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Medicine For California Kissing Bug Allergy
I am not 100% sure but I think I was bitten by a "kissing" bug. What are chances of Chagas' disease? I live in Louisiana.
Chagas : Not enough known to give accurate predictions. Chagas is rare in the U.S. So probability has to be low. ...Read more
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
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?
How can you tell if you've been bitten by a kissing bug? What's the difference between a kissing bug bite and a mosquito bite (appearance, sensation)?
R U Kidding: YOU cannot unless you catch the bug ...Read more
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
No: The wasp allergy occurs in the person who was stung after venom is released into their body. ...Read more
Agree with Dr. Gels.: Venom from sting would not be transmitted from one person to another. ...Read more
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
I have gluten allergy, can kissing someone who ate gluten get me sick as a form of cross contamination?
No: Will not get you sick. Thank you for the question. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
To an allergist: question about raisin allergy I had a severe reaction to raisins (unprocessed) I ate while on vacation in the dominican republic but the processed raisins from california never caused a problem. Why did one type of raisin cause urticaria
Raisins : Raisins are not a natural product. What is meant by unprocessed? How did they make the grapes into raisins? There-in likely is the answer. ...Read more
If there's no history of fish or seafood allergy on either parents families, how worried do I need 2 be holding or kissing my 3 month old after meals?
No need to worry: About kissing baby.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have peanut allergy. Do I need to limit my dating partners to those who NEVER eat peanuts? Can enough peanut protein be transferred through kissing?
Peanut allergy: This would depend on how allergic you are. Ask the Dr who tested you. ...Read more
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?
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
No specific type: Biting insects do not necessarily target people with allergies. ...Read more
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
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
Allergy: Ask your pharmacist what he recommends or see your doctor. ...Read more
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
No: Antihistamines and decongestants should not affect the efficacy of oral contraceptives (bcps). ...Read more