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PeanutsConsuming peanuts during infancy could help prevent peanut allergy, according to a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, but some allergists are urging caution on changing food allergy therapies based on the research.

Following the release of the Learning Early About Peanut (LEAP) study at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) annual meeting on Read the rest of this entry »

Something In the Air

Published February - 24 - 2015

Climate_ChangeHow Climate Change and Air Pollution  Impact Allergies and Asthma

Walk outside. What do you breathe?

You hope for clean air, free of harmful allergens and irritants, but climate change and air pollution are making that less likely. For the 1 in 7 Americans with respiratory conditions, the implications are troubling.

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Study: Common Cold Linked to Cold Weather

Published February - 24 - 2015

Cold_Weather With most of the United States in the throes of wintry weather, a study emerged from Yale University that suggests people are more likely to catch a cold in chilly or frigid conditions.

Examining cells taken from the nasal cavities of mice, researchers found that when the body temperature inside the nose drops five degrees, the immune system does not work as well to fight the rhinovirus, or the common cold. Read the rest of this entry »

SLIT“I am considering undergoing sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT), or allergy tablets, to help treat my seasonal allergies. What are advantages and disadvantages of the tablets?”

Under-the-tongue allergy tablets are a new FDA-approved therapy for patients who experience allergy symptoms to grass pollen or ragweed. Just like allergy shots, the goal of SLIT is to boost the patient’s tolerance to allergy triggers. Read the rest of this entry »

FluWomanWidespread flu is reported across the United States, and the most common virus showing up is one that has been associated with more serious complications for older people and young children.

As flu deaths and illnesses continue to rise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued updated information and recommendations for using antiviral medications to treat flu. Read the rest of this entry »

E-Cigarettes Linked to Respiratory Infections

Published January - 30 - 2015

eCig2More evidence is emerging that using electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes) may be harmful to your health.

A recently published National Jewish Health study reports that the liquid used in e-cigarettes has been linked to an increased risk of respiratory viral infections.  Read the rest of this entry »

Does Yoga Benefit Asthma?

Published January - 30 - 2015

YogaSierra Petersen sits upright, legs folded beneath her, arms outstretched as if welcoming air. Eyes closed, mind clear, she takes in a slow, deep breath through her nose.

“Hhhhhaaaaa,” she exhales a few seconds later.

This is Petersen’s favorite time of the day, when she can sit on the floor, any floor, and breathe easy. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Early Epinephrine Is Critical

Published January - 30 - 2015

BoyERWhen treating anaphylaxis, seconds matter. Don’t delay using an epinephrine auto-injector.

That’s the message of a recently published study of children treated for food-related anaphylaxis at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. The 6-year study revealed that the children who received epinephrine prior to going to the emergency room (ER) were less likely to be hospitalized than those who received epinephrine after arriving at the ER.  Read the rest of this entry »

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 »