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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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What causes pet allergy development?

What causes pet allergy development?

Pet allergy: If you have an allergic predisposition, you can develop an allergy to almost anything, including pet dander with continued exposure. An allergist can help you by desensitizing you to pets and other allergens, see one for long term relief. ...Read more

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What is the best allergy medication for seasonal allergies like pollen, dust, ragweed, hay fever, dogs, cats, hamsters etc?

What is the best allergy medication for seasonal allergies like pollen, dust, ragweed, hay fever, dogs, cats, hamsters etc?

There are a few: Not one medicine is better than another....Everyone's system is different...Some people get better with allegra..Others with zyrtec..Others with Claritin or even benadryl (diphenhydramine). These are now over-the-counter...Try some and read the labels. If you don't feel better, see a board certified allergist (www.Acaai.Org). Good luck. ...Read more

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Does an allergy scratch test test for mold and dust allergies?

Does an allergy scratch test test for mold and dust allergies?

Yes: Skin allergy testing can check for number of allergens. These include environmental and food allergens. ...Read more

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Can environmental allergies (food, pollen, dust mites, contrast dye, penicillin) cause a high positive ANA?

Can environmental allergies (food, pollen, dust mites, contrast dye, penicillin) cause a high positive ANA?

I have seen this: While the +ANA is suggestive of SLE there can be other causes - other connective tissue disease, autoimmune thyroid disease, auto immune hepatitis to name some. I have seen a lot of people with + ANAs who only have as another problem a history of allergic reactions and I am convinced that thee allergic reactions can cause a + ANA. Everyone can have very low titters (amount) of ANA. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could reduce asthma symptoms from pet allergies?

Can you tell me how I could reduce asthma symptoms from pet allergies?

Pet allergies: The best way to reduce symptoms from pet allergies is to remove the pets from your environment.it may take up to six months to realize an improvement in symptoms ...Read more

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Allergic reaction to the contrast dye for cat scan?

Allergic reaction to the contrast dye for cat scan?

See below: Allergic reaction to ct scan contrast may range from mild skin rash and itching to severe skin rash and cardiac arrest. Patients at risk are those with previous adverse reactions to iodine-based contrast materials, history of asthma, history of allergy. Contrast reaction may be reduced or prevented if appropriately treated before the scan, but this is not 100%. ...Read more

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Does epipen (epinephrine) work for cat allergies?

Does epipen (epinephrine) work for cat allergies?

All severe allergies: Epipen (epinephrine) is self injectable Epinephrine and the medication of choice for any severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). It is effective for allergic reactions triggers by pet dander, medications, latex, foods, stinging insects, pollens, etc. An allergist may be able to offer other treatment options in an effort to avoid needing epipen (epinephrine). ...Read more

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Looking for nut allergies symptoms, eg, cashew allergy?

Looking for nut allergies symptoms, eg, cashew allergy?

Varies: Allergic reactions varies with individuals.Some can consume cashews, while to others they are toxic.Reactions can be mild or severe. Mild reactions include nausea , vomiting, diarrhea. Skin rash and itching on the skin.The eyes , roof of mouth and throat may itch.Severe reactions include difficulty breathing, swelling to face and throat.The most dangerous is anaphylaxis.This can be fatal ...Read more

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Does allergy testing detect all allergies?

Does allergy testing detect all allergies?

No: Appropriate allergy testing is guided by the patients history and physical examination. Based upon this one's allergist will make a decision what to be tested for. The test, particularly for outdoor allergens is based upon the common allergens is that particular agricultural zone. Does this mean that all allergens will be tested no. ...Read more

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Could loratadine treat indoor allergies, or only outdoor allergies?

Could loratadine treat indoor allergies, or only outdoor allergies?

Both: Loratadine (brand name claritin) is fda approved for seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and hives. However, it is also effective for treating allergies caused by indoor allergens such as animal dander and dust. ...Read more

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Can montelukast become an alternative of allergens immunotherapy for perenial allergic rhinitis ?

Can montelukast become an alternative of allergens immunotherapy for perenial allergic rhinitis ?

Not really: I suggest 3 steps to controlling allergies : 1) avoid the things you are allergic to. 2) take medications to control the symptoms. 3) get 'allergy shots' (immunotherapy) to teach your body to not be "allergic" to those things (immune tolerance). Using a leukotriene antagonist control the symptoms some, but it is not the most effective medication, and is not an equal alternative to immunotherapy. ...Read more

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Does Claritin (loratadine) work for cat allergies?

Does Claritin (loratadine) work for cat allergies?

Yes: Claritin (loratadine) is an antihistamine and is helpful for symptoms of rhinitis caused by an allergen. So if one is allergic to cats Claritin (loratadine) may be helpful depending upon the symptoms one has. ...Read more

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Is it possible to cure pet dander allergies?

Is it possible to cure pet dander allergies?

Partially: There no "cures" for allergies, but allergy shots, when properly prescribed by an allergist can reduce sensitivity, often to a large extent. ...Read more

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Help please! i don't know when to decide if a pet allergy is not going to get better?

Help please! i don't know when to decide if a pet allergy is not going to get better?

Allergy: Allergy is a chronic disease. Your symptoms depends on the amount of exposure to have to the things that you are allergic to. If you don't have a pet, then you won't have symptoms. Allergy desensitization will treat your pet allergy symptoms. Allergists are specialized in treating this condition. ...Read more

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Can allergen sprays really work in controlling dust mite allergy symptoms?

Can allergen sprays really work in controlling dust mite allergy symptoms?

Unfortunately, no: To truly decrease dust mite symptoms, several measures are needed including encasements over bedding, hot water washing, reducing humidity and no carpet or frequent vacuuming. Some sprays kill mites, others denature mite proteins, but by themselves they are not sufficient to decrease symptoms. ...Read more

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How to control dust mite allergy?

How to control dust mite allergy?

Allergy measures: No carpeting. Special allergy pillow and mattress covers, sweep floors on a regular basis, dust using something on the rag( a cleaning solution) to pick up the dust and mites and not spread them into the air. Also have the heating and cooling cleaned and change or cleaned . And clean or replace the furnace filters on a regular basis. ...Read more

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Where do they inject the needle for allergen immunotherapy (pet allergies)?

Upper arm: The injection is typically in the back of the upper arm. There are rare circumstances where it varies. However the arm is by far the most common location. ...Read more

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I have allergic asthma & seasonal allergies. Can dust & animal dander cause headaches?

Depends: Are you allergic to these allergens? If so yes it can cause runny nose and headaches. If you don't know what you are allergic to, speak to doctor get an allergy test. ...Read more