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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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Protecting Your Sinuses While Traveling

When you are traveling by plane, there are a lot of things to consider for your flight. One of the issues that most people don’t think about is sinus issues that can occur when the plane ascends and descends. These two points of your air travel cause cabin pressure changes that can aggravate your sinuses under certain conditions. Here’s what you need to know.

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What Happens to Your Sinuses on a Plane

When your plane takes off or lands, the cabin pressure changes. Your body must change with it, and this can be somewhat painful if you have inflamed sinuses or an ear infection. When the pressure in the cabin changes, the body must equalize the pressure between the cabin, your sinuses, and your ears. There is a tube that runs from the back of your nasal cavity to the ear. When this tube becomes blocked, your body will not be able to equalize to the cabin pressure, which can cause a number of symptoms.

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Why Over the Counter Treatments Don’t Work

For some mild allergy sufferers, over-the-counter treatments can be effective. However, many allergy patients find that these treatments either don’t work at all or quit working over time. It is usually a good idea to see an allergist for treatment rather than assuming you have allergies and treating yourself. Here’s what you need to know.

Excessive Congestion

If you have a lot of congestion, your allergy medicine may not be working because allergies are not the problem. When most people with allergies get such symptoms, they assume it is the allergy causing it. However, often excessive congestion and nasal issues can be the result of other medical conditions, such as nasal polyps that need to be treated.

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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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