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Dr. John Chiu
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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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Which type of carpet would you recommend for someone with allergies?

Which type of carpet would you recommend for someone with allergies?

Vacuumed a lot: While having no carpet is best, short carpet that can be vacuumed easily is probably the best. Vacuuming at least once a week is usually recommended. Make sure carpet is not put directly on cement floor where mold could become a problem. ...Read more

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How long could carpet/dust allergy reaction last?

How long could carpet/dust allergy reaction last?

One day to years: If the dust mite exposure is avoided, symptoms may resolve in a few hours without treatment. If there has been significant, prolonged exposure, it may take weeks or months to resolve without treatment. If the mold exposure cannot be avoided, the symptoms will last indefinitely. ...Read more

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How to know what is better for allergy prevention- having carpet flooring or laminate?

How to know what is better for allergy prevention- having carpet flooring or laminate?

Probably laminate: There have not been any good studies specifically addressing this issue -- is carpet or laminate better for prevention of allergy. Having said that hardwood or laminate floors would be preferable to carpeting. ...Read more

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Can you develop allergies? I love shrimp and ate it my whole life. Last night I ate some and developed a painful carpet burn like rash. Gone now tho

Can you develop allergies? I love shrimp and ate it my whole life. Last night I ate some and developed a painful carpet burn like rash. Gone now tho

Yes and no: Yes you can become allergic to anything at any time in your life. However an allergic reaction to shrimp should cause an itchy rash instead of a burning one. If the rash is localized to 1/2 of the body and not extending beyond the midline, consider shingles for which you should see your doctor immediately to get started on an antiviral drug. ...Read more

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Will carpet be ok for my dust mite allergy if I clean it yearly?

Will carpet be ok for my dust mite allergy if I clean it yearly?

Doubt it.: In a room where one person lives, it might take as little as a week to get dusty enough for discomfort. ...Read more

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Nose itches when around moldy carpets. Going to india. Should I test for allergy first?

Nose itches when around moldy carpets. Going to india. Should I test for allergy first?

Not necessary: But you should talk to your health care professional about medication to take with you. Perhaps an oral or nasal spray antihistamine or a topical corticosteroid spray. ...Read more

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Can having carpeting in your home increase irritation for a person if you already have regular sinus/allergy issues?

Can having carpeting in your home increase irritation for a person if you already have regular sinus/allergy issues?

Likely: Since one can really not clean a carpet, it is a source for dust mites, danders, insect particles, molds if you are allergic to any of these agents. Hard flooring is usually a better choice for those with allergies. A throw rug may be used on bedroom floor if one cannot tolerate a cold floor. ...Read more

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What seasonal allergy symptoms should I look for in my 2 year old?

What seasonal allergy symptoms should I look for in my 2 year old?

Runny nose, red eyes: Seasonal allergies in a 2 year old are not common but can include runny nose, congestion, watery red eyes, itchy eyes, pruritic rashes. Some children may have coughing, wheezing similar to asthma. ...Read more

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. I have a daughter who's 6 years old and 3 to 4 months from now has allergies symphtoms. What can I do? They gave my clartin. But help for a while.

. I have a daughter who's 6 years old and 3 to 4 months from now has allergies symphtoms. What can I do? They gave my clartin. But help for a while.

Elimination: The treatment of allergies are primarily two fold. First identify and isolate potential allergens and reduce or eliminate them. And secondly are pharmacologic. As a patient & physician, Levocitirizine works best for me. I suggest skin allergy testing for your daughter. Blood tests aren't as reliable. Try eliminating allergens first. ...Read more

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Is it possible that my cold symptoms become more severe as I get older? If so, why? It feels that way to me; I have no allergies (already tested).

Is it possible that my cold symptoms become more severe as I get older? If so, why? It feels that way to me; I have no allergies (already tested).

Ancient: At 34 it is all downhill. Your immune function may begin to fade when you pass the age of 60, but that does not necessarily mean that would make your cold symptoms worse. It is always difficult to remember exactly what the last cold felt like unless you have been keeping detailed records. Relax. ...Read more

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My 12 month old is being tested for celiac disease and allergies. Are the symptoms very similar?

My 12 month old is being tested for celiac disease and allergies. Are the symptoms very similar?

Possibly: Celiac disease can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain and failure to thrive in a one year old. Food allergy can cause hives, breathing problems and abdominal, diarrhea and weight loss. Testing should clarify what is going on. ...Read more

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My 12 month old is being tested for celiac disease and other allergies. Hard to tell which items cause what symptoms?

My 12 month old is being tested for celiac disease and other allergies. Hard to tell which items cause what symptoms?

DH: Dermatitis herpetiformis is an extremely itchy rash made of bumps and blisters. The rash is chronic, which means it continues over a long period of time.
Dermatitis herpetiformis usually begins in people age 20 and older, although children may sometimes be affected. It is seen in both men and women.
The cause is unknown. However, dermatitis herpetiformis is frequently linked to gluten sensitivity. ...Read more

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3 month old lactose intolerant, is it possible she has CMPI or an allergy also as symptoms persist on lactose free formula.

3 month old lactose intolerant, is it possible she has CMPI or an allergy also as symptoms persist on lactose free formula.

Likely CMPI: If your baby had an intolerance to regular formula (cows milk protein) then the likelihood of an allergy to soy protein is high. True lactose intolerance under the age of 3 yrs is rare. See: http://www. Isitcowsmilkallergy. Co.uk/getting-my-baby-diagnosed/cma-or-lactose-intolerance/ ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of food allergies, specifically dairy and soy, in babies under a year old.?

What are the symptoms of food allergies, specifically dairy and soy, in babies under a year old.?

Food allergy: Vomiting, spitting out the food, diarrhea, hives, rash, worsening temperament, difficulty sleeping. Consider seeing an allergist for testing or simply switching formulas to a "hydrolyzed" protein formula.....But those taste awful and most children hate them. ...Read more

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Is allergy testing too young for a two year old? I have to medicate her everyday to combat allergy symptoms, which I don't like. Please advise.

Is allergy testing too young for a two year old? I have to medicate her everyday to combat allergy symptoms, which I don't like. Please advise.

Consider results: If the results would allow you to avoid foods, an animal or other easily listed agents, you might get a lot from the study. Most kids with stuffiness and cough have house dust allergies, grasses trees and other agents that would be hard to avoid. She's a bit young for injections to help with those issues. In the end, the more you know the better you can face life. I'd test. ...Read more

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What to do if I have allergy induced asthma I am 20 yrs old my symptoms only act up when my allergies do?

What to do if I have allergy induced asthma I am 20 yrs old my symptoms only act up when my allergies do?

Allergist: See an allergist to accurately determine the allergies that are the triggers. This information can be very helpful in determining a good treatment plan including avoidance, meds and immunotherapy (i.e. allergy shots) - these can be very effective for allergic asthma and nasal allergies. ...Read more

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30yr old w/ dermatographia that only happens in the evening; loratidine helps, but symptoms worsening. Allergy referral next or derm?

30yr old w/ dermatographia that only happens in the evening; loratidine helps, but symptoms worsening. Allergy referral next or derm?

Either: Both specialties are versed on dermatographia. Dermatographia is a condition when hives and itching occur on skin when deep pressure is applied. Several nonspecific factors appear to worsening or resolution. ...Read more

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6m old sometimes gags when eating, then gets red blotches only on temples. Spots gone in 10 minutes. No other symptoms. Why do spots show up? Allergy?

6m old sometimes gags when eating, then gets red blotches only on temples. Spots gone in 10 minutes. No other symptoms. Why do spots show up? Allergy?

May be allergy: Some food can cause local reactions, egg white protein, cow's milk protein. You might try eliminating foods to see if this helps, may need to keep a food diary of what your child eats. ...Read more

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What can cause a eos.21 (0-0.06) eos abs count 2.8 (0.0-0.6) MPV8.9 (9.4-12.4) wbc13.5 if no allergy or symptoms and ova/parasite is neg. 9yr old male?

What can cause a eos.21 (0-0.06) eos abs count 2.8 (0.0-0.6) MPV8.9 (9.4-12.4) wbc13.5 if no allergy or symptoms and ova/parasite is neg. 9yr old male?

Allergic Diathesis: Such counts are indicative of an allergic tendency in the body.
Food/ environmental -respiratory allergies can contribute to such elevations in Eos. ...Read more

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Should I worry about my childs sinuses/allergies? My 6yr old daughter gets severe symptoms when congestion or allergy irritation occurs (frequently).

Should I worry about my childs sinuses/allergies? My 6yr old daughter gets severe symptoms when congestion or allergy irritation occurs (frequently).

Get her to the doc..: If your child is having frequent and severe symptoms. Of any type. I would have her evaluated for causes and possible treatment etc. Why let her suffer? If allergies, there are plenty of good treatment options. Significant allergies can affect quality of life, sleep, school performance etc...So get her checked...Good luck.. ...Read more

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8 month old son has loud stuffy nose at night or when lying on side. Have cats, but no other allergy symptoms. 3rd week now. Happy healthy otherwise.

8 month old son has loud stuffy nose at night or when lying on side. Have cats, but no other allergy symptoms. 3rd week now. Happy healthy otherwise.

URI vs. Allergy: Cats represent the most common allergenic domestic animals within households. The cat saliva is the most potent protein component producing allergy symptoms. This child's symptoms may also represent a viral upper respiratory infection. Start with saline nasal sprays, anti-inflammatories such as Aspirin or ibuprofen. If no improvement soon see an otolaryngologist to evaluate the nasal anatomy, etc. ...Read more

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Is excessive mentrual bleeding a symptom to more serious illness? 32yrs old, Mom of 3, in allergy medication, no activity, but period isn't normal.

Get checked: It may or may not be serious but no one can tell without an examination. Consult your GYN. Allergy med has nothing to do with this issue. ...Read more

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My son is 4 months old, my wife is breastfeeding him. He has mild symptoms of dermatitis. Can it be caused by gluten allergy? Thanks

My son is 4 months old, my wife is breastfeeding him. He has mild symptoms of dermatitis. Can it be caused by gluten allergy? Thanks

Doubt it: True gluten allergy likely develops over time in those predisposed through genetics and or lifestyle. An infants immature immune system is very susceptible to this.Breastfeeding also does not expose the kid to wheat, rye, barley or other typical sources of gluten needed to cause the problem. Infants can have food allergies/intolerances which the babies doc could help sort out. ...Read more

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My 2.5 old daughter has had a runny nose for 2 weeks now, no other symptoms. Could this be allergies? If not, how long can a runny nose last?

My 2.5 old daughter has had a runny nose for 2 weeks now, no other symptoms. Could this be allergies? If not, how long can a runny nose last?

Likely yes: If there is congestion and clear drainage likely allergy. However, if there has been any head trauma or any other symptoms I would get the child checked. I have parents use vaporizers during allergy seasons. ...Read more

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My 5 year old daughter suffers frm rhinitis allergy (all symptoms indicates so) but soon follows high fever (102-103).What could be the possible cause?

My 5 year old daughter suffers frm rhinitis allergy (all symptoms indicates so) but soon follows high fever (102-103).What could be the possible cause?

Viral Illness: Your daughter has a diagnosis of 'allergic rhinitis'. Symptoms: sneezing, itchy nose with rubbing, watery/mucosy drainage, narrowed nasal passage with swelling/boggy, pale inside. Nasal steroid usually given by pediatrician. 102-103 f is moderate, not high, probably due to new viral infection. If fever continues more than 10-15 days with yellow, thick drainage, see her doc. To rule out sinusitis. ...Read more

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My 4 year old has many symptoms of allergies, but blood test come back normal. She is miserable and can't sleep. Claritin (loratadine) doesn't help. What next?

My 4 year old has many symptoms of allergies, but blood test come back normal. She is miserable and can't sleep. Claritin (loratadine) doesn't help. What next?

Environmental: One of the most common aggravating factors leading to drainage in young kids is their inhaled exposures. Dust, fragrance, hair spray, plug ins, scented soaps, etc. Anything you can smell can make them drain. I'd start with their sleeping area. They spend more time there & it is more controllable. Particle filters help. Consider the house next if there is no improvement. ...Read more

Runny Nose, Made Worse By Exposure To Allergen Or Irritants (Definition)

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Watery Eyes, Made Worse By Pets (Definition)

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