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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

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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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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, (loratadine) 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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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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What is allergy tablets do?

Allergy tablets: Most allergy tablets are medications that fall into the category of antihistamines that block the effect of histamine. This treats symptoms such as sneezing, itching, runny nose, etc. Sometimes antihistamines are combined with decongestants to help with stuffy nose. Studies are evaluating "allergy tablets" that may work similar to allergy shots where the tablet contains the pollen, etc. ...Read more

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How to help with allergies?

How to help with allergies?

Allergies: An allergist is best qualified to diagnose and treat allergies. If you wish to try taking antihistamines like benadryl(causes drowsiness) or claritin(is non drowsy) to see if symptoms resolve or improve you can buy these medications without a prescription. If you think you're experiencing allergies, try to determine what they can be caused by and try an elimination technique of one thing at a time ...Read more

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How can I reduce allergies?

How can I reduce allergies?

Lots of Options: OTC non-sedating antihistamines like Allegra, Claritin, (loratadine) or Zyrtec are helpful for perennial allergic rhinitis symptoms, however the gold-standard treatment are daily intranasal steroid sprays if your symptoms are more severe. Avoidance of triggers is important as well and allergy shots are also an option. Saline sprays are useful but will not provide lasting relief used alone. See Allergist. ...Read more

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How to cope with allergies?

How to cope with allergies?

Lots of Options: Over-the-counter non-sedating antihistamines like Allegra, Claritin, or Zyrtec are helpful for perennial allergic rhinitis symptoms, however the gold-standard treatment are daily intranasal steroid sprays like Flonase or Nasonex (mometasone) if your symptoms are more severe. Avoidance of triggers is important. Allergy shots also option. See Allergist to determine what medications could give you lasting relief. ...Read more

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What can I do for allergies?

What can I do for allergies?

Identify the causes: Allergy is becoming much more common in usa. The severity of your symptoms will direct the treatment. Sometimes over the counter antihistamines and nasal saline are sufficient. If your symptoms are severe or recur frequently then allergy testing may be beneficial. Environmental modification is also an essential part of treatment. ...Read more

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How can I stop my allergies?

How can I stop my allergies?

Avoid and treat: You can often lessen symptoms with avoidance and medications. To certain allergens you can greatly lessen sensitivity with specific allergen immunotherapy. You can lessen all ige mediated reactions with Omalizumab (xolair). As allergists we usually recommend various combinations of these depending on severity and duration of symptoms as well as comorbidities (other medical problems). ...Read more

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How can I treat my allergies?

How can I treat my allergies?

Nasal sprays not OTC: For seasonal allergies, the most effective options are the steroid or antihistamine nasal sprays, available by prescription. Not only do they work the best, but they are technically local therapy as negligible amounts enter the bloodstream. The OTC nasal sprays can cause rebound symptoms, which the prescription versions do not. ...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?

Yes..and no: Depends what you are allergic to. What type of allergy it is. Are you allergic to meds, foods, pollens, latex, etc... ...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