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Nasal sprays not OTC: For seasonal allergies, the most effective options are the steroid or antihistamine nasal sprays, available by prescription. Not only do they work the best, but they are technically local therapy as negligible amounts enter the bloodstream. The OTC nasal sprays can cause rebound symptoms, which the prescription versions do not. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Essentially allergies occur when your immune system goes crazy and decides to has to fight against things it should be ignoring. The immune system of people without allergies simply ignores the pollen in the air or the dander on their cat while an allergic person's immune system creates cells to fight against the pollen or dander. The allergic reaction causes the ...Read more
Genes + environment: Noses run in families - if both parents have allergies the chance that their child will be allergic is 80%. If neither parent is allergic the child's risk is10%. Exposure to urban pollutants like diesel exhaust, cigarette smoke, & antibacterial hand cleansers upset the ecological balance between our immune system & beneficial microorganisms. With both factors present allergy is more likely. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Get tested: Consider seeing a trained allergist for evaluation. Skin testing takes a half hour & can reveal to what you're allergic. It might be the pollens of plants, mold spores, dust mites, or animal dander. Your allergist can help you decide which are relevant & devise a strategy that may include avoiding those allergens, taking medication or receiving allergy injections. Knowiedge is half the battle. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ragweed & Mold: Allergy problems are often worse in the fall because of weed pollen such as ragweed. In addition, mold is worse in the fall because decaying plant material such as all summer's grass clipping and falling leaves. Ragweed is a potent allergen for those who are allergic to it and can cause fairly severe symptoms. The combo of weed pollen and mold is a double whammy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See detail: Allergies are caused when a person makes an allergic antibody known as immunoglobulin e against a protein. This protein can be a food, pollen, mold, or medication. Allergic reactions can cause itching, swelling, redness in eyes, nasal passages, skin, GI tract, and in the lungs. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are there any foods that toddlers can't eat or shouldn't eat because of the possibility of allergies?
No: For every study suggesting that a food should be delayed, there's another showing that there is no reason to delay it. At the most recent world allergy congress where all of these data worldwide were presented, the consensus is that there is no consensus; the only reliable recommendation that could be made is that food allergy is less likely to develop in infants who are breastfed for 6-9 months. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes.: Immunotherapy - a series of injections of cat and/or dog dander under the skin over several years - will help you develop some tolerance to pet exposure. Some allergic patients respond better than others and a few patients not at all. Allergy shots alone are often not the complete answer. You may still need to get the pets off the bed, out of the bedroom, & perhaps out of the house. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes.: Yes, we do see allergies in families. Your risk of allergies increases if one parent has allergies, and is even higher if both parents suffer from allergies. Interestingly, we are seeing that exposure to allergens may also play a part in the development of allergies in children. Rural areas, with high levels of plant and animal allergens, actually have lower levels of allergic disease in kids. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: Multiple factors influence the duration of a medication in the body. Firstly, some medications are "short-acting" while others are "long-acting". Then, different bodies process medications faster than others. Finally, conditions which can affect removal (e.g. Kidney diseases) can cause a delay in elimination of the medication and therefore lingering effects. Typically 4-6h, 12h or 24h. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Immune reaction: Your immune system normally makes igg antibodies that recognize foreign proteins. In patients with allergy, the immune system switches to making a ige antibodies for certain proteins. The ige antibodies act as a detector of the specific protein that they are made to react with and trigger the allergic response when they come in contact with that protein. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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