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Angioedema & 4+ to birch pollen. 4 cetirizine/day, tongue+face swell LOT in summer. On pred. for months + stay inside - anything else you recommend?

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 (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


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Where to buy diastix in sf bay area?

Where to buy diastix in sf bay area?

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

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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?

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?

Can be done: Allergy shots during your problem season can definitely put you at risk for more severe reactions but the risk is minimal and continuing immunotherapy is recommended even during high pollen counts. Talk to your Allergist for more details about risks/benefits ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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.

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.

Yes, but...: Humidifier does provide extra moisture to upper airway, i.e., nose and throat. However, high humidity over 60% provides a favorable environment for the molds to grow and may aggravate asthma and allergy symptoms. ...Read more

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High mold exposure when cleaning. Allergic to mold. 1 wk increasing sinus/chest congestion, itching nose/eyes/throat. Antihistamine? Fluticasone?

High mold exposure when cleaning.  Allergic to mold. 1 wk increasing sinus/chest congestion, itching nose/eyes/throat.  Antihistamine?  Fluticasone?

Yes: Both can give you some symptomatic relief. Avoiding the exposure is primary and if it is in a home it is best to move if you are highly sensitive. Check out www.mhpvitamins.com, Inc. as they have a homeopathic for this. ...Read more

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My allergies:dust, pollen, trees, mold, grass, i get sinus congestion & Inflammation several times a day. Will immunotherapy prevent the Inflammation?

My allergies:dust, pollen, trees, mold, grass, i get sinus congestion & Inflammation several times a day. Will immunotherapy prevent the Inflammation?

Allergies: Immunotherapy will over time diminish your inflammatory response and decrease your congestion. It is essential part of management of upper and lower airway inflammation for which you are taking Pulmicort. ...Read more

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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.

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

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WBC 3.5- thrombocytopenia (108,000) Recent development of low grade fever (100.2) , general malaise and mouth sores. What should I do?

WBC 3.5- thrombocytopenia (108,000) Recent development of low grade fever (100.2) , general malaise and mouth sores. What should I do?

Lupus workup: You have systemic lupus until proved otherwise and need to be under the care of a competent physician who can also consider Behcet's and Crohn's. ...Read more

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Inflamed block nose from hay fever and still blocked after pollen count down?

Inflamed block nose from hay fever and still blocked after pollen count down?

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

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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)

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 more

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Do i worry for repeat, non anaphalatic unicap tryptase 15? And mature tryptase <1; IgE 28; occasional low WBC & neutrophils, asthma, itch, allergies?

Do i worry for repeat, non anaphalatic unicap tryptase 15?  And mature tryptase <1; IgE 28; occasional low WBC & neutrophils, asthma, itch, allergies?

Very unclear: You need further evaluation and clarification regarding the significance of your test results. Schedule appointment with your doctor and present you questions for specific answers. ...Read more

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Platelet count 450, fibrinogen 800, CRP 45, ESR 80. On 6th week TB treatment.worried about these high counts, especially fibrinogen. What to do?

May be expected.: The tests you listed: platelet count, fibrinogen, crp and ESR are all makers of inflammation. Which may be expected to be elevated in active infections, or inflammatory disorders. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Half way?: If the rash does not cross the midline of the body, then it may be shingles. Contact your doctor to check it out since the severity and duration of the rash, even if it happens to be shingles, can be reduced with prompt Rx with an antiviral drug. ...Read more

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Son scratches himself until he bleeds (behind knees mostly, & other areas). Stopped gluten few months ago - helped some, but pollen now makes worse.

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 more

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Why are the skin areas around my eyes swelling and itchy? Pollen?

Why are the skin areas around my eyes swelling and itchy? Pollen?

Puffy eyes: Eyelid swelling can certainly be due to pollen reaction. However, there are a lot of other problems that can cause swelling/puffiness on the lids. ...Read more

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Sinus pressure comes and goes. Can it be Pollen in my area. I am seeing an Allegerist and he suspects its the Pollen. ?

Sinus pressure comes and goes. Can it be Pollen in my area. I am seeing an Allegerist and he suspects its the Pollen. ?

Sinus: Possibly. Consider trying an OTC nasal steroid spray as directed and an antihistamine (if you are able to with the frequent urination) If they work, then its allergic. If not you might need a sinus CT scan ...Read more

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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.

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

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What is a pollen count?

What is a pollen count?

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 more

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How are pollen counts done?

How are pollen counts done?

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

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If my child is allergic to weeds and pollen?

If my child is allergic to weeds and pollen?

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 more

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What should you avoid if allergic to pollen?

What should you avoid if allergic to pollen?

Pollen: Easy answer of course. Pollen season can be problematic so try and stay inside if severely allergic to pollen, especially during the peak pollen season. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: pollen?

What is the definition or description of: pollen?

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

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What causes someone to be allergic to different pollens?

What causes someone to be allergic to different pollens?

Many factors: The most important factors that lead to allergy are genetics (inheritance from parents) and exposure. Therefore, you are more likely to develop allergy to pollen if you parent(s) have similar allergies, and if you live in an area (southeast) with lots of pollen. ...Read more

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Can there be a link between outside pollen and foods we eat?

Can there be a link between outside pollen and foods we eat?

Pollen and food: There is no link between pollens and the food we eat. However, you may have food allergies which could cause symptoms by themselves. ...Read more

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Is it ok to bring cut flowers in the house if pollen might be a problem?

Is it ok to bring cut flowers in the house if pollen might be a problem?

Probably not: Fresh cut flowers have pollen and might stimulate allergic reactions in susceptible people. If you know you have family or close friends or family with pollen allergies why risk making them miserable! ...Read more

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How long does it take for pollen levels to drop off in the air outdoors?

When is goes away!: If its seasonal and outdoors, nothing to do until the pollen goes, which may be spring, summer, or fall. Rain cleans the are for several days, but levels soon rise. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to ragweeds and pollen so pretty much the outdoors. What can I take to alleviate the symptoms?

Allergy treatments : Try avoid exposure to ragweed and pollen first, then using hepa filter system and vacuum your carpet more often. Then OTC antihistamines, decongestants, or Neti pot Normal Saline nasal rinse. See an allergy doctor for advice and more potent treatments if neccesary. ...Read more

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What to do if I have never broken out, so i was just wondering would i be allergic to it because of the pollen and ragweeds?

What to do if I have never broken out, so i was just wondering would i be allergic to it because of the pollen and ragweeds?

No problem: If you are not genetically predisposed to become allergic, it is unlikely that you will have problem regardless of the pollen count. ...Read more

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I am allergic to White Lilies. My first contact was White Lily extract, not pollen. Does this mean that I should avoid all forms/colors of Lily?

I am allergic to White Lilies. My first contact was White Lily extract, not pollen. Does this mean that I should avoid all forms/colors of Lily?

Yes: The best treatment for allergy is avoidance. I presume that your reaction is an itchy skin rash from the contact. The color of the flower does not impact the allergen in the plant. ...Read more

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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?

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

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What to do about pollen alergy?

What to do about pollen alergy?

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