Hay Fever and Respiratory Health

Hay fever season

Understanding Hay Fever Hay Fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, is an allergic reaction to environmental allergens such as pollen, dust, or animal dander. It affects a significant number of people worldwide, and its symptoms can be particularly challenging for those with existing respiratory conditions. Seasonal variability In the UK, hay fever allergens vary by…

Fractional Exhaled Nitric Oxide (FeNO): A Quick Guide


Understanding Fractional Exhaled Nitric Oxide (FeNO) Ever pondered what your breath could reveal about your health? Measurement of FeNO is a useful and non-invasive way to understand if you have a specific type of inflammation in your airways. In essence, FeNO measures a specific type of gas in your exhaled breath, shedding light on the…

Asthma with Fungal Sensitisation: Unveiling the Intricacies

Asthma with fungal sensitisation

The Basics Asthma with fungal sensitisation, or AFS for those who love abbreviations, is not your ordinary asthma. It’s akin to enduring typical asthma symptoms with an unexpected twist, and fungi are the central characters! Regular Asthma: Asthma with Fungal Sensitisation: Why Fungi? Why Now? Humidity and moisture often lay the foundation for fungal proliferation….

Demystifying Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis

Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis

Introduction Ever heard of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis? It’s a mouthful, isn’t it? But don’t let its long, scientific name throw you off! This condition is as intriguing as it is mysterious, and it’s high time we shed some light on it. What is Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis? Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, or let’s just call it ABPA…

The Impact of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome on Respiratory Symptoms

Mast Cell Activation

Introduction to Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) is a disorder that arises from an abnormal release of mast cell mediators, potentially causing a plethora of symptoms that can disrupt daily life. In certain cases, these symptoms manifest in the respiratory system, with impacts that can vary in severity. Symptoms of…

Asthma Diagnosis: Understanding the Role of FeNO Testing

Feno test

If you’ve been experiencing symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath, or chest tightness, you may be wondering if you have asthma. One of the key tools in asthma diagnosis is a test known as the Fractional Exhaled Nitric Oxide (FeNO) test. This test measures the levels of nitric oxide in your breath, which can…

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