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How to Navigate Restaurants With Latex Allergy

Published January - 2 - 2015

latex_safeDining out is meant to be festive and relaxing, not a burden or a time where worry zaps your energy trying to stay safe.

For individuals with latex allergy, the challenge at restaurants is threefold. First, kitchen staff may use latex products such as gloves while preparing food. Second, a variety of foods have cross reactivity with latex proteins (termed Latex-Fruit Syndrome) that can induce anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction. Third, if you see latex balloons for parties or in banquet rooms, exit immediately. Only Mylar® balloons are safe. Read the rest of this entry »

Relative Humidity – Finding a Balance

Published December - 26 - 2014

HumidityDry air makes fighting a cold or sinus infection harder. When your throat itches and your eyes feel raw, would adding moisture to the air with a humidifier help?

High humidity levels promote the growth of mold and dust mites – two common allergens associated with allergy and asthma symptoms – and without careful maintenance, humidifiers can be dangerous breeding grounds for bacteria. Read the rest of this entry »

InhalerUseAllergy & Asthma Network educates thousands each year on appropriate medication use through programs like Anaphylaxis Community Experts and AAP Chapter Champions in Asthma, Allergy & Anaphylaxis.  Support from partners like AAP, ACAAI, TEVA Respiratory, MEDA & Mylan Specialty LP are critical to ensure healthcare professionals and patients alike understand and use medications appropriately! Read the rest of this entry »

SmartDiningStephanie Leonard, MD, is a food allergy specialist at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego – and she also happens to have a life-threatening allergy to peanuts. Recently, Dr. Leonard ordered a pesto dish at a local restaurant; the server assured her it did not contain peanuts. A half-hour later, she started to experience anaphylactic symptoms. Dr. Leonard quickly pulled out an epinephrine auto-injector and administered the medication. She later followed up with her own doctor. Read the rest of this entry »

E-Cigarettes: What We Know … And Don’t Know

Published December - 11 - 2014

EcigElectronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes), a $2.5 billion industry, are getting a lot of media coverage lately and e-cigarette retail shops and Internet sites are becoming more widespread. What are these products? And are they different from traditional cigarettes that are known to be dangerous to people with asthma? Read the rest of this entry »

‘Family Asthma Act’ Needs Your Support

Published December - 11 - 2014


Allergy & Asthma Network supports the Family Asthma Act (S.2804), proposed federal legislation currently in the U.S. Senate directing the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to expand their collection of information on asthma prevalence and costs. Read the rest of this entry »

Meet the ‘Asthma Blues’ Man With a Plan

Published December - 11 - 2014


Al Keith is a man of many passions – respiratory health, education and music, to name just a few. Why not merge all his passions together?

Keith put his creative energy to work. A Chicago respiratory therapist by day and a jazz and blues performer by night, he produced a 7-song CD titled “Asthma Blues” to help parents and families better manage their asthma symptoms. Keith played bass guitar and provided vocals.

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HawksScreeningAllergists, immunologists and health care professionals from around the world convened at the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) annual meeting Nov. 6-10 in Atlanta, addressing recent allergy and asthma research while branching out into related disease states such as eczema, urticaria, COPD and hereditary angioedema. Read the rest of this entry »

ChenowethBroadway star Kristin Chenoweth was diagnosed with asthma in 2004. Since then, she keeps her bronchodilator inhaler always within reach, whether she’s at home or on stage. And she keeps tabs on her dose counter so she knows exactly how much medication remains in her inhaler. Read the rest of this entry »

Pneumonia Vaccine Advisory

Published November - 20 - 2014

FluShot2The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its adult pneumonia vaccination recommendations – a change that affects people over the age of 19 who have asthma or are smokers as well as everyone over the age of 65.

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