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Asthma and Other Conditions

Atopic Dermatitis Quiz
Take the Atopic Dermatitis Quiz Atopic dermatitis is a chronic skin condition marked by inflamed and itchy skin. It can be inherited, and it affects millions of Americans. The following quiz, based on information from the National Institutes of Health, offers helpful facts about the condition. 1. People who have atopic dermatitis also may have: You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is "Atopic" refers to a group of conditions that can run in families and usually occur together....
Allergies Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Allergies? Allergies are nothing to sneeze at. Learn how to better deal with them by taking the following quiz. 1. Which of these body systems causes allergic reactions? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Antibodies are released to protect the body against a perceived threat. A. Endocrine B. Immune C. Nervous D. Autonomic 2. An allergen is anything that triggers an allergic or hypersensitive response. Which of these could be an allergen? You di...
Fast Facts
Respiratory illnesses like the flu are more likely to cause serious health problems in people with asthma. Make sure you protect yourself by getting an annual flu shot.
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Rhinitis
Rhinitis What is rhinitis? Rhinitis is a reaction that happens in the eyes, nose, and throat when allergens in the air trigger the release of histamine in the body. Histamine causes itching, swelling, and fluid to build up in the fragile linings of nasal passages, sinuses, and eyelids. There are two types of rhinitis: allergic or seasonal rhinitis and nonallergic or year-round rhinitis. What causes rhinitis? The most common causes of rhinitis are: Pollen given off by trees, grass, and weeds Dust mites M...
Allergies and the Immune System
Allergies and the Immune System Allergic disease is one of the most common chronic health conditions in the world. People with a family history of allergies have an increase risk of developing allergic disease. Hay fever (allergic rhinitis), eczema, hives, asthma, and food allergy are some types of allergic diseases. Allergy symptoms can range from mild to a serious, life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). Allergic reactions begin in your immune system. When a harmless substance such as dust, ...
Asthma and Pregnancy
Asthma and Pregnancy Having asthma does not necessarily mean having a complicated pregnancy. With proper management of asthma and appropriate medical care during the pregnancy, most women who have asthma can experience healthy pregnancies. Asthma is 1 of the most common diseases that can complicate a pregnancy. In some cases, a diagnosis of asthma is not made until a woman becomes pregnant. Asthma affects a woman during pregnancy in a variety of ways, including: Over one-third of women experience no cha...
The Sinusitis and Asthma Link
The Sinusitis and Asthma Link Many people who have asthma also have chronic rhinitis, sinusitis, or rhinosinusitis. These conditions are long-term inflammation or swelling of the nose, sinuses, or both. The sinuses are air-filled pockets in the bones around your nose. Rhinitis can occur without sinusitis. Sinusitis usually doesn't occur without rhinitis. That is why the term rhinosinusitis is used. Rhinitis and rhinosinusitis have many causes. The cause may be a virus, bacteria, fungus, or an allergy. I...