Category Archives for "Asthma and Allergies"

Things You Must Know to Care for Babies with Asthma

Asthma is a very common lung disease causes coughing, wheezing, and difficulty in breathing. Researches would say that asthma results from hypersensitivity of the airways. If someone with asthma is exposed to allergens, his or her airway will start to constrict and inflammation of the tissues immediately follows. At the same time, there will be excessive production of mucus in an attempt to clear out the allergens in the airways. A constricted, inflamed airway with too much mucus will really cause difficulty in breathing.

Allergies and asthma usually go together in babies and toddlers. According to Dr. Moss from the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, approximately 80% of kids with asthma also have allergic rhinitis. Allergy triggers for asthma in kids are very much common.

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Never Get Caught Unaware of Asthma! It Can Be Dangerous!

Asthma is a serious condition, but a timely intervention can help big time! Uncontrolled asthma has become a significant problem. In 2010, more than 3,550 Americans died from asthma attacks and approximately 20 million suffer from asthma, making it one of the top 10 chronic diseases by prevalence. Even if fatality has decreased with the introduction of effective medications over the past few years, you should never ignore a flare-up.  Even if there is no cure for asthma, a strict compliance to the most appropriate treatment option can help avoid flare-ups.

It is known that a treated patient can live a normal life. But what happens to those who are untreated? The dangers of untreated asthma can be troublesome not only in terms of health but also financially. They may range from everyday discomforts to long hospital stays or even death.

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Is Your Skin Allergy Related to Asthma? Know the Facts!

Skin asthma is more popularly known as eczema or atopic dermatitis. It is a chronic skin disorder that lasts for a long time. It is not contagious though. The word “atopic” is synonymous with asthma and hay fever. “Dermatitis” refers to inflammation.

Atopic dermatitis normally presents with itchiness, hence patients do scratching of their skin. Little do they know that this will further complicate the condition?

Skin asthma is very common among kids, younger than 5 years old. Girls are more prone to develop this condition as compared to boys. For others, skin asthma may come and go while some suffer from it regularly. Knowing the causes and the signs and symptoms of skin asthma will better help you manage this uncomfortable condition.

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Best Hypoallergenic Blankets for Allergy Sufferers

Sleeping under a pretty,warm blanket is one of the simple pleasures of life. However, color and warmth are not the only criteria for blankets.

You probably have an individual preference based on the way you sleep and any allergies you may have.

There are wide differences in the materials used to make blankets, and in their size, texture and durability. In addition, if you have asthma or are prone to allergies, you also need a blanket that is hypoallergenic to help reduce allergies.

Some materials fray when washed, and some even emit chemicals which can pollute the surrounding environment. Selecting a suitable blanket is critical.

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