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Mold Spores Allergies
Gene & environment: When your genes and the changing environment intreacts, some people would develop allergies. Allergy develops because your immune system has been redirected to react to otherwise innocuous substances such as animal dander, pollen, dust mite,mold, food etc. The stronger a family history of allergic diseases, the more likely you are going to become allergic. ...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
What is the best allergy medication for seasonal allergies like pollen, dust, ragweed, hay fever, dogs, cats, hamsters etc?
There are a few: Not one medicine is better than another....Everyone's system is different...Some people get better with allegra..Others with zyrtec..Others with Claritin or even benadryl (diphenhydramine). These are now over-the-counter...Try some and read the labels. If you don't feel better, see a board certified allergist (www.Acaai.Org). Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I developed allergy to milk, tomatoes,yeast, house dust,house dust mites,paper dust,cockroach dust at the age of 16. Can they be outgrown?
Often is the cause: Pollen released from flowers and plants is often a cause for hay fever (seasonal allergies). Spring & summer time is the most challenging time for allergy sufferers. Some people find relief by eating honey that is produced locally because it can help build some tolerance to the pollen that causes one's hay fever. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can environmental allergies (food, pollen, dust mites, contrast dye, penicillin) cause a high positive ANA?
I have seen this: While the +ANA is suggestive of SLE there can be other causes - other connective tissue disease, autoimmune thyroid disease, auto immune hepatitis to name some. I have seen a lot of people with + ANAs who only have as another problem a history of allergic reactions and I am convinced that thee allergic reactions can cause a + ANA. Everyone can have very low titters (amount) of ANA. ...Read more
Yes: The dust mite body and droppings are major sensitizers . People with eczema has an impaired skin barrier allowing the dust mite products (as well as other allergens) to pass through the skin leading to allergic sensitization and worsening of the eczema. Perhaps a better term would be "triggered" instead of "caused" since the basic problem is the defective skin surface. ...Read more
No: Mold and dust are airborne allergens, with the usual symptoms being runny nose, stuffy nose, mild cough, and itching in the nose and/or eyes. People whose have asthma symptoms can get more wheezing and coughing when the air has mold or dust. Burping is not a respiratory symptom, but instead is from air escaping up from the stomach. Burping is not caused by airborne allergens. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unfortunately, no: To truly decrease dust mite symptoms, several measures are needed including encasements over bedding, hot water washing, reducing humidity and no carpet or frequent vacuuming. Some sprays kill mites, others denature mite proteins, but by themselves they are not sufficient to decrease symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
High mold exposure when cleaning. Allergic to mold. 1 wk increasing sinus/chest congestion, itching nose/eyes/throat. Antihistamine? Fluticasone?
Unlikely: You have not mentioned if the cat litter has been used by the cat. It is unlikely as the histoplasmosis is more in keeping with areas where you live such as the midwest or OHio River valley. If the little has been used you might think about how the litter is handled and can get toxoplasmosis. ...Read more
Lots of options: Avoidance helps, which can be achieved somewhat by washing sheets/bedding on super-hot water (130 f) once per week and encasing the mattresses and pillows with dust mite covers that are impermeable to dust mites. Medications may relieve symptoms, and these medications usually include over the counter antihistamines and prescription nasal sprays. Allergy shots can cure this type of allergy. ...Read more
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