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What causes allergies?

What causes allergies?

Genes + environment: Noses run in families - if both parents have allergies the chance that their child will be allergic is 80%. If neither parent is allergic the child's risk is10%. Exposure to urban pollutants like diesel exhaust, cigarette smoke, & antibacterial hand cleansers upset the ecological balance between our immune system & beneficial microorganisms. With both factors present allergy is more likely. ...Read more

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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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What does it mean to get an allergy shot?

What does it mean to get an allergy shot?

Allergy shots: You receive increasing doses of the allergen(s) to which you are allergic over time to alter the immune system to stop seeing the allergen as bad but rather as a normal reaction recognized by protective antibodies called igg. ...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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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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How can I get help treating my allergies?

How can I get help treating my allergies?

Lots of resources: Start with family members who have allergies. I like to say that "noses run in families" (allergy joke). So who's helping them with their allergies? Next your primary care physician - a trustworthy, knowledgeable resource. You can call your county medical society for names or find an allergist at www.Aaaai.Org & www.Acaai.Org. Think twice about those who advertise. ...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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Can you cure your allergy by exposing yourself to the things you are allergic to?

Can you cure your allergy by exposing yourself to the things you are allergic to?

Desensitization: Is the techincal term. This is currently fda approved in subcutaneous formulation and under investigation in sublingual/oral formulation. ...Read more

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