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Food Allergies During the Holidays

Food Allergies During the Holidays

Fall season is filled with turkey, pumpkin spice and family gatherings. The holidays usually bring together friends and families to feast. Everyone comes from near and far to spend time with one another and catch up. This is a time when a lot of food is prepared and consumed. The holiday season may mean that you are dinning away from home, attending parties, and having foods only served during special occasions.

There are various types of foods that can cause food allergies. But…

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Fall Allergies: What to Know

Fall Allergies: What to Know

We usually associate allergies with the springtime, when flowers bloom and pollen count is high. Springtime allergies are well known, but fall allergies are just as serious and are less recognized. Fall allergy symptoms are similar to springtime allergies. The symptoms between springtime and fall allergies are no different from one another. Fall symptoms can include itchy nose and eyes, watery eyes, runny nose, headaches, rashes, hives, nasal congestion, itchy throat, and sneezing.

Causes of Fall allergies

There are a few things that can…

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Asthma Triggers During the Holidays

Asthma Triggers During the Holidays

Fall is a season with many holidays and festivities. November is the month when Thanksgiving is celebrated. When you think of Thanksgiving, you usually are reminded of pumpkin pie, turkey, gravy and stuffing. But Thanksgiving is not only about all the good food that is eaten during this time. Thanksgiving also brings things that can trigger asthma symptoms. Throughout the year, asthma can be trigger by multiple things, ranging from outside pollen to inside dust mites. It’s important to know and understand…

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Asthma Attack

What is an Asthma Attack?

Asthma Attack

Asthma is a chronic condition of the lungs that causes your airways to get inflamed and narrow making it harder to breathe. Asthma sufferers can experience asthma attacks. An asthma attack is also known as an asthma flare up or exacerbation. An allergen or trigger usually causes an asthma attack and will make your asthma symptoms worse. Common symptoms of asthma attacks are severe coughing, breathlessness or shortness of breath, chest tightness, and wheezing. Serious asthma attack symptoms include severe breathlessness or wheezing, especially…

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Asthma Can Be Prompted by Cold Air

Asthma Can Be Prompted by Cold Air

There are many things that can trigger asthma ranging from dust, pollen, and mold. Cold air is something that can also lead to asthma. When the seasons change and the temperature drops, going outside to into the cold air can make it harder to breathe and lead to asthma symptoms. There are a few reasons why cold air can trigger asthma.

The cold air is dry

The airways of the lungs are lined with a thin layer of fluid. When…

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Writing an Asthma Action Plan

What is an asthma action plan?

Writing an Asthma Action Plan

One of the goals of asthma management is to control and prevent asthma attacks to have better health. Every patient with asthma should have an individualized asthma action plan. It is a written, personalized worksheet that shows you the steps to take to keep your asthma from getting worse. It also provides guidance on when to call your healthcare provider or when you should go to the emergency room. You should share your asthma action plan with…

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Understanding Mold Allergies

What is a mold allergy?

Understanding Mold Allergies

A mold allergy is when your body overreacts to mold spores that you breathe in. Being around mold spores can make you cough and experience other symptoms. Many times your mold allergy is associated with asthma. If you have a mold allergy, it is best to reduce or avoid your exposure to different types of molds that can cause an allergic reaction.

Symptoms of mold allergy

There are a variety of signs and symptoms that can occur when you have a mold allergy. Mold…

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Asthma and Scented Candles

Asthma and Scented Candles

During the festive holidays, we usually buy candles fragranced with pumpkin spice, pine tree, or even apple cinnamon. Scented candles are one of the easiest ways to decorate and create an atmosphere for the holidays. However, scented candles are not always a good thing, especially for people with asthma. The scented candles can be so fragrant that they can trigger asthma attacks in asthmatics. Additionally, some candles can emit harmful substances, such as benzene and toluene, that are dangerous pollutants and not only trigger…

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Seasonal Fall Asthma and Allergies

Seasonal Fall Asthma and Allergies

Fall is the season of pumpkin spice, hay-rides, and colorful leaves. When you think of Fall, you usually don’t think of asthma and allergies. Even though it’s not Spring or Summer, you should still be aware that asthma and allergies could occur during Fall.

During the season of Fall, the main triggers of asthma and allergies are ragweed and outdoor molds. In the early Fall months, the pollen from ragweed, sagebrush, and tumbleweed are prevalent in the air. Ragweed grows almost everywhere, and…

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Asthma Patients Should Get The Flu Vaccine

Asthma Patients Should Get The Flu Vaccine

People with asthma should get a flu vaccine every year since the flu infection can be more serious for asthma patients, even in mild or well-controlled asthma. The reason is because in asthma, the airways in the lungs are swollen and sensitive. The viruses that cause the flu, the influenza viruses, can infect the lungs triggering asthma attacks and worsening asthma symptoms. The infection can also lead to more serious complications such as pneumonia or other acute respiratory…

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