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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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Bit by kissing bug a year ago, posion center advised to get tested for chagasdisease. Er people thought I was crazy, who can test for it?

Bit by kissing bug a year ago, posion center advised to get tested for chagasdisease. Er people thought I was crazy, who can test for it?

See Dr...: Either primary care or infectious disease (id). The er is not the place to go when you need specialized testing that takes several days to return a result (as the test you mention does). An id dr can also do a thorough exam and look / test for other problems. ...Read more

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I was recently bitten by a beetle while asleep. Subsequent research leads me to believe it was a "kissing bug". The bite was extremely painful and the reaction (fever, swelling, & pain) continued for a week. I read they can inject a parasite that can

I was recently bitten by a beetle while asleep. Subsequent research leads me to believe it was a "kissing bug". The bite was extremely painful and the reaction (fever, swelling, & pain) continued for a week. I read they can inject a parasite that can

Chagas disease: If you were bitten in north america it is extremely unlikely that you will contract chagas disease. The prevalence of the disease here is just too low. Some will develop an ulcer at the site of the bite. Parasitemia is easily demonstrated with blood smears or pcr. ...Read more

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Can kissing a recently stung person cause a wasp allergy?

Can kissing a recently stung person cause a wasp allergy?

No: The wasp allergy occurs in the person who was stung after venom is released into their body. ...Read more

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Would kissing a recently stung person trigger a wasp allergy?

Would kissing a recently stung person trigger a wasp allergy?

Agree with Dr. Gels.: Venom from sting would not be transmitted from one person to another. ...Read more

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I have a wicked prawn allergy; can I kiss my girlfriend after she has eaten said calamitous crustacean?

I have a wicked prawn allergy; can I kiss my girlfriend after she has eaten said calamitous crustacean?

I wouldn't. : Theoretically if she still has minute pieces in her mouth... It could trigger your "wicked" symptoms. ...Read more

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When does the ragweed allergy season start and end in california?

When does the ragweed allergy season start and end in california?

Don't worry about it: I don't know if anybody has taken it over the rockies. But it is not supposed to be in california. If somebody did take it over then it should still bloom around august 15th. In areas of no frost in southern california, it would behave like in southern florida where it blooms again in the end of april. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have food allergies and want to kiss my gf. What do I do?

What do you suggest if I have food allergies and want to kiss my gf. What do I do?

Find out: Find out what your food allergies are= and ask her if she had any of those foods. Usually it is called oral allergy syndrome, and can be treated with antihistamines such as benadryl (diphenhydramine). You certainly can ask before, rather than finding out afterwards when your lips may get red and swollen. ...Read more

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I wanted to know is it safe to kiss my boyfriend with a peanut allergy after ingesting peanuts the evening before?

I wanted to know is it safe to kiss my boyfriend with a peanut allergy after ingesting peanuts the evening before?

Evenin before: Safe unless you have residual peanuts between your teeth etc. I would avoid exposing him to any peanuts even via kiss if you recently had eaten them. Normally the mouth would be clear of any residual peanuts a day later provided you maintain good oral hygiene ...Read more

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My boyfriend has a peanut allergy, how soon after eating them can I kiss him?

My boyfriend has a peanut allergy, how soon after eating them can I kiss him?

How severe?: Serious peanut allergies can be fatal if not treated promptly with an epipen (epinephrine). No one can answer this question for you without knowing how severe your boyfriend's reaction is. For some people, the smallest contact with peanuts, peanut butter, or any other food containing peanuts can trigger immediate swelling and difficulty breathing. If this is the case, don't eat peanuts around him! ...Read more

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Kissing a girl with food allergies, can that hurt me?

Kissing a girl with food allergies, can that hurt me?

No: This does not transfer to you via kissing. You could, however, place her at risk if she has major reactions to a food you consumed. If your saliva were to contain any peanut residue, and she has a peanut allergy, kissing you could send her into a reaction. ...Read more

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How serious can nut and salmon allergies be? If I have these foods and then brush my teeth, is it possible for me to kiss a guy with these allergies?

How serious can nut and salmon allergies be? If I have these foods and then brush my teeth, is it possible for me to kiss a guy with these allergies?

Food allergies: Some people are extremely sensitive and even being in the same room with these foods can trigger allergic reactions. Talk to, the guy and ask how sensitive he is. But for the most part it would be safe to refrain from eating these food when you are with him. ...Read more

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Ordered sushi, a California, dragon roll & miso soup. Started getting small hives hours later, a food allergy? I'm 6 weeks pregnant. Is the baby ok?

Ordered sushi, a California, dragon roll & miso soup. Started getting small hives hours later, a food allergy? I'm 6 weeks pregnant. Is the baby ok?

Food: Possibly a reaction to food. If your sx's were limited to only hives — it is most likely ok. I don't know the contents of your particular sushi. However, it is recommended that pregnant women don't eat any raw fish. ...Read more

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Is there any cures for mold allergy? I lived in costa rica for two years last month's living there I had bad allergy from molds in the house moist weather so I returned to usa california I am having a hard time to get rid of it my nose is pluged can't br

Is there any cures for mold allergy? I lived in costa rica for two years last month's living there I had bad allergy from molds in the house moist weather so I returned to usa california I am having a hard time to get rid of it my nose is pluged can't br

Nose allergies: Avoidance of allergic triggers is very important. Getting tested to determine what you may be allergic to can help answer this question. Over the counter antihistamines can help to relieve allergy symptoms. Allergen immunotherapy injections can be used to help decrease or at times completely resolve your allergy to environmental allergens such as pollens or molds. ...Read more

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Can over-the-counter medicine work for allergies?

Can over-the-counter medicine work for allergies?

Yes: There are a lot of different OTC antihistamines that help relieve allergy symptoms. In addition, there are a few intranasal steroid sprays that recently went OTC including Nasacort (triamcinolone) and Fluticasone nasal sprays. Saline rinses are also available. ...Read more

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Please tell me what anti-allergy medicine do you recommend?

Please tell me what anti-allergy medicine do you recommend?

Allergy meds: A bunch are available over the counter, allegra, zyrtec and Claritin (loratadine) are all well tolerated, but you did not describe your symptoms, so not sure if they wil work for you. ...Read more

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How long does it take it for allergy medicine to take effect?

How long does it take it for allergy medicine to take effect?

30-60min: Oral antihistamines take anywhere between 30 to 60 minutes to start working. Steroid nasal sprays may take up to 2 weeks, antihistamine nasal sprays take 20 minutes, and other medications can take longer. If your symptoms are bad, you may not notice a significant effect right away from the medications. ...Read more

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How much time should it take for my new allergy medicine to work?

It depends: You don't tell me what your allergic symptoms are nor what medicine you were prescribed. In principle, antihistamines, oral and topical (nasal and ocular) work within 1-2 hours and 15-45 minutes, respectively. Inhaled and oral corticosteroids (cortisone-like) take at least 6 hours to start working, full effect after a few days. ...Read more

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What are the best allergy drugs that are available over the counter?

What are the best allergy drugs that are available over the counter?

3 major ones: Non-sedating are loratidine (claritin), fexofendadine (allegra) and cetirizine (zyrtec). Diphenhydramine is very effective as well but is sedating. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me which is the top cold/allergy medicine for a child?

Can you please tell me which is the top cold/allergy medicine for a child?

AURI RX: We do not give oral rx to a child below 3 years old. You just put saline solution in the nostrils and suction it with bulb syringe. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some medicine for my bad dust allergy?

Can you tell me some medicine for my bad dust allergy?

See an allergist: I assume you mean house dust mites. These are tiny insects that like humidity higher than 50%. They live on bedding, carpeting furniture and are increased also with pets. Removing carpets, buying a dehumidifier to ensure low humidity, encasing pillows and mattresses in mite-proof cases, washing bed linen in hot water strong detergent may help. Allergy medication will help. If not, see an allergist. ...Read more

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Does allergy medicine cause the bc pill to lose effect?

Does allergy medicine cause the bc pill to lose effect?

No: Antihistamines and decongestants should not affect the efficacy of oral contraceptives (bcps). ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter allergy medicine to use?

What is the best over-the-counter allergy medicine to use?

Allergy medications: Unfortunately there is no "best" brand. Different patients respond better to one medication than to another. Loratadine, diphenhydramine, fexofenadine and certrizine are all effective. ...Read more