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Ragweed Allergy In Children
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
NO: Ragweed is a specific plant, which usually results in allergy symptoms in the fall. ...Read more
Don't worry about it: I don't know if any body has taken it over the rockies. But it is not supposed to be in california. If some body did take it over then it should still bloom around august 15th. In areas of no frost in southern california, it would behave like in southern florida where it blooms again in the end of april. ...Read more
Meds/sprays: A simple non sedating once daily antihistamine like loritadine or fexofenadine can help many. Some people have better response to one med than the other. An over the counter nasal steroid can also help. Nasal steroids often require a week of use before you see noticeable improvement. ...Read more
Ragweed allergy: Ragweed season is from 15th of august to the first frost in most of the midwest and western U.S. At one time people used to take 'ragweed' vacations and go to calfornia or europe to escape the season and severe symptoms. Antihistamines, decongestant and steroids help. Ideal treatment is evaluation by a trained allergy specialist and immunotherapy (allergy injections) for long term relief. ...Read more
Can ragweed allergy cross-react with spaghetti squash? Could this be the reason I seem to have more food allergies diagnosed in the Fall?
Not aware: Although ragweed can cross react with melon/cantaloupe and perhaps even banana, I am not aware of any association with spaghetti squash. Whether you have a true food allergy or not should not change with season although the symptoms may be more severe with higher exposure to allergens of any kind. ...Read more
How can you tell the difference between a cold and allergies? I've got a ragweed allergy and I've got a stuffy nose, and have been coughing.
Not Easy: Honestly, I have looked at many patients cold vs allergy. The only semi reliable way that I have found to decide is to look at the mucous membranes (turbinates) in the nose and if they are pale to purplish and not red and weepy, it is usuallly allergic rhinitis. Otherwise, the two presentations are almost exactly the same. ...Read more
Ragweed allergy: Keeping car windows closed and filter change may be useful. Allergy medicines will help. For severe symptoms Prednisone or cortisone injection (celestone (betamethasone) or kenalog) may give relief. Ideally see a trained allergist for proper allergy testing and treatment. Immunotherapy or allergy injections if started now may help you in the future seasons, prevent complications and be more economical. ...Read more
Sleepytime & tension tamer tea by celestial seasoning, any risks for high blood pressure or drug interactions? Ragweed allergy should I avoid chamomile
No problem: I have not found any ingredient in these herbal tea which would cause hypertension. As for ragweed allergy, you are actually allergic to the airborne pollen and not to the flower itself. Even if the chamomile pollen in the flower cross-react with ragweed, it will be highly unlikely to cause you allergic symptoms given that the chamomile would have been subjected to processing and heating. ...Read more
Meds, Avoidance: Ragweed allergy presents with congestion, running, itching (eyes and nose), and post-nasal drip (season from August to first frost). See an Allergist in order to confirm suspicion. Intranasal steroid sprays and non-sedating antihistamines can be helpful as well as avoidance measures (keeping car and house windows close, avoid high pollen counts). Also allergy shots or new sublingual tablets. ...Read more
Ragweed hater: Ragweed, a weed that pollenates from mid august till later september, is a major cause of respiratory allergy symptoms in much of the usa. The extent and severity of symptoms is dependent upon amount of exposure, degree of sensitivity, organ system involvement, and response to treatment. Therefore symptoms can very from mild to potentially life threatening. ...Read more
No: Ragweed is a specific plant which normally causes allergy symptoms in the fall. Cleaning your closet may help with dust allergies. ...Read more
Immunotherapy: Allergies are inappropriate immune reactions to food or environmental substances that some people develop. These inappropriate immune responses disappear if a mechanism of immune tolerance develops. This can occur naturally with time, explaining how we 'grow out' of allergies, or can be induced by allergen immunotherapy or 'allergy shots'. This is well estalished for ragweed allergy. ...Read more
Anyone still suffering from ragweed allergies? Is it another pollen this month? Maybe multiple pollens?
Allergies July: In july many pollens are reduced due to dryness and heat but there are still some grass and tree pollens. It depends where you live. Mold is always around as are irritants. ...Read more
I am allergic to ragweed. My DC has recommended a supplement that is "contraindicated in known allergy to plants of the daisy family." Is it ok?
It's ok to be...: It's ok to be allergic to ragweed pollen. Many people are allergic to a variety of pollens. A primary care provider can help take care of such allergies. A "DC" usually means a chiropractor. Chiropractors are not medical doctors, so nobody knows what chiropractors are doing when they make medical recommendations. If worried, one can bring the supplement to his real medical doctor to ask about it. ...Read more
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
In regards to intradermal allergy testing, what do these results mean: ragweed 15/24 and tree mix 6/12?
Intradermal testing: These are measurements in mm of the wheal and flare response indicating that you are allergic to these two seasonal allergens. ...Read more
Is it possible for a woman's vagina to have a slight itch due to seasonal allergies, such as ragweed?
Itching: Vulvar and vaginal allergies are common. Sometimes just by changing your soap can create an allergy. Things that can irritate the vagina/vulva are: perfumes, soaps, laundry detergent, sex, menstruation, vaginal deodorants or sprays, condoms, male secretions during sex, infections, creams and the list goes on. ...Read more
If you're not allergic to pollen, dust, ragweed, etc...Basically no allergies.....Tested and negative, can you still have rhinitis? What causes it?
Yes.: The cause of about 1/3 adult patients with chronic rhinitis is not allergic. For these patients triggers include irritants like smoke, perfume, petrochemical odors, diesel exhaust, wind & cold air. Topical antihsitamine & anticholinergic sprays are effective meds. Nasal polyps, chronic sinusitis, & hypothyroidism are other common causes of chronic rhinitis. ...Read more
Ragweed triggers my asthma On allergy/asthma meds Cant avoid being outside as I cover recess duty Would using my rescue inhaler before going out help?
Yes, but: What kind of asthma medications you are on, it also seems that you are on nasal medications too, Frequent nasal irrigation and adherence to your treatment medications plan are important, it also helps if you can apply a mask while outdoors. Ultimately you need to be evaluated by an allergist/immunologist, if you haven't done so a;ready for possible allergy shots (specific immunotherapy), good luck ...Read more