Archive for March, 2011

Spring Cleaning’s Affect on Allergies and Lung Function

Many people have begun the ritual of spring cleaning. As rugs are being shaken and curtains refreshed, allergy suffers and those with chronic lung disease should heed not only winter’s mantel of dust and mold but also the cleaning products used to welcome springtime into their households.

This article from MonsteresandCritics relays the danger allergens and household cleaners pose to those with allergic conditions and chronic lung conditions, like asthma and bronchitis. Allergens and cleaners will irritate overly sensitive bronchial tubes and airways may cause sneezing attacks, coughing and difficulty breathing.

The article suggests dampening dust rags which will reduce the amount of dust that becomes airborne and to combat the production of mold by monitoring humidity present to proactively prohibit the growth of mold.  Also, clean with windows open, to keep fresh air circulating about, as well as reducing the strength of cleaners.  Use a mask to reduce the inhalation of these irritants and allergens.

If you suffer from the illnesses of spring cleaning, or experience sneezing fits, coughing and trouble breathing – please seek help.  The basis of your symptoms cannot be found without proper examination and tests. There is help available. Visit nycallergydoctor.com or contact me (866) 632-5537 for a consultation.  Together we’ll devise a plan that will enable you to breathe easier and enjoy the change in weather – even find pleasure in those tasks well done.

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Canada Issues New Treatment Guidelines for Chronic Rhinosinusitis

New Canadian Clinical Practice Guidelines for Acute and Chronic Rhinosinusitis are the first in the world to contain an evidence-based strategy for managing and treating chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), a disease that is emerging as an area of unmet medical need.  The Guidelines, prepared by leading Canadian multidisciplinary medical experts, are co-published in the Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology (http://www.aacijournal.com/content/7/1/2) and the Journal of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

“Initially considered a chronic bacterial infection, CRS is now recognized as its own clinical entity, and as such, it is no longer reasonable to manage CRS as a prolonged version of ABRS,” said Dr. Paul Keith, Department of Medicine, Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, McMaster University, Hamilton.  “The need to define specific therapeutic strategies adapted to the pathogenesis was long overdue – the Guidelines now recognize, and set out, more appropriate treatment options and approaches that are required in today’s environment.”

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Anemic Pregnancy Might Cause Asthma in Children

Iron deficiency during pregnancy may directly impact infant and childhood breathing health. According to a study recently published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), 597 families who had previously participated in the Asthma in Pregnancy (AIP) Study, found 12 percent of mothers had anemia while pregnant. Among their children, 22 percent had recurrent wheeze in the first year of life and 17 percent had active asthma at age six.

Anemia in expectant mothers also leads to early delivery and babies with a low birth weight. Anemia can often be remedied with a change in diet, in conjunction with an iron supplement.

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Healers Suspended over Bogus Allergy Testing

In news from Australia three holistic health companies and two healers have been suspended and ordered to apologize to their patients for leading them to believe allergies could be cured by clearing “energy blockages”.

The three companies and two individuals all spruiked a technique that involved squeezing or inserting needles into the patient’s arm muscle while they were exposed to the suspected allergen.  They claimed it would clear “energy blockages”, curing them of their allergies.

This practice can result in more than just a painful procedure, it can lead to horrific allergic symptoms. If you suffer from allergic conditions, please consult an Allergist.  Together, Doctor and Patient can devise  a proper plan of treatment, improving the quality of your life.

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Parents Say Student’s Peanut Allergy Hazardous to Their Kids

Parent Dish reports a group of parents from a Volusia County, Fla. elementary school are now claiming that one first-grade girl’s peanut allergy actually poses a hazard to their own children’s health.

Parents organized a demonstration outside the school on Thursday, protesting because their children have had to miss out on holiday parties at school, because they’re not allowed to bring peanut butter sandwiches for lunch and because they’re required to wash-up at various times during the day.

Per federal regulations, school districts are required to ensure all students wash and rinse their hands three times a day for about 10 minutes. Parents claim this process interferes with their children’s education — because it’s 30 minutes per day they’re not in class learning.

David Bailey is the father of the little girl who sparked the protest.  Even though there are other students at the school who are allergic to peanuts, Bailey’s daughter has a more severe allergy — and Bailey feels they’re singling his daughter out.

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Soccer star Marion Balotelli’s Career Threatened by Allergy

Manchester City are urgently trying to establish the cause of the allergic reaction which forced Mario Balotelli’s departure from their Europa League defeat in Kiev, with Velcro and other fabrics under consideration as well as the more probable cause – grass.

Balotelli has experienced several mild forms of the same allergic urticaria during his seven-month City career and two similar incidents caused him serious alarm while at Internazionale. Balotelli is ready to undertake allergy tests himself to solve the problem. City medical staff had adrenalin on hand both in the stadium and later at Kiev airport on Thursday, in case the reaction which left Balotelli with sores on his back, legs and feet and swelling to his face, lips and tongue developed into anaphylactic shock.

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Peanut allergy linked to gene defect

CBC News reports that children with a certain gene defect are more likely to develop a peanut allergy.

International researchers from the UK, Netherlands and Canada studied the effect of changes in the gene filaggrin, which helps the skin block out allergens. Changes in the gene were already thought to reduce the effectiveness of the barrier, increasing the risk for eczema and asthma.

“It was a logical next step to investigate whether filaggrin may also be a cause of peanut allergy, since a child may develop all three of these diseases together,” Dr. Sara Brown of the division of molecular medicine at the University of Dundee said in a release.

The team’s findings suggest one in five peanut allergy sufferers has a filaggrin defect, which means it is not the only cause of peanut allergies, said Prof. Irwin McLean, a study co-author also based at Dundee in Scotland.

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Sinusitis and Your Child

What is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis refers to inflammation of the sinuses that occurs with a viral, bacterial, or fungal infection.

Sinusitis can be:

  • Acute — symptoms last up to 4 weeks
  • Sub-acute — symptoms last 4 – 12 weeks
  • Chronic — symptoms last 3 months or longer

These factors may increase your child’s risk of developing sinusitis:

  • Allergic rhinitis or hay fever
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Day care
  • Diseases that prevent the cilia from working properly, such as Kartagener syndrome and immotile cilia syndrome.
  • Changes in altitude (flying or scuba diving)
  • Large adenoids
  • Smoking
  • Tooth infections (rare)
  • Weakened immune system from HIV or chemotherapy

The doctor will examine you or your child for sinusitis by:

  • Looking in the nose for signs of polyps
  • Shining a light against the sinus (transillumination) for signs of inflammation
  • Tapping over a sinus area to find infection

Viewing the sinuses through a fiberoptic scope (called nasal endoscopy or rhinoscopy) may help diagnose sinusitis.

A CT scan of the sinuses may also be used to help diagnose sinusitis or to evaluate the anatomy of the sinuses to determine whether surgery will be beneficial. If sinusitis is thought to involve a tumor or fungal infection, an MRI of the sinuses may be necessary.

If you or your child has chronic or recurrent sinusitis, other tests may include:

  • Allergy testing
  • Blood tests for HIV or other tests for poor immune function
  • Ciliary function tests
  • Nasal cytology
  • Sweat chloride tests for cystic fibrosis

Antibiotics are usually not needed for acute sinusitis. Most of these infections go away on their own. Even when antibiotics do help, they may only slightly reduce the time you or your child is sick. Antibiotics may be prescribed sooner for:

  • Children with nasal discharge, possibly with a cough, that is not getting better after 2 – 3 weeks
  • Fever higher than 102.2° Fahrenheit (39° Celsius)
  • Headache or pain in the face
  • Severe swelling around the eyes

Acute sinusitis should be treated for 10 – 14 days. Chronic sinusitis should be treated for 3 – 4 weeks. Some people with chronic sinusitis may need special medicines to treat fungal infections.

Call your doctor if:

  • Symptoms last longer than 10 – 14 days or a cold that gets worse after 7 days
  • Severe headache are unrelieved by over-the-counter pain medicine
  • Fever is present
  • Symptoms continue after taking all antibiotics properly
  • There are changes in vision during a sinus infection

A green or yellow discharge does not necessarily indicate a sinus infection or the need for antibiotics.

Prevention

The best way to prevent sinusitis is to avoid or quickly treat flus and colds:

  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, which are rich in antioxidants and other chemicals that could boost your immune system and help your body resist infection.
  • Get an influenza vaccine each year.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Frequent handwashing, particularly after shaking hands with others.
  • Avoid smoke and pollutants.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to increase moisture in body.
  • Take decongestants during an upper respiratory infection.
  • Treat allergies quickly and appropriately.
  • Use a humidifier to increase moisture in nose and sinuses.

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Pessimism Blocks Pain Therapy

New brain research proves doctors like Anders Cohen are onto something: Pessimism can override the effectiveness of even powerful treatments.

This is no means a new finding. Previous research has proven people given a “dummy pill”  experience effects of the medication they believed they were receiving.

While there’s a lot yet to learn, for now doctors should at least try building closer relationships with their patients to encourage trust in recommended treatments.  Neuroscientist, Dr. Randy Gollub of Massachusetts General Hospital says, ” Building these strong, positive expectations for doing well are part of what comes from believing in your treater as someone who cares about you.”

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