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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
What is the best allergy med (most safe) if a patient has had seizures? My daughter (18) was taking zyrtec, rhinocort, &advair for allergies & mild asthma prior to having seizures that began almost a yr. Ago. To air on the safe side he took her off all
Fexofenadine: Tough to say which is safest and if any can contribute to sezures in your daughter, but fexofenadine (allegra) does not cross the blood brain barrier. That is the reason it does not cause drowsiness. And because it does not cross the blood brain barrier, it likely has limited ability to contribute to your daughters seizures. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How to treat a patient who has allergy causing her to have asthma, coughing and runny nose, difficulty in breathing?
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
"atopy": Both asthma and allergy (such as allergic rhinitis) are potential manifestations of what is known as "atopy." atopy means that someone has an underlying allergic inclination due to allergic antibody that can manifest as eczema, nasal or ocular allergies, food allergies, or asthma. About 60% or so of asthma is allergic or atopic asthma, but about 40% of asthma is not caused by allergy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Just don't...: Smoking is dangerous and deadly habit. You are 16 years old and it is strongly advised to not start smoking and end up setting yourself up for increased health risks. In addition, with asthma you already have lungs that are sensitive to triggers - smoking could lead to a dangerous acute wheezing/bronchospasm episode and will most certainly increase your asthma symptoms. Take care of your body! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Yes, seasonal allergies can definitely make your asthma worse, especially if you have IgE or allergic induced asthma. Make sure your allergies and asthma are both well controlled with daily nasal sprays and inhaled sprays. Maximizing control of both upper and lower airways will keep you from progressing to a full blown exacerbation. See Allergist for further workup and evaluation. ...Read more
Yes: Allergies and exercise are 2 of the most common triggers for exacerbation of asthma symptoms. If your asthma is not well controlled and you have allergies, treatment of the allergies is an important part of asthma therapy. If exercise is making your breathing worse it doesn't mean you can't do it. It suggests that your asthma is not well controlled and this should be discussed with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually not: Look for another cause -- or forget the sed rate. It's often done wrong, and even a true elevation often means exactly nothing. If a person appears well otherwise, there's little to be gained and much time and money to be wasted by trying to find the cause of a high sed rate. ...Read more
It depends: On more information and examining particular patient. Generally propofol is safe in a well controlled asthmatics, yet anesthesia plan is formulated by anesthesiologist after careful consideration of past medical and surgical history, current medications, allergies and the nature of the procedure, as well as patient's physical status. Consult your doctor or consider "virtual" appt on HealthTap ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Frequently, pet allergy may be a significant trigger in children with asthma. The pet allergy may not always cause immediate, severe symptoms, but may contribute to chronic asthmatic inflammation. Parents often seem to not want to acknowledge this. But not all children with asthma are allergic to pets. Specific testing can be done by your pediatrician, or by an allergist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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