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Dr. Duane Gels
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Pollen Allergy (Overview)

A common spring allergy that causes sensitive individuals to feel itchy or watery eyes, runny nose and congestion, an itch in the mouth or lip swelling. This sensitivity is a result of the body's reaction to certain airborne pollen from the tiny particles released from grasses, weeds and trees that hitch a ride on the currents of air.


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What are the symptoms of a pollen allergy?

What are the symptoms of a pollen allergy?

Varied: Typical symptoms of pollen allergy include sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes. Pollen allergy can also trigger asthma symptoms with coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and difficulty breathing. ...Read more

Dr. Duane Gels
112 doctors shared insights

Pollen Allergy (Overview)

A common spring allergy that causes sensitive individuals to feel itchy or watery eyes, runny nose and congestion, an itch in the mouth or lip swelling. This sensitivity is a result of the body's reaction to certain airborne pollen from the tiny particles released from grasses, weeds and trees that hitch a ride on the currents of air.


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What is an allergy test like to test for pollen allergies?

What is an allergy test like to test for pollen allergies?

Easy: Skin testing for pollen allergy entails: cleaning the skin with alcohol, number the skin to keep track of the different allergens tested, a "prick" with skin test device that has a drop of the allergen on the tip and then waiting 15-20 minutes to see if a reaction occurs. The skin test feels like a mosquito bite it is really quite painless. ...Read more

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Can a pollen allergy cause you to choke?

Can a pollen allergy cause you to choke?

Possibly: Allergy to pollen can cause postnasal drainage, which cold make you feel like you are going to choke. This type of symptom is uncommon, however, compared to the cardinal symptoms of allergic rhinitis (runny nose, sneeze, itchy nose/eyes, nasal congestion). ...Read more

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For how many months should a child take dry powder inhaler with singular to treat asthma attack where she is suffering from olive pollen allergy ?

For how many months should a child take dry powder inhaler with singular to treat asthma attack  where she is suffering from olive pollen allergy ?

Desensitization: If exposure to the pollen can't be avoided, an allergist may offer desensitization to the pollen, which may help. If exposure to the pollen cannot be avoided, and desensitization is not available or is ineffective, then long-term treatment with bronchodilators may be needed ...Read more

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Are tree pollen allergies treated differently from other allergies?

Are tree pollen allergies treated differently from other allergies?

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 more

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What is the best allergy treatment to fight severe pollen allergies?

What is the best allergy treatment to fight severe pollen allergies?

See an allergists: In general, the treatment of allergic rhinits is three pronged: avoidance, medications and immunotherapy. Avoidance implies getting tested to understand what one is allergic too. Medications include: antihistamines, decongestants and nasal steroids. Immunotherapy is allergy vaccine therapy which, while woking to control you symptoms, is trying to establish a long term modification of one's allergy. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedy treatments for seasonal allergy (pollen) ?

Are there any home remedy treatments for seasonal allergy (pollen) ?

Yes...: Salt water washes, keeping windows closed, central air, extensive cleaning and vacuuming, washing of bed sheets, keeping pets out of the bedroom, etc.. Full control might require visits to the allergist to come up with a good treatment regimen. ...Read more

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I have a problem of pollen allergy which causes watering eyes and nose, sneezing and breathing problem. How can it be cured or any precautions?

I have a problem of pollen allergy which causes watering eyes and nose, sneezing and breathing problem. How can it be cured or any precautions?

Control not cure: While there is no cure for allergies, they can be controlled using 3 steps. 1. Identification of the particular allergen and avoidance as possible. 2 medications like antihistamines and nasal steroid sprays and 3. Allergy injections for long term relief. An allergist can assist in a plan specific for each person. ...Read more

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Can I get rid of pollen allergy by moving?

Can I get rid of pollen allergy by moving?

Depends: Most people who are pollen allergic will be allergic in the new area. Typically if one moves to a different agricultural zone there will be different allergens. Because one is allergic and presdisposed to allergies it is not unusual to see one develop allergies in the new area. ...Read more

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I have pollen allergy & expired claritins (loratadine) what happens if i take 2 tablets?

I have pollen allergy & expired claritins (loratadine) what happens if i take 2 tablets?

It is OK: The origional dose studies were up to 40mg/day. The most cost effective dose for adults was the 10mg. The medication like this does not suddenly go bad like out dated milk so you are probably ending up with more than 10mg anyway. ...Read more

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Why are pollen allergy and general allergies on the increase?

Why are pollen allergy and general allergies on the increase?

Genetic & Environmen: Both genetic and environmental factors play a role. The chances of developing allergic disease is higher if one parent has an atopic condition, and higher if both parents are atopic. Then in the environment "cleanliness" propegates the immune system towards the allergic phenotype. ...Read more

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How to prevent pollen allergy from ruining my childs fun?

See below: You can treat your child with otc allergy medications, and treat him prior to exposure. ...Read more

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Is there any preventive measures to avoid pollen allergy besides allergy shots?

Allergic rhinitis: Staying inside the house during pollen season seems like the best answer. But that's not practical. So , in addition to wearing a mask, do not forget to clean your outer clothes, accessories and shoes before getting back in your house to prevent pollen from being trapped inside the house. Taking a shower will help remove pollen adhering to your skin. Antihistamines plus nasal steroids will help. ...Read more

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How long can pollen allergy?

How long can pollen allergy?

Not sure of question: If you are asking how long someone can have pollen allergies - it can be years. That time can be shortened with treatment. If you are asking how long the pollen season lasts, that depends on your geography. Where you live, some plants can pollinate all year round. ...Read more

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Will pollen allergy ever go away?

Will pollen allergy ever go away?

Allergy remissions : They can certainly lessen in severity in some associated with adolescents or in adults more senior years. But why wait and suffer. There are various safe and effective treatments. ...Read more

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How do you cope with a pollen allergy?

How do you cope with a pollen allergy?

Multiple ways: Avoid peak pollen times which are in the morning. Air conditioning can help. Low or non sedating antihistamines can help (such as loratadine, Cetirizine or fexophenadine). Prescription topical steroid or antihistamine nasal sprays are very effective. Specific allergy immunotherapy (allergy shots fda approved, sublingual immunotherapy is a promising but is not fda approved) can reduce the allergy. ...Read more

Pollen (Definition)

Pollen is the equivalent of sperm for a plant. It is a genetically active product, seen on flowers usually, which the plants with the assistance of birds, bats and insects as well as the wind, uses to fertilize the egg of the plant to ensure a next generation. It also can be irritating, functioning as an allergen, leading to sneezing ...Read more


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