In this entry, I would like to discuss some recent findings on the association with "rhinitis" - inflammation of the nasal passages that often causes runny nose and congestion -- and asthma. In an earlier entry, I reviewed the connection between allergies and asthma. Over 2/3 of asthmatics have allergies, which often cause symptoms in the form of hay fever. This number is even higher in kids, and many children with asthma are followed by a pediatric allergist since many of them developed allergies requiring treatment before developing asthma. But what about the other 1/3 of adults who do not have allergies, and is there a connection between having chronic nasal symptoms and asthma regardless of allergies?
Rhinitis is associated with developing asthma Many individuals have asthma and allergies, and have symptoms of both asthma and hay fever. In general, there are more people with hay fever who do not have asthma than those who do. Is there a risk of developing asthma in adulthood...
Alternative Names Fracture of the nose; Broken nose Prevention Wear protective headgear while playing contact sports, riding bicycles, skateboards, roller skates, or rollerblades. Use seat belts and appropriate car seats when driving. References Drezner JA, Harmon KG, OKane JW. Sports medicine. In: Rakel RE, ed. Textbook of Family Medicine . 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 41. Riviello RJ. Otolaryngologic procedures. In: Roberts JR, Hedges JR, eds. Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine . 4th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2004:chap 65. Belleza WG, Kalman S. Otolaryngologic emergencies in the outpatient setting. Medical Clinics of North America . March 2006;90(2):329-353.
We are almost through ragweed season but some of my patients are wondering what made this year's season so bad. Actually, a certain number of allergy sufferers experience a peak in their nasal symptoms every spring and/or fall season which may be worse than previous years. But the most common mid-season question I encounter is: "Why have my medicines stopped working?"
Research on allergy and asthma patients has yielded some interesting information on the use of prescribed allergy medications and "control" of these disorders. [i] A major factor in the successful management of allergic airway problems is "adherence".
Adherence is a term that expresses the degree to which a patient consistently follows an agreed upon treatment plan under the doctor's supervision.
How often do you forget to take your medication?
Have you recently had to miss or reschedule your follow-up allergy appointment?
Recent allergy research questionnaires and surveys highlig...
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