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Dr. Saibal Moitra  - Allergist/Immunologist, Kolkata

Dr. Saibal Moitra

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MBBS, MD Respiratory Medicine, Ph.D - Physiology, FCCP (USA)

Allergist/Immunologist, Kolkata

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I pride myself in attending local and statewide seminars to stay current with the latest techniques, and treatment planning....more
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I passed my MBBS from Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi with Distinction in Biochemistry in 1997, thereafter did my MD in TB & Respiratory Diseases from VP Chest Institute , Delhi with specialization on allergy and applied immunology. After that I worked in the University of London, Medway Maritime Hospital, Kent (UK) and returned to India in 2004 after which practised as Consultant pulmonologist at various corporate hospitals of Kolkata. I took up a teaching position at Dept of Chest Medicine, IPGME&R, Kolkata. There after I became fellow of American college of chest physicians and involved myself in research on asthma and allergy which earned me a PhD in Physiology from Calcutta University in 2018. My work on the immunotherapeutic mechanisms to treat asthma involving T-lymphocytes got many accolades. I have 30 original research publications in national and international peer reviewed journals authored chapters of 3 books. Currently I am working as medical director of allergy and asthma treatment centre, Kolkata and involved in research involving asthma in children. I am member of European Respiratory Society, American college of chest physicians, Americal college of allergy and immunology, World allergy organisation and Indian Chest Society. I am involved in environmental health group doing surveillance work on impact of air pollution on health.

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MBBS - Maulana Azad Medical College New Delhi - 1997
MD Respiratory Medicine - V.P. Chest Institute Delhi - 2001
Ph.D - Physiology - Calcutta University - 2017
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FCCP (USA) - American College of Chest Physicians - 2009
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English
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Awards and Recognitions
V Raju Award
The Indian College of Allergy, Asthma & Applied Immunology Award
Professional Memberships
European Respiratory Society (ERS)
American College of Chest Physicians
American College of Allergy & Immunology
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World Allergy Organisation & Indian Chest Society
Indian Chest Society

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Allergic Rhinitis - Symptoms And Treatment!

MBBS, MD Respiratory Medicine, Ph.D - Physiology, FCCP (USA)
Allergist/Immunologist, Kolkata
Allergic Rhinitis - Symptoms And Treatment!

What is allergic rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis is defined as allergic symptoms in the nasal passage. Allergic rhinitis can be seasonal (occurring during specific seasons) or perennial (occurring year round). The allergens that most commonly cause seasonal allergic rhinitis include pollens from trees,grasses and weeds, as well as spores from fungi and moulds. The allergens that most commonly cause perennial allergic rhinitis are house dust mites, cockroaches,animal dander,and fungi or moulds. Perennial allergic rhinitis tends to be more difficult to treat.

How does allergic rhinitis occur ?

This condition occurs when allergens (allergy- causing substances) come into contact with the nose, and usually also the ears, sinuses, and the throat. When allergens come in contact with the lining of the nose and sinuses, they trigger the cells to release the chemical histamine, which causes the allergy symptoms described below.

What are the symptoms ?

  • Nasal congestion 
  • Sneezing 
  • Watery " runny nose" 
  • Itchy eyes,nose,or throat 
  • Puffy eyes or 'allergic shiners'
  • Post nasal drip 
  • Tears 

These symptoms may occur during a certain season or year long. They can occur at any age. 

What is the treatment for allergic rhinitis ? 

A number of medications, including antihistamines, intranasal corticosteroids, and decongestants are available to control symptoms. Allergen immunotherapy could provide long lasting benefit. You can "train" your immune system not to react exaggerated to an allergen anymore.

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Allergic Rhinitis & Asthma!

MBBS, MD Respiratory Medicine, Ph.D - Physiology, FCCP (USA)
Allergist/Immunologist, Kolkata
Allergic Rhinitis & Asthma!

Allergic rhinitis is an inflammation of the nasal mucosa. In popular parlance, it is called hay fever. Allergic rhinitis is the response to the presence of certain allergens (usually harmless but they bring out allergies in certain people). It afflicts people during season changes because that is the time when flowers blossom and pollen (an allergen) becomes prevalent. It affects 10 million people in India every year.

Allergic asthma like allergic rhinitis is a reaction against certain allergens that constrict the trachea. 50% of asthma attacks in adults are triggered by some form of allergy. If you exercise at a time when pollution levels go up, or if you smoke, your chances of asthma attack due to allergies increase.

What causes an allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma?

When our body senses the presence of allergens, it starts producing histamine. Histamine helps the body combat the allergen. The symptoms of allergic rhinitis are actually the side effects of histamine.

What are some common allergens responsible for allergic rhinitis and /or allergic asthma?

• Grass pollen
• Mold
• The saliva of a pet
• Dust mites
• Sloughed off cells of animal skin
• Perfumes/hair spray
• Cigarette smoke

What are the symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis/allergic asthma?

These symptoms manifest the moment a person comes in contact with an allergen.

Sneezing
• Sore and runny nose
Blocked nose
Coughing
• Agitated throat
• Watery or itchy eyes
Headaches
• Eczema-like patches of skin that are accompanied with itching
Fatigue
Hives

Allergic reaction differs from one person to another. Some people become affected when exposed to a small amount of allergens. Some can recover from hay fever in a short span, whereas, many have to live with the symptoms recurrently throughout the year.

What are the types of allergic rhinitis/allergic asthma?

1. Seasonal allergic rhinitis: it afflicts people during certain times of the year. It becomes especially wide spread during spring and autumn.

2. Perennial allergic rhinitis: it can afflict a person all through the year. Perennial allergic rhinitis is a reaction to allergens that float around in the air throughout the year.

What are the tests that can diagnose allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma?

1. The Skin Prick Test: The simplest and extensive practiced test is the Skin Prick Test. The doctor places small quantities of known allergens on a section of your skin to determine which substance you are allergic to. This test is effective for determining the cause of both allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma.

2. Radioallergosorbent Test (RAST): It is a blood test that takes stock of the amount of immunoglobulin E antibodies present in your blood. Based on the test, your doctor will decide on the medication.

3. An IgE or slgE is a simple blood test that can detect allergic asthma.

How is allergic rhinitis/allergic asthma treated?

The same kind of treatment that is works against allergic rhinitis is also effective in curbing allergic asthma.

1. Antihistamines: this is the most trusted medication when it comes to curbing allergic rhinitis. Antihistamines inhibit the production of histamines which is the cause of allergic reaction. These are prescription drugs.

2. Decongestants: they can clear congested nose or ease sinus pain. But they should not be used for prolonged stretches of time because that has a rebound effect. Your allergies will come back when you stop using a decongestant. If you have a history of stroke, sleep disorder, abnormal heart rhythm then you should consult your doctor before using a decongestant.

3. Corticosteroids: they help bring down nasal inflammation and raises your body’s immune response.

4. Immunotherapy: immunotherapy consists of allergy shots. A doctor suggests immunotherapy when you show signs of severe allergic rhinitis. The shots are spaced out and you need to complete the regime.

Home remedies for allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma-

1. Tea made with chamomile, mint, ginger, asafetida, chillipeppers can bring the symptoms of allergic rhinitis under check

2. Install a filter to your air conditioner.

Allergic reaction is a common inconvenience that is not much cause for worry. It can easily be treated and controlled.

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I eat betnelan tab daily 3 I feel batter alrgi and no allergy in face but more tab use my face begin humpty. Why?

MBBS, MD Respiratory Medicine, Ph.D - Physiology, FCCP (USA)
Allergist/Immunologist, Kolkata
I eat betnelan tab daily 3 I feel batter alrgi and no allergy in face but more tab use my face begin humpty. Why?
It's highly dangerous to be on oral steroids like betnelan for long. Kindly consult an allergy specialist asap.

I am having the problem of Lips Swelling, or hardening of some part of the face or itching sensation in any part of the body every 3rd day, for which I am taking Cetrizine. I am also suffering from ECZEMA in my right lower leg, which was caused long ago due to burn by Bike Silencer. Are these two things co related. And what is the permanent cure for these two problems.

MBBS, MD Respiratory Medicine, Ph.D - Physiology, FCCP (USA)
Allergist/Immunologist, Kolkata
I am having the problem of Lips Swelling, or hardening of some part of the face or itching sensation in any part of t...
The symptoms are related. The eczematous skin lesion caused sensitisation to various air borne allergens, and now the symptoms seems to be of angioedema. Kindly see an allergist/immunologist as this needs to be evaluated and treated properly to prevent the progression of disease and development of future complications.
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Hi, Since last one week I have formed dry itchy skin all over body. It's irresistible. Itching happens most at night, causing discomfort in sleep. Can anyone suggest what could be the reason and how to cure it? Is it because of bathing in warm water?

MBBS, MD Respiratory Medicine, Ph.D - Physiology, FCCP (USA)
Allergist/Immunologist, Kolkata
Hi, Since last one week I have formed dry itchy skin all over body. It's irresistible. Itching happens most at night,...
Dryness of skin is not an allergic problem per se, though allergic skin diseases tend to form itchy rash with dry skin. First your other organ systems needs to be checked like liver, kidney, thyroid etc Kindly consult a medicine specialist.
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Hi, I am 30 years and I am suffering from elevated eosinophil for more than 6 years some months the AEC count become more than 900. Will sneeze a lot and have headache and I am under medication. We are planning for our second baby. I just want to know weather my condition have impact on pregnancy. Is there any permanent cure for this.

MBBS, MD Respiratory Medicine, Ph.D - Physiology, FCCP (USA)
Allergist/Immunologist, Kolkata
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I am 30 years and I am suffering from elevated eosinophil for more than 6 years some months the AEC count become ...
You seem to be having allergic rhinitis You are carrying allergy genes which you transmit to your baby unfortunately. Though allergic rhinitis is not known to cause any adverse pregnancy outcome but it's always advisable to consult an allergist regarding the steps you have to follow during and after pregnancy for reducing the chances of having allergy problems in your child. We call this primary prevention of allergic diseases.
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Know The Causes And Symptoms Of Asthma!

MBBS, MD Respiratory Medicine, Ph.D - Physiology, FCCP (USA)
Allergist/Immunologist, Kolkata
Know The Causes And Symptoms Of Asthma!

Asthma is a condition marked by the swelling and narrowing of the airways thus, producing excess mucus. This triggers coughing, breathing difficulties and wheezing. Asthma can be a minor inconvenience for some, while for others, it can often result in a deadly asthma attack.

Causes
It isn’t definite as to what causes asthma in some and not in others, but a combination of genetic and environmental factors is a probable reason. Factors that trigger asthma is varied, and is subjective. Some common causes of asthma include:

  1. Airborne matters, such as cockroach waste particles, pet dander, mould spores, dust mites or pollen
  2. Respiratory infections
  3. Physical activity
  4. Cold air
  5. Irritants (such as smoking) and air pollutants
  6. Some medications, such as naproxen, ibuprofen, beta blockers and aspirin
  7. Stress and strong emotions
  8. Preservatives and sulphites added to some beverages and food, such as wine, beer, processed potatoes, dried fruit and shrimp
  9. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (Stomach acids retreat into the throat)

Signs you should look for?
Symptoms of asthma vary a lot, and differ among people. You can have infrequent attacks at times or suffer from the symptoms perpetually. Asthma symptoms and signs include:

  1. Breathing difficulties
  2. Chest pain or tightness
  3. Trouble sleeping due to breathing problems, wheezing or coughing
  4. A wheezing or whistling sound at exhaling
  5. Wheezing or coughing attacks that are aggravated by respiratory virus, such as flu or cold

Complications associated with asthma include:

  1. Symptoms and signs that interfere with recreational activities or school work
  2. Sick days from work or school when asthma flares up
  3. Persistent contractions of the bronchial tube that can lead to problems in breathing
  4. Hospitalisation and visits to the emergency room during critical asthma attacks
  5. Long-term consumption of certain medications to fix severe asthma can cause side effects
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Allergic Asthma - Dealing With Person Suffering From It!

MBBS, MD Respiratory Medicine, Ph.D - Physiology, FCCP (USA)
Allergist/Immunologist, Kolkata
Allergic Asthma - Dealing With Person Suffering From It!

Allergic asthma affects a vast majority of adults, being one of the most common respiratory disorders. There are various triggers, and with environmental pollution on the rise, the incidence of asthma has grown too. If there is a person in the family with asthma, it is not just the person who has it, but the entire family who needs to be sort of prepared to handle it. In most cases, there could be attacks or exacerbations and it is extremely important for the person who is in the vicinity to know how to act. This timely and prompt action could sometimes prove to be a life-saver.

  1. Handy inhaler: If your loved one has asthma, it is advisable to keep an inhaler handy. Practice how to use the albuterol nebulizer, which often is a lifesaver when a person has an acute asthma attack.
  2. What to do: In most cases, the doctor writes out an action plan that details what should be done if there is an attack. The person who could be potential caretaker should familiarize with this and probably do a mock trial so they are ready when required.
  3. Monitor: Whether it is a young or an elderly person, teach them to monitor peak flow levels. The peak flow meter is easy to use and the readings can help identify if there is any need to be watchful.
  4. Clean up the house: For allergic asthma, the accumulated dust in the furniture and animal dander are great triggers. It helps to keep the house clean by periodic cleaning of the carpets, mopping up the tiles and flooring. This helps to remove accumulated dust and prevents attacks. Avoid accumulating soft toys which tend to collect dust. Bookshelves need to be cleaned periodically.
  5. Smoking: Avoid smoking at home or as much as possible when the asthmatic person is around.
  6. Pets: If possible, avoid them as they produce dander which can trigger an attack.
  7. Empathy: An asthma patient requires a lot of empathy. One should understand that the asthmatics are also affected by their attacks, which in turn controls their overall schedule. Try to slow down and keep pace with them. Do not push for exercise or changes beyond a certain point, as the person knows how much they can stretch. Help them manage weight and stress, as these lead to acute attacks.
  8. Healthify your lifestyle: Eat healthy, avoid foods which can induce an attack, get a good night’s sleep, avoid triggers, maintain weight, avoid smoking, and manage stress. Emotionally, match up their pace and show empathy. All these will definitely produce better control over asthma.

Despite this, it is possible to have an attack, so be cautious.
 

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4 Myths About Asthma And Usage Of Inhalers!

MBBS, MD Respiratory Medicine, Ph.D - Physiology, FCCP (USA)
Allergist/Immunologist, Kolkata
4 Myths About Asthma And Usage Of Inhalers!

Asthma is a chronic lung condition wherein the air passage gets blocked or constricted due to the production of extra mucus. It is an age old condition which has been creating problems for people since a long time. Despite the seriousness of the condition, there are various myths people tend to believe about asthma.

Here are a few myths about asthma and the usage of inhalers:

  1. Regular Usage of Inhalers is Addictive: This is a total myth. Using inhalers is not at all addictive, it is a necessity. Just because you use your inhaler regularly does not mean you are addicted to it.  Just like brushing your teeth every day isn't an addiction, taking your daily medicine from an inhaler isn't an addiction as well. Using an inhaler will just help you with your asthma condition.
  2. Oral Medicine Gets Better Results than Inhalers: Absolutely not. In fact, it is proven that inhalers give better results than oral medications. Oral medication takes longer to act during a sudden asthma attack while inhalers deliver the drug directly to the lungs.
  3. Inhalers Are Meant For Severe Asthma Cases: Well, this again is not true. Inhalers are used for treating asthma. Period. Asthma is a condition where your lungs inflame which is best cured with steroids, and the easiest way to have steroids administered to you is through the inhalation method. When you use the inhalers, the steroids are delivered directly to your lungs. They also have a minimum number of side effects when administered through inhalers.
  4. Asthma is Curable: You might tend to think that asthma can be cured with the help of proper medications. You might think that asthma is not a constant condition. But it is not what you think. The symptoms of asthma might not be present all the time but that doesn't mean you do not have asthma. Asthma is a long-term condition where the airways swell up causing you to suffer from breathlessness. If you suddenly stop taking your daily medicines because the symptoms have not surfaced, then it will take you a long time before you will be able to totally recover from the next attack you suffer from.

Food Allergies - Know More About It!

MBBS, MD Respiratory Medicine, Ph.D - Physiology, FCCP (USA)
Allergist/Immunologist, Kolkata
Food Allergies - Know More About It!

Every year, the emergency rooms at hospitals get flooded by cases of allergic reactions from food. According to a census, about 15 million Indians suffer from some kind of food allergy. The symptoms of food allergy may vary from itchy mouth to potentially fatal conditions like anaphylactic shock. Other symptoms of an allergic reaction can present themselves as difficulty in breathing, swelling of tongue, rashes and intestinal discomfort.

According to specialists, allergies to food can develop at any age, at any time. Hence, if you suspect a sudden allergic reaction to a food that you have consumed before without any problem, it is advised to consult your doctor.

Here is a list of the most common allergy-causing foods-

  1. MilkMilk is the most common food that children and infants are allergic to. Milk allergy must not be confused with lactose intolerance wherein a person faces difficulties in digesting the sugar present in milk. The two conditions are not related. Milk allergy is the hypersensitivity reaction that happens in response to certain proteins present in milk and can be potentially deadly. Most children are seen to outgrow their allergy to milk.
  2. Wheat: It is a common misconception to confuse Celiac’s disease with wheat allergy. Wheat allergy exclusively occurs due to the hypersensitivity to the protein present in wheat alone. In Celiac’s disease, it is the gluten in the food they are hypersensitive to, which is also present in rye, barley and oats.
  3. Soy: Soy is a very common allergic food and most children seem to outgrow it by the age of 10. Most of the time, soy allergy is not too severe and the symptoms presented are mostly mild. Although, cases of anaphylaxis in reaction to soy have been reported. Soy and soy protein are very common ingredients found in food, hence it is advised to check the ingredients present before consuming it.
  4. Shellfish: This allergy usually does not go away and you are most likely to deal with all your life. Most people who experience allergies from shellfish are most likely to be hypersensitive to both crustaceans (lobsters, shrimps and crabs) and molluscs (mussels, oysters, scallops and clams). This type of allergy can become very intense and you must even avoid the steam produced from cooking shellfish. For some people, the mere contact with shellfish can trigger an allergic reaction.
     
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