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AAFA’s Ask the Allergist: Can Asthma Develop Suddenly?

AAFA Community Services ·
Q: Is it common for asthma to develop very suddenly? I am a 30-year-old, Caucasian female and I have had intermittent shortness of breath for 11 months, but have had everyday attacks for the past 3 months. My allergist and pulmonologist are having a hard time managing my asthma.
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Ask the Allergist: Does Eczema Affect Allergy Testing?

AAFA Community Services ·
I have eczema and seasonal allergies. My doctor wants to do a skin test to see if I should get allergy shots. Can I get allergy shots if I have eczema? Does eczema affect the accuracy of allergy skin test results?
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Ask the Allergist: What Is Considered a High Dose of Steroids for Asthma Treatment?

AAFA Community Services ·
Information from AAFA’s Ask the Allergist is not a substitute for a consultation with a health care professional. Always talk with your own doctor before making changes to your asthma or allergy management plan. This question appeared in our spring/summer 2020 issue of freshAAIR Magazine, our FREE digital magazine featuring news and resources on asthma and allergies. Read the most recent issue. Question: When using oral steroids daily for the treatment of asthma, what is considered a “high...
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Re: Ask the Allergist: What Is Considered a High Dose of Steroids for Asthma Treatment?

Shea ·
These new biologics are expensive-- even with insurance the out of pocket costs make them unaffordable to me. That might change with time. I know there are some programs out there that help people, but in my current situation none help me. I am also curious if people are able to stop them without needing to go back on them or oral steroids, or if they need to continue them indefinitely. I also worry about any new medications long-term risks, like for cancers. Some of that is hard to know...
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Re: Ask the Allergist: What Is Considered a High Dose of Steroids for Asthma Treatment?

StephM ·
So, one thing being covered in the media/public health guidelines is "high dose corticosteroids" being a risk factor for developing more severe covid19. I suspect the questioner may have been inquiring about that. Perhaps adding an addendum might provide that context.
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Re: Ask the Allergist: What Is Considered a High Dose of Steroids for Asthma Treatment?

Kathy P ·
Shea - thanks for sharing your thoughts. You bring up a good point that biologics are not accessible to everyone because of cost which often depends on the type of insurance coverage. Access to medicine is one of AAFA's key advocacy issues. StephM - this question was not a recent question, so not related to COVID-19. You do raise a good question. The data about COVID-19 and risk factors is still developing and we are keeping a close eye on things that impact people with asthma so we can add...
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