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Ask the Allergist

AAFA's "Ask the Allergist" is a free service provided by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). Our allergist will answer your questions about asthma and allergies. We provide only general advice about managing asthma or allergies, medicines and treatments. "Ask the Allergist" does not answer questions about specific consumer products. This information is not a substitute for medical advice from your physician. Always talk with your doctor before changing your asthma or allergy management plan. You can submit your own question to "Ask the Allergist."

What's causing my allergy flare-ups?

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My allergies have flared up in the past few months. They haven’t been this bad since being a kid. My allergy medicine is not effective either. I have tried many antihistamines without much success. Why would they flare up now when nothing external has changed in my environment? Is it my age or could it be hormonal? What could be changing in my body that would cause more histamine in be released? What should I do? Will they continue to get worse? Should I try immunotherapy?
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Allergy, Treatment

How can I improve the indoor air quality (IAQ) in my home?

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I was diagnosed with asthma and allergies within the past few months. I saw my primary care physician (PCP), a pulmonologist, and an allergist in March. All three prescribed albuterol and steroids. I now have a HEPA vacuum, air purifier, pillow, and mattress cover. My symptoms are off and on. I want fresh air and my A/C isn't very good. In the meantime, is it ok to open the windows for fresh air?
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Allergy, Asthma, CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly®, Indoor Air Quality, Pollen Allergy
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