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How could I treat poison oak allergy?

How could I treat poison oak allergy?

Avoidance is best: The best approach is avoidance. If the rash is mild and localized over the counter steroid creams and antihistamines may be sufficient. More severe symptoms require a visit to the doctor for stronger steroid creams and possibly oral steroids. Antihistamines can help the itch. Expect it to take at least 2 weeks to clear. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

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


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Being sent to a certified allergist for a complete allergy and immunology workup. I know what allergy test is but what does immunology work up entail?

Being sent to a certified allergist for a complete allergy and immunology workup. I know what allergy test is but what does immunology work up entail?

Normal immune status: An immune evaluation is undertaken when your allergist is concerned about how well your immune system works. First, we look at antibody levels, IgG and the 4 subclasses, IgA (the most common Ig deficiency) , IgM and IgE (the allergic antibody). We also evaluate specific immune responses to different types of vaccines or illness. Usually tetanus and pneumococcal vaccine. (No room for full answer) ...Read more

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Treating Poison Ivy & Poison Oak (Checklist)

Use an anti-itch spray or lotion with pramoxine, if approved by doctor
5 Min, 2x day for 7 Days
Use a hydrocortisone spray or lotion, if approved by the doctor
5 Min, 2x day for 7 Days
Clean clothes, cars, or furniture with poison oak or ivy sap on them
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How could I treat poison oak allergy?

Avoidance is best: The best approach is avoidance. If the rash is mild and localized over the counter steroid creams and antihistamines may be sufficient. More severe symptoms require a visit to the doctor for stronger steroid creams and possibly oral steroids. Antihistamines can help the itch. Expect it to take at least 2 weeks to clear. ...Read more

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Is poison oak allergy genetic?

Is poison oak allergy genetic?

Poison oak: Some people appear to be immune, others become immune. However, you can gain or lose immunity, so to assume you can't get it if you never have before is foolish. People change as they age. I would never assume that i was immune at any time no matter what my past experience was. ...Read more

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I still have food-related problems even though my allergy test showed negative results. How can that be?

I still have food-related problems even though my allergy test showed negative results. How can that be?

Intolerance?: Approximately 20-25% of people believe they have a food allergy, when in most cases it is an intolerance. Strictly speaking, 3-5% of children and 1-3% of adults have a true food allergy. Regardless, if symptoms are consistent after ingestion, the food must be avoided and a visit to physician is warranted for further work-up to ascertain the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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I am going to have an allergy test. How long before that should I discontinue the allergy medications?

I am going to have an allergy test. How long before that should I discontinue the allergy medications?

Ask your allergist: Each allergy office has its own recommendations regarding when to stop antihistamines before skin testing. At our office those taken more than once a day are stopped 48 hours before testing. Antihistamines taken daily are stopped 7 days before testing. ...Read more

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My ? Was should I be afraid to eat corn since my allergy test showed i was class 1 really low to corn can I eat the corn additives i've never had prob

My ? Was should I be afraid to eat corn since my allergy test showed i was class 1 really low to corn can I eat the corn additives i've never had prob

PFTs: Your history indicates that you have breathlessness. The cause for this should be determined. Since your physician has ordered allergy testing, they can guide your diet. Grd one reactions with no symptoms associated are unlikely to cause future problems. A pulmonary function test with and without a bronchodilator is indicated though for your respiratory symptoms. ...Read more

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How does an allergy test work? Is it accurate?

How does an allergy test work?  Is it accurate?

Allergy testing.: There are four different types of allergy testing, the most accurate being the scratch testing performed by an Allergist. They put various antigens under your skin and see to what you react. ...Read more

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