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Why are some people allergic to everything while other people aren't allergic to anything?

Why are some people allergic to everything while other people aren't allergic to anything?

Good question: We still don't know for sure. There is definitely a strong hereditary component. When our immune surveillance encounters a potential invader it triages the type of response like branches of the military. But in this case they mistakenly sent the air force instead of the police. Co-factors are involved like diesel exhaust. Early antigen exposure seems to be protective. See Hygeine Hypothesis ...Read more

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How can I avoid my allergic reactions!?

How can I avoid my allergic reactions!?

Allergist: See a board certified allergist to fully evaluate the symptoms, perform an exam and testing to accurately identify the allergy issues and then provide a treatment plan. ...Read more

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How can I stop allergic reactions to cats?

How can I stop allergic reactions to cats?

Avoid and meds: Avoiding cats and cat dander is the most important, but challenging since 50% of all households have pets. Antihistamines, nasal sprays and eye drops can decrease the symptoms after exposure to cat dander. The best long term treatment is allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots) for long lasting relief even after allergy shots are stopped. ...Read more

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How does the body fortress allergic reactions?

How does the body fortress allergic reactions?

Immune regulation: Complex question. When genes and environment interact, some people become allergic. Much of this is determined by immune regulation. The body would try to counter the allergic reaction but usually the counter-offense is insufficient leading to allergic diseases. Exposure to bacteria from animals (preferably multiple) in the first few months of life appears to reduce the development of allergies. ...Read more

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Could a person be allergic cats if he never was before?

Could a person be allergic cats if he never was before?

Yes: Cat dander allergy can develop months or even years after having a cat or being exposed to other people's cats. It is not clear why this happens, but it is very common. ...Read more

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What is possible complication af allergic conjectivitis?

Usually nothing: Allergic conjunctivitis due to environmental allergies like dander or pollen generally causes symptoms but no serious consequences. However, there is a condition called keratoconjunctivitis which can cause some damage. This is not commonly seen in typical allergic conjunctivitis.
Another unusual situation is vernal conjunctivitis. I suspect the answer is nothing. ...Read more

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My bf is having allergic reactions, what should I do to help?

My bf is having allergic reactions, what should I do to help?

Consult allergist: An allergist is specifically trained and uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat allergic reactions. Allergy testing may or may not be needed. No need to fear the allergist---we are here to help! ...Read more

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What are the dangers of allergic reactions? My new housemate has a bunch.

What are the dangers of allergic reactions? My new housemate has a bunch.

Allergy symptom vary: Allergic reactions can vary from minimally annoying to fatal. If your housemate has more than mild nasal, eye, or skin symptoms I would suggest seeing a board certified allergist to define and appropriately treat the allergies. ...Read more

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I had an alergic reaction to something I ate. Need some questions answered., suggestions?

I had an alergic reaction to something I ate. Need some questions answered., suggestions?

How bad of a: Reaction. If it was severe, you must go to the hospital right now. If mild reaction, consider an allergy pill and obviously avoiding the food. You may want to consider visiting an allergist. ...Read more

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Is my baby allergic to my diet?

Is my baby allergic to my diet?

No: Nursing babies may rarely have allergies to mom's diet, most often seen as a rash over the chest, back, arms and legs. Eggs, dairy, and nuts are the most common causes. If you suspect an allergy, eliminate the foods one at a time to see if the symptoms resolve. An allergy specialist may also be able to help diagnose this through skin testing, which is more accurate than allergy panel blood tests. ...Read more

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Can you be allergic to humidity?

No: Humidity is a measure of the moisture content in the air. One cannot be allergic to humidity. ...Read more

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Can you be allergic to chocolate?

Can you be allergic to chocolate?

That would be sad: I have not personally heard of, nor read about chocolate allergy. Some might be allergic to added ingredients such as nuts, fruits or milk products. But the chocolate itself is quite non-allergenic. ...Read more

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Can someone be allergic to emotion?

Can someone be allergic to emotion?

Not exactly: A true allergic reaction means that the ige allergic antibody is involved. Stress response can make many conditions worse including aggravating asthma and hives, but this is not a true allergic reaction. That is what makes it challenging for modern medicine to "prove" that stress is so important---it is difficult to measure. ...Read more

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How do I prevent allergic reactions?

How do I prevent allergic reactions?

Primary Prevention: The first rule in allergy is to avoid what you are allergic to. If you don't know exactly what you are allergic to, you should consider an evaluation with an allergy/immunology specialist. ...Read more

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How can I tell what I'm allergic to?

How can I tell what I'm allergic to?

History, History, et: Specific allergens are sometimes very evident; itchy eyes around cut grass, hives with peanuts, wheezing around cats, anaphylaxis with insect sting. However other allergens such as molds, mites, cockroach, and foods are less obvious. A full history by an allergy specialist and if approprate skin testing for inhalants and/or injestants or in special situations blood tests can help identify causes. ...Read more

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Why am I suddenly allergic to my dog?

Why am I suddenly allergic to my dog?

Happens: Your immune system can tolerate exposure to a certain allergen for sometime, when you become sensitized, then allergic symptoms start to occur when the threshold is surpassed, every person has his/her own threshold set already, please check with an allergist in your area to make sure you are truly allergic to your dog, goodluck ...Read more

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Could someone be allergic to the sun?

Could someone be allergic to the sun?

Yes (rare): Solar urticaria is hives triggered by the sun. This is very rare. More likely are photo-toxic or photo-allergic reactions due to medications that when the person is exposed to the sun trigger a rash. These are quite common and if confusing can be diagnosed by allergists or dermatologists. ...Read more

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How can I know of what im allergic to?

How can I know of what im allergic to?

Allergy Testing: Allergy testing by a board certified allergist will help you determine what you are allergic to. Pollens, molds, animal danders, and some insects are the most common causes of allergic nose and chest symptoms. Food allergies may be associated with some types of rashes and some gastrointestinal problems. ...Read more

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Can you be allergic to another person?

Can you be allergic to another person?

Yes.: Women can develop allergy to their partner's semen leading to anaphylaxis during intercourse. Fortunately, this is a very rare problem. ...Read more

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Can you be allergic to your own tears?

Can you be allergic to your own tears?

Unlikely: Typically a person develops an allergic response to an airborne allergen that contacts the moist surface of the eyes. While the tears contain multiple proteins that are cytokines, mediators, and inhibitors, a person does not become allergic to these substances. It's the pollen, dander, mold, etc that is the allergic trigger. ...Read more

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