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    What causes animal allergies?

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    What causes animal allergies?

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    It's not just Fluffy's furry coat that’s makes you sneeze -- and it's not just those sloughed-off skin cells called dander, either. Pet allergies can be a reaction to some harmless proteins that an animal gives off. Or there can be allergens in his fur or dander. They can also be in his pee and saliva.

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    Can you have hay fever in the winter?

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    Can you have hay fever in the winter?

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    Hay fever, a.k.a. seasonal allergies, is mostly caused by pollen. The condition usually starts giving you grief in the late summer and early fall. But experts say that recent warmer winters mean that pollen season is lasting weeks longer than before.

     

    In some areas, that fine yellow dust given off by mountain cedar can trigger symptoms from mid-December into February. Mold spores, which can grow in freezing temperatures, can also cause winter allergies.

    If you have seasonal allergies, you might also be allergic to:

    If you have seasonal allergies, you might also be allergic to:

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    Some people who have seasonal allergies also get hives or itchiness in their mouths when they eat some raw fruits and vegetables. Certain proteins in these foods are very similar to the ones found in pollen. 

    Cooking usually changes these proteins enough that they don’t cause an allergic reaction -- so you might get hives from biting into a Granny Smith, but not from apple pie.

    Anaphylaxis is:

    Anaphylaxis is:

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    Wheezing, itchy eyes, and a runny nose are all unpleasant. Anaphylaxis can be deadly. It’s a severe, whole-body reaction that gets worse fast after you come in contact with the thing you're allergic to. Food, an insect sting, or even latex can start the process.

    The symptoms include:

    • A swollen throat 
    • Trouble swallowing and breathing
    • A sudden drop in blood pressure
    • Dizziness
    • Loss of consciousness
    • Facial swelling 

    Call 911 immediately if you have any of these symptoms or facial swelling.

    Allergic reactions get milder the more often you’re exposed to an allergen.

    Allergic reactions get milder the more often you’re exposed to an allergen.

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    Although some people do “outgrow” allergies, once you’ve had an allergic reaction to something, there’s no way to predict how severe your next reaction will be. Some allergies, particularly ones from insect stings, may get worse each time.

    If you have allergies, your child will have them, too. 

    If you have allergies, your child will have them, too. 

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    Kids with allergic parents are more likely to have similar troubles themselves. But it’s entirely possible for a child to get allergies even though neither parent has ever had them.

    The best way to keep my child from getting allergies is to:

    Shots for seasonal allergies take years to work.

    Shots for seasonal allergies take years to work.

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    Immunotherapy, or “allergy shots,” can get you ready for allergy season within a few months. If you begin getting shots in January, there’s a good chance your body's defenses will be stronger by the time the daffodils pop up in April.

     

    What causes most seasonal allergies?

    What causes most seasonal allergies?

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    Plants that pollenate in the spring may give you misery in April. But ragweed, released in late summer and early fall, is the 800-pound gorilla of allergy-causing pollens. A single ragweed plant can produce up to 1 billion pollen grains, each of which can travel more than 100 miles. To get ahead of ragweed season, start your allergy medications a couple of weeks before it’s set to start in your area.

    The tiny creatures lurking in your carpet and drapes that can provoke an allergic reaction are called:

    The tiny creatures lurking in your carpet and drapes that can provoke an allergic reaction are called:

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    You can’t see them without a microscope, but they can cause big problems for people with allergies or asthma. It’s actually a protein in their waste that you may be allergic to -- yep, dust mite poop. To crack down on these critters, cover all mattresses and pillows with zippered, dust-proof covers.

    The best tool to get rid of mold in your home is:

    The best tool to get rid of mold in your home is:

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    This type of filter traps mold spores before they get to you. They work much better than freestanding air cleaners. If you use humidifiers, dehumidifiers, or window-unit air conditioners, also be sure to keep the fluid reservoirs clean.

    To avoid things that set off your seasonal allergies, you should:

    To avoid things that set off your seasonal allergies, you should:

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    During the pollen season -- February or March through October, depending on where you live -- it’s a good idea to stay indoors when that fine yellow dust is flying around in force.

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