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Pollen Count Bay Area
Angioedema & 4+ to birch pollen. 4 cetirizine/day, tongue+face swell LOT in summer. On pred. for months + stay inside - anything else you recommend?
Pollen allergy?: If the swelling occurs only during the summer and you have documented allergy to pollen during the season, you may consider starting allergy shots during the off season to modify your allergic response to that pollen. I must admit that I have yet seen a case of pollen allergy-> angioedema. In the meanwhile, consider getting a HEPA filter or A/C for your home or at least the bedroom. ...Read more
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
No role: Hi. Diastix (urine glucose testing) has no role (none, zero) in the modern treatment of diabetes. See a good, up-to-date physician (many outstanding ones in the bay area) for diabetes management. I shudder to think how your being treated by the dinosaur who has you using Diastix! What do your A1c's run? What drugs are you on for diabetes? Please go get a 2nd opinion for diabetes management. Peace ...Read more
Small rashes, itchiness, dryness occuring on face after relocating to a place with low humidity, high temperature & hard water. Please help?
See a dermatologist: You will need an exam to define the nature of your facial problem. It is probably not related to the new climate. ...Read more
Can you have pollen allergy shots during pollen allergy season? Or is having the shots on top of high pollen counts outside too much for your body?
Severe fatigue for years,rash comes and goes,Breathing problems,High white cell count 11.77 10^3/ul Low Lymph%(Auto)15.9%,High Gran#(Auto)8.35 10^3/ul?
Possibly Autoimmune: Your symptoms are concerning for an autoimmune process. This is a process where the body attacks itself. The symptoms you give can also represent a serious, slowly progressive infectious disease. A general blood count is no where near enough to define what you have. You need to see your physician as soon as possible. ...Read more
Ch.Rhinitis 8 yrs, IgE 867, eosinophil count 9, redness&itching during spt.No defect in nose.Is vasomotor rhinitis?Laser desensitization of nose is cure?
Nasal allergies: A high ige and eosinophil count speaks against vasomotor rhinitis. You need to get tested for environmental allergies and determine your triggers and get desensitized to them by allergen immunotherapy. Nasal surgery is not the answer. Seek the opinion of an allergist, not ent. ...Read more
Live in dry climate. Mouth, nose, skin very dry. Constant dry nose. Is it better to sleep w/ a warm, or cool mist humidifier? Have asthma & allergies.
High mold exposure when cleaning. Allergic to mold. 1 wk increasing sinus/chest congestion, itching nose/eyes/throat. Antihistamine? Fluticasone?
My allergies:dust, pollen, trees, mold, grass, i get sinus congestion & Inflammation several times a day. Will immunotherapy prevent the Inflammation?
Any tips to keep warm and healthy this winter? We don't get snow but 10 degrees celsius is already too cold in sunny south africa.
Awesome!: Think about those times when it is so hot you can barely take a deep breath. Then, put on your jacket, mittens, and hat and go for a vigorous walk. You will warm up. You will take off your hat and mittens and open up your coat. You will be able to exercise as much as you can endure. I do this in -10 degree c weather and it feels great. ...Read more
Sperm would: likely have lost it's motility with this scenario. ...Read more
Wbc 14.4; neutrophils 9.8; lymphocytes 3.8. Doing a blood smear. No hiv, infection, burns, tb, hep c. Third rise in WBC count?
Not a virus: Your lab values do not represent a viral illness in any way. ...Read more
My blood count went altered the value of 1.6% Basophils, Eosinophils 5.1%, 46.1% lymphocytes, TSH 1.13 uU / ml, I have dizziness, cold hands.
Whats the ?: These labs are normal. Discuss them with your doctor. ...Read more
WBC 3.5- thrombocytopenia (108,000) Recent development of low grade fever (100.2) , general malaise and mouth sores. What should I do?
Not unusual: Signifiant inflammation may take a few ays to go away, or you may be reacting to other allergens in the air such as molds.People with inflamed sinuses are at greater susceptibility to infections, so you may have caught a virus or developed a bacterial sinus infection during the time your nose was swollen and your sinuses weren't able to drain. ...Read more
Can platelet count of 482 be caused by "bad" sinus infection (found on brain mri) and seasonal hayfever? Haem-.374, rcc-4.39, hameoglobin-12.5, mcv-85, mch-29.2, (iron-12, ferritin-30, %sat-17.7 in dec)
Maybe: That platelet count is very slightly high. It could certanly be due to the inflammation associate with a bad sinus infection. Or it could be where you normally run--it is not so high that on it's own I would be concerned. However, if it goes higher or if you ever have problems bleeding or clotting, you should consult with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do i worry for repeat, non anaphalatic unicap tryptase 15? And mature tryptase <1; IgE 28; occasional low WBC & neutrophils, asthma, itch, allergies?
Platelet count 450, fibrinogen 800, CRP 45, ESR 80. On 6th week TB treatment.worried about these high counts, especially fibrinogen. What to do?
Rash around neck line &burns like a fire. the burn is an 8 on pain scale. ma 40 &there's no allergies except pollen in the summer. sure not cellulitis?
Son scratches himself until he bleeds (behind knees mostly, & other areas). Stopped gluten few months ago - helped some, but pollen now makes worse.
Confusing question: The condition sounds like eczema, with about a 3rd having food allergies as a contributing factor. It is not clear why you stopped gluten. If the kid has gluten associated antibodies, it may be worthwhile, however, if the test has not been done, a dangerous plan. Gluten sensitive people have increased risks for other medical problems which can go undetected unless the need for testing is known. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sinus pressure comes and goes. Can it be Pollen in my area. I am seeing an Allegerist and he suspects its the Pollen. ?
Hi, my 22 month old son has a rash-like skin reaction on his back, torso and abdominal area. I first noted it yesterday on his back, since spread posteriorly. No changes in soaps, no new food or medication given. He is allergic to pollen, dust, etc.
Rash: Rash could be due to a viral infection. There are many different viruses that can cause a rash. Followup with your child's doctor to clarify cause of the rash. Or if you have a photo of the rash you can use Health Tap Prime consult to get a diagnosis. ...Read more
Mathematical Achoo!: Great question. Pollen count measures how much pollen and what type of pollen in a cubic unit of air. When low, extremely sensitive people feel it. Moderate: many sensitive people may feel it. High: most sensitive people feel it. Very high: almost all sensitive people feel it. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Collect, microscope.: Pollen counting involves collecting the pollens and molds on specialized rods, or in special traps. These counters measure a set volume of air over a period of time. The rods are stained and examined under a microscope. Pollens have different characteristics that allow experts to label them as grasses, trees or weeds. Mold spores tend to stain differently and can also be identified. ...Read more
Plant reproduction: 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 and upper respiratory problems. ...Read more
If I share utensils with someone who is severely allergic to pollen, will I become allergic to pollen in the future if I am currently not allergic to pollen?
No.: Allergies are not transmissible from person to person in the manner you suggest. They are random and determined by your immune system. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Workup: You can try OTC antihistamines and wash out nasal passages with nasal saline ( effective); however, if symtoms are severe, you will need a comprehensive medical alleric workup and formal allergy skin testing. ...Read more
See below: Skin prick test is simple, safe and gives results in minutes. It enables one to find out whether you have antibodies that react to a certain allergen (weeds/pollen). Blood tests are also used to measure levels of pollen or weed specific antibodies your body produces. Problem: positive test do not necessarily mean you have pollen/weed allergies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antihistamine: Daily antihistamine can help, and they are over the counter. Nasal steroids, which are prescription can also help but they work best when taken consistently. You can do an antihistamine as needed, such as when pollen counts are high or when you first start to get symptoms. ...Read more
Unknown but maybe ok: "barm" and "pollen" are not medications approved by the fda, but are words that sellers put on labels of "supplements". They are not tested for effects and side effects like real medicines are. So, nobody really knows what effects they have, how accurate their dosing is, and how true or false their claims are. If it is from a large, national brand, the products' quality control might be adequate. ...Read more