Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)

‘Allergy Basics’

By Stanley Fineman, MD
Q: I get a lot of allergy symptoms during pollen season. How can an allergist help me?
A: It’s definitely helpful to understand what triggers your symptoms, especially if you’re having difficulty controlling them with over-the-counter medications, Read the rest of this entry »

Ask the Allergist: From Diagnosis to Touchdown

Published September - 29 - 2011

Q: My boy has asthma but loves playing sports. Can kids with asthma grow up to be sports heroes?

Absolutely yes! To do that, though, you’ll need to get and keep asthma symptoms under control.

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HEPA: Help or Hype?

Published June - 16 - 2011
Let’s clear the air about something: There’s no quick answer to questions such as
What kind of room air purifier should I buy?
Do I really need to spend the money for a HEPA filter?
What kind of vacuum should I get?
And you don’t want a quick paid-for endorsement or implied seal of approval to do the thinking for you. However, you can make informed decisions with a little advice from James Sublett, MD, a leading board-certified allergist and indoor air quality specialist. Read the rest of this entry »

Nasal Allergies? Sniff This!

Published June - 1 - 2010

A look at how and why to use nasal sprays

Nasal asthma. Ever heard of it? Probably not, because I just made it up. Before you thumb your nose at the idea, consider that the nose and lower airways are all part of the respiratory pathway and share similar immune responses to allergens, irritants and viruses. And while it is possible to have one condition without the other, for many of us, nasal symptoms (rhinitis) usually herald the onset of asthma symptoms to come.

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When 10-year-old Andye came to play with my daughter Alanna, I would always limit their time in the basement – not just because that’s where the TV was, but also because Andye was allergic to our cats. These calico beauties scattered their dander throughout the house, but I knew it collected heavily in the carpeted, windowless room downstairs. Read the rest of this entry »

drgowerToo many Americans endure recurrent sinus headaches, coughing, wheezing, throat clearing, sneezing fits, teary eyes, itchy skin, hives, bumps, swelling, gasping, post-nasal congestion and drippy noses – in part because Read the rest of this entry »

Latex Allergies Exposed!

Published April - 22 - 2009

latexBy Dawn Merritt

*** Award-winning article: 2006 Gold Circle Award, American Society for Association Executives and The Center for Association Leadership Read the rest of this entry »

Take the STING Out of Outdoor Fun

Published March - 30 - 2009

waspIf you love being outdoors, no doubt you’re all too familiar with bugs. Creeping, crawling or buzzing insects of every shape and size populate our gardens, fields and woods. Most are harmless and good for the environment. Some, like mosquitoes, inflict painful or irritating bites and spread diseases. A few produce venom that can trigger life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis). Read the rest of this entry »

News for Your Nose: Nasal Corticosteroids

Published March - 19 - 2009

nasalSo you have allergies – and the sneezing, itching, runny nose and nasal congestion that come with them. What can you do to relieve symptoms and avoid that groggy medication haze? Nasal corticosteroids might help.

Corticosteroids are a class of medication developed to reduce tissue inflammation (swelling). Inhaled

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Love is in the Air

Published February - 6 - 2009

loveair-ma-22_2It’s springtime. Everywhere you turn there are signs of new life: baby animals, daffodils and brightly colored growth on trees and bushes. Read the rest of this entry »