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Are silverfish bad for you?

Are silverfish bad for you?

Maybe: One group of spanish researchers looked for allergy antibodies against silverfish in a group of patients with asthma & found those antibodies in some. So it is possible that silverfish allergy may trigger asthma & allergic rhinitis. But that's only one report. Physicians typically find a single report or study interesting, even tantalizing but not convincing. ...Read more

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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Howdo I get rid of silverfish in my house? Gross.

Howdo I get rid of silverfish in my house? Gross.

You don't have to: Silverfish are called thysanura and are passive prehistoric insects common to most all households. They don't bite and don't transmit any diseases. So while a little creepy, they aren't a big problem. But if you must, you can call a professional exterminatior or use those "bombs" that you set off while you are away. Careful around pets, children and fish. ...Read more

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Treating Skin Allergies (Checklist)

Use hydrocortisone
2x day
Do not use diphenhydramine topical cream
once
Avoid the offending agent (s)
once
Find out if you are allergic to nickel, as nickel is often the cause of skin allergies
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Should I be worried that I got bit by a silverfish?

Should I be worried that I got bit by a silverfish?

A tricky question: Most insect experts agree that silverfish actually don't bite humans, that their mouths and jaws are such that even if they tried they could only get a few layers of dead cells off the surface. So it raises the question, are you sure you were bitten by a silverfish and not another insect? The answer could be quite different then. ...Read more

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Can silverfish enter into children's ears?

Can silverfish enter into children's ears?

Insects in baby ears: Yes they can. It can make babies feel irritable as they do not know what is going on in their ears. You may need to see your pediatrician if you think the baby has silver fish in his or her ears. ...Read more

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Are silverfish bad for you?

Maybe: One group of spanish researchers looked for allergy antibodies against silverfish in a group of patients with asthma & found those antibodies in some. So it is possible that silverfish allergy may trigger asthma & allergic rhinitis. But that's only one report. Physicians typically find a single report or study interesting, even tantalizing but not convincing. ...Read more

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Do silverfish bugs bite and leave welts?

Do silverfish bugs bite and leave welts?

No bites: Silverfish are not bloodsuckers. They eat carbohydrates like food droppings on the floor or the glue in bookbindings. They will not attack you. ...Read more

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Howdo I get rid of silverfish in my house? Gross.

You don't have to: Silverfish are called thysanura and are passive prehistoric insects common to most all households. They don't bite and don't transmit any diseases. So while a little creepy, they aren't a big problem. But if you must, you can call a professional exterminatior or use those "bombs" that you set off while you are away. Careful around pets, children and fish. ...Read more

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Can silverfish infest the human bowel like worms?

Can silverfish infest the human bowel like worms?

No: Very few things can survive the acids in the stomach. The only reason some worms (roundworms, pinworms, hookworms) can infest the bowel is because the eggs are swallowed. ...Read more

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Silverfish bug getting into infant's ears, what to do?

Silverfish bug getting into infant's ears, what to do?

See below: Use salt water (normal saline 0.9%) to flush out the bugs. Clear the bug from the bed. Then place glass containers around the child's bed legs so that any new bugs can't get into the bed. ...Read more

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What to do for silverfish in my ear?

What to do for silverfish in my ear?

See an ENT: An ear, nose, & throat doctor can use an ear microscope to carefully remove the foreign body. If it is still alive you can use mineral oil in your ear to kill the insect prior to removal. Get it removed as soon as possible to decrease the chances of an outer ear infection. ...Read more

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Hi, I had a silverfish in my ear. After it came out, I was prescribed this ear drop. Now my ear seems as it is muffled and I have a dim ringing in ear?

Irritation: That would not be unusual after having a foreign body, insect, in your ear. You should see an ENT doctor for a thorough ear microscopic exam and likely a hearing test to thoroughly evaluate you. ...Read more

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Why are fall allergies so bad?

Why are fall allergies so bad?

Ragweed & Mold: Allergy problems are often worse in the fall because of weed pollen such as ragweed. In addition, mold is worse in the fall because decaying plant material such as all summer's grass clipping and falling leaves. Ragweed is a potent allergen for those who are allergic to it and can cause fairly severe symptoms. The combo of weed pollen and mold is a double whammy. ...Read more

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Can allergies cause dizzyness?

Can allergies cause dizzyness?

Yes possible: But first see your doctor to rule out other serious problems for dizziness before you visit allergy specialist. ...Read more

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Why do you develop an allergy?

Why do you develop an allergy?

Genetics: Simple answer: most who develop allergy it is because of genetics and environmental exposure to allergens. In reality it is much more complex than this. ...Read more

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Should I worry about allergies?

Should I worry about allergies?

If too many symptoms: Hay fever (allergies) is usually due to pollens that are in the air. Some people are allergic to molds and other substances. One can wear a mask when working outdoors or when hiking. Avoid playing outdoors when the pollen or smog levels are high. Medicines such as Claritin otc, zyrtec otc, or prescription eye drops and nasal steroid sprays are helpful. Allergy shots are another option. ...Read more

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Ragweed allergies, how to deal?

Ragweed allergies, how to deal?

Meds, Avoidance: Ragweed allergy presents with congestion, running, itching (eyes and nose), and post-nasal drip (season from August to first frost). See an Allergist in order to confirm suspicion. Intranasal steroid sprays and non-sedating antihistamines can be helpful as well as avoidance measures (keeping car and house windows close, avoid high pollen counts). Also allergy shots or new sublingual tablets. ...Read more

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What best medicine for allergy?

What best medicine for allergy?

Antihistamines: Antihistamines such claritin, (loratadine) zyrtec work for a lot of patients. ...Read more

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Symptoms of titanium allergies?

Symptoms of titanium allergies?

Nothing special: Allergic reactions are pretty common and for the most part not specific to the specific antigen (cause). If the exposure to titanium is direct skin contact, would expect redness and possible swelling there. See:http://j.Mp/vgz70k. ...Read more

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What are some common allergies?

What are some common allergies?

Several: Inhalant allergies are to pollen, pet dander, dust mites, mold, venom allergies to stinging insects as bees, wasp, hornets and yellow jackets, contact allergies to cosmetics, jewelry, chemicals, drug allergies, food allergies, you name it.. ...Read more

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How can I control my allergies?

How can I control my allergies?

Know the cause: The most important thing to know is what its from then you could avoid them. ...Read more

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How can I discover my allergies?

Testing: By skin or serum testing which is consistent with your clinical history. ...Read more

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I have allergies, what can I do?

I have allergies, what can I do?

It depends: It would depend on what kind of allergy you are referring to. For example, allergy to pollen, foods, dust mites etc. Etc. There is a lot of information on allergies on Health Tap. Search under allergy and check Checklists. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have allergy?

How do I know if I have allergy?

YOu will have an: Reaction to something like hives, rash,
you will get blow up like a balloon, or your throat might close up, making it hard to breath (anaphylactic shock). To play it safe, if this happens after eating something or having a bee sting, go to the ER and get treated. Then get yourself allergy tested by an allergy doctor to find out what your specific allergy is. ...Read more

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What foods can trigger allergies?

What foods can trigger allergies?

A few cause most: About 90% of serious food allergies caused by immune mechanisms come from a few foods: milk, egg, soy, wheat, peanut, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish. Allergies to fruits and vegetables are often due to cross-reactions with pollen allergies. However, there are also reactions that are not caused by immune mechanisms (intolerances) and these can occur to a wide range of other foods. ...Read more