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Effect Of Airborne Allergies On 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
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
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
Symptoms: Both allergies and sarcoid can cause airway symptoms independently;so if symptomatic may not be able to differentiate the relative contributions ...Read more
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
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
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
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
No: No associaton.Get a more detailed answer ›
Unrelated: These two things are not related to each other in any reliable predictable way. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
Cure?: No unfortunately not.Get a more detailed answer ›
Uncertain: Please see REF: http://www.militarydisabilitymadeeasy.com/therespiratorysystem.html#wGet a more detailed answer ›
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