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Can kids exposure to cats fur develop asthma?

Can kids exposure to cats fur develop asthma?

Sometimes: But only if you are allergic to cats. It is the dander that causes problems. ...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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Can christmas trees trigger childhood allergies?

Can christmas trees trigger childhood allergies?

Trees bring in mold: Fresh christmas trees do not have pollen but they, as any indoor plant that you water can promote mold. So if you get "allergies" when you are around christmas trees, it may be mold. And since trees are larger than house plants they can breed much more mold. ...Read more

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How are infant food allergies daignosed?

How are infant food allergies daignosed?

Allergy test: We allergists prefer a prick skin test and we do it in the office and it is relatively painless. There are also blood tests, but depending on the lab you go to and the technique they use, some are not that reliable. ...Read more

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Can children grow out of seasonal allergies?

Can children grow out of seasonal allergies?

Sometimes: Some people's allergies get better over years, some get worse, and some are stable. Keeping allergies well-controlled not only keeps kids feeling better and sleeping better, but also doing better in school (it's hard to learn material when you feel miserable)! also, keeping allergies under control decreases the risk of ear infections and sinusitis. ...Read more

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Are allergies worse around bees because of pollen?

Are allergies worse around bees because of pollen?

Not really: Bees generally don't make pollen allergies worse, but people can be allergic to bee stings. Bee sting allergy is due to an allergy to the insect venom injected during a sting. The pollens that bees transport while gathering nectar from flowers are from predominantly insect-pollinated plants, and these pollens don't cause allergy symptoms. Wind pollinated plants generally cause allergy symptoms. ...Read more

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How do most schools accomodate children with food allergies?

How do most schools accomodate children with food allergies?

Lunch tables: Most schools provide a peanut free table for students with peanut allergy to sit at. They often have a friend that agrees not to bring peanut to school that is able to sit with them. ...Read more

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Can kids catch fleas from household pets?

Can kids catch fleas from household pets?

No: Kids will get bitten by fleas from pets, but kids wouldn't actually have fleas living on them. Since kids have little hair and no fur, plus they get bathed often, it would be difficult for a flea to set up home on a child. ...Read more

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Can people with bee allergies eat honey? What about peanut allergies and peanut oil?

Can people with bee allergies eat honey?  What about peanut allergies and peanut oil?

Yes: There is no bee venom in honey, so it can be safely eaten by people allergic to bees. There is not supposed to be any peanut protein in peanut oil, but there may be if it wasn't carefully manufactured. If you have had a life-threatening reaction to peanut, i wouldn't recommend betting your life on whether the peanut oil is pure. ...Read more

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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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Do most kids outgrow asthma?

Do most kids outgrow asthma?

No: Outgrowing asthma is a slightly controversial topic; while some adults who had asthma as a child do not have symptoms as an adult, objective measurements of lung function often find problems in these individuals. It is not clear if there is truly a lessening of the disease, a decrease in activity, or tolerance (or some combination of all three) that leads to the phenomina. ...Read more

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Why do some dog breeds induce more allergies in people than do other dog breeds?

Why do some dog breeds induce more allergies in people than do other dog breeds?

All the same: Good question and many people ask me this. As far as the antigen that causes allergy goes all dogs are the same as remarkable as that may seem. This allergen is especially found in dog saliva and can spread from there. Dogs that salivate , lick or shed more are perhaps more likely to disperse the allergen. ...Read more

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Do children outgrow their asthma?

Do children outgrow their asthma?

Perhaps: This is an area of controversy in medicine. Statistically, there are many children with childhood asthma who grow up to not complain of symptoms; however it is not clear if they are just avoiding activity that incites asthma or are used to the symptoms and don't seek treatment. So, it is possible to be an adult who had childhood asthma and be relatively symptom free. ...Read more

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Are hamster allergies prevalent?

Are hamster allergies prevalent?

Not really: Hamster allergy does occur, but i wouldn't call it prevalent/common. ...Read more

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Can you die from seasonal allergies like pollen?

Can you die from seasonal allergies like pollen?

Allergic Rhinitis: Nope. But i know people who suffer so much during the allergy season they wonder if they will make it through. ...Read more

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How can an adult develope allergys to mold, pollen, dust mites and grass?

How can an adult develope allergys to mold, pollen, dust mites and grass?

Gene & environment: When your genes and the changing environment intreacts, some people would develop allergies. Allergy develops because your immune system has been redirected to react to otherwise innocuous substances such as animal dander, pollen, dust mite,mold, food etc. The stronger a family history of allergic diseases, the more likely you are going to become allergic. ...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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Why are people especially children allergic to peanuts?

Why are people especially children allergic to peanuts?

Unknown: The prevalence of peanut allergy has been increasing but we don't know if it is due to peanut allergy being more prevalent, parent's being more aware, media creating more information, or simply our diagnostic capabilities getting better. It could be all of the above, too. ...Read more