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Dr. Sheila Smith
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Seasonal Allergies (Overview)

An allergic response causing itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, and other similar symptoms.


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Is there a way to treat seasonal allergies without medications?

Is there a way to treat seasonal allergies without medications?

Avoidance and shots: We use three basic methods for allergy treatment: avoidance, medications and shots. Take away medications, and you are left with avoidance (stay inside....Yuck!) and shots, also called immunotherapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Sheila Smith
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Seasonal Allergies (Overview)

An allergic response causing itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, and other similar symptoms.


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How long does seasonal allergies last? I still have an awful cough and i don't know what this means.

How long does seasonal allergies last? I still have an awful cough and i don't know what this means.

Depends: Where you live, how long the seasons are, what other allergens you may be allergic to (mold during winter) see an allergist for treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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My 17 m/o:runny nose <1 week, sometimes congestion. No other symptoms. Teething? Seasonal allergies? Just finished first molars. Other allergies?

My 17 m/o:runny nose <1 week, sometimes congestion. No other symptoms. Teething? Seasonal allergies? Just finished first molars.  Other allergies?

Probably not: Probably allergies or cold. If your child has not yet seen a dentist (preferably a pediatric dental specialist) you're overdue. Although most general dentists say wait until2-3, that's late for developmental evaluation which is part of a pediatric dental specialists training during their post-dental school residency. ...Read more

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My 1 yr old was diagnosed with seasonal allergies. But she coughs like she has a cold.. Is it really allergies?

Don't assume allergy: If i blow pepper in your face, you sneeze & drain the same as those with allergy. I find babies have more congestion with scented cleaning products, perfume, smoke & other irritants than they do with animal dander or pollens. The tiny nasal passages that become very noisy with a little mucous or swelling gives many the wrong idea. Thease are not little copies of adult problems, their issues differ. ...Read more

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If I think I may have seasonal allergies could a doctor determine or test for that?

If I think I may have seasonal allergies could a doctor determine or test for that?

Absolutely: After taking a history if your symptoms, and examining you, the allergist would probably do a simple scratch test ( no needles or blood). In about 20 minutes they can usually tell you what substances are causing your symptoms. Then a treatment plan can be made with you. We are usually very successful in helping people with allergies. ...Read more

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I currently am being treated for seasonal allergies because I feel like I cannot breathe properly or fully. How do I know if it's allergies or anxiety?

I currently am being treated for seasonal allergies because I feel like I cannot breathe properly or fully. How do I know if it's allergies or anxiety?

Typical allergy: Symptoms include runny nose, nasal congestion, post nasal drip, itchy nose, itchy eyes, watering, tearing of the eyes, and in some cases in those that have asthma, you can get the typical asthma symptoms which include shortness of breath, wheezing, cough. There can also be some skin reactions - itching, etc. These are almost never caused by anxiety - but it can heighten suffering of anything. ...Read more

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I've read there are pills to reduce seasonal allergies (sublingual immuno-therapy (slit), is this available yet, and why hasnt it replaced injections?

Need more studies: Slit at this time has not been approved by fda, no established standard dosing, may not work usa because most patients have more than one allergen (grass, dust, tree) that they are allergic to and slit studies usually were with patients who were only allergic to single allergen(grass only). The protection of slit still hasn't been completely studied. Injections is a better option at this point. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedy treatments for seasonal allergy (pollen) ?

Are there any home remedy treatments for seasonal allergy (pollen) ?

Yes...: Salt water washes, keeping windows closed, central air, extensive cleaning and vacuuming, washing of bed sheets, keeping pets out of the bedroom, etc.. Full control might require visits to the allergist to come up with a good treatment regimen. ...Read more

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How can I cure seasonal allergies?

How can I cure seasonal allergies?

Go for control: While a "cure" is unlikely, seasonal allergies can be controlled long term by undergoing allergen immunotherapy or allergy shots. They work for 80% of persons and can decrease symptoms and medication need. After 3-5 years of injections, most people have long lasting relief after injections are stopped. Medications help, but as soon after meds are stopped, symptoms return. ...Read more

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How to get rid of seasonal allergies as rainy season and fall approach?

How to get rid of seasonal allergies as rainy season and fall approach?

Antihistamines: There are several newer antihistamines that are now over the counter. Allegra, zyrtec and Claritin (loratadine) to name a few. Try these at suggested dosage. If they don't work, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have countless drug, food and seasonal allergies even though my insurance won't cover allergy shots is it practical to consider them?

I have countless drug, food and seasonal allergies even though my insurance won't cover allergy shots is it practical to consider them?

No: Multiple allergies from numerous different causes are not really effectively treated by allergy shots. Speak with an allergist as there are several meds that can be very effective. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter allergy medicine for seasonal allergies? I heard OTC nose sprays should be avoided?

What is the best over-the-counter allergy medicine for seasonal allergies?  I heard OTC nose sprays should be avoided?

Allergy: Otc decongestant nose sprays like afrin are very helpful but can only be used 3-4 days. Medications like zyrtec and Allegra are very good. Nasal saline spray is good because it washes out pollen, etc from nose and also acts as mild decongestant. Eye drops like visine allergy are very helpful. Nasal crom nasal spraay is helpful and safe but inconvienent because it requires frequent use. ...Read more

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Reduce severe seasonal allergies?

Reduce severe seasonal allergies?

Meds & allergy shots: The best treatment for seasonal allergy is immunotherapy (allergy shots), which can cure the disease altogether. Medications such as antihistamines and nasal steroids are possible treatments as well. ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

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