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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. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

Asthma is 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 breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...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.....?

Simplify: Occurrence only in winter suggests eczema rather than LE or any connective tissue disease. You are on multiple meds and can eliminate those which are useless placebos. Fish oil and glucosamine are a waste of money. Mg-Ca-Zn pill is of questionable benefit. Melatonin is difficult to assess but is not useful for the great majority who tried it. You mentioned a steroid by the allergist but nothing from the dermatologist! Exactly what was the steroid and what was the response??? What happens to the rash when you take prenisone? What indication and what dose of prednisone? If you have not used a potent topical steroid you have not yet been treated. I think you need no more tests but you do need a good dermatologist. ...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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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