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What is the overall approach to patients with allergies and asthma?

What is the overall approach to patients with allergies and asthma?

Avoid allergens: 1.Avoidance one should avoid things to which you are allergic. Also avoid irritants like cigarette smoke and air pollution. 2. Medication medications control inflammation and symptoms, but do not cure. It is important to take medications regularly. 3. Immunotherapy for environmental allergies, allergy shots are effective. New research shows oral desensitization effective for food anaphylaxis. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

Asthma is 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 breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...Read more


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How to treat a patient who has allergy causing her to have asthma, coughing and runny nose, difficulty in breathing?

How to treat a patient who has allergy causing her to have asthma, coughing and runny nose, difficulty in breathing?

Further Evaluation: Treatment requires a combination of finding out what causes a patient to have the cough/runny nose, asthma, allergy and breathing tests. Based on the results, avoidance of allergens, antihistamines, and asthma medications may be recommended. ...Read more

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Are onions good for asthma patients to eat?

Are onions good for asthma patients to eat?

No: Never heard of onion used as a treatment of anything. Even vampires are not afraid of it. ...Read more

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How does allergy differ from asthma ?

How does allergy differ from asthma ?

See below: Allergies can present with nasal congestion, itchy and/or red eyes, cough and sometimes as asthma. Asthma refers to the recurrent lower airway inflammation and constriction and can be caused by allergies, but can also be caused by exercise, change in weather or viral infections. ...Read more

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What allergies are associated with asthma?

What allergies are associated with asthma?

Cats, cockroaches: While any allergies can be associated with and trigger asthma symptoms, there are 2 in particular which have been shown in the medical literature to be highly linked to asthma flares. Cats allergies are by far the most associated with asthma, followed by cockroach allergies (most common in inner-cities). Chlorine has also been associated with asthma, but it is not considered an allergy. ...Read more

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What should I do about allergies and asthma?

What should I do about allergies and asthma?

Treatments.....: Asthma therapy typically consists of bronchodilator and steroid inhalers to treat the bronchospasm and airway inflammation. Additional treatment depends on your symptoms. Allergies can cause asthma exacerbations so avoiding allergens as much as possible is beneficial. Additional allergy therapy can be given by an allergy doctor depending on the particular allergies that are diagnosed. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have allergies or asthma?

How do you know if you have allergies or asthma?

Tests: you can get tested for both - a doctor can also take a good history of any symptoms you may have and let you know what tests, if any, to do. ...Read more

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I have allergies and asthma, what do you recommend?

Seek treatment: A local source should be able to review your history and examine you.If testing is needed these can be done and reviewed and a treatment plan formulated.This site is not meant to be a substitute for regular health care through your local sources.It can provide answers to specific questions when issues arise. ...Read more

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Do you recommend a bronchoscopy for asthma patients?

Depends : Bronchoscopy is an useful tool to answer some clinical questions . In the context of asthma it is useful to answer questions such as difficult to control asthma , unexplained and difficult to control cough . These are some of the indications. In highly selected patients bronchial thermoplasty ( via a bronchoscope ) is a procedure that is offered to aid in control of very severe persistent asthma. ...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