Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)

‘Asthma Basics’

BreatheFreeWomen have a higher asthma prevalence than men, according to numerous studies. Why? Women with asthma have unique issues affecting their airways including hormonal changes such as pregnancy and menstrual cycles.

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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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It’s no secret: Allergy and asthma families embrace solutions that offer freedom from symptoms, eliminate needless hardships and reduce wasteful spending.

 

In fact, we don’t accept bland very well. We are motivated to use whatever tools we can in order to get where we want to be when we want to be there. That’s exactly what “My Personal Allergy & Asthma Guide” delivers. Read the rest of this entry »

Ask the Allergist: Measuring Inflammation

Published January - 4 - 2013

By David M. Lang, MD

What is exhaled nitric oxide testing?

Asthma symptoms – coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath – are driven by underlying inflammation in the airways. When we want to assess a person’s asthma, we can observe symptoms and test lung function with spirometry, Read the rest of this entry »

Every Breath Tells a Story

Published October - 2 - 2012

Most of us know that the air we breathe affects our lungs. What you may not know is that the air you breathe out can tell us how.

For instance: We all exhale a little nitric oxide (NO). But too much nitric oxide is an indicator of lung inflammation, the underlying condition of asthma. Read the rest of this entry »

lung_416When the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released the new national asthma guidelines, Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (EPR-3), AANMA was excited to read that many of the Expert Panel’s recommendations echo asthma treatment concepts we’ve been supporting since 1985. Read the rest of this entry »

For years, physicians have assessed asthma by measuring how much air a patient can exhale. Now, some doctors are beginning to measure what’s in that breathed-out air – specifically, nitric oxide (NO). Scientists have discovered that the amount of nitric oxide in a patient’s breath indicates the degree of inflammation in the airways. Read the rest of this entry »

Peak Flow Meters

Published March - 19 - 2009

peakflowmeterWhat Is a Peak Flow Meter?
A peak flow meter is a handheld device that measures the peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR), or the volume of air that can be forcibly expelled from the airways. Read the rest of this entry »

Facing the Facts: Recognize the Signs of Asthma

Published February - 4 - 2009

chestThe asthma diagnosis caught Mary Christopher short, yet deep down the 47-year-old executive wasn’t totally surprised. Family and friends had repeatedly suggested the possibility over the past year, but she had tossed off the comments. Read the rest of this entry »

Calming Your Cough

Published February - 4 - 2009

cough-10Practical advice from allergist Pramod Kelkar, MD

Cough, cough, cough. That maddening cough that never goes away. The cough that makes people in the grocery store cover their carts as they speed past you. The cough that hammers a classroom of students trying to take a test or learn a new concept. Why do we cough? What can we do about it Read the rest of this entry »