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Doctor insights on: Effect Of Airborne Allergies On Sarcoidosis

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What is sarcoidosis?

What is sarcoidosis?

Sarcoidosis: Dear jbennett, sarcoidosis is a disease of unknown etiology which can affect almost any part of a patient's body. It is known for the granulomas it produces--non-caseating--which can form commonly in the lungs. About 50% of the patients are african or hispanic origin, there is also a large % from northern europe. It has been found that a patient's immune response creates the granulomas. . ...Read more

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


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Hi I was seeing all these checklists and one I didn't see was for sarcoidosis I wonder if any of you doctors had thought about doing one this?

Hi I was seeing all these checklists and one I didn't see was for sarcoidosis I wonder if any of you doctors had thought about doing one this?

All systems.: A list of common symptoms and systems affected in patients with sarcoidosis is difficult because it can affect every system and be different in each patient. The most commonly affected systems are the skin, the eyes and the lungs. The disease is rarely fatal unless the heart is involved. Treatment depends on which systems are affected and usually by a specialist. ...Read more

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Can animal allergies (i.e. cats or dogs) contribute to sarcoidosis symptoms?

Can animal allergies (i.e. cats or dogs) contribute to sarcoidosis symptoms?

Symptoms: Both allergies and sarcoid can cause airway symptoms independently;so if symptomatic may not be able to differentiate the relative contributions ...Read more

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Should sarcoidosis patients avoid allergy shots due to the immune system being involved? Will it aggravate this condition and make it flare up?

Should sarcoidosis patients avoid allergy shots due to the immune system being involved? Will it aggravate this condition and make it flare up?

No problem: Allergy shots have never been proven to exacerbate any other form of immune disorders. In fact, one recent study suggested that those who received allergy shots are less likely to develop autoimmune diseases. Do note that allergy shots are effective only in 80-90% of the patients. ...Read more

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A relative has sarcoidosis. How can I help?

2nd opinion: Always obtain a second opinion.

You want to feel comfortable. ...Read more

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Should i be on a special diet with sarcoidosis?

Should i be on a special diet with sarcoidosis?

Possibly: Although there is no specific diet for patients with sarcoidosis, as with any other illness that involves abnormal immune system functioning. Some patients with autoimmume illnesses find they feel better if they avoid gluten and milk. Gluten and milk protein (casein) are highly immumoreactive (generate an autoimmume reaction in the gut that ultimately effects the reat of the body. ...Read more

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Is there any new information about sarcoidosis?

Sarcoidosis.: Yes there is. You can obtain this by using google or a site like medscape. ...Read more

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Need to know if I can have sarcoidosis?

See a doctor: Then see a doctor and get your symptoms evaluated. Since you list no specifics no one can give you a specific answer. ...Read more

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What is your experience with sarcoidosis recovery?

Quite variable: In caucasions most people recover with or without treatment (90%). In blacks and asians the disease tends to be more severe and resistant to treatment. Most patients do well with steroids; some require more immunosuppressive therapy which has more risk. Some require no treatment at all. As a specialist I tend to see the worst patients which sometimes colors my expectations. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if sarcoidosis is left untreated?

Could you tell me what happens if sarcoidosis is left untreated?

40 % gamble: You probably heard that around 60% of sarcoid cases will resolve without treatment.
There are many forms of sarcoid, some very serious. Work with a medical professional in making your decision. ...Read more

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What is the latest results noted in the study of causes of sarcoidosis?

Nobody knows: Reason is unclear.

We will win the nobel prize once we find the reason for sarcoidosis. ...Read more

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Is there a relation between sarcoidosis and cardiomyopathy?

Is there a relation between sarcoidosis and cardiomyopathy?

Sarcoidosis: Non-cardiac sarcoidosis doesn't cause cardiomyopathy. But if you have cardiac sarcoidosis it could manifest as cardiomyopathy. It is a kind of infiltrative cardiac disease. ...Read more

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Is sarcoidosis a type of cancer?

Is sarcoidosis a type of cancer?

Sarcoidosis: Sarcoidosis is not considered a cancer. It is a disease of unknown etiology. It can be described as a non-casesating granulomatous disease. It is difficult to diagnose. It was thought that having sarcoid increased a patient's chance of cancer, esp. Lymphoma, but several recent articles dispute this claim. The absolute diagnosis is made by biopsy of a nodule, possibly in the lung region. Etc.... ...Read more

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What is respiratory sarcoidosis?

What is respiratory sarcoidosis?

Sarcoid of the lung!: Pulmonary sarcoidosis, frequently mild, but potentially severe, is sometimes called respiratory sarcoid, but this is an archaic term. Diagnoses by clinical hx, chest x-rays, and sometimes needing a biopsy. You should be under the care of someone in rheumatology or pulmonology. Sarcoid is an auto immune disease which caues characteristic granulomata! ...Read more

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Will sarcoidosis affect my sex life?

Will sarcoidosis affect my sex life?

Not likely: If your sarcoid is flared up causing lung impairment you may have difficulty exerting yourself. Other than shortness of breath or fatigue I would not expect much impact. ...Read more

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What does sarcoidosis rash look like?

What does sarcoidosis rash look like?

Raised bumps: It can look differently in different locations. It is raised, smooth and with pressure can show a yellowish inside. A biopsy clarifies the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is sarcoidosis pancreatitis treatable?

Yes: Most cases resolve sporadically or with steroids. Very rare to get sarcoidosis there. ...Read more

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Where can rashes appear with sarcoidosis?

Rash with sarcoidosi: 25% of patients have rashes as the presentation. The rashes are more common in lower extremities. It can be erythema nodosum, which is raised painful bumps more common in lower extremities, or plaque like rash or reddish brown maculopaoular rash. The rash usually disappear without any treatment i 2 to 4 weeks. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for sarcoidosis?

There are several...: Prednisone is the usual first line therapy. If that doesn't control symptoms, then methotrexate or azothioprine can be tried. Acthar is another very expensive drug that seems to have a very good effect. ...Read more

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How long does the treatment of sarcoidosis take?

See below: How long does it take for what? To get better? No way to know. Or are you meaning do you have to take it life long? Often yes, although some people do get better. ...Read more

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What is the ANA pattern for sarcoidosis normally?

Negative: Sarcoid is not usually associated with +ana. However, +ana can occur in up to 10% of the population, so there may be some overlap. ...Read more

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What's the likelihood of remission of sarcoidosis?

What's the likelihood of remission of sarcoidosis?

Possible: With good therapy, and sometimes spontaneously, under the watchful eye of a sarcoid specialist, sarcoid can remit -- sometimes for extended periods of time. ...Read more

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Where can I get the best treatment for sarcoidosis?

Pulmonologist: Since most sarcoidosis starts or involves the lungs, pulmonary medicine specialists are the most common treating physicians. However, immunologists and rheumatologists can also be effective providers. Since so many organs can be involved by sarcoidosis, many specialists can be required for management. ...Read more

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How effective are steroids for treating sarcoidosis?

Usually first line : Steroids work well for sarcoidosis and they are cheap, thus they are usually first line therapy unless there's a reason for a patient not to take them. ...Read more

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What do sarcoidosis and persian gulf war syndrome mean?

What do sarcoidosis and persian gulf war syndrome mean?

Uncertain: Please see REF: http://www.militarydisabilitymadeeasy.com/therespiratorysystem.html#w

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What is the most effective treatment method for sarcoidosis?

It depends.: There is no single therapy for this disorder. It depends on the severity of the disease and the areas of the body affected. Systemic corticosteroids (prednisone) are often used for more severe disease. ...Read more

Dr. Marci Dietrich
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Sarcoidosis (Definition)

A condition in which nodules form in various organs, including lymph nodes, lungs, eyes, and liver. Common symptoms include cough, chest pain below the breast bone, fatigue, ...Read more