Testing For Allergies
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Now, it's easy to find out what you're allergic to. There are several ways to go about testing for allergies. Learn more about your options here.
Transcript: Finding out WHAT you're allergic to is easier than ever. Skin tests are usually given when your allergist...
Finding out WHAT you're allergic to is easier than ever. Skin tests are usually given when your allergist suspects the culprit to be an airborne, pet, food or chemical allergen. However, if you have had a severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis, then you may have a blood test, which is less likely to trigger symptoms in the highly sensitive. Skin tests introduce potential allergens into your system via a skin prick, an injection or a patch. The skin prick produces results in about 10 to 12 minutes. If a red, itchy rash appears, then that substances is something you are allergic to. The stronger your skin's reaction, the more intense your allergy.The intradermal injection is a good back up if the skin prick doesn't provide results, but it does produce more false positives and can cause anaphylaxis in those that are severely allergic. The skin PATCH is taped to your back for 24 to 72 hours. It is often used to check for contact dermatitis-that is allergic skin reactions caused by contact with various substances. Before you are tested, discuss your other health conditions with your allergist and provide information on all medications you are taking. You may need to stop taking some medicines, such as tricyclic antidepressants and antihistamines, if you've opted for the skin test. Blood tests aren't affected by antidepressants and antihistamines and may be a good choice if your suffering from eczema or another painful skin allergy. To find out how to treat common allergies, check out more videos on this site.More »
Last Modified: 2013-04-05 | Tags »
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Many of the people with a pet allergy somehow learn to live with it and keep the pets they love. There are techniques of minor allergy reduction which may help control the symptoms. Watch the video on pets and allergies here.
Transcript: Many people who have pets AND pet allergies, try to learn how to live with them both. And luckily, some...
Many people who have pets AND pet allergies, try to learn how to live with them both. And luckily, some minor allergy-reduction techniques may help control symptoms.For example, opting for bare floors INSTEAD Of carpeting makes it easier to keep pet allergens, such as dander and urine, from building up. If you do have carpets, try to clean them regularly. Upholstered furniture, throw pillows, and curtains can also harbor pet allergens. So again, regular cleaning can help reduce your symptoms. You can also try covering your favorite chair with a clean, dander-free sheet, before sitting in it. AND make the bedroom OFF LIMITS to your pet, so you are able to sleep in an allergen-free environment. Washing and brushing your pet regularly will decrease the amount of dander that flakes OFF of them and ONTO everything else. If your pet HATES the bath, a once over with a damp washcloth can help reduce shedding. Finally, HEPA air filters are extremely helpful. Particularly if they are installed in central heating and air conditioning units. To find out what medications may help treat your symptoms, check out other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2012-11-05 | Tags »
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Thousands of people suffer from nasal spray addiction n in the United States. This addiction is hard to overcome but not impossible. This video teaches you how to beat nasal spray addiction.
Transcript: Over-the counter nasal decongestant sprays can provide quick relief for seasonal allergies. Varieties...
Over-the counter nasal decongestant sprays can provide quick relief for seasonal allergies. Varieties with active ingredients such as phenylephrine, oxymetazoline and xylometazoline are the most effective...But be careful. After a few days of nasal decongestant use, REBOUND congestion can develop, causing even more stuffiness--AND making you reach for the nasal spray over and over again. Before you know it, you can only find relief IF you use the spray. This can end up being a big problem, because repeated use of nasal sprays can damage cells in blood vessels lining the nasal passageways, the mucous membranes, and cartilage in the septum.Although most people use the sprays as intended and get good results, Harvard researchers have found that one of every seven patients with sinus and nasal obstruction has abused nasal sprays and may experience rebound congestion if they stop using the product. If you have been over-using nasal decongestants, you can kick the habit if you use a little will power and the right tools. First clear your medicine cabinet, car, and work desk of all nasal spray decongestants. Second, be prepared for the rebound effect. You'll probably experience what you think is the worst congestion of your life, but you can get through it. It could take up to two weeks for the symptoms to clear. Use a saline spray in lieu of the decongestant spray to help clear the congestion. You can make one up at home using 1/4 tsp. non-iodized salt and 1/2 cup warm, distilled water. Fourth, drink hot herbal teas. The steam will help soothe the inflamed tissues. Applying a hot compress to the area will do the same thing.And lastly, pick up some nasal strips. These will widen the nasal passage by holding the nostrils open, which will come in handy when sleeping. You could also have your allergist prescribe you a nasal spray containing steroids, since they're known to NOT cause a rebound effect and can be used on a daily basis.For more information on how to treat common allergy symptoms, check out other videos on this site.More »
Last Modified: 2013-05-30 | Tags »
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