Allergy FAQs

Do Children Outgrow Allergies?

Yes, sometimes children will outgrow their allergies, but if they do, they usually do so by age three. Food allergies are more likely to be "outgrown" than allergies to other substances. Infants inherit a tendency toward allergies. If their parents outgrew their allergies chances are the  […]

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What Is an Anaphylactic Reaction?

An extreme, life-threatening allergic reaction — usually to food, medications or insect bites -- anaphylactic reaction can result in breathing problems, dizziness, hives, a sudden drop in blood pressure, an asthma attack, or unconsciousness. It can be fatal. It must be treated promptly. An  […]

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Can Breastfeeding Prevent Allergies?

Breastfeeding may delay the onset of allergic reactions in infants, but there is no evidence that it protects children of allergic parents from developing allergies. Babies inherit a tendency toward allergy, so delaying the introduction of solid foods prolong the time in which they are allergy-free,  […]

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How Can I Get Rid of Dust Mites?

Completly ridding your home of dust mites may be next to impossible. They are so small they can not be seen with the naked eye. Their population is determined by the humidity of the home, the temperature of the home, and the amount of fabric or upholstery in the home. They literally can live  […]

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How Can I Tell If My Child Has an Allergies?

If you believe your child has an allergy, you need to seek medical attention from a pediatrician or an allergist. There are many tests available to pinpoint allergens, but not all are successful. Although, most allergists still believe the skin tests are the most accurate, they do not pinpoint  […]

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Where Is the Best Place to Live With Allergies?

There may not be a best place to live if you have allergies. People with allergies have an genetic tendency to produce IgE, the allergic antibody, to many seasonable allergens. If you move, you move your IgE with you. It might not happen right away, but chances are if you move you will develop an  […]

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What Is Immunotherapy?

Allergy shots, or immunotherapy is a process by which small amounts of allergens are injected into the blood stream and gradually increased over a period of years until the person's tolerance to the allergen increases and the symptoms decrease. Usually people who have year-around allergies or who do  […]

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What Is Eczema?

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis in its extreme form, is an itchy rash that occurs on the hands, arms, legs, and neck, but can cover the entire body in extreme cases. It is non-contagious. Atopic dermatitis is frequently caused by allergens. Prolonged exposure to the allergens may aggravate  […]

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What Is Allergic Rhinitis?

This is a general term which applies to anyone who has symptoms of runny nose, nasal congestion, or sneezing due to an allergic reaction. Allergic rhinitis can be a seasonal as with hay fever, or it may be a year-round problem caused by indoor allergens such as dust mites, animal dander, insect  […]

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What Are the Most Common Allergens?

The most common allergens include pollens, molds, insect stings, household dust mites, animal dander, foods, medications, and insect droppings. Some people are affected by only one allergen, while others can be allergic to many different substances at the same time. The only way to determine exactly  […]

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