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Allergies Plus Shortness of Breath?
I struggle with seasonal allergies and take Claritin, plus use a neti pot. This season, I have also had shortness of breath and light coughing, but no wheezing. It's hard to do my usual workouts. Is there some kind of inhaler I can use?
06/02/2015
How to Use an EpiPen
I had a pretty bad reaction to a bee sting a few years back, with hives all over my body. I was prescribed an EpiPen. If I get stung again, do I use the pen right away or wait to see if I have a reaction? After using the pen, should I go to the ER?
01/26/2015
The Difference Between Spring and Fall Allergies
What are the differences between spring and fall allergies in Northern California? Are there different triggers?
04/22/2014
Asthma and Stress Correlation
I have had asthma since childhood. As an adult, I find that when I’m really stressed or anxious, my asthma gets worse. Is there a correlation? Also how can I tell the difference between an asthma attack and an anxiety attack?
10/30/2013
Can Allergic Rhinitis Be Cured?
I have allergic rhinitis. I would like to know if there's any cure for it (apart from taking precautions)? I mean, is there any way to build your immunity using physical exercise or other natural methods, so that rhinitis may be completely cured?
08/27/2013
Okay to Use Tap Water for Neti Pot?
I was alarmed by an article about deaths related to using tap water in a neti pot. I have been using only tap water. Should I change to filtered, bottled or distilled water?
03/08/2013
Smell of Smoke Caused by Sinus Infection?
For two months, I’ve been smelling cigarette smoke at work, at home, even in my car. I know there is no actual smoke in the air (I don’t smoke and neither do my family or coworkers) but I smell it. I read that it could be a sinus problem or brain tumor.
02/27/2013
Treatment for Chronic Sinus Infection
For 15 years I’ve gotten sinus infections in spring and fall. Symptoms include sore throat, fever, nasal drainage, respiratory infection, and rash. I’ve been tested for allergies (negative). Do you have any idea what this is and how I can treat it?
02/06/2013
Preventing Winter Allergies
In winter my allergies get worse. My doctor thinks it’s from mold and dust mites, and told me to take Claritin, which I’m doing. But it only works for a few hours, and then I’m sneezing and itching again. Is there anything I can do to prevent this?
11/27/2012
Symptoms of Black Mold Exposure?
I found alot of black mold in my home. What are symptoms that mold is affecting me?
11/19/2012
Dust Mite Allergy Diagnosis and Prevention
How would I know if I have a dust mite allergy? Sometimes when I’m cleaning the house my eyes start to itch, I sneeze, and my asthma kicks in. How would this type of allergic reaction differ from a plant allergy? Is there anything I can do about it?
10/05/2012
Chronic Sinusitis Treatment
I have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis and have lost my sense of smell and taste. Prednisone has helped but I refuse to take it on an ongoing basis since I also have osteoporosis. I can't take NSAIDS with a history of gastric ulcer. Any suggestion
08/23/2012
Symptoms of Food Allergies
How can I know if I have a lagging reaction to a specific food?
08/02/2012
Asthma Prevention and Treatments
My asthma is intermittent and mild. Is the Proventil inhaler the best treatment? Are there any side effects? Is there a more natural method to manage asthma? And are there effective dust and other airborne allergen removers?
08/02/2012
Food Allergy Tests
I had a food allergy test about five years ago. All the tests came back negative. How long are the tests reliable? Can I still get a new food allergy in the future?
08/02/2012
Allergy and Cold Symptoms: How Are They Different?
My 6-year-old daughter has recently been sneezing, coughing, and is tired. How can I tell if this is caused my allergies or if it’s a common cold?
07/24/2012
Are Allergies and Asthma Inherited?
Are some allergies and asthma inherited? My sister and I seem to be allergic to the same foods and pollens. Also do children every outgrow these conditions?
06/15/2012
Plugged Ear Due to Allergies?
I have spring allergies, and this year I have a plugged left ear, which I’m attributing to this. I've been using the over-the-counter ear wax remedies which have been working somewhat, usually for a day or two, and then my ear becomes plugged again.
05/15/2012
What are "Hypoallergenic" Products?
What does it mean when a product is labeled “hypoallergenic”?
04/04/2012
Asthma and Menstrual Period
My asthma seems to get worse during my menstrual period? Is this possible?
01/23/2012
Pseudoephedrine and Improved Thinking
This past two years my brain seemed very foggy and I've had a lot of memory problems. Yet when I take pseudoephedrine for a sinus headache, it not only clears my sinuses, it causes me to be able to think very clearly and I have improved memory. Why?
01/04/2012
Long Term Use of Allergy Medication
I have seasonal allergies. I previously went through allergy injections but I didn't feel like they were making much of a difference after several years of treatment. Is it okay to take something like Claritin D 12 hr for an extended period of time?
12/15/2011
Indoor Allergies
I seem to be reacting to something in my house lately (itchy eyes, sore throat and sneezing). It only seems to happen in the house not outside. It feels like allergies, but what could be causing it indoors?
12/05/2011
Allergy Treatment
I’ve been plugged up for months with allergies. I’ve used decongestants, antihistamines, and sinus rinses but nothing seems to help. Any advice?
11/21/2011
Does Bee Pollen Help Allergies?
Does bee pollen help reduce allergies?
05/05/2011
Hives: Causes and Treatment
My wife just developed hives for the first time in her life -- on her face, arms and chest. What is known about hives, and what can she do to eliminate the symptoms?
05/11/2010
Seasonal Rash and Allergies?
I have a seasonal reoccurring rash. Can this be related to allergies?
01/06/2010
Children and Contact Allergies
My daughter has had a horrible rash around her eyes and sometimes ears for the past two years. The rash is not itchy, gets really dry and seeps at times. Do you have any suggestions?
06/02/2009
Neti Pot for Allergies
A friend uses a neti pot and swears that it has reduced her allergies (sinus congestion and headaches) by 75 percent or more. How does the neti pot work and is it safe?
12/23/2008
Rash Causes: Allergic to dogs?
I often have a light rash after playing with my dog. Are allergic reactions to dogs from their fur, their saliva or something else?
12/17/2008
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