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Allergy blood test accuracy

Why is it that an allergy blood test that indicated a very high IgE level for a specific allergen is considered to not be conclusive evidence that a person will actually have an allergic reaction to ...
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Is there any evidence for the idea that eating too many nuts makes you allergic?

I occasionally come across the idea that eating too many of a particular nut or other food substance will give you an allergy to it later. An example might be: http://www.peanutallergy.com/boards/can-...
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Why do we need histamines - If the allergen does not really bother you?

I must begin with the fact that I am not a physician nor a soon to-be one, I ask this question in a naïve and not-so-professional way because I don't want to mislead anyone - the examples and ...
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Food allergy and weight loss

I have red a lot of articles about excluding products that causes allergy can help people lose weight. But is it possible that having allergy on some products and eating them often could result in not ...
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Rising allergy and intolerance diagnosis rates

A leading theory behind the rising allergy and intolerance diagnosis rates is the "hygiene hypothesis." This theory suggests that living conditions in much of the world might be too clean and that ...
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Seasonal allergies home remedies

Like many I have seasonal allergies and spring time is hell I am allergic to grass and tree pollen Are there any home remedies that actually work ? Any way to train body to adapt?
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Can amphetamines suppress reactivity to scratch testing (for immunotherapy)?

My understanding's that amphetamines are immunosuppressive... Theoretically, couldn't these drugs result in false negatives?
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Is multi-test II device the real deal for determining a person's allergies?

I have been experiencing chronic dizziness - most of the time, lightheadedness and seldomly with vertigo attacks since July 2015. I have already had my ear, eye, brain (mri), heart (2d echo, holter ...
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Map of ragweed infested countries

I have a very serious ragweed allergy and I am living in Hungary which is pretty much super infested. I started wondering which countries are affected by this lovely plant, because I don't want to ...
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Is their a way to train my body out of being allergic (to pollen)?

Disclaimer: if this is off-topic here, just let me know. This seemed like the right SE to ask it on. I get pretty bad hay fever in the spring/summer. Running nose, itching eyes, the whole thing. I ...
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Is immunotherapy effective against allergies?

I have been suffering from allergies for years and I have recently seen an allergist. I was told that I would be a good candidate for immunotherapy. However, it is not an inexpensive process and a ...
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Can HEPA air purifiers release allergens when particles inside the filter decompose / break apart?

The smallest of pollen grains (~0.6 microns) and other allergens should be trapped by a HEPA filter, however what happens when these decay / break apart? Is the allergen the whole pollen grain or are ...
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Effective use of a mask for allergies, asthma and bronchitis?

I was diagnosed with adult onset asthma after a bout of bronchitis last year. On top of that, I have allergies to most environmentals and I live in a desert environment with dust in the air. So I am ...
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Itchy Shins! Footwear or Shin Splints?

Again, Im not quite sure if this is the place to ask this question. However, I am experiencing so discomfort with my shins itching constantly. Im in two minds as to what could be causing it, as I ...
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How does the body develop an allergy during a lifetime?

I've heard about people who weren't allergic to peanut butter or pollen previously in their lives, but suddenly develop an allergy to that substance. What is the mechanism behind an allergy "suddenly" ...
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Are allergic reactions to detergents and fabric softener localized or generalized?

When people have allergic reactions to washing machine detergents or dryer fabric softener sheets, are the reactions typically "all over" the contact area, or can they be localized to very specific ...