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3/16/2016: Spring is in the air; which means March Madness for allergy sufferers!
March through May is peak tree pollen season. A single plant can release up to a billion grains of pollen per season. While most of the pollen grains fall within a few feet, some may blow in the wind for many miles. For those persons allergic to pollen, only a few hundred pollen grains are needed to cause itchy, watery eyes, nasal stuffiness, sneezing, runny nose and fatigue. These symptoms can decrease your quality of life: interfere with sleep and daily activities, become less productive at work, less effective learning at school and lead to sinus infections.
It is difficult to avoid exposure to pollens, but here are some tips to minimize exposure:
1/30/2016: Did Your Grandma Smoke? You bet your asthma she did.
Smoking cigarettes is unhealthy. Second hand smoke exposure is unhealthy. Everybody knows that! When pregnant women smoke, their child is more likely to have low lung function in childhood and adulthood. But, what happens to her grandchildren when granny smoked when she was pregnant?
This question was addressed in a study from the European Lung Foundation entitled: “Grandmother’s smoking when pregnant with the mother and asthma in the grandchild: the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study.” The article was published in 2015 in the medical journal Thorax and may be accessed at Thorax article on Grandma Smoking
Researchers used data from the Swedish Registry that included 44,853 grandmothers from 1982 to 1986 to
To evaluate whether the grandmother’s smoking had an independent association with asthma development in the grandchild from maternal smoking during pregnancy, the researchers classified the children into 4 mutually exclusive exposure groups:
Results: The risk of asthma in grandchildren was increased by 15 to 21%, even if the child’s own mother had not smoked in their pregnancy!
Why does this happen?
What if grandpa smoked? That data is not yet available. For women who intend on having children and eventually grandchildren, we hope you stop smoking so you leave your grandchildren a better legacy than asthma.
At Family Allergy Asthma & Sinus Care, we treat asthma and encourage smoking cessation in all family members. It’s in our name!
1/17/2016: New Treatments for Asthma: Change Your Lifestyle
While the diagnosis of asthma has not changed significantly, the treatment has (and should). Asthma affects 25 million people (including 7 million children) in the U.S. The incidence of asthma has increased in the last few decades, and while the exact reason for this is unclear, evidence suggests a link between nutrition/diet, weight, air pollution and allergies. The treatment for asthma is not just taking medications!
Think of the new asthma treatments as “lifestyle” changes.
Exercise: Although exercise can sometimes be a trigger of asthma, this is no excuse to be a couch potato. Exercise has been shown to improve quality of life in persons with asthma with more symptom-free days, better oxygen consumption, and less inflammation. How much exercise is enough? At least 30 minutes three times a week, with a goal of 150 minutes per week (30 minutes minutes a day, 5 times a week). Exercise can also be helpful with weight control.
Stress control: Individuals with asthma who have anxiety and depression are at increased risk of asthma attacks. A disorder called vocal cord dysfunction triggered by anxiety can complicate asthma but not respond to asthma medications. Interventions may include counseling, breathing relaxation techniques, and sometimes anti-anxiety medications.
Allergen control: Up to 90% of children with asthma may have allergies and these allergies can trigger asthma. In adults, about 70% of patients with asthma have allergies. By treating your allergies, the asthma can improve.
Air pollution. Air pollutants that include small particles can trigger asthma. Sources include cigarette smoking, wood smoke (campfires, wildfires, poorly ventilated indoor stoves), diesel exhaust, soot and ash. Strong chemicals and fumes are also triggers.
Vaccines: viruses such as influenza, RSV, and the common cold virus called Rhinovirus can trigger asthma. The flu vaccine is recommended for all individuals over 6 months old, but especially for those with asthma according to the CDC.
Medications: They are still important!
Individuals with asthma have choices. While there is no cure for
asthma, the available treatment options and lifestyle changes can help
control asthma so individuals can lead healthy, productive lives. By
controlling asthma, it will not control you! Go Panthers!!!
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Spilling the beans on bean allergy!
Do you sneeze when you sip that fine red wine? Wine allergy?
Mosquitoes: how to prevent them from biting!
Flu shot Season
Asthma Treatment: Where does Singulair fit?
USAnaphylaxis™ Map: The STATEment on Life-Threatening Allergies at School
Beware of those exotic nuts!
These educational information does not take the place of your physician's advice.
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