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Oak Tree Allergy Symptoms
Several: The most effective treatment for seasonal pollen allergies is prescription nasal steroid sprays such as qnasl, flonase, nasonex, (mometasone) etc. Otc antihistamines such as claritin, Allegra and zyrtec can be helpful for many people. Avoidance measures for pollen are possible but not really practical. An allergist can assist in a personalized treatment plan. ...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
Is intermittent severe back/spinal pain lasting approximately 10 seconds at a time a normal symptom of peanut/tree nut allergies? This happens to me.
I experience nasal stuffiness during the day due to tree pollen allergies,but symptoms get worse at night (when pollen count is lower). Any ideas why?
Position/activity: During the day, you are more active. you are up, around, doing things. At night, especially when you are in bed, you are less active and lying supine (on your back). This decrease in activity and your position in bed may both contribute to worse congestion at night. The other thing that I would consider is that your bed may be filled with allergens. Wash your bedclothes and see what happens. ...Read more
Poison ivy treatment: Poison ivy treatments are usually limited to self-care methods, and the rash typically goes away on its own within two to four weeks. In the meantime, you can use poison ivy remedies, such as oatmeal baths and cool compresses, as well as over-the-counter anti-itch medications to relieve your signs and symptoms. In severe cases topical and oral cortisone are needed. ...Read more
Urushiol: Poison oak, poison sumac, poison ivy, and mango contain the chemical urushiol. Contact with the plant or any object containing the urushiol oil will induce an eczematous contact dermatitis. Scrubbing with soap and cold water will remove the urushiol from the skin if it is done within a few minutes of exposure, before it bonds. ...Read more
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
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
I got an allergy panel. IGE 56 total 11.9
Silver Birch, White Oak 5.94, 1.38 Cottonwood, White Ash 0.97. 0.75 Walnut, rest are <0.4. Whats next?
Discuss with your MD: or your allergist, next step depends on your symptoms and final diagnosis ...Read more
No, you shouldn't: It largely depends on what type of tree nut allergy you have, and if you are allergic to several tree nuts. It's important to know that there is a 33% chance of cross reactivity among tree nuts. There is also a possibility of cross contamination, since many manufacturers process other nuts in the same proximity. Safest options is to avoid all tree nuts. ...Read more
Avoidance: Unfortunately the only currently available option is avoidance. Be careful with reading food labels for traces of tree nuts. ...Read more
No: Generally no. If you are receiving allergy shots, it is important to have the correct tree pollen that is responsible in the shot, but otherwise the basic principles are the same. Knowing which tree pollens are responsible for your allergies can help plan desensitization (allergy shots) and might help you predict which seasons will be difficult for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very possibly: Pine nuts are a type of tree nut and contain many of the same proteins as other tree nuts. It is very likely that you could have a problem with pine nuts if you have allergy to other tree nuts. ...Read more
Off top: Tree nuts include but are not limited to: almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, coconuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, and walnuts. ...Read more
In regards to intradermal allergy testing, what do these results mean: ragweed 15/24 and tree mix 6/12?
Intradermal testing: These are measurements in mm of the wheal and flare response indicating that you are allergic to these two seasonal allergens. ...Read more
Depends . . .: Where you live affects what allergens are prevalent during any given season. At the risk of schilling for big pharma (which i'm not), check out this link to a MAP of states that gives you some idea of what allergens tend to dominate where (http://www.Clarinex.Net/application/allergyinfo.Action?Link=geography). I tried to look for non-commercial maps but couldn't find any. Sorry! ...Read more
Runny Nose, Made Worse By Exposure To Allergen Or Irritants (Definition)
Runny nose, made worse by exposure to allergen or irritants ...Read more