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Allergy-Safe On Halloween? Happy Haunting

Published October - 30 - 2014

HappyHauntingHalloween is just around the corner and your child is no doubt eager to scare up a memorable costume and go out trick-or-treating. Unfortunately, Halloween can be hazardous for kids – and grown-ups, too – with asthma and allergies, putting them at risk for an asthma flare-up or anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction to food or latex. Read the rest of this entry »

Enterovirus-68: What Parents Need to Know

Published October - 23 - 2014

SickChildBy now you’ve heard about enterovirus-68 (EV-68), the respiratory virus first discovered in California in 1962 that has not posed a health concern in the United States until this year.

As of Oct. 23, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 973 cases of EV-68 in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Read the rest of this entry »

Help For Women With Asthma

Published September - 30 - 2014

BF21Women with asthma often face extra difficulty controlling their symptoms due to fluctuating hormones, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), especially during menstruation, pregnancy and menopause. CDC says changing estrogen levels can lead to an inflammatory response, so it is important for women to know the warning signs of an attack, stay away from things that set off their symptoms, and follow the advice of their physician with regard to medication.

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Flu Protection For Adults

Published September - 30 - 2014

fluVacc Public health officials say that the people hit hardest by flu last year were adults aged 18 to 64 – with that group’s highest flu-related hospitalization rate since 2009.

Since those are also the ones least likely to get vaccinated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is spreading the word about benefits and easy access. 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 »

 

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 »