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Depends: The aap (american academy of pediatrics) and cdc (center for disease control) do not recommend reptiles in the home with children under 5 years of age or in homes with people who have weakened immune systems to prevent the spread of salmonella. Over 5 years old, is debatable. However, regardless, always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after contact with reptiles (or any animal). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Potentially: The risk of allergic disease in the general population is about 20%. This increases to 50% if one parent is allergic, and 70-80% if both parents are allergic. Early allergy symptoms such as sneezing can be treated with over-the-counter antihistamines, but if there is nasal congestion causing mouth breathing at night, or coughing with exertion or laughing, see an allergist. ...Read more
My whole family suffers from seasonal allergies, including myself. Is there anything i can give my kids (19mths and 4yrs) that can help them?
If kids can grow out of food allergies, is it possible to grow into a food allergy? Within the last two years I have started getting sick with dairy.
Lactose intolerance: Allergies can develop with repeated exposure. Stomach upset from milk is not likely a true allergy. Genes code an enzyme that breaks down lactose, a milk sugar. As we age, the gene may express less and we don't tolerate milk as well. Some infants have the gene turned off, don't tolerate milk and need special formula. Undigested lactose can ferment by gut bacteria causing gas, bloating and pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: There certainly is a genetic component to allergic disease but not a specific pollen allergy gene that is passed on. A general rule of thunb is that is one parent is allergy there is a 25% chance that the kids will be allergic. If both parents are allergic the chance is 50%. What is passed on is the ability to be allergic. One may have asthma and the child is food allergic, for example. ...Read more
42 yr old w/ pneumonia 8 times in 2 years. I had 2 yrs free. I went on a super immunity diet and allergy shots. Just had it again! I work with kids?
Immune workup: With 8 episodes in 2 years, there is something seriously wrong. Some people exposed to water damage or other organic agents (pigeon droppings etc) may develop hypersensitivity pneumonitis and avoidance is the only thing which works. Others from impaired immune system which should be considered since gammaglobulin replacement is often effective. See a B/C allergist if you haven't already. ...Read more
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