Asthma has impacted the lives of millions of people for centuries. Many millions of research dollars have unlocked some of the mysteries of how and why the lungs make you cough, wheeze, short of breath or feel tight. Several medications have been developed to remedy this sometimes life-threatening disorder yet many people still suffer.
I think Dr. Paul Greenberger, an Allergy and Immunology Specialist at Northwestern University, Chicago (author of many research articles and head of the Allergy and Immunology Department and allergy training program) summed it up well in a recent article published in Allergy and Asthma Proceedings .
Dr. Greenberger elegantly summarizes the current state of thinking on asthma and how physicians should regard it as not just one disorder, but a syndrome.
The last several years of clinical research has revealed some very interesting facts about people who have difficult to control asthma. Many healthcare providers have scratched t...
Rhinitis - nonallergic; Idiopathic rhinitis; Nonallergic rhinitis
Nasal congestion (stuffy nose)
Watery nasal drainage ( rhinorrhea )
Signs and tests
The doctor will ask you about your symptoms, when they occur, and what seems to trigger them.
You will also be asked about your home and work environment. The doctor may look inside your nose and see that the tissues lining the nose are swollen due to inflamed blood vessels.
Allergy skin tests may be done to rule out allergies as a cause of your symptoms.
Blood tests to determine your total blood levels of IgE (allergic antibody) and total circulating eosinophil count (a type of white blood cell) may be ordered.
Nose emergencies include nosebleeds, an object lodged in the nose, and a broken nose.
A fractured nose is the most common facial fracture. It usually results from a blunt injury and is often associated with other facial fractures. The bruised appearance usually disappears after 2 weeks.
Nose injuries and neck injuries are often seen together because a blow that is forceful enough to injure the nose may be hard enough to injure the neck.
Serious nose injuries cause problems that require immediate professional attention. However, for minor nose injuries, the doctor may prefer to see the injured person after the swelling subsides.
Nosebleeds are very common. A nosebleed may be caused by trauma such as nose picking, forceful nose blowing, direct impact to the nose, and other actions. A nosebleed may also be caused by irritation or dryness of the lining of the nose, which may occur with low humidity and dry environment, allergic rhinitis...
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