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    Airborne Allergies - Symptoms

    The signs and symptoms of airborne allergies are familiar to many. # Sneezing, often with a runny or clogged nose # Coughing and postnasal drip # Itching eyes, nose, and throat # Watering eyes # Conjunctivitis # “Allergic shiners” (dark circles under the eyes caused by increased blood flow near the sinuses) # “Allergic salute” (in a child, persistent upward rubbing ...
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    Chemical Sensitivity

    Some people report that they react to chemicals in their environments and that these allergy-like reactions seem to result from exposure to a wide variety of synthetic and natural substances. Such substances can include those found in # Paints # Carpeting # Plastics # Perfumes # Cigarette smoke # Plants Although the symptoms may resemble those of allergies, sensitivity to chemicals ...
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    Allergy Glossary

    _allergen_: substance that causes an allergic reaction _allergenic_: describes a substance which produces an allergic reaction _antibody_:molecule tailor-made by the immune system to lock onto and destroy specific germs _basophils_:white blood cells that contribute to inflammatory reactions _conjunctivitis_: inflammation of the lining of the eyelid, causing red-rimmed, swollen eyes, and crusting of the eyelids _genes_: units of genetic material that carry ...
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    Allergy Research

    Research on allergies is focused on understanding what happens to the human body during the allergic process, the sequence of events leading to the allergic response and the factors responsible for allergic diseases. Scientists supported by NIAID found that, during the first years of their lives, children raised in a house with two or more dogs or cats may be less ...
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    Airborne Allergies - Treatment

    h4. Medicines If you cannot adequately avoid airborne allergens, your symptoms often can be controlled by medicines. You can buy medicines without a prescription that can relieve allergy symptoms. If, however, they don’t give you relief or they cause unwanted side effects such as sleepiness, your health care provider can prescribe antihistamines and topical nasal steroids. You can use either medicine ...
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    Airborne Allergies - Prevention

    h4. Avoidance h4. Pollen and Molds Complete avoidance of allergenic pollen or mold means moving to a place where the offending substance does not grow and where it is not present in the air. Even this extreme solution may offer only temporary relief because a person sensitive to a specific pollen or mold may develop allergies to new allergens after repeated ...
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    Airborne Allergies - Diagnosis

    People with allergy symptoms, such as the runny nose of allergic rhinitis, may at first suspect they have a cold, but the “cold” lingers on. Testing for allergies is the best way to find out if a person is allergic. h4. Skin tests Allergists (doctors who specialize in allergic diseases) use skin tests to determine whether a person has IgE antibodies ...
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    Animal Allergy

    Household pets are the most common source of allergic reactions to animals. Many people think that pet allergy is provoked by the fur of cats and dogs. Researchers have found, however, that the major allergens are proteins in the saliva. These proteins stick to the fur when the animal licks itself. Urine is also a source of allergy-causing proteins, as is ...
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    Dust Mite Allergy

    Dust mite allergy is an allergy to a microscopic organism that lives in the dust found in all dwellings and workplaces. House dust, as well as some house furnishings, contains microscopic mites. Dust mites are perhaps the most common cause of perennial allergic rhinitis. House dust mite allergy usually produces symptoms similar to pollen allergy and also can produce symptoms of ...
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    Mold Allergy

    h4. What is mold? There are thousands of types of molds and yeasts in the fungus family. Yeasts are single cells that divide to form clusters. Molds are made of many cells that grow as branching threads called hyphae. Although both can probably cause allergic reactions, only a small number of molds are widely recognized offenders. The seeds or reproductive pieces ...
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    Pollen Allergy

    Each spring, summer, and fall, tiny pollen grains are released from trees, weeds, and grasses. These grains hitch rides on currents of air. Although the mission of pollen is to fertilize parts of other plants, many never reach their targets. Instead, pollen enters human noses and throats, triggering a type of seasonal allergic rhinitis called pollen allergy. Many people know this ...
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    Latex Allergies

    h4. Introduction While there have been sporadic reports of adverse reactions to latex products since the 1920's, there has been an unprecedented increase in the prevalence of latex allergies since the late 1980's. After the first North American reports of allergic reactions to latex in 1989, an alarming number of cases were reported to the Food & Drug Administration, including 15 ...
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