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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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Dr. John Chiu
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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


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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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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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I have allergic asthma & seasonal allergies. Can dust & animal dander cause headaches?

Depends: Are you allergic to these allergens? If so yes it can cause runny nose and headaches. If you don't know what you are allergic to, speak to doctor get an allergy test. ...Read more

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Does epipen (epinephrine) work for cat allergies?

Does epipen (epinephrine) work for cat allergies?

All severe allergies: Epipen (epinephrine) is self injectable Epinephrine and the medication of choice for any severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). It is effective for allergic reactions triggers by pet dander, medications, latex, foods, stinging insects, pollens, etc. An allergist may be able to offer other treatment options in an effort to avoid needing epipen (epinephrine). ...Read more

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Would allegra (fexofenadine) prevent allergic skin reactions to animal fur?

Would allegra (fexofenadine) prevent allergic skin reactions to animal fur?

Pet allergy: Allegra should tame down your reactions to pet fur, as it should also improve your nasal symptoms. ...Read more

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Does Claritin (loratadine) work for cat allergies?

Does Claritin (loratadine) work for cat allergies?

Yes: Claritin (loratadine) is an antihistamine and is helpful for symptoms of rhinitis caused by an allergen. So if one is allergic to cats Claritin (loratadine) may be helpful depending upon the symptoms one has. ...Read more

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Does an allergy scratch test test for mold and dust allergies?

Does an allergy scratch test test for mold and dust allergies?

Yes: Skin allergy testing can check for number of allergens. These include environmental and food allergens. ...Read more

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Would Claritin (loratadine) or allegra help with black mold allergy after being exposed?

Would Claritin (loratadine) or allegra help with black mold allergy after being exposed?

Maybe: If you have hay fever and become allergic to black molds, Claritin or Allegra may reduce the runny nose, sneezing, and itchy nose but not likely the congestion. However inhaled nasal steroid or antihistamine usually works better. ...Read more

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What seasonal allergy medscanitakesafelywithfluoxetine(prozac)?

What seasonal allergy medscanitakesafelywithfluoxetine(prozac)?

Allergy meds: Most second generation antihistamines can be taken with Prozac without interaction, such as allegra, zyrtec and claritin. Steroid and antihistamine nasal sprays are also safe and carry less sedating side effects. ...Read more

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Shellfish / crustacean allergy testing safe? Costly?

Shellfish / crustacean allergy testing safe? Costly?

Consider: There are such tests, such as rast testing (radioallergosorbent testing), cost varries by lab and your insurer (if you have). ...Read more

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Could loratadine treat indoor allergies, or only outdoor allergies?

Could loratadine treat indoor allergies, or only outdoor allergies?

Both: Loratadine (brand name claritin) is fda approved for seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and hives. However, it is also effective for treating allergies caused by indoor allergens such as animal dander and dust. ...Read more

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Immunotherapy for 18 months, IgE 850 but no improvement in perennial allergic rhinitis.Help me.

Immunotherapy for 18 months, IgE 850 but no improvement in perennial allergic rhinitis.Help me.

See below: Immunotherapy is a way to treat one's allergies. It is effective in 80% of patients which means in 20% of patients will not respond to immunotherapy. In some cases the dose that one starts at on it may need to be adjusted as tolerated by the patient. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with asthma+allergic rhinitis 2years.Methacholine challenge test today:Negative.ImmunoCAP(A-IgE):Total 1114, 93.4 IgE(kU/l), good control?

Diagnosed with asthma+allergic rhinitis 2years.Methacholine challenge test today:Negative.ImmunoCAP(A-IgE):Total 1114, 93.4 IgE(kU/l), good control?

Likely for asthma: If the methacholine challenge was negative,that means your asthma is under good control which is measured mostly by your quality of life, the number of asthma attacks, and your lung function. The IgE level is not included in measuring control. However it has nothing to do with your allergic rhinitis. ...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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If i'm allergic to dogs am i also allergic to guinea pigs?

If i'm allergic to dogs am i also allergic to guinea pigs?

No: If one is allergic to dogs one is not necessarily allergic to guinea pigs. ...Read more

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Can montelukast become an alternative of allergens immunotherapy for perenial allergic rhinitis ?

Can montelukast become an alternative of allergens immunotherapy for perenial allergic rhinitis ?

Not really: I suggest 3 steps to controlling allergies : 1) avoid the things you are allergic to. 2) take medications to control the symptoms. 3) get 'allergy shots' (immunotherapy) to teach your body to not be "allergic" to those things (immune tolerance). Using a leukotriene antagonist control the symptoms some, but it is not the most effective medication, and is not an equal alternative to immunotherapy. ...Read more

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How is nut allergy testing and de-sensitizing done? Orally? Shots?

How is nut allergy testing and de-sensitizing done?  Orally?  Shots?

Nut Allergy: Testing for nut allergy can be done either by skin test or by blood testing. There is no currently available desensitization for nuts, outside of that being done for clinical research. If someone offers you nut allergy desensitization, be very skeptical. ...Read more