Airway Allergy

Grass pollen desensitisation

Summer has finally arrived. So get those antihistamines and nasal sprays out of storage. With the lovely warm sunny weather comes the dreaded grass pollen scourge. Hay fever (Pollinosis) and allergic conjunctivitis can severely and adversely impact quality of life. Now’s too late to start Grazax (a new revolutionary Hay Fever treatment for grass pollen [...]

By | 2017-05-27T12:06:17+00:00 May 27th, 2017|Airway Allergy|0 Comments

Local IgE Production

A new  concept in allergology is that of "local" IgE production on respiratory and ocular membranes  causing allergy and also called Local Allergic Rhinits. The allergic reaction in this case is very localised to the nasal membranes and conjunctiva and not identified on routine allergy skin prick testing or RAST blood testing.  However these patients respond to [...]

By | 2016-11-10T21:30:23+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Airway Allergy|0 Comments

Alzheimer’s Disease and antihistamines

Some recent medical studies have suggested that overuse of antihistamine medication may result in Alzheimer’s disease. Only some of the older non-sedating antihistamines were mentioned in the study. Some older (sedating) antihistamines such as chlorphenamine and diphenhydramine cross into the brain and can cause drowsiness and are even used as OTC “sleeping pills”.  Newer once-daily [...]

By | 2016-06-06T09:16:57+00:00 June 6th, 2016|Airway Allergy|0 Comments

Vocal cord dysfunction

Vocal cord dysfunction is a curious condition where the vocal cords go into paradoxical spasm whilst breathing (especially breathing in). This can mimic asthma with sudden onset intermittent breathlessness, wheeze and exercise related symptoms mainly in the throat with noisy breathing. Patients who fail to respond to conventional asthma treatment should have this diagnosis considered. [...]

By | 2015-11-01T12:43:16+00:00 November 1st, 2015|Airway Allergy|0 Comments

Local Allergic Rhinitis

Nasal, eye and respiratory allergies have traditionally been diagnosed by doing blood and skin tests for specific allergy to pollens, dust mites and pets.  These test include Skin Prick Testing (SPTs) using allergens applied directly to the skin or RAST blood tests testing for systemic IgE antibodies travelling around the body in the blood stream. [...]

By | 2015-05-18T23:04:04+00:00 May 18th, 2015|Airway Allergy|0 Comments

Bronchial Thermoplasty

Bronchial Thermoplasty is a new invasive treatment in severe asthma. The thickened airway bronchial smooth muscle that develops over years, makes the asthma difficult to control with conventional medication (inhalers and steroids).  The procedure results in the airway muscle being destroyed by heat using a bronchoscope (lung probe) under general anaesthetic to relieve airway spasm. It usually involves a series [...]

By | 2015-01-06T08:23:17+00:00 January 6th, 2015|Airway Allergy|0 Comments

Pollen crazy weather

The pleasant warm summer weather and occasional rain are everything the local Timothy grass could hope for. This weather results in prolific pollen production by the grasses across the country. The pollen grains released from grass are tiny and float about in the air. They attach to our skin, hair and clothing. Its when they get into [...]

By | 2014-07-09T14:43:38+00:00 July 9th, 2014|Airway Allergy|0 Comments

Hay fever season begins

At last the weather is warming up and Hay Fever season is about to commence. Symptoms include itchy eyes and nose, sneezing, streaming nose and congestion. Best to stock up on the antihistamines now. Best brands are the non sedating once a day varieties such as acrivastine, cetirizine, loratadine, fexofenadine and mizolastine. Those on Grazax and Staloral [...]

By | 2014-04-17T11:38:08+00:00 April 17th, 2014|Airway Allergy|0 Comments

Breastfeeding and allergy prevention

A number of recent studies have provided conflicting evidence for the benefits of breastfeeding in allergy protection and prevention. A most recent UK study of 1924 children shows no difference between exclusive breastfeeding to 6 months and breastfeeding for only 3 months in high risk atopic children. Even the early introduction or avoidance of allergenic foods [...]

By | 2014-01-08T16:37:48+00:00 November 30th, 2013|Airway Allergy|0 Comments

Warm humid Autumn and mould allergy

The  relatively warm but damp Autumn in October this year means trouble for asthma and allergy sufferers. Conditions are currently favouring the growth of outdoor mould spores (Mildew) such as Cladosporium and Alternaria which can trigger off severe asthma attacks in allergy sufferers. At this time of the year we see rising asthma hospital admissions and chronic [...]

By | 2013-10-20T17:45:51+00:00 October 20th, 2013|Airway Allergy|0 Comments