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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

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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


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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?

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 possibly 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

Dr. Marci Dietrich
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Sarcoidosis (Definition)

Sarcoidosis is a medical 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