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Is there any treatment for nuts and sesame allergy in children? Is giving small doses of them in a hospital setting actually helps?

Is there any treatment for nuts and sesame allergy in children? Is giving small doses of them in a hospital setting actually helps?

Variable: The successful rates for sublingual food drops desensitization to nuts have been variable. Most of the studies excluded those who had an anaphylactic reaction to the nut. Even if the desensitization is successful, it is intended only for inadvertent exposure to the nuts. This approach has not yet been fda approved and not yet ready for prime time. ...Read more

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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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Are there safe alternative therapies for gelatin allergy?

Are there safe alternative therapies for gelatin allergy?

Gluten?: Gluten allergy is far more common than gelatin allergy. It produces celiac sprue -- if perhaps you meant "gluten", then the remedy is the most natural of all -- a closely managed diet. If I guessed wrong, then please forgive me. Good luck. ...Read more

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Therapy for sinusitis sometimes. Included allergy meds. Taking it at bedtime but makes me oversleep. Should I go to bed at 7pm when I finish school?

Therapy for sinusitis sometimes. Included allergy meds. Taking it at bedtime but makes me oversleep. Should I go to bed at 7pm when I finish school?

Nasal steroid: You will be better off with a nasal steroid for sinusitis. There are also many antihistamines which do not cause drowsiness but do note that antihistamines do not decongest your nose and thus will not improve sinus drainage without a decongestant. ...Read more

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How does desensitization therapy work for people with allergies?

How does desensitization therapy work for people with allergies?

Complex answer: Allergy vaccine therapy (ait) is a very complex immunologic treatment. Basically what ait does is stops one's body from seeing an allergen as an allergen. The result is less allergy antibody production and less symptoms. The immunology of this is very complex and fills textbooks. ...Read more

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Is oral allergy therapy safe? What are the risks?

Is oral allergy therapy safe? What are the risks?

Can't answer without: Knowing: 1) what allergy is being addressed; 2) what treatment options have been offered; 3) what therapeutic approach has been recommended (e.g. What do you mean by "oral allergy therapy" anyway?). ...Read more

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What is good homeopathic therapy to help me with my allergies?

What is good homeopathic therapy to help me with my allergies?

Prolonged relief: A homeopathic prescription can be determined by an homeopathic interview (referred to as case taking). Specific information detailing your symptoms need to be identified to find the appropriate homeopathic prescription (remedy). Good results can be achieved but it will depend on the duration of your symptoms as to how quickly you can respond to treatment. ...Read more

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Are some allergies psychological, at least to an extent? I want to use mint for aroma therapy, but I feel slightly allergic.

Are some allergies psychological, at least to an extent? I want to use mint for aroma therapy, but I feel slightly allergic.

No but: Allergic symptoms can be aggravated by psychologic factors. If your nose is already inflamed by allergic reactions, irritants such as strong odor may trigger nasal symptoms.
A recent study found that stress itself increased the size of the allergy skin test response (but would not lead to a positive reaction if one is not allergic). ...Read more

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Is food allergy can be treated through immunotherapy or anti IgE therapy?

Is food allergy can be treated through immunotherapy or anti IgE therapy?

No: It is not recommended to use immunotherapy for treatment of food allergy. There are studies being done to try to desensitize by giving small amounts of the food frequently but these are still in a research phase. Anti-ige treatment with omulazimab is approve for asthma treatment in the us and it will often make the patient less reactive to foods they are allergic to. ...Read more

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Can you cure (or lessen) food allergies through exposure therapy?

Can you cure (or lessen) food allergies through exposure therapy?

Oral immunotherapy: Food allergies in children are now being tested and treated in certain research centers by oral immunotherapy where careful protocols are followed and patients are monitored for anaphylactic reactions. You should not do this at home, consult an allergist for best guidance about your allergies. ...Read more

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How does desensitization therapy and allergy shots work on people with allergies?

How does desensitization therapy and allergy shots work on people with allergies?

Mechanism: It changes the regulating mechanism of the immune system to lower the specific types of ige antibodies and raising the igg4 antibodies. Allergy patient usually (90%) have too much ige antibodies which combine with the allergic protein and after bridging on a mast cell, a chemical reaction is produced resulting in your symptoms. ...Read more

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I've read there are pills to reduce seasonal allergies (sublingual immuno-therapy (slit), is this available yet, and why hasn't it replaced injections?

I've read there are pills to reduce seasonal allergies (sublingual immuno-therapy (slit), is this available yet, and why hasn't it replaced injections?

Need more studies: Slit at this time has not been approved by fda, no established standard dosing, may not work usa because most patients have more than one allergen (grass, dust, tree) that they are allergic to and slit studies usually were with patients who were only allergic to single allergen (grass only). The protection of slit still hasn't been completely studied. Injections is a better option at this point. ...Read more

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What are the risks of slit therapy for allergies? I'm allergic to pretty much everything and have hyper reactive airway disease. Should I take slit?

What are the risks of slit therapy for allergies? I'm allergic to pretty much everything and have hyper reactive airway disease. Should I take slit?

SLIT: Sublingual immunotherapy (allergy drops) is new compared to subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots). Only a few grass pollens have been studied in the slit group. Both have been shown to be effective in treating hay fever symptoms. However, not much is known about the effectiveness of other allergens in the slit group. A much higher dose of allergens are required in slit to induce tolerance. ...Read more

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What amount of the Gerson therapy would you recommend for severe allergies? Also, any advice on how to stay clean enough?

What amount of the Gerson therapy would you recommend for severe allergies? Also, any advice on how to stay clean enough?

No amount: Gerson therapy is an unproven form of treatment without any scientific basis. I suppose if you have an unknown food allergy, and the diet happens to eliminate that food, you may be in luck. You may also enjoy some transient relief in nasal congestion because of the norepinephrine and adrenaline released from the torture of colonics. Water-boarding can do the same. ...Read more

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Is wet cupping therapy or medicinal bleeding effective for the treatment of nasal allergy and asthma?

Is wet cupping therapy or medicinal bleeding effective for the treatment of nasal allergy and asthma?

No: Bleeding was prevalent among some practitioners in the us in the late 1700's and early 1800's but abandoned. Cupping was often used with respiratory illnesses until the early 1940's. It is still used occasionally by non- physicians. There is no proven medical benefit for either and significant patient injury is an occasional complication. ...Read more

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If I've conjunctivitis allergy, can it heal by allergy injection therapy? Tried allergy meds : allegysal, patanol (olopatadine) and avil, Claritin loratadine, please help

If I've conjunctivitis allergy, can it heal by allergy injection therapy? Tried allergy meds : allegysal, patanol (olopatadine) and avil, Claritin loratadine, please help

Yes: Treatment of allergic conjunctivitis starts with eliminating or avoiding the allergen as well as rinsing the allergen from your eyes with plain water (reduces the allergen load). Allergy shots can help as can oral allergy meds. There are eye drops that help a great deal also. Steroid eye drops are very effective but are not used long term due to risk of glaucoma and cataract. ...Read more

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Can you get a pain pump for chronic pain for chondromalacia, if steroid injections & physical therapy and meds didn't help. I have Nsaids Allergy.?

Can you get a pain pump for chronic pain for chondromalacia, if steroid injections & physical therapy and meds didn't help. I have Nsaids Allergy.?

If warranted: Depending on the course of therapy you may be eligible for a pain pump but will need to discuss this with a pain management specialist. ...Read more

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Allergic conjunctivitis on eyes, if I get allergy injection therapy, will it be injected on eye or another bodypart? N how long the theraphy I should?

Allergic conjunctivitis on eyes, if I get allergy injection therapy, will it be injected on eye or another bodypart? N how long the theraphy I should?

In the arm: Like most injections/vaccinations, these are given in the upper arm. Allergy shots can take up to 2 years to become effective. Allergy therapy is also given as a liquid administered under the tongue. ...Read more

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If you have a shellfish allergy, can you have radioactive iodine therapy or thyroid test?

If you have a shellfish allergy, can you have radioactive iodine therapy or thyroid test?

Shellfish & Iodine: Shellfish allergy is a sensitivity to one ir more proteins. Iodine is an element and not large enough to be an allergen. Shellfish allergy and radiocontrast media (rcm) sensitivity have nothing to do with each other, "old wives tale". Rcm sensitivity is due to the hyper-osmolarity of the rcm's effect on basiphiic mediator release. Neither related to thyroid medication intolerance, . ...Read more

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I may need cephalosporin therapy with a suspected penicillin allergy. How does it work? Do I take a 3rd generation by mouth and sit in an ER waiting room with a buddy and an epipen (epinephrine)?

I may need cephalosporin therapy with a suspected penicillin allergy. How does it work? Do I take a 3rd generation by mouth and sit in an ER waiting room with a buddy and an epipen (epinephrine)?

Penicillin allergy: Among all patients reporting penicillin allergy, 85 to 90% will tolerate a penicillin, either because they were never allergic or because they had an earlier allergy that subsequently resolved. Among penicillin skin test-positive patients, approximately 2% will react to a cephalosporin. ...Read more

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Is living near the ocean an appropriate treatment for allergies?

Is living near the ocean an appropriate treatment for allergies?

Likely not: By saying allergies I suppose you mean hay fevers like symptoms consistent with allergic rhino-conjunctivitis due to environmental allergies. If so, it is unlikely to be helpful. On the contrary, living in the mountainous and dry area might help because the air is dry and there are not as many allergens. In fact in the old day, allergic asthmatic patients have to go to there so they have less sx. ...Read more

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I got allergy from pollens in the air. What's the treatment? And how should I avoid them?

I got allergy from pollens in the air. What's the treatment? And how should I avoid them?

Allergies: Pollen allergy is very common and depending on the severity of your symptoms, medications or allergy shots can be prescribed. Seek the opinion of an allergist, get tested and achieve long term relief from your symptoms. ...Read more

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What are some natural or herbal treatment for allergies?

What are some natural or herbal treatment for allergies?

Hard to say: It really depends onthe type of allergy you are asking about. If it is runny stuffy nose, itchy eyes etc. It is probably due to something I the air (dust, pollen, pets). Avoidance is the cure. But usually hard to do...I am unaware of any effective herbal treatments. In fact, some people who are allergic to grass or weed pollen get sicker when taking herbal remedies. Be careful. ...Read more

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Is there permanent treatment for allergy to pollens and dust in spring?

Curing allergies: All medications whether tablet, liquid or spray only masque symptoms. Subcutaneous allergen immunotherapy (scit), allergy shots, in many people over time decrease the allergic response inducing a relative cure. There is not sufficient experience to yet assign that outcome to sublingual allergen immunotherapy (slit). Allergen immunotherapy is also more cost efficient for moderate to severe cases. ...Read more

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What's the most effective allergy treatment for hay fever?

What's the most effective allergy treatment for hay fever?

The one that works: Allergic rhinitis is a condition where your nasal mucosa reacts to allergens, like grass, trees, pollen, animal dander, molds, ect. Multiple chemical mediators such as histamine and leukotrienes are released that cause the reaction. Treating with an antihistamine, anti-leukotriene or nasal steroid spray could block the effects of the allergen. Also flushing with saline can get rid of the offender. ...Read more

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Is there some sort of cure or treatment for antibiotic allergies?

Is there some sort of cure or treatment for antibiotic allergies?

Short term only: Short term desensitization to antibiotics is a common procedure, but the tolerance is short-lived. ...Read more

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Can bee pollen work as an effective treatment of outdoor allergies?

Can bee pollen work as an effective treatment of outdoor allergies?

No: Pollen (bee or otherwise) is an allergen and can elicit an immune response (allergic response). If you have allergies, you should use an anti-histamine or have allergy testing done. Yu can start with an allergist or an ent. ...Read more

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Please describe the most effective allergy treatment for hay fever?

Please describe the most effective allergy treatment for hay fever?

See details: Several things may help including antihistamines, steroid nasal sprays and allergy injections. Antihistamines include zyrtec and Allegra and sprays include Flonase and nasonex (mometasone). Speak with your doctor. ...Read more

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