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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)

Essentially allergies occur when your immune system goes crazy and decides to has to fight against things it should be ignoring. The immune system of people without allergies simply ignores the pollen in the air or the dander on their cat while an allergic person's immune system creates cells to fight against the pollen or dander. The allergic reaction causes the ...Read more


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When healthtap doctor says, allergy shots could work for eczema, is that mean atopic dermatitis is also treatable? Are they similar terms?

When healthtap doctor says, allergy shots could work for eczema, is that mean atopic dermatitis is also treatable? Are they similar terms?

ATOPIC DERMATITIS: Atopic dermatitis is allergic in origin manifested by eczema or other itchy rashes located in the cubital and popliteal areas, recurrent in nature unless allergen is discovered. The allergy shots are given to desensitized the patient. ...Read more

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What's a simple, cheap treatment for my allergies?

What's a simple, cheap treatment for my allergies?

Many: One of the best treatments is benadryl; however, this may make you tired. Other, less sedating, options are claritin, allegra, and zyrtec. ...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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How can I prevent my baby from developing allergies?

How can I prevent my baby from developing allergies?

Nothing Much: There are really no proven techniques which have been demonstrated scientifically to prevent the development of allergies. ...Read more

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Are food allergies genetic?

Are food allergies genetic?

Loaded Question: To some degree they may be. For example in peanut allergic children subsequent sibs are probably at a higher risk than the general population for peanut allergy. However, the genetics of allergic disease is very complex and one generally passes on the ability to be allergic rather than a specific allergy. ...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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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