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Small bite like sores appearing all over arms but not bites..Don't think allergy either. No itching. ?

Small bite like sores appearing all over arms but not bites..Don't think allergy either.  No itching.  ?

Vasculitis?: These may be vasculitic lesions associated with the SLE. See your rheumatologist or dermatologist to find out. ...Read more

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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Yesterday night and tonight having trouble breathing. I don't have asthma. Do you think allergies or gas?

Yesterday night and tonight  having trouble breathing. I don't have asthma. Do you think allergies or gas?

Allergies: Allergic rhinitis is characterized by paroxysms of sneezing, rhinorrhea, nasal obstruction, postnasal drainage, and itching of the eyes, nose, and palate. The pollen count in San Leandro, CA during the last few days has been moderate. https://weather.com/maps/health/allergies/treepollen https://www.pollen.com/forecast/current/pollen/94577 ...Read more

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I have some skin irritation. I think it's allergies but I'm not sure. Skin is very dry. What should I do?

I have some skin irritation. I think it's allergies but I'm not sure. Skin is very dry. What should I do?

Skin care: Skin irritation due to dry skin in winter is common, not necessarily being allergic or atopic. Bathe with cream soap, pat your skin dry, moisturize right away when it is still damp, you will feel the difference, do it with every bath, preferably every night, you can then apply a thin film of OTC hydrocotisone cream 1% on the really affected areas, except your face, if needed, good luck ...Read more

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I have chronic sinus issues I swear....I don't think its allergies can u give me any info why I have so much sinus trouble..Thanks?

I have chronic sinus issues I swear....I don't think its allergies can u give me any info why I have so much sinus trouble..Thanks?

Need evaluations: You need to have some evaluation with allergy testing by blood tests, it may be just irritation in your surrounding , not necessary an allergen in which ige is elevated. You may need x-ray of sinus to see any septum deviation that may cause some problems of your sinus. ...Read more

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I think my allergies have gotten worse since I quit smoking. Is this normal?

I think my allergies have gotten worse since I quit smoking. Is this normal?

Yes: It is definitely a possibility. Increased coughing in smokers after quitting for the first 3-4 months is very common. It will go away. ...Read more

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My daughter has a bad cough.This is the 3rd day i think it's allergies but not sure. I given her meds for allergies so far nothing.

My daughter has a bad cough.This is the 3rd day i think it's allergies but not sure. I given her meds for allergies so far nothing.

You may : Add a decongestant and expectorant for a few days in addition to the allergy medicine she is taking. She has to take allergy meds daily until two weeks symptoms free.Drink warm liquids to help thin out the mucus hanging in the back of the throat. If she is wheezing or she develops fever and condition had worsened, she needs to see her doctor. ...Read more

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I have a dry, very itchy cough that wakes me up 5-8 times per night. I think it's allergy-related but I'm already on allergy meds. What should I do?

I have a dry, very itchy cough that wakes me up 5-8 times per night. I think it's allergy-related but I'm already on allergy meds. What should I do?

Chronic cough: It still could be related to your allergies. It could be what is known as cough variant asthma. Go back to see your doctor for further evaluation and testing. Some further medications will likely help significantly. ...Read more

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Is is unusual to have clear mucous with chronic sinusitis? It only effects me in the mornings. I was diagnosed with it but think its allergies instead

Is is unusual to have clear mucous with chronic sinusitis? It only effects me in the mornings. I was diagnosed with it but think its allergies instead

Maybe.. sinus rinse?: Your symptoms are consistent with allergies, though chronic sinus infections can have clear mucous drainage if the infection just thickens the sinus lining and doesn't come out. The morning symptoms are consistent with allergies as well. Sinus rinses (otc like macneil brand) done up to 3-4 times a day may help your symptoms regardless of whether you have chronic sinusitis or allergies. ...Read more

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My eyes are so itchy in the summer? Do you think it's allergies?

My eyes are so itchy in the summer?  Do you think it's allergies?

Maybe: Depending on where you live, the most common outside allergen in the summer is grass pollen. So you might be allergic to that. If so, an allergy eye drop otc or prescription might help. Talk to your doctor or see an allergist if you need more help. ...Read more

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Exercising when allergic? Feel tired and as if would have a flu but no other symptoms. Think it's allergy. Does it make sense to go do sports?

Exercising when allergic? Feel tired and as if would have a flu but no other symptoms. Think it's allergy. Does it make sense to go do sports?

Makes all sense but: need to be evaluated by your doctor first, you might have allergic airways disease causing increased airway reactivity leading to tightened airways hence the fatigue, treatment is within reach, good luck ...Read more