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    If you are suffering from asthma and you are pregnant? Your unborn child could face life threat. Read on to now more…… Uncontrolled asthma during
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      If you are suffering from asthma and you are pregnant? Your unborn
      child could face life threat. Read on to now more……


      Uncontrolled asthma during pregnancy can prove detrimental to the
      unborn child according to the latest journal published online by
      American Academy of Allergy, Asthama & Immunology (AAAAI).

      Over 7% of the pregnant women diagnosed are found to be suffering
      from Milwaukee-asthama and around 30% of them suffer complications
      during pregnancy due to lack of care and treatment.

      The fetus requires ample level of oxygen for proper growth and normal
      development. Decreased oxygen levels can lead to impaired fetal
      survival, resulting in shunted growth and less weight. However,
      studies have indicated that well managed asthma during pregnancy does
      not increase the risk of maternal or infant complications.

      As per a study released in 2003 by the Maternal Fetal Medicine Units
      Network of the National Institute of Child Health and Human
      Development (NICHD) highlighted that the level of severity of asthma
      increased in 30% women and decreased in 23% from the starting and end
      of pregnancy.

      It is therefore advised that pregnant women should be in close
      contact with their allergist/immunologist as they could monitor their
      conditions and alter medications and dosages. Women with general
      allergy rhinitis, sinusitis or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
      should also take care of their conditions as it could aggravate
      asthma and become troublesome during pregnancy.

      It is also advised that pregnant women like others with asthama
      should stay away from allergy triggering agents like house dust
      mites, animal dander and irritants such as cigarette smoke.

      Pregnant women with asthma should take all possible steps to manage
      their asthma. Visit your allergist/immunologist so that they can
      prescribe effective asthma and allergy medications.

      The studies conducted throughout on thousands of pregnant women have
      found inhaled asthma medications to be more appropriate for pregnant
      women. It is advised that you avoid oral medications (pills) during
      pregnancy unless very necessary to control symptoms.

      It is ideal if pregnant women visit their allergist/immunologist
      regularly during pregnancy so that you can keep the asthmatic
      symptoms very much in control and prevent them from further
      aggravating. Besides, this will also give allergist/immunologist
      amble time to making appropriate changes in the management program to
      timely counter any symptoms from growing worse. In addition, you
      could refer to the AAAAI's How the Allergist/Immunologist Can Help:
      Consultation and Referral Guidelines Citing the Evidence provide
      information to assist patients and health care professionals in
      determining when a patient may need consultation or ongoing specialty
      care by the allergist/immunologist.

      To find an allergist/immunologist in your area or to learn more about
      allergies and asthma you can call the AAAAI's Physician Referral and
      Information Line at (800) 822-2762 or visit the AAAAI Web site at
      www.aaaai.org.
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