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I'm allergic to ragweeds and pollen so pretty much the outdoors. What can I take to alleviate the symptoms?
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
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
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
Allergy drops: You could use an over the counter allery eyedrop such as zaditor (ketotifen). This in combination with cool, moist compresses usually gives relief. If this is not success full, you will need to see an ophthalmologist or allergist for prescription medication. The zaditior drops used to be available only by prescription but are now over the counter. ...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
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?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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