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Acne is a skin condition characterised by outbreaks of spots or pimples, usually on the face, chest or back. Though acne is not physically dangerous, it can cause embarrassment and even scarring if dealt with incorrectly. Dr Felix can help you find out what is causing your acne and recommend the best treatment for you. In the meantime, we’re here to answer your questions and to set the record straight on some common misconceptions about acne. ... Read more
The change in season can often have an effect on your skin, particularly if you are living with a skin condition or sensitive skin. The constant change in temperature from the cold outdoors to centrally heated homes, workplaces and shops can cause the capillaries in your skin to expand, leading to inflamed skin and increased redness which can mean an unwelcome flare up of symptoms. This is why it is important to make changes to your skincare routine to ensure you are taking care of your skin properly during the harsh winter months. ... Read more
Acne is a skin condition which causes breakouts of spots and pimples on the face, chest and back. It is most commonly associated with teenagers, however it can affect all ages and almost everyone will experience it at some point in their lives. While it can disappear on its own, treatment is recommended if it is causing you embarrassment or discomfort. If left untreated, acne can get worse and even lead to scarring. ... Read more
Cystic acne is the most serious form of acne. Its presents as red, pus-filled bumps on your skin, which can be painful and cause embarrassment. Mild acne, caused by excess sebum (grease) becoming trapped in the pores by dead skin cells, often develop into cystic acne when the trapped grease becomes infected by bacteria which usually live harmlessly on the skin. ... Read more
Asthma is a respiratory condition which causes the airways to become inflamed, making it harder than usual to breathe. The symptoms typically include breathlessness, coughing, wheezing and a tightness in the chest. However, researchers have identified different types of asthma which are characterised by particular patterns in the way symptoms occur. One of these is Allergic Asthma. What is Allergic Asthma? Allergic Asthma is triggered by coming into contact with something you are allergic to. It’s the most common type of asthma and often occurs during childhood. It can also be the most severe but this is not always the case. Adults who have had this condition since childhood are more at risk of experiencing frequent and severe asthma attacks. It’s common for people who have allergic asthma to also have additional allergy-related conditions like eczema, hay fever, food or medicine allergies. What is the difference between Allergic Asthma and other types? Allergic Asthma differs from other types as it is triggered by coming into contact with an allergen. While general types of asthma could be exacerbated by a range of factors and irritants, Allergic Asthma only occurs after inhaling a substance you are allergic to. One example of this is pollen. If you suffer from hayfever, then breathing in air where the pollen count is high would trigger your asthma symptoms or an attack if you have Allergic Asthma. You would not experience asthma symptoms without exposure to the allergen. How is Allergic Asthma diagnosed? Diagnosing a specific type of asthma will involve figuring out what is causing your symptoms to flare up alongside a physical examination to test the capability of your lungs. Keeping a diary to record how often your symptoms occur and the environmental factors at play can help to spot a pattern. If you have a known allergy then removing or reducing your exposure to it to see if your symptoms reduce may help to confirm your diagnosis. A physical examination can also determine whether or not you have Allergic Asthma. This could be through a testing of your lung function to check your levels of exhaled nitric oxide (a molecule produced naturally in the body) and eosinophils (a type of white blood cell). If these elements are higher than normal then this is a sign that your lungs are fighting against an allergen. A skin prick or blood test can also confirm whether or not you have an allergy. How is Allergic Asthma treated? This will depend on the nature of your allergy. All types of asthma are treated with inhalers. You’ll have a reliever inhaler to ease symptoms when they occur and a preventer inhaler to stop attacks from happening. You may be prescribed medication to manage your allergy such as antihistamines to prevent an allergic reaction from occuring. This is particularly helpful if it’s something you cannot control such as pollen. Avoiding the thing you are allergic to is the best way to prevent your asthma symptoms from occuring. Not getting a cat if you are allergic to their far and cutting out certain foods from your diet if they cause an allergic reaction for example. It may not always be possible to avoid your allergen so always make sure you have access to your inhaler in case you need it. If you’re looking for advice on how to manage Allergic Asthma then chat to Dr Felix who can listen to your concerns and help to find the right treatment for you. Sources: https://asthma.net/types/allergies/ https://asthma.net/types/ ... Read more
Asthma is a respiratory condition that causes the airways to become inflamed, making it harder for air to travel to and from your lungs. The most common symptoms are breathlessness, coughing and wheezing and a tight feeling in the chest. During an asthma attack the symptoms are more severe and come on suddenly, needing urgent medical attention. ... Read more
Common symptoms of asthma include coughing, wheezing, breathlessness and chest tightness. While there is no definitive cause, there are many known factors which can irritate your airways and trigger your asthma symptoms. It can be difficult to work out which ones are specifically affecting you as many of them are common in our daily lives. Keeping a diary to note down when and where your symptoms are occuring can help to pinpoint your tiggers.
Common triggers from your environment include: