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What is the best allergy medication for seasonal allergies like pollen, dust, ragweed, hay fever, dogs, cats, hamsters etc?
There are a few: Not one medicine is better than another....Everyone's system is different...Some people get better with allegra..Others with zyrtec..Others with Claritin or even benadryl (diphenhydramine). These are now over-the-counter...Try some and read the labels. If you don't feel better, see a board certified allergist (www.Acaai.Org). Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can environmental allergies (food, pollen, dust mites, contrast dye, penicillin) cause a high positive ANA?
I have seen this: While the +ANA is suggestive of SLE there can be other causes - other connective tissue disease, autoimmune thyroid disease, auto immune hepatitis to name some. I have seen a lot of people with + ANAs who only have as another problem a history of allergic reactions and I am convinced that thee allergic reactions can cause a + ANA. Everyone can have very low titters (amount) of ANA. ...Read more
Not usually: Usually the plantain allergy discussed here in the states is to the pollen of the weed English Plantain, not food allergy to plantains (similar to bananas). An interesting fact about English Plantain is that, unlike typical weeds like ragweed that produce pollen in the fall, English Plantain produces pollen both fall AND spring, in a bimodal fashion. This photo is not E. plantain, however. ...Read more
I got an allergy panel. IGE 56 total 11.9
Silver Birch, White Oak 5.94, 1.38 Cottonwood, White Ash 0.97. 0.75 Walnut, rest are <0.4. Whats next?
Discuss with your MD: or your allergist, next step depends on your symptoms and final diagnosis ...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
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
Does risk for anaphylaxis vary with type of allergen from immunotherapy? Example: pollen, stings, mites, cat, food, etc..
Complex: Risk of anaphylaxis from immunotherapy depends on many factors: identifying the allergens causing the symptoms, severity of symptoms, whether well controlled prior to start of therapy, choosing the right allergens and right concentrations, assessment at each visit prior to administration of therapy, and observation for at least 30 minutes. Very rare in the hands of a competent allergist, good luck ...Read more
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
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
My allergies:dust, pollen, trees, mold, grass, i get sinus congestion & Inflammation several times a day. Will immunotherapy prevent the Inflammation?
Likely: Immunotherapy is effective about 80% of the time in reducing the allergic responses which cause the inflammation. Of course, it must be accompanied by avoidance measures as well. Even more important, after 3-5 years of shots, many people continue to enjoy the improvement in symptoms even years after the treatment has been stopped. Talk to your allergist. ...Read more
Yes: Guinea pigs are part of the rodent family and they can all produce similar symptoms. ...Read more
All the allergy tests i took (food, dust, pollen, nuts) was 100 % negative. Im afraid of anaphylaxis. No history of allergies in my family. Phobia?
Reassurance Trap: There's no reassuring you here. A phobia is an intense, irrational fear. An obsession is an intrusive thought. See anxiety expert 4 careful diagnosis. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (cbt) -particularly the behavioral component involving exposure to the fear(s) (usually gradual)- is considered the most effective treatment. A clinical psychologist who specializes in phobias, anxiety, ocd can help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
We have discovered a major infestation of fluke worms, bird mites (D. Gallinae), & spider mites in our home, our pet, and our bodies. What can we do?
Bird mites: I would ask your Dr. there and your vet. So who has the flukes? I you then see your Dr. soon. Which kind of flukes. Tell both your Dr and your vet and ask their advice. ...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
I'm allergic to ragweeds and pollen so pretty much the outdoors. What can I take to alleviate the symptoms?
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?
Good question!: Both milk thistle and ragweed are in the asteraceae botanical family. While this might be enough to increase the chance they share common allergens, i was unable to find information in the scientific literature that the allergy to one increased risk to the other. Since information is lacking, be cautious and use the expertise of an allergist. A skin test might be helpful or a stepwise challenge. ...Read more
If I am allergic to ragweed and pollen should I take anything containing desert indian wheat in it?
Sure: When an individual is allergic to trees, grasses or weeds the reaction isn't to the leaves, bark, roots but to the pollen made by the male plant which gets blown by the wind onto the eggs of the female plant to make a seed which can go on to make a new plant. There should be no cross-reactivity between ragweed pollen and indian wheat dessert or indian wheat/maize. ...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