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What is the best allergy medication for seasonal allergies like pollen, dust, ragweed, hay fever, dogs, cats, hamsters etc?

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 more

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When does ragweed allergy season end?

When does ragweed allergy season end?

Ragweed season: Depends on the part of the country you're in. Generally, however, it runs from mid-july until the first hard frost. ...Read more

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Can christmas trees trigger childhood allergies?

Can christmas trees trigger childhood allergies?

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 more

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Can environmental allergies (food, pollen, dust mites, contrast dye, penicillin) cause a high positive ANA?

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

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Bedbug bite picture vs fleabite picture?

Bed Bug & Flea Bites: The basic difference is that flea bites cause small bumps surrounded by a halo. On the contrary, bed bug bites are red, hard and slightly raised like mosquito bites. Flea bites on humans are found in random and irregular manner, whereas bed bug bites are found in a straight row or in a linear manner. Flea bites are mostly found on legs and ankles. Bed bug bites can appear all over the body. ...Read more

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Is winter season contrast to atopic dermatitis?

Is winter season contrast to atopic dermatitis?

???: Eczema is an allergic inflammation of the skin leading to significant drying. Winter is typically a very dry season that can exacerbate atopic dermatitis. The key is to keep moisturized as often as possible. ...Read more

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What would be the best remedy for spring trees & flowers allegy?

What would be the best remedy for spring trees & flowers allegy?

Some help: For most people, a change of seasons signals the beginning of long, lazy days or cool, crisp evenings. But for the one in 10 americans who suffers from pollen allergies, changing seasons can mean misery. Nasal corticosteroids:flonase... Antihistamines.Allegra. ...Read more

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What do dust mite bites look like?

What do dust mite bites look like?

Dust mites: Although dust mites eat remnant of human skin they do not eat humans and do not consequently leave marks. Are you thinking bed bugs which leave blood red spots on skin and frequently blood spots on sheets. ...Read more

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Dust mite rash. What does it look like?

Dust mite rash. What does it look like?

Rash: dust mites generally cause eczema, it is patches of very itchy dry skin that can turn red and scaling with scratching ...Read more

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What distinguishes a head cold from seasonal, pollen allergies?

What distinguishes a head cold from seasonal, pollen allergies?

Sneezing, itching: Good question. Often times it is difficult to distinguish the two. Seasonal allergies will usually be triggered at the same time every year and you will notice a pattern. You will also notice some symptoms like itchy red eyes and sneezing. Many of the symptoms do overlap though. ...Read more

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Looking for nut allergies symptoms, eg, cashew allergy?

Looking for nut allergies symptoms, eg, cashew allergy?

Varies: Allergic reactions varies with individuals.Some can consume cashews, while to others they are toxic.Reactions can be mild or severe. Mild reactions include nausea , vomiting, diarrhea. Skin rash and itching on the skin.The eyes , roof of mouth and throat may itch.Severe reactions include difficulty breathing, swelling to face and throat.The most dangerous is anaphylaxis.This can be fatal ...Read more

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Anyone still suffering from ragweed allergies? Is it another pollen this month? Maybe multiple pollens?

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

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Itchy skin on various places. Does cat allergy or dog allergy do this?

Itchy skin on various places. Does cat allergy or dog allergy do this?

With direct contact: Cat and dog allergy causes eye, nose and asthma symptoms and these symptoms usually develop before itchy skin. Direct contact with your pet is required to cause itchy skin and then you would see redness and possibly hives at the contact site. If your pet spends a lot of time on your bed or sofa and then you lie on it, you could develop itchy skin. ...Read more

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What does strawberry allergy rash look like?

What does strawberry allergy rash look like?

Red, hives: Can be selling on skin such as hives or red itchy rash on face and body. Food allergies will resolve in 1-3 days if you avoid food. Take oral antihistamine and topical hydrocortisone. If it persists see md. ...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?

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

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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

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2 yrs rhinitis symptoms. Tried steroid sprays, allergy meds, scans, reflux, the lot! One possibility: v.high IgE Total on allergy blood test. Ideas?

2 yrs rhinitis symptoms. Tried steroid sprays, allergy meds, scans, reflux, the lot! One possibility: v.high IgE Total on allergy blood test. Ideas?

Treatment: There are several potential causes for rhinitis. In this case, high IgE is suggestive of allergy to environmental triggers (but in no way clearly diagnostic). More information is needed in order to suggest a specific strategy (eg allergy shots or immunotherapy), but no matter the cause; rest assured that we have options. ...Read more