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How To Restrict Allergy Driven Infection This Season?

Dr. Vikram Tolani 93% (61 ratings)
MD - Medicine, MBBS, DTCD
Internal Medicine Specialist, Faridabad
How To Restrict Allergy Driven Infection This Season?

Seasonal changes can be very exciting for most people. Each season brings with it a new set of colours and nature takes a new turn. However, for people with seasonal allergies, a seasonal change also comes with a set of allergies. From skin rashes to wheezing to breathing difficulties, the list of symptoms can be quite long. Asthma is the most common problem, and the attacks can be quite bothersome with wheezing attacks and breathing troubles.

With advancements in the field of medicine, there is a lot of relief for asthma patients. A little understanding on how asthma attacks happen will help in understanding how to control it. Asthma is an allergic reaction caused by narrowing of the airway with thick mucus, which makes breathing difficult. During an attack, the person can have a dry cough, face shortness of breath and wheezing.

Asthma is often triggered or worsened by some factors, and being aware of these can help prevent or manage an attack:

  1. Common allergens like pollen, mites, ticks, furs of animals, bird feathers, specific foods (peanuts, milk products, eggs, etc.) and mold spores appear during change of season.
  2. Environmental chemicals like cigarette smoke, car fumes, dust, etc., can also trigger an attack.
  3. Attacks of cold or flu can lead to an asthma attack.
  4. Workout during cold weather can be problematic, but exercise can also help control asthma attacks. Lung function improves sufficiently, but an exercise regime should be drawn up for the patient based on his condition.
  5. Stressful emotions like anger and anxiety can also lead to an attack or make it worse.
  6. Some medications like aspirin, beta blockers, glaucoma drops can aggravate attacks of asthma.

Once you know the triggers, here are some common measures that can help prevent and relieve the wheezing.

  1. The preventers reduce the inflammation in the airway tube and the swelling. While they do not provide immediate relief during an attack, using these in the long term helps avoid attacks. These are low-dose inhaled corticosteroids such as beclomethasone, fluticasone, and budesonide. Doctors would advise their usage even when there are no symptoms, as asthma attacks can be triggered when they are not taking these medications for a while. Newer drugs include leukotriene antagonists like montelukast and zafirlukast. Relievers are used for symptom relief and include Salbutamol (short acting) and Salmeterol/Formoterol (long acting). Peak flow meter may be useful in acute attacks, wherein the peak flow rates can be reduced.

A good strategy is to use preventers regularly and rely on relievers during an attack. The first one helps build resistance and so reduces the incidence of attacks. Reach out to a doctor if a severe attack ensues (lasts more than 3 hours).
 

Allergy - How Ayurveda Can Help You Manage The Problem?

Dr. Tapan Gandhi 88% (37 ratings)
Ayurveda, Ahmedabad
Allergy - How Ayurveda Can Help You Manage The Problem?

The onset of winter brings with it chilly and dry winds. For some, it’s the time to enjoy the chill weather with hot water baths and soothing drinks, and for others it’s time to brave the long persistent cold and flu like symptoms which cause sickness and discomfort.

People who are allergic to the winter season can catch a cold on the slightest exposure to cold air. Sometimes, it’s difficult to ascertain whether it is cold or an external allergen. In people prone to winter allergies, the allergies are mainly caused due to the allergens present in the environment. Mostly, winter allergies are also caused by the same allergens that are triggered in the summer season.

Thus, people who have some or the other form of seasonal allergy is likely to suffer from allergies as the season changes.

  1. Pet dander (flakes of skin in an animal's fur or hair) allergies are believed to escalate in winter since pets are mostly indoors during this season. The best way to deal with this is keeping the pet’s area clean and dry, washing and changing of the bedding regularly, and avoiding physical contact as much as possible.
  2. Dampness of clothes, blankets and shoes at home can be an allergy trigger for many people. The best way to control this type of allergy is to keep damp clothes and shoes in sun for some time. However, this may not work in many countries with extreme cold climates, which lack sunshine in their environment.
  3. Decaying leaves and other yard waste can cause allergies due to mould and mildew. Mopping and sweeping the floors and garden can help alleviate the problem to some extent.
  4. Dry climate can cause irritation in the nose and throat. It’s important to replenish the body with adequate liquids and water rich fruits and veggies. It’s important to choose your drinks wisely. Too much tea or coffee can also dehydrate the body. Go for ginger lemon honey infused in warm water for best results.
  5. Allergy symptoms can also be caused due to too much moisture in the environment. It can give rise to a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing and coughing. Thus it’s best to avoid sitting in a moist environment for long.
  6. Sinus congestions are also common during the winter season. Steam inhalation and hot showers can help relieve the symptoms and provide relief.

Whether you are allergic to pets, moisture, dampness, dry weather or chilled winds, the thumb rule is twofold—to understand what triggers your allergies and to avoid your exposure to those allergens. As we all know, allergies have no cure and they need to be managed. Drugs also help in controlling the allergy symptoms to some extent. However, it’s best to prevent them as far as possible. If you are confused about what triggers your allergy, make sure to consult your doctor.

Dear doctor I have been suffering from some allergy since childhood resulting in tonsillitis. Now I am 64 and that allergy leads to asthma and bronchitis. Please advise best homeopathic medicine which is able to cure such problem. Please write prescription also.

Dr. Karuna Chawla 93% (810 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Noida
Dear doctor I have been suffering from some allergy since childhood resulting in tonsillitis. Now I am 64 and that al...
Yes you can get relieve to a certain extent. But For permanent cure I need detailed case history. If you r interested then message me, I will guide you and we can start treatment. Follow this-- Whenever possible do steam inhalation Do saline gargles daily also. Cover your nose and mouth with hanky for at least 30 sec when you go in dusty areas also when you go in and out of AC.
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I have allergic problem since many years is there any treatment in ayurveda or panchakarma can cure this.

Dr. Sonali Ravindra Kavathekar 87% (32 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Alternate Medicine, DYA
Ayurveda, Navi Mumbai
I have allergic problem since many years is there any treatment in ayurveda or panchakarma can cure this.
Yes, Ayurveda can treat allergy problems with great results. With some medicines and Panchkarma treatments you can wl be get rid off your allergy problem.
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what kind of diet should I follow to reduce my weight my blood group is o+ and no allergies suggest me diet plan and exercise.

Dt. Neha Suryawanshi 92% (14167 ratings)
M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
what kind of diet should I follow to reduce my weight my blood group is o+ and no allergies suggest me diet plan and ...
You need to take high fiber low fat diet followed by detox diet. Drink lot of water everyday. Take small and frequent meals at regular intervals. Avoid outside food completely. Ask me privately for customized diet plan for you.
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My friend has dust mites allergy. He starts sneezing when he comes in contact with allergens and sometimes it is unbearable. His eyes turn red. Please prescribe me a medicine that I should carry with me for him.

Dr. Karuna Chawla 93% (810 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Noida
You are suffering from allergic rhinitis. Its a commom problem now a days. Whenever possible do steam inhalation Do saline gargles daily also. Cover your nose and mouth with hanky for at least 30 sec when you go in dusty areas also when you go in and out of AC Homeopathic treatment has very encouraging results and gives relief in long term please ask for consultation with detailed information so that I can help you better.
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Can Homeopathy Treat Respiratory Allergies?

Dr. Subhash Ponkiya 92% (231 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Rajkot
Can Homeopathy Treat Respiratory Allergies?

An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system reacts abnormally to certain substances or chemicals (known as allergens) that may actually be harmless.

Respiratory allergies are one of the most common forms of allergy seen in people of all ages. This type of an allergy occurs when the immune system reacts negatively to airborne substances, for example, dust. Although normally these substances do not pose a threat to your body, the antibodies consider allergens dangerous and release chemicals (histamines) to fight it. This response of the body to an allergen is expressed in the form of symptoms like a rash and is known as an allergic reaction.

Causes of Respiratory Allergy-
Some of the common causes of respiratory allergy are-

  1. Dust/pollen- when you are exposed to dust mites that are usually found indoors
  2. Mold- when you inhale mold spores
  3. Pet dander- when you inhale or come in contact with pet dander/saliva

Apart from these, exposure to certain irritants such as fumes and smoke may also trigger a respiratory allergy in individuals.

Symptoms to watch out for-
The symptoms of respiratory allergy in each person may vary from those in another. Usually, the symptoms affect the airway, skin, or eyes.

  1. Coughing/sneezing
  2. Nasal congestion/discharge
  3. Difficulty breathing
  4. Runny/blocked nose
  5. Watery, itchy eyes
  6. Swollen eyelids
  7. Sinus pressure

Severe allergic reactions may also lead to chest tightness, asthma, and conjunctivitis.

How Homeopathy treats Respiratory Allergy-

  1. Homeopathy treatment is based on a paradoxical theory- a substance that triggers a set of symptoms is also capable of curing them. Homeopathy thus aims to evaluate what is causing the illness and eliminate its underlying causes.
  2. As stated above, allergies are the result of an unknown immune response to an otherwise harmless substance. This usually occurs if you have a weak immune system. Homeopathy works to improve and boost your immune system, so you do not encounter allergic reaction to such conditions in future.
  3. Medications and drugs used in conventional treatment methods often lead to side effects, but Homeopathy uses natural ingredients and substances, and hence these are 100% safe for consumption.

Allergies are usually curable, only if one takes prompt action. Allergic reactions, if left untreated for long, can quickly aggravate to cause a life-threatening condition like anaphylaxis. So if you see any of the above symptoms, consult a doctor as early as possible.
 

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DRESS Syndrome - Know The Signs Of It!

Dr. Amit Kerure 89% (10 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy, Dr. Alex Ginzburg Clinic
Dermatologist, Navi Mumbai
DRESS Syndrome - Know The Signs Of It!

Exposure to some medications can cause severe rashes, organ failure or abnormalities such as eosinophilia (steady rise of eosin, or fluorescent acid, stained white blood cells), and this condition is known as Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS).

Symptoms 
Fever and rashes are the first signs of DRESS, and they show up 2-8 weeks after a specific medicine is started. Even if there is improvement by stopping the original medicine, DRESS signs can still return after 3-4 weeks. The symptoms of DRESS include:

  1. Severe skin rash.
  2. Fever with recorded body temperatures above 38 degrees Celsius.
  3. Swollen nymph nodes on more than two areas on the body.
  4. At least one major internal organ is affected.
  5. Low platelets in the blood, along with unusual lymphocytes count.

Causes 

  1. Anticonvulsants
  2. Antibiotics
  3. Allopurinol
  4. Non-steroidal inflammatory drugs
  5. Captopril
  6. Mood stabilisers
  7. Antiretroviral

Other than medications, genetic factors are also a major cause. It has been found that people who have a close relative with DRESS are most vulnerable.

Treatment

  • A skin rash and fever may seem superficial at first, thus it is important for a thorough check-up so the offending medication can be immediately stopped.
  • DRESS has a mortality rate of 11 per cent. Since, DRESS presents itself in variable symptoms, it might be mistakenly diagnosed as another disease.
  • If DRESS is detected, quick suspension of the antagonising medicine and supportive care is required to prevent serious repercussions or even death.
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How Can You Treat Skin Rashes With Ayurveda?

Dr. Sanjib Kumar Samanta 86% (18 ratings)
A.S.F, BAMS, LCMC, MD - Ayurveda, Diploma In Panch Karma
Ayurveda, Kolkata
How Can You Treat Skin Rashes With Ayurveda?

Ayurveda believes health is managed by 3 components i.e. pitta, vata and kapha dosha. The type of skin that a person has also depends on which of these is predominant. Accordingly, in people where pitta is dominant, it is warm to the touch and more prone to breakouts and moles and freckles. In people where vata is dominant, the skin is thin and remains cool, gets dehydrated easily and is easily affected by dry weather. In people with kapha dominance, the skin is thick and greasy and is more tolerant to sun exposure.

Allergy is when the body responds adversely to a component which might have reached the system either through air, food or contact. Various substances cause allergies and with most allergies, skin rashes are common, can be of mainly 4 types:

  1. Contact dermatitis: When the skin comes in touch with an allergy-causing agent, the skin breaks out into a rash. The inducing agent could be rubber, chemicals, metals, pets, etc.
  2. Bites and stings: When insects such as bees or other insects sting or bite, the surrounding area develops a rash.
  3. Warm weather: When the weather is too warm, there is prickly heat effect, which produces a rash.
  4. Food induced: When certain food items like peanuts or eggs are consumed, some people develop a skin rash.

Whatever the reason, the mode of management would be to try to achieve a balance between the three components.

  1. Poppy seeds: A paste of poppy seeds powder mixed with lemon juice and water can help get rid of rashes.
  2. Buttermilk and baking soda: Use a cotton swab to apply a mixture of buttermilk and baking soda on the affected skin area and see the rashes disappear. The soothing effect and relief will be felt immediately.
  3. Basil leaves, garlic and olive oil: Crush some basil leaves and add some garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil to form a smooth paste. Apply over the skin rash for 1 to 2 days until the rashes disappear.
  4. Oatmeal bath: Adding a cup of uncooked oatmeal into the bath water and using this water for a bath after 5 minutes is a great way to get rid of rashes and their redness and itching.
  5. Essential oils: Almond oil, chamomile oil, and tea tree oil can be mixed in equal proportions to get relief from rashes of almost all causes.
  6. Cold tea bags: Using cold tea bags on the skin helps relief of the rashes through tannin contained in the tea, which has great healing properties.

Just as skin rash is very common, so is the treatment. These substances are readily available in the kitchen and so treating a skin rash is very easy.

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In my shoulder red coloured rashes is coming and spreading other side. What is the treatment. Please help me the best soaps.

Dr. Sunil Sabhnani 84% (41 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology, Fage
Dermatologist, Delhi
In my shoulder red coloured rashes is coming and spreading other side. What is the treatment. Please help me the best...
The red rashes on shoulders can be either a allergy or a infection. In either case a mild soap like a dove, fiama,baby soap will be useful. It is better to show to a dermatologist.
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