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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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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 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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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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20 asthma severe dust allergy pet fur feather some food allergy recurrent sinus upper respiratory infections pale low energy swollen glands nausea?

20 asthma severe dust allergy pet fur feather some food allergy recurrent sinus upper respiratory infections pale low energy swollen glands nausea?

Lots of allergies : There are many complaints and symptoms - many of which may be related to your allergies. Go see an allergist and work through your symptoms. ...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

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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 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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Itchy skin on various places. Does cat allergy or dog allergy do this?

Itchy skin on various places. Does cat allergy or dog allergy do this?

With direct contact: Cat and dog allergy causes eye, nose and asthma symptoms and these symptoms usually develop before itchy skin. Direct contact with your pet is required to cause itchy skin and then you would see redness and possibly hives at the contact site. If your pet spends a lot of time on your bed or sofa and then you lie on it, you could develop itchy skin. ...Read more

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What will really work in controlling dust mite allergy symptoms?

What will really work in controlling dust mite allergy symptoms?

Controversial: Some recent studies are suggesting that there is not much that can be done about environmental control for dust mites. I usually recommend washing bed linens weekly in hot water, allergen encasings, and keeping bedroom as uncluttered as possible. ...Read more

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Can hives be symptoms of dog allergies?

Can hives be symptoms of dog allergies?

Yes if when with dog: Any severe allergy can cause hives in the allergic person, so yes, hives could be due to a dog. More people are allergic to cats than are allergic to dogs, by a large percentage, but some people have life- threatening dog allergies. Severe reactions can include eye swelling, throat- closing, coughing and asthma, and shock, as well as skin rashes including hives. ...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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Could cat hair give children eczema?

Could cat hair give children eczema?

Yes: It can exacerbate eczema in a child that is predisposed to it. Meaning it doesn't cause it, but it can make it worse. ...Read more

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2 yrs rhinitis symptoms. Tried steroid sprays, allergy meds, scans, reflux, the lot! One possibility: v.high IgE Total on allergy blood test. Ideas?

2 yrs rhinitis symptoms. Tried steroid sprays, allergy meds, scans, reflux, the lot! One possibility: v.high IgE Total on allergy blood test. Ideas?

Treatment: There are several potential causes for rhinitis. In this case, high IgE is suggestive of allergy to environmental triggers (but in no way clearly diagnostic). More information is needed in order to suggest a specific strategy (eg allergy shots or immunotherapy), but no matter the cause; rest assured that we have options. ...Read more

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Symptoms of allergic reaction to antihistmine ?

Symptoms of allergic reaction to antihistmine ?

That's curious....: Allergic reactions are when the body's immune system detect something that it recognizes as a foreign substance (ingested, contact through skin, food or medicine, or in the case of auto-immure diseases, it's own cells). One reax is to mobilize cells that secrete anti-histamines to fight the allergic reax. So, allergic relax to antihistamine would be very unusual. Let detective doc sort this out. ...Read more

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Does risk for anaphylaxis vary with type of allergen from immunotherapy? Example: pollen, stings, mites, cat, food, etc..

Does risk for anaphylaxis vary with type of allergen from immunotherapy? Example: pollen, stings, mites, cat, food, etc..

Complex: Risk of anaphylaxis from immunotherapy depends on many factors: identifying the allergens causing the symptoms, severity of symptoms, whether well controlled prior to start of therapy, choosing the right allergens and right concentrations, assessment at each visit prior to administration of therapy, and observation for at least 30 minutes. Very rare in the hands of a competent allergist, good luck ...Read more

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What types of pollen will trigger allergy symptoms?

What types of pollen will trigger allergy symptoms?

Trees, grass, weeds: Pollen are fertilizing grains produced by plants for propagation. Some plants use the wind to help in pollination producing massive quantities of pollen that become airborne; these include trees, grasses, and weeds. If you are prone to allergies, these plants can cause symptoms during certain seasons. Plants that make pretty, fragrant flowers attract insects for propagation & don't cause allergies. ...Read more

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

Runny nose, made worse by exposure to allergen or irritants ...Read more


Watery Eyes, Made Worse By Pets (Definition)

Watery eyes, made worse by pets ...Read more