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Asthma and Other Conditions

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. Lymph 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 didn't...
Atopic Dermatitis Quiz
Take the Atopic Dermatitis Quiz Atopic dermatitis is a chronic, inherited skin condition that 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 run in families and usually occur together. People with atopic dermatitis also may suffer from...
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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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The Sinusitis and Asthma Link
The Sinusitis and Asthma Link Many people who have asthma also suffer from chronic sinusitis. Sinusitis is an inflammation or swelling of the lining in your sinuses, the air-filled pockets in the bones around your nose. This swelling and postnasal drip may make asthma worse. Sinusitis has many causes. It can stem from a virus, bacteria, fungus, allergy, or even a reaction to medicine. The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends that those with asthma get treatment for sinusitis. It should be co...
Rhinitis
Rhinitis What is rhinitis? Rhinitis is a reaction that occurs in the eyes, nose, and throat when airborne irritants (allergens) trigger the release of histamine. Histamine causes inflammation and fluid production in the fragile linings of nasal passages, sinuses, and eyelids. What are the different types of rhinitis? There are two categories of rhinitis: allergic rhinitis and nonallergic rhinitis. Allergic rhinitis There are two types of allergic rhinitis: Seasonal. This type occurs particularly during ...
Allergies and the Immune System
Allergies and the Immune System Allergies are disorders of the immune system. Most allergic reactions are a result of an immune system that responds to a "false alarm." When a harmless substance such as dust, mold, or pollen is encountered by a person who is allergic to that substance, the immune system may react dramatically by producing antibodies that "attack" the allergen (a substance that produces allergic reactions). The result of an allergen entering a susceptible person's body may include wheezi...
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 probably one 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. How asthma affects a woman during pregnancy varies, including: One-third of women experience no change ...