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Are dehumidifiers considered effective in helping asthma and eczema sufferers?

Are dehumidifiers considered effective in helping asthma and eczema sufferers?

Depends: May be helpful depending upon your climate. Eczema improves w a more moist environment. Asthma after worsens as moisture may breed mold which can irritate asthma. Appropriate medications are much more effective in general. ...Read more

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Are there any successful treatments for vasomotor rhinitis and associated coughing durig peak pollen when nasal sprays/antihista./inhalers do not work

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 more

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Is pivotal health products are effective in copd.

Is pivotal health products are effective in copd.

Health products: I am sorry to say that I do not know how effective those products are for copd. I would have to see the research data before passing a judgement. ...Read more

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Are humidifiers very helpful for asthma?

Are humidifiers very helpful for asthma?

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 more

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Are air purifiers effective in preventing asthma attacks?

Are air purifiers effective in preventing asthma attacks?

Yes: In patients that asthma symptoms are worsened by dust and environmental allergens, air purifiers seem to work very well. ...Read more

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Are over-the-counter remedies good for the control of catarrh in children with asthma?

Are over-the-counter remedies good for the control of catarrh in children with asthma?

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 more

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Which activities for someone with asthma are considered effective?

Which activities for someone with asthma are considered effective?

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

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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. ?

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. ?

See below: I would recommend discussing this with your pulmonologist or if you need a second opinion, find someone on here that has a UT license and discuss it with them. It's possible you aren't on the right medication or maybe have a different diagnosis. ...Read more

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Are nebulisers better than inhalers for asthma in children ?

Are nebulisers better than inhalers for asthma in children ?

Debatable: Both are about equal but age makes a big difference. However even in older children and adults the nebulizer delivers the medicine better and more efficiently. ...Read more

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Can one de-sensitise from controlled allergen exposure. Also what exercise is good for asthma patients ?

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Can one de-sensitise from controlled allergen exposure. Also what exercise is good for asthma patients ?

? in theory: And that's the basis for allergy shots, programmed allergen exposure, and swimming is a good exercise for asthma, goodluck ...Read more

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Can steroid shots for allergic rhinitis at the beginning of allergy season be considered standard of care? Is there good data backing these up?

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 more

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Hi i'm suffering with dust and skin allergy, is there any effective medication in the market?

Hi i'm suffering with dust and skin allergy, is there any effective medication in the market?

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

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Is cetirizine helpful for children with asthma and running nose?

Is cetirizine helpful for children with asthma and running nose?

Antihistamine: Certirzine is an antihistamine and will help the symptoms of allery and runny nose. You must continue your action plan and your asthma meds. ...Read more

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Allergic to so much! dust, all pollens, animals! constant rhinitis, making my asthma bad. Taking 2 loratadine, 1 not enough. Any other treatments?

Allergic to so much! dust, all pollens, animals! constant rhinitis, making my asthma bad. Taking 2 loratadine, 1 not enough. Any other treatments?

Allergy: You can try to take a shower before going to bed. Also nasal saline rinses can be of some help. Now if there is no relief your last resource would be benadryl (diphenhydramine). ...Read more

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What is a less expensive alternative to Dulera (formoterol and mometasone) and Advair in controlling asthma symptoms?

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 more

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Are pseudoallergies to meds less dangerous than "true" IgE mediated allergies? Are they less likely to grow in severity over time?

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

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Are tanning beds useful to help alleviate the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder?

Are tanning beds useful to help alleviate the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder?

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 more

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Deshidrotic Eczema (Definition)

A condition in which tiny, fluid-filled, itchy blisters appear on the palms and fingers. ...Read more