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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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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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I have allergy-induced asthma attack from my severe cat allergies, what do you recommend?

I have allergy-induced asthma attack from my severe cat allergies, what do you recommend?

Cat out of bdrm: Getting rid of the cat would be the best option but most people won't follow this advice. Thus the least you need to do is to keep the cat out of the bedroom and perhaps have a hepa filter in the bedroom . You need to consult an allergist to get desensitized to the cat and get the appropriate medications to control your asthma in the meanwhile. Vacuum and keep windows open often. ...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?

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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Milk allergy is causing asthma/severe coughing in toddler. What can be done to treat this?

Milk allergy is causing asthma/severe coughing in toddler. What can be done to treat this?

Avoidance: Avoidance is key. If your child is already having symptoms of cough and nasal congestion, you can give an antihistamine: benadryl, (diphenhydramine) Cetirizine or loratidine at the right dose (check w/ doctor). If your child is having shortness of breath and wheezing, you will need a breathing treatment which can be prescribed by your doctor. If you need to confirm allergy see an allergist for testing. ...Read more

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What are the risks of an allergy shot for a person with severe asthma? I had bad reaction to the allergy test which caused bronchitis.

What are the risks of an allergy shot for a person with severe asthma? I had bad reaction to the allergy test which caused bronchitis.

Allergy shots: Patients with uncontrolled asthma are at somewhat higher risk of systemic reactions to allergy shots. Once asthma is controlled with medications most asthmatics are able to receive allergy shots without difficulty assuming that they are closely monitored. Since allergy injections lessen allergic sensitivity over time most allergic asthmatics will see improvement in their condition. ...Read more

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Is it a cat allergy if I itch after the cat has scratched me and the area is red and a shelf has formed. Am severely allergic to rats, I got asthma.?

Is it a cat allergy if I itch after the cat has scratched me and the area is red and a shelf has formed. Am severely allergic to rats, I got asthma.?

Likely...: A cat allergy is very common and is due to a protein in cat's saliva. Cats are notorious for self grooming so exposure to cat hair which can permeate through a house or being scratched can result in allergic reaction. Now, there is also cat scratch disease which is caused by a bacteria but results in swollen lymph nodes and viral like illness. ...Read more

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Do people in the same family suffer from an immune disorder such as allergies, asthma, or arthritis?

Do people in the same family suffer from an immune disorder such as allergies, asthma, or arthritis?

Typically: Tendencies toward allergies and other immunologic diseases definitely run in families, but there's a lot of variation. Allergic parents won't necessarily have allergic kids (70% risk if both parents are allergic), and non allergic parents might have allergic kids. Only an allergic tendency, not necessarily specific allergies, is passed on; kids might not have the same allergies as their parents. ...Read more

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Ok so I have hs disease chronic boils, asthma, allergies , anxiety. my white count is 19000 hemoglobin 11.5?

Ok so I have hs disease chronic boils, asthma, allergies , anxiety. my white count is 19000 hemoglobin 11.5?

See allergist/immuno: Your condition is complex and I would urge you to consult an allergist/immunologist to evaluate both your allergic and immune status. If there is a medical school near you, consider getting an appt with Immunology dept. ...Read more

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My IgE level is 4000 iu/ml, normal is <150 , I have nasal allergy and severe asthma, what is the treatment ?

My IgE level is 4000 iu/ml, normal is <150 , I have nasal allergy and severe asthma, what is the treatment ?

The asthma: It is not unheard of that many people can have a very high ige level with asthma or hay fever. As mentioned previously by another doctor , severe asthma along with high ige may signify the existence of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (or mycosis). I urge you to consult a board-certified allergist asap. ...Read more

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Child with severe asthma and allergies..Is it hereditary?

Probable: Asthma is often hereditary as are allergies. However whether a disease condition will develop or not is dependent on how the body interacts with the environment. For example, in identical twins there is a close to 60% that the other twin would develop asthma if one of the twin has it. In non-identical twins, the chance is slightly under 30%. ...Read more

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Are allergies/asthma related to autoimmune disease! since both are a an over reaction of the immune system?

Are allergies/asthma related to autoimmune disease! since both are a an over reaction of the immune system?

No: It makes an interesting hypothesis but there is no evidence to prove it. People with autoimmune disorders can develop lung disease that are often misdiagnosed as asthma. Check this out: http://www.Dailymail.Co.Uk/news/article-2032695/venus-williams-speaks-sjogrens-syndrome-forced-us-open.Html venus williams was diagnosed with "asthma" previously that turned out to be something else. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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


Dr. John Chiu
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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