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Dr. Arif Yunus  - Allergist/Immunologist, Chennai

Dr. Arif Yunus

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MBBS, Diploma In Tropical Medicine Health, MRCP(UK)

Allergist/Immunologist, Chennai

56 Years Experience  ·  300 at clinic  ·  ₹250 online
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Dr. Arif Yunus 88% (203 ratings) MBBS, Diploma In Tropical Medicine Health, MRCP(UK) Allergist/Immunologist, Chennai
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Dr. Arif Yunus is a popular Allergist/Immunologist in Velachery, Chennai. He has helped numerous patients in his 56 years of experience as a Allergist/Immunologist. He has completed MBBS, Diploma In Tropical Medicine Health, MRCP(UK) . You can visit him at Deccan Allergy Clinic in Velachery, Chennai. Save your time and book an appointment online with Dr. Arif Yunus on Lybrate.com.

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MBBS - Osmania Medical College Hyderabad - 1962
Diploma In Tropical Medicine Health - University of Liverpool UK - 1968
MRCP(UK) - Royal College of Physicians of Uk - 1975
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Spices - Can They Cause Allergies?

MBBS, Diploma In Tropical Medicine Health, MRCP(UK)
Allergist/Immunologist, Chennai
Spices - Can They Cause Allergies?

Products derived from plants are widely used as herbs and spices, often across the world and in many cuisines. Though spices and herbs are used in small quantities to add flavor to the food we eat, they can still trigger an adverse reaction. As per a presentation at the 2012 scientific meeting of ACAAI (American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology), 2-3% people across the world have an allergic reaction to spices. The percentage may seem quite less, mostly because of the lack of reliable tests.

Unfortunately, spices aren't regulated by FDI (Food and Drug Administration), which is why they are not listed on the food labels, making it extremely hard for consumers to determine what products to avoid. Not only food but these spices are also used in cosmetics, toothpaste and various other dental products. Sami Bahana, former president of ACAAI, said during the meeting that; as more and more people have started to use cosmetics and spices in the United States, it is likely that they will soon start developing allergies to these substances. Common spice allergies are usually observed towards black pepper and garlic and vanilla. Then there are spice blends, which are even more difficult to regulate. 

Symptoms of spice allergy

  • Many people experience the symptoms of watery eyes and a runny nose right after eating something spicy, like chili pepper or horseradish. Many think that these reactions are caused by the immune system, but, in reality, they are caused by irritant effects on mucous membranes.
  • Skin rashes are, at times, appear when a body comes in direct contact with spices found in foods or cosmetics, and trigger irritant contact dermatitis.
  • Some life-threatening allergic reactions such as angioedema and urticaria can occur as a result of eating or inhaling spices. Inhaling spices can also trigger symptoms of asthma, as well as angioedema. Skin contact with spices can cause atopic dermatitis, urticaria, and allergic contact dermatitis.

Treating spice allergy

  • Diagnosing spice allergy is easy and can be done by performing allergy testing like blood testing and patch testing. Once you know what spices you are allergic to, you can refrain from using them. Nonetheless, it is extremely difficult to avoid them completely since spices are used in many household and toiletry items.
  • In case you develop the symptoms, the treatment is identical to the treatment of food allergy. Using injectable epinephrine and antihistamines for severe reactions can treat immediate symptoms to a significant extent. Topical corticosteroids can treat contact dermatitis caused by the spices. But, finally, avoiding spices completely is the best treatment for spice allergy.
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I am suffering from dust allergy. Continues with sneezing and running nose Is there any way to stop this?

MBBS, Diploma In Tropical Medicine Health, MRCP(UK)
Allergist/Immunologist, Hyderabad
Yes there is very effective treatment for dust allergy. You should see an allergist who will perform tests for allergy and find out what type or types of dust you arte aythe are (8--10 types of dust which can cause allergies) and you may be allergic to some other things you are not aware of, then he willdevise treatment with medicines and immunotherapy (vaccines against allergies and it is the most recent and effective treatment for dust allergy. You will feel much better after his treatment.
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Food Allergies - How To Deal With Them?

MBBS, Diploma In Tropical Medicine Health, MRCP(UK)
Allergist/Immunologist, Hyderabad
Food Allergies - How To Deal With Them?

Food allergies can be defined as a sign of danger given by the human body when it considers some particular food items as harmful. This is basically an allergic reaction to some food proteins. As per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 4 to 6 percent of kids and 4 percent of adults worldwide are affected by different types of food allergies. The most interesting fact about the food allergies is that you can develop an allergy to a particular food at any age. Also, one can develop an allergy to a particular food even when you have been eating that food with ease all these years.

Food allergies can be categorized into main types:

  • Immunoglobulin E (IgE) mediated allergies: These allergies occur mostly in infants and children and can be seen for milk, peanuts, eggs, soy, and wheat. Moreover, the affected body areas include mouth, skin, eyes, heart, brain, and gut.
  • Non-IgE mediated food allergies: These allergies normally affect the digestive tract and symptoms of these food allergies take a long time to develop.
  • Let us have a detailed look at different methods that can assist you in dealing with different food allergies.

Remove food items that can trigger allergy
It is obvious that food allergy is pertaining to a particular food and thus it is advisable to remove the triggering food items from your diet. It is also advised to remove the byproducts of such food items. This will minimize the danger of food allergy. There are some common food items which can trigger the food allergies which are:

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Wheat
  • Fish
  • Peanut as well as tree nuts such as walnuts
  • Shellfish
  • Soy

Try to stock your pantry with alternatives to the allergic food items. There is no need to make your taste buds suffer by removing food items which can activate allergies. You can try alternatives to such food items and have a healthy life. Read the label on food while shopping for groceries as most of the triggering ingredients are common in many of the food items. Thus, it is advisable to read the ingredients on the food labels before you buy them. You can also look for these common names for allergens:

  • Glucosamine for Shellfish
  • Flour, triticale, durum, vital wheat gluten for wheat
  • Natto, tempeh, shoyu, miso, Edamame, for soy
  • Roe, surimi, nuoc mam, fish gelatin for fish
  • Rennet casein, tagatose, whey, rennet casein, casein in milk
  • Lysozyme, vitelline, surimi, albumin, livetin, globulin, and lysozyme for egg

Write down your meal plans
Preparing your own meal can minimize the risk of food allergies. Thus, try to make your own food and keep a memo of what you would like to eat in a meal. This way you can eliminate the dishes which include triggering ingredients. These above-mentioned methods can surely help you in preventing food allergies effectually. However, if the symptoms of food allergies are severe, do not hesitate to take medical help.

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HI, I have allergy of some food and medicines I ignored that food but I have to take evocort 200 regularly and have bronchitis problem. Kindly suggest permanent solution of it.

MBBS, Diploma In Tropical Medicine Health, MRCP(UK)
Allergist/Immunologist, Hyderabad
Dear lybrate-user, there is very good and effective treatment for food allergies now available. After completing treatment. You must see an allergist right away. Evocort can do harm if taken for long time. Itshouldnot be stopped immediately also as it is dangerous to stop it immediately. So please see an allergist asap who will adevise you how to stop evocort gradually and treat you food allergies properly.
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I am suffering from nasal infections. Actually I have allergies with various things like dust, cold, perfume etc .Help me.

MBBS, Diploma In Tropical Medicine Health, MRCP(UK)
Allergist/Immunologist, Hyderabad
Dear lybrate-user altaf, you certainly you allergy problem. There is very good and effective treatment available for you. Please consult an allergist who will prescribe tablets and if necessary immunotherapy (vaccination against allergies) which will reduce your suffering and improve your quality of life.
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I am suffering from asthma. But it is not present from my birth. It happens from tension. How to get free from it? And what are the symptoms of Dengue? Can you please explain? Help me out.

MBBS, Diploma In Tropical Medicine Health, MRCP(UK)
Allergist/Immunologist, Hyderabad
I am suffering from asthma. But it is not present from my birth. It happens from tension. How to get free from it? An...
Dear lybrate-user, if your asthma is triggered by tension you should consult a chest specialist (pulmonologist). Dengue causes high fever, rashes, head ache diarrhoea vomitings. Or some of the above mentioned symptoms. The diagnosis is made by doing some blood tests. There are no specific symptoms of dengue. It is a viral fever. If any body gets high fever and feels very ill he should see a doctor who will make a correct diagnosis.
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I'm facing an allergy condition, anytime. Suddenly it happens. It causes coughing and sneezing.

MBBS, Diploma In Tropical Medicine Health, MRCP(UK)
Allergist/Immunologist, Hyderabad
Dear lybrate-user, your condition certainly looks to be related to allergies. You should see an allergist who after performing tests for allergies can prescribe you specific treatment (immunotherapy ,vaccine injections against allergies, if required) which is most recent and most effective as well as long lasting.
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Asthma - What Can Trigger It?

MBBS, Diploma In Tropical Medicine Health, MRCP(UK)
Allergist/Immunologist, Hyderabad
Asthma - What Can Trigger It?

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that causes inflammation and narrows the airways in the lungs. The problem of Asthma is often hereditary but there are cases where asthma develops due to certain environmental factors. In such a condition, the airways become swollen and the muscles around the airways tighten making it difficult to breathe. Sometimes it is called bronchial asthma or reactive airway disease. Asthma symptoms are experienced when the airways tighten, inflame or fill with mucus. Some of the common symptoms include:

Severe asthma attacks can be life-threatening, therefore one needs to be very careful and take all the necessary precautions in order to avoid any kind of triggers. Asthma attacks occur only when something irritates your lungs.

There are two types of asthma

  • Allergic asthma: Allergic asthma develops due to the continued exposure to an allergen.
  • Non-Allergic Asthma: It usually caused by stress, exercise, irritants in the air or due to some illnesses like cold or flu.

Some of the triggers are:

  • Extreme weather conditions such as extremely cold or extremely dry, wet or windy weather
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Irritants in the air such as smoke and strong odors.
  • Indoor allergens such as dust
  • Outdoor allergens such as pollens from grass, trees and weeds.

Asthma Management

  • If you are suffering from asthma, you should be aware of all the asthma triggers and avoid them at all costs. It can be very serious if asthma is misdiagnosed or left untreated. A person with asthma can lead a happy and productive life by taking proper treatment at the right time getting himself properly diagnosed by an allergist. Your allergist will give you a treatment plan.
  • Once your asthma has been controlled, the patient can return to regular life immediately and no hospital stay or visit is required.
  • The doctors usually use a combination of medication and breathing exercise to treat the problem of asthma effectually. It is, however, important to remember that asthma changes with time, which makes it essential to be in touch with your doctor to adjust treatment as needed. When properly managed with a good treatment plan and guidance of your doctor, you can live a perfectly normal life and do things that you enjoy.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Immunization - Why It Is Important?

MBBS, Diploma In Tropical Medicine Health, MRCP(UK)
Allergist/Immunologist, Hyderabad
Immunization - Why It Is Important?

The invention of biological vaccines has proven beneficial to mankind. Vaccination has helped save millions of lives in the last century and continue to form an effective barrier against a host of debilitating diseases. We may state that vaccines represent a miracle of modern science, but citizens need to follow a schedule devised by experts. The Indian Academy of Pediatrics indicates global trends in vaccination and analyzes their efficacy in fending off pathogens by strengthening bodily immunity in human beings. The association creates a list of recommended vaccines and changes in immunization schedules.

What is an immunization schedule?
First of all, it is important to understand what immunization is. It is a procedure that protects human beings and animals from specific diseases. The vaccine is a scientifically developed product which helps defend animal bodies from a range of conditions. This protection can be achieved in two ways; either the person naturally contracts and recovers from the disease or is injected with ‘shots’ for an artificially formulated and manufactured vaccine.

Immunization has played major role in controling infectious diseases. Small pox,a killer disease, has been wiped out. Immunization has changed health and practice of medicine for the better.

Here is the immunization schedule specified by the Indian Academy of Pediatrics for the prevention of diseases.

  1. BCG or Bacillus Calmette-Guerin: This vaccine offers protection from fatal diseases such as tuberculosis, and it is administered to newborn babies. In case the child has missed a dose, the vaccine may be administered till the child attains one year of age.
  2. DPT or Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Tetanus Toxoid: As the name suggests, this vaccine offers protection from diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus. There are five doses of the disease; the three primary treatments are given during the 6th, 10th, and 14th week of a newborn’s life. The first booster dosage is administered later at the age of 16 months and 24 months, while the second booster dose is given at the age of 5 years to 6 years.
  3. Hepatitis BThis immunization offers protection from Hepatitis B. A child is required to take four doses of this vaccination. The first dose needs to be taken at birth, and the subsequent doses follow in the 6th, 10th, and 14th week.
  4. Measles- Lyophilized: This protects newborns from measles. An individual needs to take two doses. The first dose must be taken between the ages of 9 months and 12 months. The second one is given at the age of 16 months to 24 months.
  5. Tetanus toxoid: It is important to take two doses of tetanus toxoid for protection against tetanus. A woman has to take this immunization during her pregnancy.
  6. Japanese EncephalitisThis vaccination provides relief from Japanese Encephalitis or brain fever. This virus is active in almost all parts of Asia. Two doses of this vaccine are administered, wherein the first one needs to be taken between 9 months and 12 months of age. The second dosage must be taken between 16 months and 24 months.

Thus, following the immunization schedule devised by your child’s pediatrician is crucial, and must be followed diligently. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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She is a known patient allergic asthma using formoflo 200 inhaler she is a teacher. Her voice chocked frequently. On scan it is observed there is phonetic gap. Dr. adv for rest voice and no medicine. How she will be all right.

MBBS, Diploma In Tropical Medicine Health, MRCP(UK)
Allergist/Immunologist, Hyderabad
She is a known patient allergic asthma using formoflo 200 inhaler she is a teacher. Her voice chocked frequently. On ...
Dear Mr. lybrate-user, your patient can benefit immensely if she consults an allergist if she has not already done so. Immunotherapy will help her a lot if she qualifies for it. An allergist will be able to guide you in this regard.
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