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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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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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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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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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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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I have uncontrolled asthma. Also, rhinitis and reflux. Do the latter conditions contribute to the asthma symptoms? How to manage so it's not a cycle?

I have uncontrolled asthma. Also, rhinitis and reflux. Do the latter conditions contribute to the asthma symptoms? How to manage so it's not a cycle?

Yes: With all those symptoms complicating each other, i would see an allergist. They are best equipped to consider all of the symptoms and work out a plan to help. ...Read more

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I get common cold quite easily, mainly allergic to dust. Are there ways to make body more immune to such irritants naturally?

I get common cold quite easily,  mainly allergic to dust.  Are there ways to make body more immune to such irritants naturally?

Better nose: Often nasal funtction is impaired when congested.This can be related to nasal inflammation from dust allergy and irriitants.Your defenses and resistance can be compromised oftrn leading to more viral infections and sinus disease.Contolling dust and avoiding irritants may improve resistance.Medications to improve nasal function or decrease inflammation should help. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting cough and fever?

Are some people more prone to getting cough and fever?

Yes: You are talking most about the common cold. This requires exposure and susceptibility. If people around you have a cold, you could be exposed. But your system must be susceptible (i.e. Your bodily defenses are down). Also if you move to a new city, you will get more colds for 1-2 years as you wade through the endemic cold viruses in that area. ...Read more

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Does a person who has multiple drug allergies and is also just prone to hives also have to avoid high-risk foods even if not officially allergic?

Does a person who has multiple drug allergies and is also just prone to hives also have to avoid high-risk foods even if not officially allergic?

Not usually: The cause for multiple drug allergies to unrelated drugs remains to be established but there is no relationship to food allergies. ...Read more

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If you have asthma and are prone to frequent sinus infections, is this linked to the low lung capacity of 80% that I have? Facial sweat too?

If you have asthma and are prone to frequent sinus infections, is this linked to the low lung capacity of 80% that I have? Facial sweat too?

Asthma+sinusitis: Asthma and allergy go together. Most people with chronic sinus disease have allergy. If the allergy is treated, the sinuses and asthma will usually improve. There are other uncommon diseases that can result in lung and sinus disease. A pulmonologist can help if allergy treatment isn't helping. ...Read more

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How can having asthma make you more susceptible to colds?

Asthma: Asthma does not make you more susceptible to colds but colds can trigger your asthma and asthma makes your recovery from a cold much longer and protracted. ...Read more

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Can allergies (eg. Peanut) and diseases (eg. Ceoliac) occur more these days or are just more aware?

Can allergies (eg. Peanut) and diseases (eg. Ceoliac) occur more these days or are just more aware?

Both: The incidence of gluten sensitivity/celiac disease is increasing and with screening high risk populations, there is more awareness. This can identify individuals who have subclinical disease. For peanut allergy, the incidence is increasing (from 0.5% of the population to 2% over the last 15 or so years). Similarly, there is greater awareness of food allergies in general. ...Read more

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Can bad environmental allergies cause you to snore? I'm on shots but can't get to maintenance due to reactions. I take meds/sprays but still snore.

Can bad environmental allergies cause you to snore? I'm on shots but can't get to maintenance due to reactions. I take meds/sprays but still snore.

Yes: it they cause nasal blockage. Have you been placed on a nasal steroid and antihistamine combination? How about leukotriene modifier? ...Read more

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Why are ulcers and GERD more prevalent in the Fall and Spring? Is it related to increased histamine exposure?

Why are ulcers and GERD more prevalent in the Fall and Spring?  Is it related to increased histamine exposure?

I am not aware: of the seasonal rates you mention however it is not unusual to see certain diagnoses during specific seasons. The histamine "exposure" has no relationship to the gastrointestinal disease you mention! Would be interested in the responses you receive to this question!! Dr Z ...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


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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

Sensitivities to substances, called allergens, that come into contact with the skin, nose, eyes, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal tract. They can be inhaled into the ...Read more