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Doctor insights on: Sarcoidosis And Pine Pollen

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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

Pollen (Definition)

Pollen is the equivalent of sperm for a plant. It is a genetically active product, seen on flowers usually, which the plants with the assistance of birds, bats and insects as well as the wind, uses to fertilize the egg of the plant to ensure a next generation. It also can be irritating, functioning as an allergen, leading to sneezing ...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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I'm allergic to any kind of pollen when the trees are in blossom, pine trees, olive trees. What can I do besides wear a mask?

I'm allergic to any kind of pollen when the trees are in blossom, pine trees, olive trees. What can I do besides wear a mask?

Allergic rhinitis: Staying inside the house during pollen season seems like the best answer. But that's not practical. So, in addition to wearing a mask, do not forget to clean your outer clothes, accessories and shoes before getting back in your house to prevent pollen from being trapped inside the house. Taking a shower will help remove pollen adhering to your skin. Antihistamines plus nasal steroids will help. ...Read more

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How can we treat sarcoidosis?

How can we treat sarcoidosis?

There are: There are a variety of immunosuppressive treatments to treat sarcoidosis, but Prednisone is the mainstay of therapy. ...Read more

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Is exercise good for my sarcoidosis?

Probably yes: Sarcoidosis is a multisystem disease with unknown cause some of time the lungs are affected negatively a lung specialist would evaluate you and determine the extent of your lung involvement. Also, in some rare cases there can be heart involvement-perhaps irregular heart beats. A cardiologist would need to evaluate you in that case if you are affected by aches, pains and given the o-k--exercise helps. ...Read more

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When is sarcoidosis considered serious?

Sarcoidosis: Having the diagnosis is serious. If it involves the heart or other vital organ it gets more serious ...Read more

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How do you know if you have sarcoidosis?

Everyone different: Sarcoid can have many different manifestations. Characteristically you can have some of the follwoing: swollen lymph nodes, rashes, lung spots, eye changes, liver changes, skin rashes, etc. Each person is different and the diagnosis is made depending where the granulomas (the sarcoid biopsy inflammatory change) are found and if there is no other cause found. Your doctor can guide you here. ...Read more

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If I relocate, will it affect my sarcoidosis?

Not likely: Sarcoidosis cause is still unknown but it has strong genetic component. It tends to occur more frequently in african americans than in caucasians, females more than males, and often starts around age 20-40. Does not seem to be linked to environment, geographic location or occupation, so moving is not likely to help. ...Read more

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What could happen if sarcoidosis is left untreated?

Depends: If it is only cause enlarged lymph nodes, no treatment is usually needed. So, it depends on the body system involved. If it is causing lung problems, it needs treatment. ...Read more

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How to doctors treat sarcoidosis?

Most often we don't: But in cases where the sarcoid causes symptoms that don't go away on their own, or when organ damage is severe, or imminent, then steroids are the first step. Long term we try to get off steroids and use other drugs like methotrexate, Hydroxychloroquine ("plaquenil") and several others that are used less commonly. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of sarcoidosis?

See below: Side effects can result from the medication used to treat it, but there are several different organ systems that can be affected by sarcoid such as lungs and skin. Please repost as to which you would like for us to address. ...Read more

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How to determine whether I have sarcoidosis or berylliosis?

How to determine whether I have sarcoidosis or berylliosis?

Blood tests: Yes blood tests can help to support sarcoidosis diagnosis along with path results. ..So an astute physician can make that diagnosis. ...Read more

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How effective is clobetasol (Clobex) for treating sarcoidosis?

Here are some...: Clobex contains potent steroid for easing itch from psoriasis or atopic dermatitis, not for sarcoidosis as I have known of. So, Ask your doc for detail and clarification or to http://www. Webmd. Com/drugs/2/drug-76705-548/clobex-topical/clobetasolspray-topical/details. Best wish... ...Read more

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How effective is halobetasol (Halonate) for treating sarcoidosis?

Halobetasol: Halobetasol is a topical steroid and probably only effective for cutaneous (skin) related Sarcoidosis. There are many skin manifestations like erythema nodosum to psoriasis-like plaques and skin biopsy is often necessary to establish sarcoidosis and Rx options. Sarcoidosis affects many organs like the lung, nervous system, and kidney systems, and in these scenarios, a topical steroid is not helpfu ...Read more

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Is there a Dr close to Louisville, KY that specializes in Sarcoidosis that is on the skin? Or a Dr that is interested in studying sarcoidosis?

Email: Email Healthtap to see if they have a list of specialists that many sarcoidosis usually pulmonary specialist doctor would do ir a rheumatologist. Also contact your local hospital local medical society or any large medical clinic in the right they would be able to give you some names of specialists ...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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Is sarcoidosis pancreatitis treatable?

Yes: Most cases resolve sporadically or with steroids. Very rare to get sarcoidosis there. ...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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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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How effective is fluocinonide (Vanos) for treating sarcoidosis?

Here are some...: There was a similar Q about Colbex; the answer to Colebex is totally applicable for fluocinonide (Vanos). Both are potent topical corticosteroid for itchy skin from eczema including atopic dermatitis, allergies, psoriasis, rashes, etc. Sarcoidosis is a systemic disease; systemic use of steroid is a part of general measure treating a slew of diseases with vague etiology. More? Ask the treating doc. ...Read more

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Can sarcoidosis cause raynauds?

Can sarcoidosis cause raynauds?

Yes: Yes - it can be associated with Raynaud's - not cause it. ...Read more

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Is lungs sarcoidosis contagious?

Is lungs sarcoidosis contagious?

No: As far as it is known, sarcoidosis is not due to an infection and is not spread from person to person. ...Read more

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Is fatigue common in sarcoidosis?

Is fatigue common in sarcoidosis?

Fatigue and sarcoid,: Yes, fatigue is quite common as are muscle pains, joint pains, sweats, and sometimes weight loss. Skin lesions are also relatively common. The sarcoid granulomas secrete ace. --angiotensin converting enzyme. The enzyme is elevated in some of the patients with sarcoid. Most patients have enlarged lymph nodes in the region of their lungs. ...Read more

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Will sarcoidosis affect my pregnancy?

Will sarcoidosis affect my pregnancy?

Other way: Pregnancy can precipitate a sarcoidosis flare. In more than 60% of the cases however, sarcoidosis severity will remain unchanged, or even improve during pregnancy. Certain medications used to treat sarcoidosis are not safe during pregnancy, others increase your blood sugar and thus the risk of complications. ...Read more

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Are sarcoidosis and depression related?

Comorbid: There is a high level of comorbidity between depression and sarcoidosis. This means the two conditions frequently co-occur. It does not necessarily mean that one causes the other, and indeed the relationship between the two is not fully understood. Some believe that depression is an inflammatory condition itself, and possibly common factors lead to the development of both conditions. ...Read more

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How does sarcoidosis differ from prolactinoma?

Almost not: Sarcoidosis is a systemic problem in which the body forms inflammatory granules in a variety of organs. A prolactinoma is a tumor leading to excess production of the hormone prolactin. A few conditions have both problems, but it's rather rare. ...Read more

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Does sarcoidosis make sugar go up in diabetics?

Does sarcoidosis make sugar go up in diabetics?

No, but steroids do: Sarcoidosis probably does not have much effect on blood sugar by itself, unless it is affecting the pancreas directly, which is very rare. However, steroids such as Prednisone are the most commonly used medications to treat sarcoidosis, and can most certainly cause elevated blood sugar. ...Read more

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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