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Important examples of these drugs are gentamicin and streptomycin, which are also used topically for eye and ear infections. aminophylline A potassium-sparing diuretic drug, amiloride is used in combination with loop or thiazide diuretics in the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure) and the oedema (fluid retention) that results from heart failure (reduced pumping efficiency of the heart) or liver cirrhosis. A bronchodilator drug that is used to treat chronic bronchitis, asthma, and, occasionally, heart failure (reduced pumping efficiency of the heart).

The response is mainly to harmless substances that come in contact with the respiratory airways, skin, or eye surface. Common allergens are pollen, spores, housedust mites, and animal dander. Certain A drugs, and some foods, most commonly dairy products, seafood, strawberries, and cereals, can also cause allergies. In diagnosing an allergy, the individual’s medical history is important. The doctor needs to know if the symptoms vary according to the time of the day or the season, and if there are pets or other likely sources of allergens in the home.

Haemoglobin molecules are carried inside red blood cells and transport oxygen from the lungs to the tissues. Normally, stable haemoglobin concentrations in the blood are maintained by a balance between red-cell production in the bone marrow and red-cell destruction in the spleen. Anaemia may result if this balance is upset. TYPES AND CAUSES Anaemia is not a disease in itself but a feature of many different disorders. There are various types, which can be classified into those due to decreased or defective red blood cell production by bone marrow (see anaemia, aplastic; anaemia, megaloblastic; anaemia, irondeficiency) and those due to decreased survival of the red cells in the blood (see anaemia, haemolytic).

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