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Is a 504 Plan Right For Your Child?

Published September - 12 - 2014

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The first day of school brings out the jitters in everyone – even parents. If your child has food allergies, your anxieties may be multiplied. You want to ensure your child is safe within the school environment. Is this the time to consider a 504 Plan?

“All families have the right to request a 504 Plan evaluation,” says Kathleen McDarby, RN, MPH, project manager with Read the rest of this entry »

What’s Your Emergency Plan?

Published August - 26 - 2014

EmergencyplanHurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires tornadoes, flooding – natural disasters can happen anytime, anywhere. Their suddenness shouldn’t catch asthma and allergy patients off guard.

When natural disasters happen, you may have only precious minutes to grab what you need for a few days, weeks, or longer. Read the rest of this entry »

How Parents, Schools Can Prevent Bullying

Published August - 19 - 2014

ConfidenceEight-year-old Abigail arrives at school every morning with her green and pink polka-dot medical bag on her shoulder. Inside, she carries her asthma inhaler and an epinephrine auto-injector in case she experiences an allergic reaction to one of her food allergens: eggs, peanuts and tree nuts.

Abigail’s fourth-grade classmates are well aware of her asthma and food allergies. “The kids know it’s normal for her to carry her medicine,” her mom Jennifer, of Blue Ridge, Ga., says.

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Asthma and Allergies Go to College

Published August - 6 - 2014

ZachLast year, in an article for Allergy & Asthma Today magazine, Andrea Holka wrote about her son Zach’s transition to college at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Neb., and her feelings of “letting go” as Zach began a new chapter in his life. This year, Zach, who has asthma and egg allergy, discusses how he managed his condition. Read the rest of this entry »

After the Sting

Published August - 1 - 2014

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For most people stung by a bee, there’s a burning sensation at the sting site followed by a red bump that aches and itches. Other people may experience more serious reactions – widespread swelling, hives, shortness of breath, fainting or worse.

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How USAnaphylaxis™ Summits Inspire Change

Published July - 31 - 2014

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Mark Holbreich, MD, left last year’s USAnaphylaxis™ Summit in Washington, D.C., inspired to make a real difference in the lives of schoolchildren with life-threatening allergies. He returned to Indianapolis and immediately started calling colleagues. Read the rest of this entry »

stingIn Hopewell, N.Y., a historical marker commemorates the 1814 death of Timothy Ryan — the second known fatality in North America from an insect sting, according to the plaque. Two hundred years later, we still see at least 50 deaths a year from stings, many due to anaphylaxis.

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Spread the news: Two pieces of critical legislation affecting schoolchildren with life-threatening allergies in New York State are on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk awaiting signature. You can help complete passage of these bills by contacting the governor and encouraging him to sign!

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BreatheFreeAllergy & Asthma Network is now recruiting participants for Women Breathe Free, an asthma education program made especially for women — with the goal of helping women everywhere gain better control over their asthma, and their lives.

The program will help women develop asthma management skills to handle situations and symptoms that can lead to an asthma flare, such as stress, menstrual cycles, not taking medications, or exposure to triggers such as cleaning chemicals, pollen, mold or dust mites.

HOW IT WORKS?

Women Breathe Free offers four telephone counseling sessions conducted by a nurse educator during times that fit into your schedule. Upon joining the program, you will receive a workbook and review it with the nurse educator to learn what causes your asthma to worsen, what helps keep it under control and how to track your symptoms.

The program also aims to assist in strengthening communication between you and your health care provider to get the most out of your asthma treatment. The goal is to help you control your asthma so you can live YOUR healthiest life possible.

Women Breathe Free is open to women 18 years or older with diagnosed asthma. It is FREE and confidential – no personal information will be collected.

WANT TO JOIN?

For more information, call Allergy & Asthma Network at 800.878.4403 or email Marcela Gieminiani, at mgieminiani@aanma.org.

How to Baby Your Skin

Published July - 2 - 2014

EczemaSummertime tips for taming eczema

When Beth’s eczema flares, she gets itchy red blotches on the backs of her arms – and sometimes from nose to cheek. “Just the left side,” she says. “Never on the right. This month, I’ve got a dime-size spot on my hand that won’t go away.”

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