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Are Dehumidifiers Considered Effective In Helping Asthma And Eczema Sufferers
Are there any successful treatments for vasomotor rhinitis and associated coughing durig peak pollen when nasal sprays/antihista./inhalers do not work
Vasomotor rhinitis: By definition, vasomotor rhinitis is not allergies and not infectious. It is related to irritants and not easily treated. Nasal steroid sprays and antihistamine nasal sprays (astepro) are approved for treatment but even with these complete relief is unusual. Avoiding the triggers is helpful but can be impractical. Pollen has nothing to do with vasomotor rhinitis and antihistamines don't work. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably not: Humidifiers and vaporizers add moisture to the air but this added moisture has little effect beyond the nasal passages. Adding moisture to the bedroom environment encourages growth of houses dust mites and molds not usually considered beneficial for persons with asthmatics. I generally discourage the use of humidifiers & recommend dehumidifiers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Catarrh (meaning inflammation and thick discharge) in children with asthma may be part of the normal asthmatic process, and should be treated with preventative, anti-inflammatory controller medications if it occurs frequently or persistently. These are only available by rx in the us. It also often can be from a secondary infection-sinusitis or bronchitis and may need treatment with a antibiotic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Swimming: If asthma is controlled, then all physical activities should be considered possible. However, exercising in cold, dry air may trigger exercise-induced bronchoconstriction or asthma; this includes skiing, ice skating, hockey, etc. Exercising in warm, humid air may be better tolerated; that's where the swimming comes in. ...Read more
Pt. With severe COPD and is non - responsive to inhaled steroids. Has tried "most" of the inhaled albuterols, combivents, (albuterol and ipratropium) and anti-cholinergis. ?
3-4 years on Spiriva Hand. and Symbicort 160/-for treatment of COPD/Emphsym. NO Asthma. Is there a combo as an alternative as they are both very costl?
Mgt: I would suggest asking about samples, and they can request these from the local sales representatives . Companies also offer discounts. ...Read more
Can steroid shots for allergic rhinitis at the beginning of allergy season be considered standard of care? Is there good data backing these up?
Depends: Since there are so many effective nasal sprays and oral medication for hay fever, giving steroid injection pre-seasonal is likely not the best solution because of the many potential side effects with injectable steroid. On the other hand, if you are getting the injection only once a year and have no problem with osteoporosis or brittle diabetes, the side effects may be acceptable. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Dust allergy: Dust allergies can cause nasal symptoms and skin allergy known as eczema. You can consult a board certified allergist, they can advise on a dust mite avoidance measures to implement in your bedroom such as hepa filters, and dust mite covers for your bed and you can ultimately get desensitized to dust with allergy shots. ...Read more
Allergic to so much! dust, all pollens, animals! constant rhinitis, making my asthma bad. Taking 2 loratadine, 1 not enough. Any other treatments?
What is a less expensive alternative to Dulera (formoterol and mometasone) and Advair in controlling asthma symptoms?
Hard Question!: those are great meds. You obviously need several controllers for your asthma and I'm sure you have been given meds for acute use. There are patient assistance programs and some alternatives. Please discuss with your doctor what is best for you as an individual. The important part is breathing, it is not overrated. Meds are expensive but so is the ER! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are pseudoallergies to meds less dangerous than "true" IgE mediated allergies? Are they less likely to grow in severity over time?
Both can be severe: For a medication allergy, a true ige mediated one can be as severe as one not mediated by ige. Anaphylaxis vs. Anaphylactoid. Same severe symptoms, just not ige mediated. These non-ige reactions can be to: blood products, ace inhibitors for high blood pressure, aspirin, nsaids, narcotics, anti-convulsants, and others. The severity is difficult to predict---treatment is same: avoidance! ...Read more
Seasonal disorder: Light therapy is a way to treat seasonal affective disorder (sad) by exposure to artificial light. Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that occurs at a certain time each year, usually in the fall or winter.The light from a light box mimics outdoor light. This is thought to cause a chemical change in the brain that lifts your mood. This is not the same light as a tanning bed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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