By keeping your asthma under control and creating a plan for when attacks strike, asthma doesn’t have to ruin your health. The U.S. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute suggests that with help from your doctor, you should create an asthma action plan. It should include steps for taking medication, and what to do if […]
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Do You Have a Latex Allergy?
Latex is a rubbery sap produced by trees that is used in many products, from balloons to rubber gloves. Latex allergy is common, and symptoms vary. The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology mentions these possible symptoms: • Skin that appears red, scaly or itchy after touching latex. • A runny nose, sneezing, wheezing […]
Common Myths About Food Allergies
Food allergies are often misunderstood, even though societal recognition of, and education about, the condition is increasing. Have you heard, or believed any of these food allergy myths? “You’re ‘allergic’ to any food that gives you problems.” This statement is false, since there are several problems that can arise after eating specific foods, the majority of which […]
Pharmaceutical company Sanofi has recalled its Auvi-Q epinephrine auto-injectors, saying they potentially could deliver the wrong-sized dose. The company’s U.S. division said in a news release there have been 26 cases of suspected malfunctions. There have been no deaths. Patients have described symptoms of “underlying hypersensitivity reaction,” Sanofi said. “We’re doing this voluntary recall as […]
Climate Changes Affect Allergies
Allergies can make the coming of a new season miserable. The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology explains how: Pollen from ragweed and trees tends to ramp up when the nights are cool and days warm. The morning hours tend to be highest for pollen counts. High humidity and high temperatures can promote rapid […]
Over The Counter Medications for Asthma
How do over-the-counter (OTC) medicines for asthma work? Epinephrine acts by relaxing the muscles of the airways, thereby opening up the airways and allowing air to flow in and out of the lungs more easily. Ephedrine also relaxes the muscles of the airways. What factors should be considered in choosing and using OTC epinephrine or […]
Soy Supplements Won’t Ease Asthma
Despite hints from prior research that soy supplements might help asthmatics breathe easier, a major new study finds the nutrient has no beneficial effect on lung function. “This study highlights why it is so important to perform well-designed, placebo-controlled studies when associations are reported between specific nutrients and disease outcomes,” study lead author Dr. Lewis […]
Do You Need to See a Doctor for Bug Bites?
With summer, comes the usual bonanza of bugs. Fortunately, most of those inevitable bites and stings aren’t serious. But, experts from the American Academy of Dermatology advise going to the emergency room right away if you notice any of the following symptoms soon after a bug bite or sting: Difficulty breathing, The feeling that your […]
Add Asthma & Allergy Plans To Your Back To School List
If your child has asthma or allergies, make sure his or her teacher, principal and school nurse know about it as part of your back-to-school planning, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) recommends. “More than 10 million kids under age 18 have asthma, and one in four suffer from respiratory allergies,” ACAAI […]
What Is Asthma?
Asthma is a disease in which there is a brief, temporary narrowing of the airways in the lungs, referred to as bronchospasm. This narrowing prevents air from moving in and out of the lungs easily. As a result, a person with asthma has episodes when breathing is difficult. An asthmatic episode can resolve spontaneously or […]