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Medicine For Sea Omega Allergy
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
Is it common to have skin reaction to certain supplements? Using Nordic Naturals brand of omegas and think causing skin allergy how2 know 4sure?
Stop taking them: The only way to tell is to stop taking the supplement for at least 2 weeks. If the skin reaction subsided, that'd be the clue. If you want to be double-sure, try the supplement again to see if the skin reaction returns. ...Read more
Fish allergy looking for a reliable source of Omega-3 and/or a safe brand to take. Afraid to a reaction to an unreliable brand.
Omega 3: Try a non fish source.What indication are you relying on as there is no data to support such supplementation in healthy adults ...Read more
Hi,My father has severe allergies eating seafood especially fish.Should he take omega 3 fatty acid as a supplement or would that also trigger allergy.
No: It is not a problem for someone with an iodiine allergy to swim in the ocean, . ...Read more
I never had allergies before, however, as i grew up, i started to get allergic reactions against sea food such a raw shrimp, is this normal?
Possible: Though i would hesitate to say normal, I do believe that you can develop a sensitivity to a given substance (allergen) over a period of time such that the first few times that you are exposed to the substance nothing happens but one day your immune system has the right cues to recognize it as a foreign substance and will try to eliminate it by mounting an allergic response. Histamine releases etc. ...Read more
I don't eat any kind of sea food (fish, ...)what should I take to compense my body' needs like omega 3 or vitamins ? And is that necessary for brain ?
Omega 3 fats: Omega 3 fats are essential for humans because we cannot make them -- they must come from our diets or supplements. They are highly concentrated in brain, and needed for its optimal function . You can take fish oil supplements -- at least 1-2 grams/day of epa and 500mg/day of dha (major omega 3 components in fish oil). There are also plant-based forms. http://tinyurl.com/ne78c3l. ...Read more
Can I do a test for omega 3 in my body , i mean in blood test. And how much wants the fish oil to compense my needs if i don't eat any sea food ?
No need: Omegas have been recently discredited as cardiovascular protectors. A large study completed this year by the nih found no improvement in outcomes. So the demographic data that has indicated beneficial results of seafood consumption still applies; so eat ocean fish, not omegas. ...Read more
Yes: I presume you must be referring to dry, itchy skin that occurs in winter also called the winter itch. It is not an allergy but caused by drying of the skin due to evaporation of skin oils. This is due to the low humidity and use of dry indoor heat. The treatment is regular application of a good skin moisturizer daily after bath and also using a humidifier to reduce dryness. ...Read more
Yes: Drug allergy is a complex issue, so many drugs r in the market with many active / inactive ingredients, fortunately enough only few people develop drug allergy, if at all in doubt stop the medicine review it with ur doctor to replace it, if it is an absolute necessity to take the drug in question consult an allergist. ...Read more
Cetirizine: The most effective second generation, minimally sedating antihistamine is Cetirizine (adult dose 10 mg at bedtime). No antihistamine will allow ad lib dog contact so minimize contact, keep dog out of bedroom, use hepa filter in bedroom. If still symptoms have to consider rehousing dog in another home. ...Read more
Not much: Allergy medications such as Claritin, Allegra and Zyrtec work by blocking antihistamine which is not part of the cold/respiratory infection process so not much help. Older antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may help some with irritant cough and sleep from drowsy side effect. Decongestants such as Sudafed may help relieve some of the nasal congestion but avoid in children ...Read more
Oral vs iv: In some patients with allergy to drugs, giving orally might not trigger and allergic reacton, while givne intravenously it does. This has been reported with amoxicillin. It appears that concetration is importnat, and in some case, metabolism. Without challenging, it is not easy to predict a reaction in a particlar individual. Safest is always to avoid the drug entirely. ...Read more
You have to be cautious with any medication. Some antihistamines may cause you to be drowsy and impair you specially when driving, others do not have this effect. Read labels carefully and determine what is best for your lifestyle.
Avoidance of triggering factors is useful if you know what you are allergic to.
A visit to the allergist may be in order! ...Read more
Allergy injections: The best way to approach the treatment of allergies is to 1) identify the allergic trigger and avoid it as much as possible; 2) medications to treat the symptoms; 3) allergy injections by an allergist to decrease the body's allergic response. It takes time, but it can be effective for most people and not only decreases symptoms, but also the need for medications and the good effects persists! ...Read more
Avoid/meds/shots: Keeping the pet out of the house and definitely out of the bedroom would be the first step.Oral antihistamines will help, but i usually prescribe nasal steroids which are more effective for congestion and allergy. Allegy shots for dogs and cats are also very effective--i have saved a few marriages where the husband is allergic particularly to a cat and the wife won't get rid of it. ...Read more
You can try over the counter non sedating antihistamines like claritidin or Zyrtec
And if the nasal congestion is too bad you can also use a steroid nasal spray like Flonase available over the counter or Nasonex (mometasone) by prescription
if these do not help consult an allergist ...Read more
Are there any medicines I can take that can temporarily stop my allergies to cats? Anything that works well?
Depends on symptoms: If you have primarily symptoms of nasal congestion, nasal steroids or nasal antihistamines applied topically gives good relief. If your symptoms include itchiness, etc, antihistamine as a pill is helpful. If our symptoms are primarily with eye irritation, eye drop antihistamines are excellent. ...Read more
Dust mite cover: Using dust mite cover or encasing for your mattress and pillows, wash the linen with hot water every week would kill the mites and decrease the amount of dust mite allergy. If OTC medications do not control your symptoms, you should see an allergist. There are several treatment options for dust mite allergy. ...Read more
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