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Plane Tree Allergy
Trees bring in mold: Fresh christmas trees do not have pollen but they, as any indoor plant that you water can promote mold. So if you get "allergies" when you are around christmas trees, it may be mold. And since trees are larger than house plants they can breed much more mold. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
Is intermittent severe back/spinal pain lasting approximately 10 seconds at a time a normal symptom of peanut/tree nut allergies? This happens to me.
Need help for mom of boy newly diagnosed with allergies. Where do you find recipes without tree nuts, soy, wheat, corn, rice, tomato for family of 6?
Support online: Yes, it can be difficult to figure out how to navigate a restricted diet. The food allergy and anaphylaxis network (now fare) and the kids with food allergies.Org can help with recipes and label reading tips. I would also go to the whole foods (or trader joes) and talk to the manager about a tour and brand options for your specific needs. Also try ian's foods online. ...Read more
Tree Nuts: Tree nuts refers to all nuts that grow on trees, such as walnut, pecan, brazil nut, cashew, etc. All of these and a few others are available as allergy tests. Peanut and soynut are not true nuts; they are legumes that are roasted to be crunchy. They have some of the same allergens as tree nuts, however. Some people are allergic to tree nuts and peanut. If allergic to one tree nut, avoid all. ...Read more
Off top: Tree nuts include but are not limited to: almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, coconuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, and walnuts. ...Read more
Genes & environment: The tendency to develop allergies to foods & other innocuous environmental things is inherited. Allergy to tree nuts & peanuts probably occurs because exposure is too low during the critical period when the infant's immune system is sorting out self from dangerous stuff & foreign but safe stuff. Allergists currently think that early exposure to tree nuts might prevent allergy to these foods. ...Read more
Not always: Not necessarily. However, until you are tested for specific nut, i would avoid them all. ...Read more
Avoidance: Unfortunately the only currently available option is avoidance. Be careful with reading food labels for traces of tree nuts. ...Read more
No: Generally no. If you are receiving allergy shots, it is important to have the correct tree pollen that is responsible in the shot, but otherwise the basic principles are the same. Knowing which tree pollens are responsible for your allergies can help plan desensitization (allergy shots) and might help you predict which seasons will be difficult for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Allergy shots: Treatment for cat allergy includes avoiding cats (not keeping them at home), medications to treat symptoms, and for long term relief, allergy injections (allergy shots). An allergist can review the benefits and risks of allergy shots. This is the only disease modifying strategy to relieve symptoms long term. ...Read more
When i travel by plane and get severe headaches and I am assuming is due to my allergies. What can I do to prevent these headaches?
Decongestants: Decongestants will help if your sinuses are clogged. Be aware that decongestants can cause an increase in your blood pressure and other side effects so check with your doctor to see if it is ok to take them. Decongestant nasal sprays are also helpful but do not use them for more than 2 -3 consecutive days. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer