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Periogard Allergy In Children
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
Classic: Chlorhexidine gluconate the the generic name for the rinse that is given for periodontal problems. If you have an allergy to it the signs would be classic allergy signs...puffy or red gums or oral mucosa. Itchy gums or mouth. Or possible full blown swelling. Stop using it if you are getting such a reaction. ...Read more
Periogard (chlorhexidine gluconate) oral rinse cons & pros please. Can you take only 15ml once a day.
Antimicrobial rinse: Periogard (chlorhexidine gluconate) is one of many rinses that contain the antimicrobial agent Chlorhexidine gluconate- pros: may help control and\or prevent periodontal disease. Cons- staining of restorations, an increase in calculus formation, and an alteration in taste perception. See comments below to get more information on periogard (chlorhexidine gluconate). ...Read more
See below: There are no human studies. But, it is considered safe. Discuss with you ob. ...Read more
I had a extraction 4 days ago and am now experiencing pain. I can actually see the bone area. And can't reach my dentist should I use periogard (chlorhexidine gluconate)?
Yes: Post dental extraction may cause dry socket pain, as well as pain resulting from irritation of the root, and surrounding structure, including the gum. Chlorhexidine mouth rinse, such as Perigard or Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) can decrease post extraction infection. If you experienced increase pain, you may need to consult your dentist for further evaluation. ...Read more
Follow directions: Follow the directions of your dentist or surgeon who prescribed it for you. Some surgeons have their patients begin using the rinse in the am and pm beginning several days before surgery and then resuming after surgery. The rinse can help decrease the risk of infection, dry sockets, and may help with wound healing. ...Read more
I had just gotten my wisdom teeth out. I have this periogard (chlorhexidine gluconate) stuff and I don't know why I need to use it?
Prevent infection.: Hello. Rinsing with perioguard after any oral surgery will help keep the area clean and disinfected. This, in turn, helps with healing and to prevent infections. Since it's difficult and uncomfortable to brush around surgical sites, this rinse really helps. However, it's not designed for long-term use, so stop rinsing with it as soon as the area has healed. It's not needed after that. ...Read more
The periogard (chlorhexidine gluconate) oral rinse I got came with peppermint flavor. This flavor causes me heart burn and acid. Are there any other flavor or different rinses?
Yes...: There are several other brands and generics. Check with our pharmacist and dentist. ...Read more
Exposure + Genes: One needs both a genetic component and "exposure" to a said allergen to develop an allergy. There is a growing support over the past 20 years, that growing up in an environment which is "too clean" can also lead to development of allergies down the road. Either way, allergies are on the rise. ...Read more
Nut allergy: Maybe. Your children may have inherited genes from you that make them more likely to develop an allergy, but they do not inherit a specific allergy to a food e.g. Nuts. The children have to be exposed to food proteins in the diet, before an allergy can develop. Once one develops an allergy then they are always allergic and need proper medical attention to prevent severe problems. ...Read more
Allergy tests: There are several types of testing. Some involve certain types of blood tests. Another method is to do a series of skin tests done by pricking the skin and applying different allergens. Other tests are provocative tests that can involve challanging the patient with allergic materials. Testing should be done by doctors specializing in allergy to obtain the best results. ...Read more
Skin & blood tests: Prick testing with allergenic extracts or fresh foods can help confirm allergy, as can blood tests for specific ige antibodies (rast-type tests). However, both types of testing can produce false positive results, and confirmation with food challenges may be needed. ...Read more
Not exactly: The ability to react to certain proteins in an allergic way is passed on from parents to their children, but a specific allergy is not. So if a mom is allergic to pollen and the dad is allergic to fire ants, their child may develop allergies but it may be to a food instead. If 1 parent has allergies, the child is 50% likely to develop allergies, but it's a 75% chance if both parents are allergic. ...Read more
Can I as a 46 year old, take children's Benadryl. It's all I have in the house and my allergies are terrible.
Okay to use: Okay to use children's Benadryl. Dosage will be 20 ml (4 teaspoons) per dose. ...Read more
Where can I find a statistic for the number of children who died from allergies causing anaphylaxis in the u.S.?
Only overall numbers: The incidence of anaphylaxis in children is unknown. Estimates of anaphylactic deaths (from drugs, foods, insect stings, and latex) in the us are 0.002 percent annually (2 per 100, 000): 500 fatalities from penicillin anaphylaxis; 40 fatalities from bee stings; 125-150 from food anaphylaxis. ...Read more
My husband has nut and fish allergies. I have 4 children, 2 without allergies should I get rest of kids tested before giving them these foods?
I give my 17mnth old 1/2 teaspoon of children's zyrtec (cetirizine) for allergies but some days it's not enough. Can I increase the dose or try something differ t?
Do not increase: A 17 month old should not have allergies to inhaled items like dust or pollen. Zyrtec (cetirizine) could cause drowsiness and I would avoid long term use of zyrtec (cetirizine) in your child. If your child has a runny or stuffy nose that is unresponsive to zyrtec (cetirizine) then see your doctor to make sure there isn't an infection brewing. ...Read more
Yes: Not all of the food allergies are created equal. Food allergies like dairy, egg, wheat tend to be outgrown. Tree nut and peanut are less likely (although recent studies suggest that 20-30% outgrow the peanut allergy). Environmental allergies tend to "grow on you" with time. Note: the allergy test may remain positive despite the child having outgrown the allergy. Consult with an allergist. ...Read more
It depends: It really depends on the age of the child, and whether you're talking about food or environmental allergies. I generally will skin test children over age 2 for environmental allergies, while many younger kids need food testing. In terms of frequency, children with environmental allergies may benefit from repeat testing after 2 years, as their allergies can change as they get older. ...Read more
Hygiene hypothesis: The immune system has two opposing arms, one makes protective antibodies against bacteria and viruses, the other makes allergic antibody. One theory is that early antibiotic use disrupts the gut flora which tips the scale away from fighting infection and more toward making allergic antibodies. Clean environments might be at fault as well, farm kids don't get allergies as much as city kids. ...Read more
Sometimes: But not all the time. Nasal allergies are not a frequent cause of a really bad persistent cough. In a child with allergies and a really bad cough (assuming no fever) I would be concerned about a reactive airway/asthma type condition. If the child also had eczema I would be even more concerned. ...Read more
Breastfeed!: Breastfeeding is shown to be protective for children with a strong family history of allergies. If unable to breast feed, try a hypoallergenic formula such as "nutramigen" or "alimentum". Try to avoid introducing baby foods until 4-6 months of age; once you do, introduce them slowly. Interestingly, exposure to dogs & cats appears to reduce the risk of becoming allergic to those household pets! ...Read more
Nasal, eye, skin: Children will exhibit sneezing, itchy nose/eye, stuffy nose or cough with close exposures with pets. If licked by a cat or dog and allergy is present, a rash could develop at that site. The allergies could manifest as asthma with cough, wheezing or difficulty breathing. Typically a pattern will be seen, but if it is an indoor pet, the symptoms may be continuous. ...Read more