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Will Benadryl Help Allergic Asthma
Would it be possible that a pregnant woman take benadryl/antihistamine to treat an allergic reaction or help allergy induced asthma?
Yes & No: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is considered safe in pregnancy & may be used to treat allergic conditions like allergic rhinitis or hives. Antihistamines like Benadryl are not effective for itching not associated with a rash. This can be due to pregnancy-related liver problems. Talk to your OB about that. Benadryl is also not effective for asthma. There are safe asthma drugs to use while pregnant. ...Read more
Hi, I have allergic rhinitis and asthma, since my allergies are very strong I drink allegra daily can I take benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night?
I want a cardiac CT scan but am scared of allergic reaction to the dye, I have mild asthma. Can I request Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or how can I get round this?
See answer: Talk to your dr. / radiologist about the appropriate pre- procedure allergic preparation. It usually involves pre-procedure oral steroids (if you are an asthmatic already on steroids this may be modified), possibly an oral antihistamine, and may be performed in a hospital center depending on the severity of your prior iodine sensitivity. ...Read more
How serious is asthma? I'm 27 and have had allergic asthma my whole life but never used albuterol unless near a cat etc... It's getting worse now...
Can be fatal: Reactive airway disease, of which asthma is a subtype, can be fatal. During an asthma attack, the 'air tubes' or bronchial passages, constrict. In severe cases they can fully close, causing suffocation. Avoiding your triggers (and cat dander is one of the worst) is very important, as is keeping an albuterol 'rescue' inhaler close at hand. ...Read more
I don't take anything for asthma and its mainly allergic asthma, but is there anything I can do to learn how to exhale fully? My lungs seem to stop.
Consult allergist: An allergist is uniquely trained to treat asthma. Allergen identification followed by allergen avoidance (where practical), medications and allergy injections are the main steps of treatment. There are many details that make a specialist visit worthwhile--lung function testing, detailed asthma action plan, review inhaler technique and more. Many treatments available! ...Read more
Not really.: Asthma is a complicated airway response to some irritant, generally. In some patients, allergens in the air are major triggers. Their symptoms may only be noticeable in certain seasons or with certain exposures. This is usually called extrinsic (allergic) asthma. Others have a predisposition (intrinsic) to this airway response and triggers are not obvious. Either way, it needs controlled. ...Read more
Asthma medications: Medications to treat symptoms include short-acting beta agonists/rescue inhalers like Proair HFA or xopenex (levalbuterol) hfa, and maintenance medications to prevent or reduce further attacks include steroid/long-acting beta agonist inhalers like Advair Diskus and leukotriene modifiers like singular. Your doctor will treat it based on how frequently you are experiencing symptoms. Allergy shots may be helpful. ...Read more
In name only: Various terms have been used to define/describe Asthma, which has a strong allergy component, and genetic predisposition. The main thing is what precautions can be taken to prevent an exacerbation of asthma symptoms and what treatment works fir the patient. Allergy testing and treatment of allergies, as indicated is an important part of work up if these patients. ...Read more
Inhaled steroids: There are a few medications to treat asthma, but the mainstay are inhaled corticosteroids. While they are steroids, they have a very localized effect and are very safe. If they are not effective alone at preventing asthma, we have a number of other medications we can use. ...Read more
Related: Asthma is chronic lung inflammation that can be triggered by allergies especially in children, but also non-allergic triggers (colds, exercise, smoke, etc). Allergic asthma is asthma triggered by allergies and most common in young adults. Allergies can trigger hay fever known as allergic rhinitis and not have lung symptoms of asthma. ...Read more
Is it possible to be allergic to a drug, not metabolize it, or w chemical used Titanium Dioxide is in question for severe allergic asthma.?
Highly unlikely: Titanium may potentially cause a systemic contact allergy but this is far from proven but I know of no known mechanism for it to cause severe asthma. I hope you are under the care a B/C allergist. If he cannot help you, consider consult at a specialty asthma center. If you have failed all medications, then need to reassess the diagnosis. Vocal cord dysfunction is just one such possibility. ...Read more
Many possibilities..: Bronchospasm, which causes wheezing, has many possible causes including acute bronchitis, copd, sinus disorders, gerd, foreign body in the airway and many others. A diagnostic evaluation by a doctor is the only way to determine if there is something else besides asthma contributing to your symptoms. If you smoke, you need to quit to decrease airway inflammation which can also result in wheezing. ...Read more
Can I have COPD at age 27? I smoked heavily from 16 - 21 and have allergic asthma. Now I feel symptoms of overinflated lungs, and I'm unable to exhale
Possible...: There is a form of copd, alpha-1-antitrypsin disorder, that occurs in younger people and the disease progression increases with smoking. It is diagnosed via a blood test. Pulmonary function testing will show chronic obstruction. See a lung specialist if this is a concern so this disorder can either be ruled out or treated with enzyme replacement therapy. ...Read more
Hi I was wondering if you would know if there is a connection between high ESR and allergic reactions/ allergic asthma/that has got worst?
Yes: The esr, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, is a nonspecific indicator of inflammation. A researcher decades ago? Dr mason guest I believe, found that red blood cells collected in a tiny capillary tube fell out of suspension faster in patients with inflammation. Rbcs coated with inflammatory factors are heavier and fall faster. It doesn't matter what caused the inflammation. ...Read more
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