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What To Take For Black Mold Allergy
Molds consist of airborn spores and spreading forms (hyphae) growing on surfaces. Several species are black including stachybotrys and aspergillus. Black mold ingestion has been associated with a toxic syndrome with brain and blood disorders. Most patients do not ingest black mold so the correlation with their ...Read more
Recommend: For a cough with allergies, try an antihistamine (zyrtec, claritin, (loratadine) allegra). If your cough persists, you need to try something with dextromethorphan in it - this is specifically a cough suppressant. These products are often named with -dm, such as robitussin-dm, or mucinex-dm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Allergic shiners: Those dark circles under the eyes are commonly called allergic shiners. They are due to back up of blood in the small blood vessels due to significant nasal congestion. It takes a while, but with treatment of the nasal congestion, the "allergic shiners' will gradually improve. Hive are usually treated with antihistamines and finding the cause of the hives so avoidance measures can be done. ...Read more
Claritin, (loratadine) Zyrtec : Most antihistamines are safe in breast feeding. Best to use non-sedating ones like Claritin or clarinex. Or you can also use zyrtec. These last longer than benadryl (diphenhydramine). Recommend taking the medication immediately after breastfeeding and at your longest interval of feeding. Sedating antihistamines may cause your infant to be drowsy since a small amount passes through the breast milk. ...Read more
Several choices: Discomfort/pressure from nasal congestion due to allergies is best treated with a topical nasal steroid spray or a decongestant (although these may have more side effects). For a headache, Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen are still appropriate choices. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not likely: There is a lot of fear about black mold lately. Much of it is exagerated. The best way I can help is to refer to you this reliable resource. http://www.cdc.gov/mold/stachy.htm If you have respiratory symptoms around mold you may be allergic to it. An allergy evaluation can help. ...Read more
What to do if i need to know of a very good over-the-counter allergy medicine for people allergic to cats?
Several choices: The most effective treatment for relief of seasonal allergies are prescription nasal steroid sprays (qnasl, nasonex, (mometasone) rhinocort, flonase). If symptoms are mild then over the counter zyrtec, claritin, or Allegra can help. It's best to start treating seasonal allergies before the "season" starts. This is a prevention approach. If the above meds haven't controlled symptoms, consider allergy shots. ...Read more
My daughter: started getting them at age 2. I got them too. We made a contest to see who was the bravest. She did great!! ...Read more
Avoid the food: The best current treatment for food allergies is avoiding that particular food. After avoidance, antihistamines can decrease itching associated with food allergies. The use of steroid creams or ointments may help, but should be monitored by a physician. An allergist can assist in identifying the specific food trigger. ...Read more
I want to go get a blood test for allergies. Will this assess for all types of allergens? Will it tell if I'm allergic to food dyes?
Uncertain: Every single test needs be interpreted with the history and physical findings in context. Food dye allergy. other than to red carmine dye, is very rare if non-existent although it was in vogue over 40 years ago. ...Read more
Please help docs! where do I go to get help on mold spores I am allergic to that are aspergillus, cladasporin, and mucor?
An allergist?: Allergist is specialized in diagnosing and treating environmental allergies including mold allergies. ...Read more
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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