100 Questions & Answers about Allergies by Jonathan Corren

By Jonathan Corren

While you're one of the fifty eight percentage of usa citizens who are suffering from asthma, or have a chum or relative who does, this ebook deals support. a hundred Questions & solutions approximately bronchial asthma promises authoritative, useful solutions to the most typical questions requested via sufferers and kinfolk approximately those universal health problems. This easy-to-read ebook is a accomplished consultant to realizing indicators, prognosis, remedy, over the counter treatment, assets of aid, and masses extra. together with real sufferer observation, this article is a useful source for somebody dealing with the actual and emotional turmoil because of asthma.

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Montelukast provides an alternative to oral antihistamines in patients who either do not tolerate antihistamines or whose symptoms are not effectively relieved by these drugs. QXP 4/14/10 2:02 PM Page 32 1 0 0 Q U E S T I O N S & A N S W E R S A B O U T A L L E R G I E S 30. Are nasal steroids a useful treatment for nasal allergies? Steroid medications can be divided into those that are derived from testosterone (androgenic steroids) and those that are related to cortisol (glucocorticoids). Androgenic steroids increase the synthesis of muscle tissue and have minimal effects upon inflammation, while glucocorticoids suppress inflammation and lead to the breakdown of muscle and fat tissue.

These medications are to be distinguished from histamine H2 receptor blockers, such as ranitidine and cimetidine, which are largely used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease and peptic ulcers. Because H1 antihistamines must bind to the histamine receptor before histamine does, these drugs are most effective when used before coming into contact with a known allergen. Patients are often concerned that these medications will stop being effective after several weeks or months of use; however, long-term controlled studies have shown that this is not the case.

However, in approximately half of children with persistent middle ear fluid, neither the children nor their parents describe significant complaints. Many factors contribute to the chances that a child will develop chronic middle ear fluid, including the age and genetic background of the child, shape of the middle ear structures, as well as exposure to viral infections, airborne allergens, and irritants (such as tobacco smoke). QXP 4/14/10 2:02 PM Page 49 1 0 0 Q U E S T I O N S & A N S W E R S A B O U T A L L E R G I E S Nasal Allergy particularly those older than 3 years of age.

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