Quote of the Day - July 21st:
Once a dog is allergic, it will have that allergy for the rest of its life. If it's an environmental allergy, you can move away from it. If you and your dog move from New York to Arizona, you've changed botanical zones, but the allergy is not gone.
( Bruce Bender )

Protopic (Tacrolimus)

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Tacrolimus, (also FK-506 or Fujimycin), is a macrolide antibiotic available in a topical ointment that is used for the treatment of atopic dermatitis (eczema), a condition of itching, scaling, reddening, swelling, cracking, weeping, crusting, and inflammation of the skin as symptoms of an allergic reaction.  Continue reading…

Elidel cream (Pimecrolimus)

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Pimecrolimus is a steroid-free topical medication with immunomodulating and anti-inflammatory properties used for the treatment of atopic dermatitis (eczema).  It is prescribed to control skin allergy symptoms such as itching, skin tingling sensation, small bumps, scaling, inflammation, or redness.  Continue reading…

Oatmeal baths

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Itching and rashes as a result of contact dermatitis (from poison ivy, oak, sumac, etc.) can easily be relieved by taking an oatmeal bath.  It can dry up blisters, soothe the inflammation, and relieve the itching.  Continue reading…

Cool compresses

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Intense swelling, blistering, and itching of the skin as a result of allergic contact dermatitis can be relieved by applying cool compresses.  Have a towel or wash cloth soaked in cool plain tap water, Epson salt water, or Burrow’s solution.  Continue reading…

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar is a known home remedy to cure numerous conditions, even allergies.  It can stop the symptoms from allergies to pollen, dander, dust, animal food, and the like.  Continue reading…

Air Purifiers: Electrostatic Air Filters

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Electrostatic filters are made to charge dust particles in the air which will attract them to the metal plates in the machine.  The machines are made up of layers of polypropylene and polyurethane material that generate the electrical charge to attract dust particles.  Continue reading…

Vacuum Cleaners (HEPA)

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Most allergy approved vacuum cleaners are equipped with HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) air filters that reduce the amount of airborn allergens dispersed during vacuuming.  HEPA filters use activated carbon and zeolite to remove gasses, odors, chemicals, toxins and vapors.  Continue reading…

Hot Water Laundry Wash

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In the past, it was necessary to wash bedding, clothing, and other fabrics in hot water to remove dust mites and other harmful allergens.  But in order to kill the allergens, the water has to be as hot as 130°F, or more.  However, not all people keep their water heater at a high enough level, and if the water were that hot, there is a danger of damaging the fabric causing the colors to fade.  Now, there is no need for hot water washing because there are new detergent products in the market that are made specifically to remove dust mites, pet dander, pollens, mildew, and mold in all water temperatures.

Dust Mite Covers

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As you sleep at night, dust mites that made a home in your beddings will come out and munch on your dead skin flakes and leave allergy-causing proteins on your skin or in the air for you to inhale. Continue reading…

Nasalcrom etc. (Cromolyn sodium)

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Nasalcrom (Cromolyn sodium) is a mast cell stabilizer medication that prevents the mast cells of the immune system from rupturing when exposed to an allergen.  Continue reading…

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