The body's immune response to a foreign substance (allergen) that is otherwise not harmful to you is called allergy. The most common allergens are pollen, drugs, food, and mold. Allergic conditions include hay fever, atopic dermatitis, food allergies, asthma, and anaphylaxis.

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Why am I having red splashes on my upper chest and sides of the face without reason?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 20 years old. I get red splashes on my upper chest and sides of the face next to my cheeks usually in the mid-day and it extends to the night also. It makes my face very hot. Before a year, it got stopped and it came back again. I notice them when I eat or feel stressed. After that,...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity). These rashes are actually hives. This is called urticaria. It is a type of skin allergy. It is often caused due to food allergy, medicine allergy, or dental caries. In most cases, there...  Read Full »

Are nausea, abdominal pain, itching, and swelling signs of parasitic infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I have severe nausea, pain in the abdomen, dizziness, intense itching, and swelling all over. I believe it is a parasite infection, and I do not know where to go or who can treat me properly. I know it is something rare. I woke up today, and now my eyes are swollen. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from nausea, abdominal pain, dizziness, intense itching with swelling all over for the last few days. Your eyes are also swollen from today's morning. According to your description, you...  Read Full »

I have developed a food allergy suddenly. What is the treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, A year ago, I have developed sudden severe allergies to foods. Apples and almonds cause itchy, uncomfortable feeling in the throat, difficulty in swallowing and breathing and coughing. Bananas cause nausea, vomiting and stomach pain. Nectarines, peaches, plums and pears cause swelling and...  Read Full »

Dr. Salah Saad Shoman

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Food allergies occur when the immune system overreacts to some types of food, which is supposed to protect your body from pathogens. The best way to deal with these allergies is to avoid theses types of foods as food allergy might be very mild in one time while in anothe...  Read Full »

What causes hands and the skin above the eyes to swell in a geriatric patient?

Query: Hi doctor, My 94-year-old mother's hand is swollen, along with the skin above her eye. Her cheeks are reddish, but she has no pain. What is the cause and treatment of these symptoms?  Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Is she diabetic or hypertensive? Does she have any thyroid or liver or renal issues? Any drug history or drug allergies? Does she have a history of Atopy or allergies? Any history of injury or cardiovascular disease? Any surgical history? Please answer the questions fo...  Read Full »

I have pain at the ear-piercing site. How to get cured?

Query: Hello doctor, I got a piercing done in the upper portion of my ear about four months back. Still, I have pain around one of my ears, but there are no signs of infection. I do apply lukewarm salt water solution to the affected area, but still it hurts. Please let me know something to resolve this.  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Ear piercing can lead to chronic infections and the use of earrings can further add on the metal allergy. Kindly mention if the procedure was done at a professional center and the type of the earrings that you use. Kindly upload an image of the present condition, even if...  Read Full »

Are my rashes an allergic reaction to the molds on the walls?

Query: Hello doctor, Last year, I moved to a coastal area to go to college. I moved into an older house that had really poor ventilation. As a result, when it was warmer inside than outside, I had condensation on my walls and water beaded down. So, soon after I moved in, mold grew on three of my bedroom wa...  Read Full »

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Dermatologist, Venereologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Cosmetologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query in detail and do understand your concern. Judging from your description and the attached pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity), I am quite sure you are suffering from a kind of eczema known as atopic dermatitis. Involvemen...  Read Full »

What could cause tiny red spots on the chest?

Query: Hello doctor,Over the last four days or so, I found a few tiny red spots on my chest. It looks like blood under the skin. I feel now they spread over the right side of my chest. I do have neurodermatitis, a few allergies (mostly pollen, etc.), and allergic asthma.  Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Take tablet Loratadine 10 mg once a day after breakfast for ten days, tablet M- Teczine (Montelukast plus Levocetirizine) at night after dinner for ten days, and 1 percent Hydrocortisone at night for seven days. Do you have congress grass allergy or Parthenium der...  Read Full »

Can I take Prednisolone for asthma?

Query: Hi doctor, I have recently been diagnosed with sever adult asthma. I am waiting for my allergy assessment. I am on Singulair, Nebulizer four times a day (helps for an hour or so), three inhalers and nothing works. The only thing that makes me feel normal is Prednisolone. What can I do? I know I cann...  Read Full »

Dr. Ganeshkumar Suresh Satpute

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi,Welcome to thing is it takes one to two months to stabilize asthma in the case of taking inhaled steroids.Please confirm whether your inhaled drugs contains Fluticasone or Beclomethasone as these are inhaled steroids for asthma.I suggest you Prednisolone 40 mg once a day for a wee...  Read Full »

Why is one of my tonsils larger?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 23 years old. I suffered from round allergies for a year and took Zyrtec every day. I am a mouth breather and I am doing it even when I am sleeping. Before a few months, I started to have tonsil stones and they are in three to four numbers. One of my tonsils got larger. I am a huge hy...  Read Full »

Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the attached picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There is an allergic component and it requires proper precautionary and medical treatment. Do not take Zyrtec (Cetirizine) for a long period of time. The tonsils get enlarged due ...  Read Full »

How to treat swollen uvula and dry mouth?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a swollen uvula for four weeks with a lump neck and dry mouth due to the medication. It is not painful. I have a sore, scratchy throat.  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammad Emranul Islam

Dentist, Oral And Maxillofacial Surgery

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The uvula is reddish, inflamed, and swelled with the posterior part of the soft palate. You have a dry mouth due to the medication, but please mention what medications you are taking and for what purpose. Do you have any allergies to dust, cold or anything? Do you h...  Read Full »

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