Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)


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 »

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 »

News for Your Nose: Nasal Corticosteroids

Published March - 19 - 2009

nasalSo you have allergies – and the sneezing, itching, runny nose and nasal congestion that come with them. What can you do to relieve symptoms and avoid that groggy medication haze? Nasal corticosteroids might help.

Corticosteroids are a class of medication developed to reduce tissue inflammation (swelling). Inhaled

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Vocal Cord Dysfunction: Something to Talk About

Published February - 19 - 2009

vcd-aat-6_11By Laurie Ross
Nine-year-old Ellie Carson lives to play soccer. To her, happiness is flying down the field after the ball.

For a while, though, it looked like she might have to stop chasing her dream. Read the rest of this entry »

athlete2By Laurie Ross
Competitive sports are as American as apple pie, and the late summer and early fall months see athletes of all ages gathering on fields. In much of the country, that means intense exercise in high heat and humidity – conditions that stress even the healthiest bodies. Read the rest of this entry »

Ask Dr. White: Is This COPD?

Published February - 12 - 2009

womananddrDear Dr. White:

I am only 37 years old, too young to be diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), but that’s what the doctor told me yesterday. I thought it was asthma because my symptoms are almost exactly like my husband and 9-year-old son, both of whom have asthma. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s Not ALL in Your Head

Published February - 10 - 2009

sinusBy Laurie Ross
What happens in your sinuses doesn’t always stay in your sinuses. In fact, it’s often the fuel that stokes airway inflammation – in other words, asthma. Fix sinus infections and you often fix the asthma. Read the rest of this entry »

Love is in the Air

Published February - 6 - 2009

loveair-ma-22_2It’s springtime. Everywhere you turn there are signs of new life: baby animals, daffodils and brightly colored growth on trees and bushes. Read the rest of this entry »