Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)

‘Basics’

Ask the Allergist: Little Ears, Big Infections

Published August - 27 - 2012
By Talal Nsouli, MD
Q: Why does my baby get so many ear infections?
A: Nasal inflammation and congestion spreads easily to the middle ear, causing fluid to accumulate behind the eardrum. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »

On the Road Again

Published March - 3 - 2011

Cycling through Asthma

Nathan Houck rediscovered the joy of cycling at age 50 – but soon faced an old nemesis: “After a summer of bicycling nirvana, my childhood asthma rediscovered me.” A trip to the ER was a wake-up call, and he’s now struggling to find a balance between playing it safe and staying just as active as his bicycle-club friends. Read the rest of this entry »

Ask the Allergist(TM): Exercise-Induced Asthma

Published November - 19 - 2010

 

 

By Timothy J. Craig, DO, FACAAI

Q: My daughter only has asthma symptoms while exercising, so why does she need allergy testing?


A:
Some people don’t notice their breathing problems until they start to exercise or push their exercise to a higher level. This is true especially of children, who may think everyone breathes the way they do! Read the rest of this entry »

Performance Nutrition: Power to Win

Published August - 30 - 2010

By Lisa Dorfman, MS, RD, CSSD

As a sports nutrition and fitness coach, I’m responsible for fueling high-profile, top-rated athletes whose careers depend on strategic intake and use of food! Food has purpose and will reward us when we keep a few facts in mind:

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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 »

Fit to Breathe

Published March - 11 - 2010

By Lisa Dorfman, RD, CSSD, and Chef Michelle Austin

Be honest. You’re among friends–you can admit the truth. That New Year’s resolution to be fit and healthy is teetering just a wee bit, right? After all, this has been a tough asthma, cold and flu season for most of the country, and darned near impossible to keep up with work, kids and running errands—much less running a mile.

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