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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 »

Shots to Drops?

Published April - 24 - 2013
Traditional immunotherapy – allergy shots – are effective against numerous pollens, dust mites, animal dander, insect venom, and more. Another therapy – sublingual immunotherapy, or SLIT – which uses drops under the tongue instead of shots, shows promise, according to JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. Read the rest of this entry »


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 »

It’s Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot

Published January - 16 - 2013

There is still time to protect your children and yourself from the flu in what remains of a severe influenza season.

“Everyone seems to know that the elderly are particularly vulnerable, but so too are children,” says William Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D., a pediatrician at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “Severe complications are most common in children under age 2, and all children ages 6 months and older should be immunized.”

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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 »

Halloween: Allergy-Safe

Published October - 18 - 2012

Trick or Treating can be fun, yet spooky for parents of children with allergies and asthma. Triggers hide like ghosts everywhere, and not only in treats.

 

Deviled Make-Up

Like all the invisible ingredients in a deviled egg, inexpensive makeup can contain ghostly allergens. Test the products in a small area of skin days before to avoid unpleasant surprises or unwanted reactions.

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Going The Distance

Published October - 11 - 2012

About one in 10 people experience bronchospasm during physical activity, whether it’s running a marathon, bicycling a few miles or swimming laps in a pool. Many don’t recognize the problem and simply avoid strenuous exercise.

Healthcare professionals call it EIB – exercise-induced bronchospasm. 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 »