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How to survive allergies and asthma
May 2, 1997
in this forum:
How can I control and treat my asthma? Is there a relation between the menstral cycle and asthma and allergy symptoms? Can adults develop asthma late in life? What are the hereditary aspects of asthma and allergies? Is it true that the longer you breast feed, the less allergies your children will have? What kinds of allergy testing alternatives are there? Additional comments....
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Melissa Medley of Hudson, Florida, asks:
Can you explain the benefits and side effects of the new asthma drug called Accolate (Zafirlukast) and whether you recommend this for asthma sufferers. Are there other new drugs out that can help?
Allergy and asthma specialist Dr. John Winder responds:
Accolate is the first of an entirely new class of asthma medications just recently available in the USA. These drugs are called leukotriene modulators ( Zyflo is another one now available). They very definitely have a role in the management of asthma. Doctors and researchers are now figuring out just where these new anti-inflammatory medicines fit in our arsenal of treatments for asthma. They appear to be most helpful in the mild to moderate persistent cases.