies? It's making me kind of miserable.

Steroid nasal spray: Steroid nasal sprays can be helpful in controlling environmental allergies. Also doing saline rinses like the Neti-Pot can be helpful in keeping the nasal passages clean and patent ...Read more

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Can bad environmental allergies cause you to snore? I'm on shots but can't get to maintenance due to reactions. I take meds/sprays but still snore.

Can bad environmental allergies cause you to snore? I'm on shots but can't get to maintenance due to reactions. I take meds/sprays but still snore.

Yes: It they cause nasal blockage. Have you been placed on a nasal steroid and antihistamine combination? How about leukotriene modifier? ...Read more

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Could people with environmental allergies drink barley grass juice?

Depends: Allergies whether they be food or environmental in origin are rather specific to the person. Anyone with environmental allergies may also be allergic to barley. Before I would clear it for use, I would want some idea of past reactions during use or a food allergy test. ...Read more

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My left ear feels clogged/full and then becomes painful. Could it be from environmental allergies?

My left ear feels clogged/full and then becomes painful. Could it be from environmental allergies?

Maybe: Ear congestion and popping can result from nasal congestion from nasal allergies. If the symptoms are intermittent and involve either ear intermnittently, that may be the case. See your doctor to rule out an ear infection and then start a steroid nasal spray to improve your nasal congestion and minimize your ear symptoms. ...Read more

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My son constantly sneezes and blows his nose. He has environmental allergies and cat allergy but he is only on Claritin (loratadine) 24 10 mg. He weighs 143 lbs.?

My son constantly sneezes and blows his nose. He has environmental allergies and cat allergy but he is only on Claritin (loratadine) 24 10 mg. He weighs 143 lbs.?

A couple of choices: You could change his antihistamine to zyrtec/cetirizine - instead of Claritin - as some people respond differently to each type. Addition of singulair (montelukast) by your physician is also worth considering. Depending on his age, inhaled nasal steroids may be of value, but are not typically used in children. ...Read more

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Can environmental allergies (food, pollen, dust mites, contrast dye, penicillin) cause a high positive ANA?

Can environmental allergies (food, pollen, dust mites, contrast dye, penicillin) cause a high positive ANA?

I have seen this: While the +ANA is suggestive of SLE there can be other causes - other connective tissue disease, autoimmune thyroid disease, auto immune hepatitis to name some. I have seen a lot of people with + ANAs who only have as another problem a history of allergic reactions and I am convinced that thee allergic reactions can cause a + ANA. Everyone can have very low titters (amount) of ANA. ...Read more

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I have rhinitis. No environmental allergies No deviated septum. No sleep apnea. Normal weight. Want to stop snoring Allegra (fexofenadine) helps. Need long term soln?

I have rhinitis. No environmental allergies No deviated septum. No sleep apnea. Normal weight. Want to stop snoring Allegra (fexofenadine) helps. Need long term soln?

Suggestions: Have you tried an inhaled nasal steroid for the rhinitis? Your dentist can make you a mouth guard that may help with your snoring. There are also surgical procedures. You may want to see an ENT if you haven't already. ...Read more

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My baby is 9 months old and for weeks has watery, red eyes snotty nose. Can he have environmental allergies or animal allergies at that age?

Allergies: Most definitely. If he sleeps with stuffed animals that could be a cause or a down pillow or wool blankets. There are many other allergens he might be exposed to in his bedroom. See an allergist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Swollen, puffy eyes, eustachian tube dysfunction, and sinus problems/infections. Test for environmental allergies negative. What next?

Swollen, puffy eyes, eustachian tube dysfunction, and sinus problems/infections. Test for environmental allergies negative. What next?

Several choices: You may try some over
counter meds, watch if
you are on rx meds.
You can massage or
short sun treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Corey Clay
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Environmental Allergies (Definition)

Environmental allergies are allergies to items in one's environment. For example this includes pollen, dust, dust ...Read more