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Could people with asthma or allergies be more prone to fungal infections?

Could people with asthma or allergies be more prone to fungal infections?

Sometimes: People with asthma or allergies, who have mild symptoms and healthy immune systems probably are not more prone to fungal infections. Patients with lots of asthma/allergy symptoms, especially if they have weakened immune systems, can have problems with airborne fungi. Such patients may have worse symptoms when exposed to fungi such as aspergillus, blastomyces, or coccidioides. ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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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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Are people with a history of asthma more susceptible to throat infections?

Are people with a history of asthma more susceptible to throat infections?

Uncertain: People with asthma are more susceptible to respiratory tract infection although I have not seen any study related to the throat. Perhaps some of your throat problem is from post-nasal drips or sinusitis and not infection at all. If you are in the military, thank you for your service. ...Read more

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Why are some people with chronic bronchitis more prone to infections?

Why are some people with chronic bronchitis more prone to infections?

Diminished imuunity: Patients with chronic bronchitis may have a diminished immune system, or a decrease in immune system activity depending on other medical illness. Thus they may be more prone to infections. ...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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If you are very allergic to fungus, are you more susceptible to fungal infections of sinuses?

If you are very allergic to fungus, are you more susceptible to fungal infections of sinuses?

Fungal allergies: Hello, that is a very good question. I diagnose fungal allergic rhinitis very often yet very few patients suffer from sinusitis let alone fungal sinusitis. So if you have allergies and are sensitive to mold, that may trigger inflammation within the nasal and sinus lining that may lead to an infection. It will most likely be a bacterial or viral infection ...Read more

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I have become prone to fungal & viral skin infections. Can you suggest, what can be the cause?

I have become prone to fungal & viral skin infections. Can you suggest, what can be the cause?

Need more info: What exactly are the infections you are referring to? More specific informations about exactly what types of skin infections you are having is needed. The cause can range from benigh to more serious immune disorder. ...Read more

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Are sinus infections common in people with allergies? How do you know your allergies have turned into an infection?

Are sinus infections common in people with allergies? How do you know your allergies have turned into an infection?

Secretions: The main difference between allergies and sinus infections is thick, green secretions every time you blow your nose - this typically doesn't occur with allergies. Extreme sinus pressure is also more likely a sign of an infection rather than allergies. Also, allergies never cause a fever. ...Read more

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Who tends to get serious allergic reactions to aspirin? Is it almost always people w asthma or nasal polyps or can anyone suddenly have a problem?

Who tends to get serious allergic reactions to aspirin? Is it almost always people w asthma or nasal polyps or can anyone suddenly have a problem?

No: It does not always involve asthma although nasal polyps and sinusitis often precede the onset of asthma in aspirin-sensitivity. This is a condition usually found around ages 30 on the average. Yes it can develop all of a sudden. ...Read more

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Why are emphysema patients more prone to infections such as bronchitis?

Why are emphysema patients more prone to infections such as bronchitis?

Poor defense: Emphysema can impair the lung's normal defense mechanisms of clearing bacteria and allow an infection to get established. Chronic bronchitis is actually more prone to develop infections than pure emphysema. Both are under the broader category of copd. Active cigarette smoking also increases the risk. ...Read more

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Is a child who has eczema also more likely to have allergies or asthma?

Is a child who has eczema also more likely to have allergies or asthma?

Yes: Although everybody's different, we speak of the prototypic "allergic march" - eczema as a toddler, allergic rhinitis by ages 4-7, and asthma in early adolescence. Many people will skip one or two of these problems, but in general, young children with eczema will go on to develop allergies and asthma if they are not carefully treated for their underlying allergies. ...Read more

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Can anxiety/depression cause a person to develop or be more suceptible to developing raynaud's disease?

Can anxiety/depression cause a person to develop or be more suceptible to developing raynaud's disease?

Yes: Emotional stress is a known trigger of raynaud's phenomenon. A person with raynaud's symptoms should try to avoid emotional stress (or get some treatment from his doctor), keep warm, not smoke or use other forms of nicotine, avoid caffeine, etc... ...Read more

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Will someone with chronic bronchitis be more likely to have problems with acidosis or alkalosis?

Will someone with chronic bronchitis be more likely to have problems with acidosis or alkalosis?

Acidosis: Anything that causes decreased exhalation/obstruction (asthma, bronchitis etc.) causes a build up of CO2 and an acidosis. This question is on most medical board exams! ...Read more

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Are people with eczema more likely to get staph?

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Are people with eczema more likely to get staph?

Yes: Individuals with eczema are more likely to develop bacterial skin infection caused by staphylococcus aureus which in turn exacerbates eczema. ...Read more

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Could you develop a tolerance from allergies to certain pets but not others?

Could you develop a tolerance from allergies to certain pets but not others?

Yes: You can develop tolerance to some pets and not others. I Once, while in the MAYO allergy clinic, I met two people in the waiting area who were being studied by MAYO. They were unrelated and had not known each other. Both had been deathly allergic to horses until they received blood transfusions after accidents. Both were no longer allergic thereafter. ...Read more

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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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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