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Do severe allergies and asthma also make one more prone to viral illnesses?

Do severe allergies and asthma also make one more prone to viral illnesses?

Probably: Any condition or conditions which can affect your immune system can leave you open to infections like flu, or other viral or bacterial infections. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Can severe allergies and asthma make one more prone to viral illnesses too?

Can severe allergies and asthma make one more prone to viral illnesses too?

Not really.: People with allergies and asthma are more prone to get sinus infections, ear infections and occasionally pneumonia. Asthma or allergies do not make you particularly prone for viral infections. People with allergies do have some changes in their immune system, but clinically we do not see more viral infections in this group of people. ...Read more

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Do people in the same family suffer from an immune disorder such as allergies, asthma, or arthritis?

Do people in the same family suffer from an immune disorder such as allergies, asthma, or arthritis?

Typically: Tendencies toward allergies and other immunologic diseases definitely run in families, but there's a lot of variation. Allergic parents won't necessarily have allergic kids (70% risk if both parents are allergic), and non allergic parents might have allergic kids. Only an allergic tendency, not necessarily specific allergies, is passed on; kids might not have the same allergies as their parents. ...Read more

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Ok so I have hs disease chronic boils, asthma, allergies , anxiety. my white count is 19000 hemoglobin 11.5?

Ok so I have hs disease chronic boils, asthma, allergies , anxiety. my white count is 19000 hemoglobin 11.5?

See allergist/immuno: Your condition is complex and I would urge you to consult an allergist/immunologist to evaluate both your allergic and immune status. If there is a medical school near you, consider getting an appt with Immunology dept. ...Read more

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Are allergies/asthma related to autoimmune disease! since both are a an over reaction of the immune system?

Are allergies/asthma related to autoimmune disease! since both are a an over reaction of the immune system?

No: It makes an interesting hypothesis but there is no evidence to prove it. People with autoimmune disorders can develop lung disease that are often misdiagnosed as asthma. Check this out: http://www.Dailymail.Co.Uk/news/article-2032695/venus-williams-speaks-sjogrens-syndrome-forced-us-open.Html venus williams was diagnosed with "asthma" previously that turned out to be something else. ...Read more

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36 year-old woman with a winter chest rash the past 3 years, without a definitive diagnosis by Dermatology despite a biopsy, without any certain.....?

36 year-old woman with a winter chest rash the past 3 years, without a definitive diagnosis by Dermatology despite a biopsy, without any certain.....?

Interesting: Sounds like you have had a good workup but someone is "missing the forest for the trees" so to speak. I would suggest that you gather all the info you have given me and make an appointment with a dermatologist and/or an allergist at a local medical university for a second opinion. Your medical history leads me to think of an allergic basis for the rash. ...Read more

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Plane traveling with asthma allergies?

Plane traveling with asthma allergies?

Have Meds handy: I would suggest you have all your inhalers and allergy meds with you. Visit your doc prior to your trip to make sure you have everything you might need. Do not check in your prescriptions. ...Read more

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Can you grow out of allergies and asthma?

Can you grow out of allergies and asthma?

Asthma and allergies: If you get desensitised to the allergens, then it is possible to overcome allergies.But asthma can always return sometimes years later.You can go years without asthma, than it may come back if there is a trigger. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an allergy and asthma?

What is the difference between an allergy and asthma?

One causes the other: The two walk together. Asthma commonly is caused by allergies affecting the lower airways - the bronchial tubes tighten, become swollen and become congested with excess mucus. Asthma can also be triggered by other things, such as exercise, smoke, viruses etc., but by controlling allergies, asthma and asthmatic reactions are much less likely to occur. ...Read more

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What are good areas to live with asthma and allergies?

Hard to answer: I am guessing you concern about pollution, different tress and plants (hay fever types) and hot or cold temperatures. Its hard to answer without specifics. If you triggers are indoor types like animal dander, dust mites, etc , moving to another part of the country may not help. Talk this over with your physician. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why do I have symptoms of allergies? I don't have asthma or anything

Why do I have symptoms of allergies? I don't have asthma or anything

Reason...: Unfortunately, allergies can occur to any person at any age. You don't need to have asthma to suffer from allergies. There are good treatments available, however, so see your doctor. ...Read more

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What types of dogs or cats would be the best option for someone with allergies and asthma?

None: All cats and dogs produce allergen, there are really no "hypoallergic" pets. Individual animals, however, may produce less allergens than others. The problem is, that you can't tell ahead of time. ...Read more

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What types/breeds of dogs or cats would be the best option for someone with allergies and asthma?

None really: If you have a specific allergy to dogs and/or cats, the best advice is not to have one. There is a misconception that dogs with hair that don't shed are "hypo-allergenic; however, the allergen comes from the animal's salivary glands. The pets clean themselves by licking and the allergen gets on there hair, fur, & skin. This is also why a reaction is worse when the pet licks you. ...Read more

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Can seasonal allergies cause asthma?

Can seasonal allergies cause asthma?

Yes: Seasonal pollenosis (the spring time pollen season) can be a trigger for asthma as well seasonal rhinitis and conjunctivitis. ...Read more

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Can seasonal allergies make asthma worse?

Can seasonal allergies make asthma worse?

Yes: Yes, seasonal allergies can definitely make your asthma worse, especially if you have IgE or allergic induced asthma. Make sure your allergies and asthma are both well controlled with daily nasal sprays and inhaled sprays. Maximizing control of both upper and lower airways will keep you from progressing to a full blown exacerbation. See Allergist for further workup and evaluation. ...Read more

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Could allergies and exercise induce asthma?

Could allergies and exercise induce asthma?

Yes: Allergies and exercise are 2 of the most common triggers for exacerbation of asthma symptoms. If your asthma is not well controlled and you have allergies, treatment of the allergies is an important part of asthma therapy. If exercise is making your breathing worse it doesn't mean you can't do it. It suggests that your asthma is not well controlled and this should be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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Does asthma and allergy cause a high ESR ? (77)

Does asthma and allergy cause a high ESR ? (77)

Usually not: Look for another cause -- or forget the sed rate. It's often done wrong, and even a true elevation often means exactly nothing. If a person appears well otherwise, there's little to be gained and much time and money to be wasted by trying to find the cause of a high sed rate. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...Read more