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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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I have asthma & severe allergies, currently taking zyrtec, singulair (montelukast) and albuterol as needed. We are trying to conceive & i know antihistamines dry up mucus, what can I do to help my mucus in uterus?

I have asthma & severe allergies, currently taking zyrtec, singulair (montelukast) and albuterol as needed. We are trying to conceive & i know antihistamines dry up mucus, what can I do to help my mucus in uterus?

Complicated: Antihistamines can all interfere with ovulation by blocking the action of histamine, a chemical that also plays a role in releasing an egg from the ovary and implanting it in the womb. These drugs are effective at relieving the symptoms of an allergic reaction, but they may also halt conception. If you’re trying to get pregnant, it’s best to avoid antihistamines from mid-cycle until your period. ...Read more

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Would white clumpy phlegm be characteristic of an allergic reaction? (since I do have allergies and asthma). Thanks.

Would white clumpy phlegm be characteristic of an allergic reaction? (since I do have allergies and asthma). Thanks.

Yes, it can: Thick sputum is one of the hall marks of poorly controlled asthma and can also be the result of post nasal drip from allergic sinusitis. You need to see your allergist (or if you haven't seen one, please do) to have your medications adjusted. ...Read more

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Would it be possible that a pregnant woman take benadryl/antihistamine to treat an allergic reaction or help allergy induced asthma?

Would it be possible that a pregnant woman take benadryl/antihistamine to treat an allergic reaction or help allergy induced asthma?

Yes & No: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is considered safe in pregnancy & may be used to treat allergic conditions like allergic rhinitis or hives. Antihistamines like Benadryl are not effective for itching not associated with a rash. This can be due to pregnancy-related liver problems. Talk to your OB about that. Benadryl is also not effective for asthma. There are safe asthma drugs to use while pregnant. ...Read more

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Are steam machines beneficial for sinus issues? Anything to know before i consider buying one from a catalog? Have asthma/allergies.

Are steam machines beneficial for sinus issues? Anything to know before i consider buying one from a catalog? Have asthma/allergies.

Humidity: Humidifiers can be helpful for allergic rhinitis....The nasal issues. Humidity can also worsen symptoms of asthma. If you have worsening of your asthma symptoms when you shower in the hot and humid conditions then the humidifier might not be the best idea. ...Read more

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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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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


Dr. John Chiu
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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

Allergic reactions are 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