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Most Common Florida Allergies

Spring is here, and allergy season is upon us. The allergy season starts earlier in Florida than other places, with some people seeing symptoms as early as February. By March, we start seeing a prevalence of spring allergies. 

There are a lot of different things that can be classified as spring allergies, and it is important to allow your doctor to make an accurate diagnosis. Treatment of your allergy may depend on what allergen causes your symptoms. Here are some of the most common Florida allergies.

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What Is Chronic Cough Syndrome, and How Is It Treated?

Do you find yourself coughing frequently without a probable cause? Coughing is a natural and common symptom that most people have occasionally throughout their life. In most cases, coughing resolves itself within a couple of weeks. However, in some cases a cough can last six weeks or more. In these situations, it is considered chronic cough syndrome.

There are many potential causes of chronic cough syndrome. There may be one or more causes for your cough. Sometimes the symptoms you have in addition to a cough can fit with several different diagnoses. It is important to be completely up front with your doctor so that they can investigate potential causes for your cough.

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Preparing for Spring Allergies

Do you usually have spring allergies? If your symptoms haven’t started already, now is the time to prepare for your spring allergies. Careful preparation can help you manage your allergy symptoms and make springtime more bearable. February is the start of spring and pollination in Florida, so it is important to act now. Here are some ways you can prepare yourself for handling spring allergies.

Spring Cleaning

Do your spring cleaning a bit earlier than you normally might. Spring cleaning like sweeping away cobwebs, dusting, vacuuming, and changing air filters can all remove allergens from the air. This allows you to start off with a clean and allergy free home.

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New Biologics Treatments for Asthma

Do you suffer from severe eosinophilic asthma? Eosinophilic asthma is the most common type of asthma, and it can have serious health effects. Most of the time eosinophilic asthma is treated with inhalers and steroids, but these can also have long-term health effects. Now there are two new biologics treatments available for helping you manage your asthma symptoms.

FASENRA

Fasenra is a new biologics treatment for severe eosinophilic asthma. It works by targeting eosinophils that cause asthma to reduce inflammation and to reduce the severity and frequency of asthma attacks. It is an injection that you receive to supplement your current asthma medications. 

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What Is Atopic Dermatitis, and How Is It Treated?

Atopic dermatitis, also called eczema, is actually a very common skin condition, especially in infants and children. Some adults also have atopic dermatitis, but often the condition clears up as one gets older. This is not a serious skin condition, and it is very treatable. Here is what you need to know about atopic dermatitis and how it is treated.

What Is Atopic Dermatitis?

Atopic dermatitis is also known as eczema, and it is a skin condition that causes dry and very itchy skin. Often, the condition leads to open sores due to scratching because the itch can be nearly unbearable. The predisposition for atopic dermatitis is hereditary, although not everyone will have it even if it runs in the family. 

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Common Causes of Immunodeficiency

When most people think of immunodeficiency, they think of HIV or AIDS. However, there are many different causes of immunodeficiency. Worldwide, the most common causes are HIV, malnutrition, and unsanitary conditions. However, about one in 500 patients has an innate or primary immunodeficiency. Here are the most common culprits.

Autoimmune Disorders

There are several different autoimmune disorders that weaken the immune system. These conditions include:

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What Is Contact Dermatitis, and How Is It Treated?

Contact dermatitis is a general diagnosis for a rash that comes up as a reaction to contact with a substance. There are a lot of different things that can cause contact dermatitis. Treatments for contact dermatitis vary, and allergy testing may be needed to ensure that it doesn’t happen again. Here’s what you need to know.

Causes of Contact Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis usually takes the form of a red, bumpy, very itchy rash. This rash is actually an allergic reaction to a substance. There are many potential causes of contact dermatitis, including soaps, laundry or dish detergents, cosmetics, lotions, fragrances, jewelry, and plants. Some other common irritants that can cause contact dermatitis include:

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Symptoms of Antibiotic Allergy and What to Do

Whether you have taken antibiotics in the past or not, it is possible to develop an allergy to certain antibiotics. An allergy is the immune system attacking because it thinks the antibiotic is a harmful substance. The first time you take an antibiotic, the immune system determines whether or not to attack, but may not do so. However, the next time you take the antibiotic, it could cause an allergic reaction. Here are the symptoms of antibiotic allergy and what to do if you have an allergy.

Common Symptoms 

It is important to distinguish an antibiotic allergy from side effects from the medication. Common side effects are rash, diarrhea, nausea, loss of appetite, and yeast infections or thrush. These are not signs of an allergy, although they can be concerning and you should report any side effects to your doctor. On the other hand, common symptoms of an antibiotic allergy include:

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What Allergy Shots Are and How They Work

If you have been suffering from allergies for most of your life, you may be interested in what many people are calling allergy shots. These allergy shots are supposed to limit or eliminate your allergy, depending on who you talk to. In reality, allergy shots can help reduce allergic reactions to some allergens, but they aren’t necessarily the miracle that some say. Here’s what you need to know about what allergy shots really are and how they work.

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What Allergy Shots Are

Allergy shots are actually injections that contain a bit of the allergen that you are attempting to eliminate. Your allergist will formulate the injection based on the severity of your allergy and your effective course of treatment. The allergy shots contain a very small amount of the allergen at first, with the dose increasing over time. 

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Winter Cold or Indoor Allergies? When to Get Allergy Testing

Just because spring and pollen are no longer issues, there are still some allergies that can affect you in the winter months. Especially if they have never had issues with allergies before, many people assume that their sniffling and coughing is due to a winter cold, but it may be an immune system response to indoor allergens such as dust mites, molds, or pet dander. Here’s what you need to know about when to get allergy testing.

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Allergic Symptoms

There is some overlap in symptoms between a winter cold vs. indoor allergies. With both conditions you will have a runny nose, sore throat, and a persistent cough. However, allergy symptoms will also include itchy or watery eyes, itchiness in the back of the throat, or itchiness of the ears. Alternatively, if it is a winter cold you may have fever and aches. If you have the allergy prone symptoms, you should get tested.

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