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Rose Water Allergy
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
Avoidance: If you are developing a sensitivity to these products then I would avoid using them. If you have a true sensitivity then your reactions will only get worse the more you use it. If you want more details see an Allergist to determine risks. ...Read more
Doubt true allergy: Chlorine in pools bubbles off in the sunlight forming a gas that is quite irritating. As kids swim with their head just above the water they are in a zone where this chlorine odor is prominent. It can produce nasal irritation & occasionally set off an asthma attack. In some respects it is like inhaling smoke. Avoiding the peak sun hours can help but this is part of swimming in a chlorinated pools. ...Read more
To eyes?: If your boys are getting red eyes after swimming, they likely have a chemical irritation to their eyes. Have them swim with goggles and try to limit opening eyes under water. If the allergy is to their skin, have them take a shower immediately after exiting the pool. See your doctor for other reactions. ...Read more
No but: 6 cups of water a day is not too much but it is unlikely to affect your allergies one way or another unless you are severely dehydrated. ...Read more
Is it possible to be allergic to one part of skin (let's say allergy to water), and not another part?
No: But some skin is more sensitive -- an allergy would affect you everywhere. ...Read more
Drinking plenty of fluids but allergies are in the way, feel like I an sucking in air more than water. Everything seems so dry? Normal?
Aquagenic urticaria: There are several unusual hive-like syndromes caused by "physical factors." these include cold, heat, solar, vibration and yes....Water. It is very rare and hives occur with water contact regardless of water temperature or whether it is fresh or salt water. An allergist or dermatologist should be familiar with this rare syndrome and offer a diagnostic and treatment approach. ...Read more
There is: It is very rare, called aquagenic urticaria, welts and /or itching with exposure to water. It occurs mainly in women. It has to be differentiated from cold-induced urticaria, where the rash due to cooling of the skin after getting wet and not the exposure to water. Also, there are certain diseases where exposure to water causes itching without welts. ...Read more
Unlikely allergy: Water (regardless of salinity) is unlikely to trigger allergic skin reactions. There is a very rare type of "physical" hives called "aquagenic urticaria" where tap water causes hives on the skin. Also, both cold or hot water immersion or skin contact can cause hives. These are more common than aquagenic urticaria. ...Read more
Not likely: The difference between hard and purified water should only be the natural minerals. These minerals should not trigger an allergic reaction. Water in general would not trigger an allergy with the exception of the very, very rare case of aquagenic urticaria--or hives from water. It is not based on water temperature, salt or fresh, etc. ...Read more
My son has been coughing for the past 2 weeks. I started giving him the homeopath allergy drops and honey water once a day as well as 5ml cofolex Twic?
Better c his doctor: He may have upper or lower respiratory infection, and he may need prescription medications as antibiotics, best wishes ...Read more
Dry eyes: Either blocked tear ducts (draining into the nose- usually one side only) or dry eyes can induce tearing. It may seem ironic that when the eyes produces insufficient amount to tear, excessive tearing occurs (this is from over-compensation of tear production when the eyes get too irritated from the lack of an even supply of tear). Artificial eye drops may help. If not see an eye doctor. ...Read more
Immune reactions: The conjunctiva, the thin membrane on the inner surface of the eyelids and the white part of the eye, has lots of mast cells, which are the cells that react to allergens. So just as you get an allergic reaction in the nose, you get an allergic reaction in the eye as well. The eye is also connected to the nose through a small duct, and sometimes allergens can travel back and forth. ...Read more
Unlikely: Fluoride allergy is highly unlikely. In fact I am highly skeptical that it even exists. Fluoride may cause upset stomach, but that is not the same as an allergic reaction. Some city water contains many chemicals and impurities that are very bad for you. I would recommend filtering your water with a brita or something similar. ...Read more
Check ingredients: Most allergy medications contain an antihistamine such as diphenhydramine, loratidine, cetirizine or fexofenadine. Cold medications may also include one of these ingredients in addition to other ingredients to control other cold symptoms. Antihistamines, particularly diphenhydramine, can cause drowsiness and therefore you should not take two products with this ingredient. ...Read more
What type of water do I use in nettipot? How do I sanitize nettipot? Is it OK to use with allergies of sinitus?
Distilled or boiled: Only use distilled or boiled water with netipot. Never use tap water. Very good for both allergies and sinus problems. Either replace the netipot (if plastic) after 3 months of use or can sanitize with white vinegar and hot water. ...Read more
Is there a name for an allergy to cold water? I get itching to full blown hives. What tests can they do to determine? Any info on the allergy?
Physical urticaria?: Urticaria (hives) associated with exposure to water has moe than one cause. It may be a non-allergic (physical) urticaria. There are other, even rarer causes. Some may be due to an allergic antibody (ige), others associated with rare diseases. Do symptoms occur with exposure to cold? Do you have any other symptoms? Try an antihistamine before getting wet, but see an allergist/immunologist. ...Read more
For like a few months I have been coughing up water like mucous it's only happens when I a lay down to sleep. Allergies are horrible but how to end it?
Not only allergy: You probably cough mainly when lying down because of post-nasal drip. However, acid reflux may be contributing. Start by rinsing our nose with saline and taking a non-sedating anti-histamine such as fexofenadine or cetirizine at night AND raise your head on at least 2 pillows, no food or drink before bed. If no better, see your physician or better a board-certified allergist/immunologist. ...Read more
Treatment: You need a stepped approach to treatment. Eliminate the allergen, go on loratidine or cetrizine, and use eye drops. I start with zaditor which is over the counter and this fails consider prescription mess such as bepreve (bepotastine besilate). Tough cases do well on alrex. Talk to your eye doctor. ...Read more
Watery eyes: Watering of the eyes is not always from an allergy but if it is, a standard allergy eye drop such as Patanol (olopatadine) or Alomide should take care of it. You don't have to also be sneezing. ...Read more
The exit/drainage routes for your tears may be swollen closed by allergic conjunctivitis.
There may be reflex tearing that over loads your tear drainage system even if the exit routes are not swollen closed.
If your nose is also running, the exit routes are working and it is the excess reflex tearing. ...Read more
Question unclear: Toradol is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain reliever. Taking a 'water pill' would likely have no effect on an allergic reaction.Anti-histamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may help-but if the allergy is 'severe' you risk anaphylaxis w/asphyxiation or a Stevens-Johnson type reaction, among others. Seek medical attention IMMEDIATELY if you have taken Toradol & are swelling, having difficulty breathing, etc. ...Read more
Clear "mucus" almost like water from my nose pretty consistently only with head tilted forward? No cold or allergies, that I know of! Possibilities?
Yes: It may be from fluid collecting in the sinus then drains out when the head tilts at the right direction for the sinus to drain. If you have had a recent head trauma, then it may be a serious condition such as a fracture in the skull area connecting to the nose. You need to get this checked out especially if head trauma is involved. ...Read more
Why are allergies bad during the winter months? It seems as if the more water I drink, the more dehydrated, I feel becasue the air is so dry at home.
Heat and dust mites: Winter allergies are mostly due to dust mites and also pet dander. Lower the heat setting in the house and considering getting a humidifier. If you have allergies to dust mites or pet dander, getting an air purifier will also help. You can also try using a saline nasal spray to hydrate your nasal passages. ...Read more
Is it possible to over-use salt water nasal douche? Been using it for 2 years 2x per day to clear irritants + allergy meds. Worried about any damage.
Study points to yes: Saline irrigation can be beneficial when used for a short period of time. A study presented at the 2009 College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology suggested that chronic use of saline was counter productive. Although it removes pathogens when used from time to time, chronic use may remove the "good bacteria". Usually 1-3 weeks of use once a day is enough. If symptoms persist, see an ENT. ...Read more