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How Can I Get Rid of Dust Mites? PDF Print E-mail
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 anywhere dust can accumulate.

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Where Is the Best Place to Live With Allergies? PDF Print E-mail
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 entire new set of allergic responses in the new location. If you are planning a move, you may want to talk with your allergist first.

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What Is Immunotherapy? PDF Print E-mail
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 not respond to usual medications are recommended for immunotherapy. Allergy shots work best for those with inhaled allergies or insect stings, but not with those who have food allergies.

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What Is Eczema? PDF Print E-mail
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 the itchy rash and cause additional discomfort.

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What Is Allergic Rhinitis? PDF Print E-mail
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 droppings or molds. Rhinitis is frequently accompanied by sinusitis.

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What Is Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis? PDF Print E-mail
Usually called "hay fever," seasonal allergic rhinitis is caused by an allergy to the pollen of trees, grasses, weeds or mold spores. Seasonal allergic rhinitis may occur in the spring, summer or fall and may last until the first frost. The "season" depends on which allergen causes the reaction, the region of the country and pollination periods. Symptoms include sneezing, itching and watery eyes, runny nose, burning palate and throat. These seasonal allergies have been known to trigger asthma.

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