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Hives, also called urticaria, affect one in five people in the United States. Hives appearing on the skin’s surface are usually caused by an allergic reaction, and can be found anywhere on the body. Angioedema is the swelling of deep layers of the skin, and can appear around the lips, eyes, cheeks, hands, and feet.
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During the hustle and bustle of the holidays, you may not be aware of Christmas allergies that make your symptoms flare. Christmas allergies come in all shapes and sizes but it’s extremely important to protect your body from allergies during this festive season.
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Thanksgiving is known for a day filled with food, family, and football – but especially the food! On average, Americans eat 6,000+ calories (that’s triple the amount of calories we’re supposed to consume!). It’s no wonder why we take a nap after our Thanksgiving meal while watching our favorite football team compete. However, for those with food allergies, the thought of Thanksgiving may be stressful.
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Halloween can be stressful for moms and dads with food allergic kiddos. While other parents might be concerned about their child’s costume, you may be worrying about keeping your child safe from his or her food allergies.
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Oral allergy syndrome, also called pollen-food allergy, is a type of food allergy that occurs after eating certain uncooked fruits, nuts, and vegetables. This allergy is not usually found in young children but develops in teens and adults.
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An epinephrine auto-injector is a pocket-sized medicine used to treat anaphylactic shock. Anaphylaxis occurs when the body has a hypersensitive reaction to a substance you are allergic to such as food, medicines, or insect stings. This life-saving medicine fights off the substance that is creating an adverse reaction in your body.
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Rush immunotherapy provides the same relief in less time! This accelerated process allows the patient to reach their maintenance dose over a period of weeks, rather than months, thus allowing the patient to experience the benefits of immunotherapy sooner.
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Anaphylaxis requires immediate medical attention. Call 911 immediately and proceed to check the person’s airways. During this time, keep the person calm and comfortable to avoid panic. If the person has allergy medicine, such as a prescribed EpiPen or chewable antihistamine, help them inject or consume the medicine appropriately.
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In the spring and summer allergy season, we frequently see people with very significant and very predictable seasonal allergy symptoms. We like to call this the Seven Dwarfs of nasal rhinitis symptoms (or nose allergy symptoms). Read about the symptoms of nose allergies below. If you sound like any of these seven dwarfs, schedule an appointment at Bluegrass Family Allergy! We’ll take you from Grumpy to Happy.
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