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Allergic to olive trees?

Allergic to olive trees?

Possible: Olive tree pollen allergy is not common in the us b/c olive trees are not that common. It is more common in mediteranean area. ...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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Does eucalyptus plants cause allergy?

Does eucalyptus plants cause allergy?

Possible: In terms of airborne allergens one would not expect this to be a cause of allergy. Certainly one could see an irritant or contact dermatitis from any plant. ...Read more

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Being allergic to olive trees the same as olives?

Being allergic to olive trees the same as olives?

No: Olive tree allergy such as european olive tree typically refers to pollen produced by the tree and shed during the spring. The edible olive should not cause a problem in those with pollen allergy. ...Read more

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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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Is freshly fertilized grass poisonous?

Is freshly fertilized grass poisonous?

No: Fertilization is done with nitrogen rich chemicals not strictly poisonous but obnoxious and potentially allergenic. Best not to play around until the fertilizer is absorbed by watering the lawn or until the next rainfall. ...Read more

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Safe fruits/foods for airborne nut allergies?

Safe fruits/foods for airborne nut allergies?

Nuts cautioned,: It is believed that one is likely allergic to most nuts when a definite allergy to one nut has been documented. However this is not always true since some people may be allergic to just one nut and not the others. You need to consult an allergist to sort this out since a serious reaction to airborne nuts (including peanut which is actually a bean) has rarely been noted outside of workplace. ...Read more

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Would pollen (birch) immunotherapy help resolve OAS? (Apple, hazelnut, peanuts ara h8, etc)

Would pollen (birch) immunotherapy help resolve OAS?  (Apple, hazelnut, peanuts ara h8, etc)

Maybe: Will birch immunotherapy help with oral allergy syndrome? I agree with Dr. Al Hegab that the benefits are not fully understood at this point in time and immunotherapy solely for the purpose of treating OAS is not recommended. However, if you also have allergic rhinitis and/or allergic asthma symptoms, immunotherapy could improve these symptoms, and maybe symptoms of OAS. ...Read more

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Tree nut allergy sufferers: do you know what nuts specifically count as tree nuts?

Tree nut allergy sufferers: do you know what nuts specifically count as tree nuts?

Off top: Tree nuts include but are not limited to: almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, coconuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, and walnuts. ...Read more

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Are pumpkin seed shells edible?

Are pumpkin seed shells edible?

Yes: Pumpkin seed shells are edible- they probably test best when toasted in an oven. You might even try adding a salt free fat free seasoning for additional taste. ...Read more

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2 of my 4 kids allergic soy, wheat, rice, corn, peanut, hazelnut, almond, coconut, tomato, lima bean, garlic, onion, fish, shellfish, cantaloupe! help?

2 of my 4 kids allergic soy, wheat, rice, corn, peanut, hazelnut, almond, coconut, tomato, lima bean, garlic, onion, fish, shellfish, cantaloupe! help?

Board certified MD?: Make sure the doc telling you this is doing skin testing and not blood testing, consider a trip to a board certified allergy immunologist specialist, unlikely all of these positive tests are clinically significant. ...Read more

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Can poison ivy or sumac grow around trees as shrubs in school yards?

Can poison ivy or sumac grow around trees as shrubs in school yards?

Poison ivy: Greetings. Yes poison ivy and sumac can grow around trees and scrubs in school yards. These plants can grow anywhere. ...Read more

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Chinese food triggering someone's cashew allergy?

Chinese food triggering someone's cashew allergy?

Possible: Some chinese dishes contain cashews. The other possibility is that there was cashew "contamination" in your dish. ...Read more

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What is healthier, basil from my garden, organic basil from farmers market or basil in jars of tomato sauce?

Fresher the better: The basil from you own garden and from the fartmers' market is apt to be the freshest and thus the best. ...Read more

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Allergy to organic trail mix. Throat closed. Which ingred likely? Raisin, sunflower seed, pumpkin seed, cashew, apples, almonds, cranberries, cane syrup

Allergy to organic trail mix. Throat closed. Which ingred likely? Raisin, sunflower seed, pumpkin seed, cashew, apples, almonds, cranberries, cane syrup

Food allergy: An allergist can help diagnose and treating this particular problem. Allergy testing either by blood or skin test can give us information of which food is likely the one that cause such symptom. Throat closing is dangerous. I would advise you seek specialist medical advice soon. ...Read more

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Are tree pollen allergies treated differently from other allergies?

Are tree pollen allergies treated differently from other allergies?

No: Generally no. If you are receiving allergy shots, it is important to have the correct tree pollen that is responsible in the shot, but otherwise the basic principles are the same. Knowing which tree pollens are responsible for your allergies can help plan desensitization (allergy shots) and might help you predict which seasons will be difficult for you. ...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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Avoiding chemical air freshener. Trying Fresh Waveーessences of pine needle, clove, anise, and cedar. Cough/cold cresting? or am I adding allergens?

Avoiding chemical air freshener. Trying Fresh Waveーessences of pine needle, clove, anise, and cedar. Cough/cold cresting? or am I adding allergens?

U r adding irritants: to your already inflamed airways, better avoid those irritants till you sort out what kind of inflammation you have, whether allergic or non-allergic chronic inflammation, meanwhile use saline nasal washes often. See an allergist/Immunologist for evaluation, check aaaai.org, or acaai.org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more