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Surprising Things in Your Home that Contribute to Eczema Flares

Did you know that your lifestyle and everyday things around your home could be contributing to your eczema flares? The exact cause of eczema is not always known, but it is known that some things will make symptoms worse. Ready to tackle and prevent those flares? Look for these hazards in your home.

Extreme heat or cold temperatures

When you become very hot or very cold, the itching and irritation on your skin can increase dramatically. It is best to have artificial cooling in the summer months, as well as some dry heat during cold snaps when the air can get very cool. 

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How to Figure Out What Is Causing Your Hives

Do you have painful or itchy bumps on your skin without any apparent cause? These are usually hives, and there are a lot of different things that can bring them about. With so many potential causes, it can be difficult to know whether or not to see a doctor; and, if so, what type of doctor. Here is what you need to know about hives, how they are diagnosed, and where to start.

Potential causes of hives

Hives can often be an allergic reaction, but not always. Sometimes hives are caused by mental, physical, or emotional stress. People with chronic illnesses or chronic pain may get hives, as well as people who have high anxiety or panic attacks. Being in a stressful life situation, such as an abusive relationship, can also cause hives. So how do you know what is causing your hives and how to treat them?

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When Does Florida Allergy Season End?

Are you new to Florida? Even if you’re a long-time Florida resident, if you have never dealt with allergies in the past you could be getting very frustrated. You hear about seasonal allergies all the time, and most parts of the country have the worst pollen counts in the spring. But in Florida things are a bit different. Because of the tropical climate, Floridians can expect to experience allergy symptoms for much longer than the average American.

But when will the madness end? After all, you may have been experiencing allergy symptoms since February when pollens first start to fly in the area. Unfortunately, even though the temps are about to get a bit cooler, allergy season is still going to be around for a couple more months.

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Treatment and Care for Immunodeficient Patients During Pandemic

Even though we are all worried about the pandemic and keeping each other safe, we still recognize that our patients need our care. Allergies do not go away simply because other illnesses run rampant. We are still here to help you address your allergy and asthma concerns.

We also work with a lot of patients who are immunocompromised, and we know that you may not feel safe coming to our office. Thankfully, there are a lot of things that we can do through telemedicine. If you have already established care and gone through any necessary testing, we can prescribe medications for acute symptoms or manage your maintenance medications easily through telehealth.

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Causes and Treatment of Hives

Hives can be very troublesome, especially if you have no idea what is causing them. Hives can be acute or chronic, and they have many different potential causes. Diagnosis and treatment will depend on what is causing the hives you are experiencing. Here are some of the most common causes and treatments.

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Allergic Reactions

Many people get hives right away when they encounter an allergen. While most often hives are caused by physical contact with a substance, they can also be caused by food allergies and others. An allergic reaction is the body’s immune system’s response to the allergen or substance, even though it is actually harmless.

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Is It COVID-19? What to Do If You Develop a Cough That Doesn’t Get Better

For some, a chronic cough might be par for the course. You may seem to get symptoms around the same time every year, but not have a diagnosis of seasonal allergies. You may seem to always develop a cough when the weather changes or when a storm comes on, or you might have a smoker’s cough. But if you develop a new cough, especially now, you need to be evaluated. 

The first symptoms of COVID-19

A sore throat and mild cough are the first symptoms of the coronavirus, and they are often overlooked. Even if you can explain away your cough by some other means, you should have any new or worsening cough checked by a doctor. They may ask you additional screening questions to determine if you need to be tested, or they may have you come in for an examination.

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Causes and Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies

Did you know that not all seasonal allergies are caused by the same thing? In fact, there are many different aspects of nature and seasonal changes that can cause seasonal allergy symptoms. Here’s what you need to know.

What causes an allergy?

An allergic reaction happens when your body is exposed to something that your immune system believes is dangerous, even though it is harmless. The immune system fights the danger by producing extra antibodies, which can cause an increase in histamines that leads to the common symptoms of seasonal allergies.

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Why You Should Talk to a Doctor Before Taking OTC Allergy Meds

You go into the local drug store, find the aisle with allergy medicine, and become overwhelmed with choices. There are several brands, and each brand has several formulas. Different brands use different active ingredients as well, so they are not all the same. 

Most people have no idea which allergy medicine they should take. Some attempt to find a solution through trial and error, but this can be risky. You should really talk to a doctor before taking any over-the-counter allergy meds.

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When to Seek Care for Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergies can come on at any stage of your life; and if you are just getting allergies for the first time, you might be wondering at what point you need to see a doctor. The fact of the matter is that you should see a doctor as soon as you think you have allergies so that you can be tested and treated. If that’s not possible, here are some signs that show you need to make an appointment sooner rather than later.

You Take Other Medications

Some medications are unable to be paired with certain allergy medications. In fact, some medications should not be taken with allergy meds at all, and the results can be disabling or deadly. It is important that you do not take any over-the-counter medication without first checking with your pharmacist or doctor to ensure that there are no drug interactions.

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Not a Cure: What Allergy Shots Really Do

There has been a lot of buzz lately about allergy shots, and a lot of patients with allergies are pretty excited at the thought of not having to worry as much about their health. But there are also a lot of misconceptions about what allergy shots are and what they actually do. Allergy shots will not cure you of your allergies.

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What Are Allergy Shots?

Allergy shots are actually a form of immunotherapy in which your body is subjected to minute amounts of the allergen, repeated on a schedule, in order to build up an immunity to the allergen. You see, allergies are caused by the body’s immune system mistaking an allergen for a harmful invader. By building up your immunity, you are training your body to fight the allergen.

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