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...
Alternative Names Loss of smell; Anosmia Home Care Treating the cause of the problem may correct loss of the sense of smell. Treatment can include: Antihistamines (if the condition is related to allergy) Changes in medication Surgery to correct blockages Treatment of other disorders Avoid using too many nasal decongestants, which can lead to recurring nasal congestion. If you lose your sense of smell, you may have changes in taste. But, adding highly seasoned foods to your diet can help stimulate the taste sensations that you still have. Improve your safety at home by using smoke detectors and electric appliances instead of gas ones. You may not be able to smell gas if there is a leak. Or, install equipment that detects the presence of gas fumes in the home. There is no treatment for loss of smell due to aging. If you have a loss of smell due to a recent viral upper respiratory infection, be patient. The sense of smell may return to normal without treatment. Call your health care provider if Call y...
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.
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