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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 15-22

Management of asthma and allergic diseases during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic in India

1 Department of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
2 VN Allergy and Asthma Research Centre, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India

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Dr. Karthik Nagaraju
VN Allergy and Asthma Research Centre, 1, Kattabomman Street, Shanmugham Road, Tambaram West, Chennai - 600 045, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijaai.ijaai_20_20

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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID 19) is caused by the novel coronavirus, which has affected 184 countries and the WHO has declared it a pandemic on March 2020. Allergic diseases such as allergic rhinitis and asthma are exaggerated by viral infections. Symptoms of allergic diseases overlap with COVID 19. Current recommendations include following social distancing and frequent hand washing. Confusion exists regarding the use of corticosteroids, biologicals, and immunotherapy for the treatment of allergic diseases during COVID 19 season. Due to the use of Personal Protective Equipments, reports of contact dermatitis are emerging among health-care workers. Remote consultation, like telemedicine, is a valuable tool in this pandemic. This article aims to provide guidance on the management of allergic diseases taking into consideration existing evidence and guidelines from international organizations and the feasibility of implementation in India.

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