Q. I was tested one week ago and still have red areas on my arm. Is this normal?

A. Yes, this is normal. The areas can stay red for up to two weeks. Redness, warmth, and itching are common occurrences after skin testing, especially with the tests on the arms. You may take ibuprofen (cautions: if you have asthma you may need to avoid ibuprofen and aspirin) or acetaminophen at the recommended dose on the package. You may also use an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream at the site.

Q. I have increased shortness of air and wheezing. What can I do?

A. Follow your asthma care plan, if you have one. Use your rescue inhaler or nebulizer (Albuterol, Xopenex, Maxair, Combivent, or Atrovent) at the dose and interval recommended. If you are already doing this, contact the office for an appointment. If you are having a severe episode, you should seek emergency medical care immediately at the nearest hospital emergency room.

Q. I have a runny nose and sneezing. What can I do?

A. These symptoms may be due to being exposed to triggers of your allergies. It is always important to try to avoid exposure if at all possible. If you have medications, such as antihistamines and/or the prescription nasal sprays we have given you, try taking them for a few days to see if the symptoms improve. If they persist beyond 10 to 14 days and you are taking your medicines, contact our office for an appointment.

Q. I have sinus pressure, a headache, and yellow drainage. Do I need an antibiotic?

A. If your symptoms persist for more than 7 days, you may need an antibiotic. Until then, try over-the-counter medications, such as Advil Cold and Sinus. If you have high blood pressure, you can take Coricidin HBP for these symptoms.

Q. My child is allergic to dogs. What type of dog is non-allergenic?

A. The concept of a “non-allergic dog” is a myth. There are no furry animals that are non-allergic. Allergies are not breed-specific for either dogs or cats.

Q. My child has a fever along with allergy symptoms. Who should he or she see?

A. Allergies do not cause a fever. Please contact your primary care provider.

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