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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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What You Need to Know About Drug Allergies

What is a drug allergy? Allergic reactions are the hyper immune response of our immune system to foreign (antigenic) substances. When certain foreign substances are introduced to the body the immune system is triggered. A hyper immune response may result in the symptoms of allergies. Medications are foreign substances and some of their components trigger […]

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AAAAI Responds to Asthma and Peanut Allergy Study in the News

A new study highlighted during the American Thoracic Society’s Annual Meeting has been receiving considerable media attention. The study’s authors suggest children who have poorly controlled asthma are more likely to be peanut sensitized, and that such patients may benefit from testing for possible peanut allergy. After seeing the resulting media coverage, the AAAAI took […]

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Private Insurers Adopt Medicare Payment Limits for Immunotherapy

Several private insurers have adopted the Medicare payment limits for the preparation of maintenance concentrate vials of allergen specific immunotherapy. Members are reminded to check medical policy bulletins and notifications for updates in reimbursement and documentation requirements for the insurers in their areas. The Office of Practice Management continues to monitor trends in commercial insurance […]

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What You Need to Know About Drug Allergies

What is a drug allergy? Allergic reactions are the hyper immune response of our immune system to foreign (antigenic) substances. When certain foreign substances are introduced to the body the immune system is triggered. A hyper immune response may result in the symptoms of allergies. Medications are foreign substances and some of their components trigger […]

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