Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)

‘Basics’

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 »

 

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.

OfficeVIENNA, VA, JUNE 2, 2014 – You’re back at work after a relaxing vacation, and by noon your head aches and the nagging cough returns. Is it stress? A virus? Or could you be allergic to something in the office?

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Breathe Easy At Asthma Camp

Published April - 30 - 2014

AsthmaCampAsthma camps offer children the opportunity to participate in fun, summer activities — scavenger hunts, swimming, rock climbing and more – while in a medically safe environment.

Research shows that children who attend an asthma camp have better asthma control the following year, are more likely to use daily preventive medication, and are 33 percent less likely to be hospitalized.

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Deception And Fraud In Allergy Care

Published April - 23 - 2014

FraudAllergy testing and immunotherapy schemes continue to pop up in primary care practices across the country, exposing patients and families to substandard diagnosis and treatment as well as raising the potential for fraud.

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The Allergy-Eczema Connection

Published March - 4 - 2014

EczemaLotionBy John Lee, MD

If your child has ever had a severe eczema flare-up, you are familiar with the inflamed, dry, thickened skin and constant, intense itching and scratching. Fortunately there are ways to ease symptoms.

An estimated 30 percent of the U.S. population experience eczema symptoms, according to the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Read the rest of this entry »

Protected From the Flu – But For How Long?

Published February - 20 - 2014

flu1Flu season is at its peak in February, and it’s expected to last well into the spring months. This season has been particularly bad – according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), flu deaths have risen dramatically since mid-January, especially among young and middle-aged adults and children.

The most common virus this year is H1N1, responsible for the global pandemic in 2009.

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Dating Tips For People With Food Allergies

Published February - 7 - 2014

Dating_FoodAllergyVIENNA, VA, FEB. 6, 2014 – First dates bring excitement, anticipation, a few nervous butterflies – maybe even a first kiss – but for people with food allergies, date planning requires more than deciding when to meet or what to wear.

“Since dating so often revolves around eating, it’s important that people with food allergies Read the rest of this entry »

Is It Food Allergies?

Published February - 6 - 2014

Approximately 12 million Americans have a food allergy, including 4 million children.

Eight foods account for 90 percent of all reactions in the United States: cow’s milk, hen’s eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish. Other food allergies range from avocados to yams.

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RSV: Much more than the common cold

Published January - 29 - 2014

rsv-ma-21_21What sounds like a cold, looks like a cold and acts like a cold – but sends more babies to the hospital than any other condition?

Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV: the common disease with the uncommon name.

RSV tends to pop up in the winter and early spring. It starts as an upper respiratory infection, Read the rest of this entry »