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 »
Electronic 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 »
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.
Broadway 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 »
The 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.
Your child is no doubt eager to scare up a memorable Halloween costume and go trick-or-treating. Unfortunately, Halloween can be hazardous for kids – and grown-ups, too – who are at risk for an asthma flare-up or anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction.
As of Oct. 30, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 1,105 cases of EV-68 in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Read the rest of this entry »
Women 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.
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 »
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 »