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‘Basics’

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 »

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 »

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 »

Pregnant Women Should Maintain Asthma Control

Published March - 19 - 2009

pregA new Practice Bulletin from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says women with asthma should continue to use their asthma medications during pregnancy – work with your physician on the lowest dose needed – and physicians should monitor the women and fetuses closely throughout pregnancy (Obstetrics & Gynecology, February 2008). Read the rest of this entry »