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Why Does Poison Oak Not Seem So Bad
Your body's reaction: The itch from bites is not due to the bite itself, but the reaction your body has in response to the bite. When certain chemicals in your body are released you feel the desire to itch. The reason humans have different reactions to the same bug bite is how much of those chemicals are released by different individuals. ...Read more
Oleoresin allergy: The oleoresin (urushiol oil) in the plant sap of the poison ivy plant triggers a type IV allergic reaction where t cells of the immune system are involved. It's the same type of reaction that causes nickel allergy. For a quick review, please read my blog at: http://www.Familyallergyasthmacare.Com/2013/04/poison-ivy/. ...Read more
ITCHING ALL THE TIME: If you are itching all the time, it could be due to many things. It depends on your health, any medications you take, and it depends on where the itching is. A dermatologist will probably find a reason for your itching. Soaps, detergents, and anything you may be using to wash your clothing may be responsible. Do you have diabetes? Are you anemic? These are some things that you should look into. ...Read more
Some people aren't: Because some people are not allergic to it. Allergies depend on the response of several factors of the individual immune system. For different reasons, some people develop an allergy to something and others do not. Over time with more exposure, someone previously without a problem can develop it. Once there, it almost always remains though. ...Read more
Variable responses: No medicine works equally well for everyone. A pharmaceutical that saves many lives might kill someone else. Reactions to marijuana vary greatly. While most people find it calming, some become anxious or paranoid after use.Obviously it is not your medicine.You might even be allergic to it- see http://www.wisegeekhealth.com/what-are-the-signs-of-an-allergic-reaction-to-marijuana.htm#didyouknowout ...Read more
Why do high temperatures make multiple sclerosis symptoms worse? I live in a hot climate and really love being outside, but i can’t much anymore because my MS symptoms get really bad. Why does that happen and is there anything i can take or do so i can en
Complex: If the insulation (myelin) is damaged in nerve fibers, the heat promotes intracellular potassium to leach out, worsening nerve fnctn. A drug such as Ampyra may help stabilize, and since fatigue is an issue, might try Ritalin or nuvigil. Best approach, more potent drug such as gilenya, tysabri, (natalizumab) or even the forthcoming bg-12, and take vit d. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could use your help docs! does anyone know how i can alter my sneeze so that it's not so obnoxious?
Is it bad to eat Quaker instant oatmeal? Is that true? They say it's bad because it does not need to cook, it only just hot water.
Opinions differ: Dear Sir: Many seem to think that the instant oatmeals are not good for you because of many reasons but then they are really not bad if you use boiling water as this actually will cook the oatmeal that is there. It is better to eat this than to not eat at all and eat other foods that are worse for you. There are better choices but you will be fine eating this off and on. ...Read more
What is this rash I have leukemia and it looks like ringworm but will not go away and it does not hurt and does not itch but it is all over my body?
Is there people not affected by smoking weed? I mean they smoke it but nothing happen they feel really normal and not hight
I got poison oak and was given hydroxyzine as an antihistamine, but it makes me really drowsy. Is there anything I can do to counteract this effect?
Why does it seem that with any kind of antihistamine i take it makes my allergies worse? Even allergy injections
Allergy shots: Effective allergy shots requires that effective doses be provided. Most board certified allergists provide allergy shot doses in the effective range. If your shots are not working you may be getting low dose allergy shots. If your doctor cannot tell you if your doses are compliant with those recommended by the jcaai practice parameters (www.Jcaai.Org) then this may be an explanation. ...Read more
I heard alcohol is not sweet but people like it anyway. I can't understand how anything besides water could taste good if it doesn't have sugar. Why?
Why do eggs sometimes make me nauseous? It doesn't matter how I cook them and there's no way of knowing when it might happen.
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