Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)


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?

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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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 »

swinefluSwine flu has been around for a long time, but this new outbreak has medical officials taking extra precautions. And since flu viruses attack the respiratory system, people with asthma or other 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 »

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 »