Quote of the Day - June 29th:
Asthma is increasing significantly across the world, ... Unfortunately, we don't know why.
( John Winder )

Ventolin (Albuterol / Salbutamol)

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Ventolin (Albuterol / Salbutamol) is a bronchodilator medication to treat asthma or other conditions which involve airway obstruction due to narrowing of the bronchial passages (bronchospasm) such as exercise-induced asthma, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis.  It works by widening the constricted airways by loosening the muscles allowing the air to flow freely in and out of the lungs promoting quick relief from shortness of breath, wheezing, cough, and congestion.  Continue reading…

Singulair (Montelukast)

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Singulair is a prescription medicine approved for control of asthma and seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever).  It can safely be used by adults and children as young as 2 years old for treatment of outdoor allergies, and for children as young as 6 months old for treatment of indoor allergies.  Continue reading…

Air Purifiers (HEPA Filters)

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HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters are capable of removing 99.97% of particulates as small as 0.3 microns. The specifications have become an industry standard in most critical medical and hi-tech applications. Trapped particles in the filter are never flushed out of the filter, the efficiency of the 99.97% never decreases, and the HEPA filtration process is purely mechanical and produces no by-products. Continue reading…

Advair Diskus (Fluticasone / Salmeterol)

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Advair Diskus is an inhaled drug that is prescribed to treat severe asthma attacks or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) resulting from chronic bronchitis.  It contains a Salmeterol which acts as a bronchodilator to prevent shortness of breath and wheezing by relaxing the muscle cells surrounding the airways (bronchioles) to stop them from contracting and narrowing the airways. Continue reading…

Wheat Allergy

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What would you do if you cannot eat bread? How about not being able to eat cereals and waffles, or even noodles or muffins, can you manage all that? Be thankful if you do not have a wheat allergy.

Notice that the foods mentioned above are mostly everyday foods that contain wheat. So why is wheat such a common food allergen if it is found in such common foods? Continue reading…

Anaphylaxis – definition and treatment

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anaphylaxis1.jpgDefinition

People with allergies can have a variety of reactions to their allergens. Along the most extreme lines are the anaphylactic responses. Although anaphylactic reactions can be mild, the term is generally used in regards to the severe and life threatening reactions that can happen in relation to an allergen. Continue reading…

Allergies to Dogs

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Dog owners would dread the day that they develop allergies to dogs. Despite their doctor’s advice to get rid of their dogs, these dog lovers just can’t. The decision between keeping their dog and suffering allergies daily is heartbreakingly difficult. Humans become very attached to their canine companions and most would do anything not to give them away.  Continue reading…

Peanut Allergy in Children – a Cause of Concern

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Eating is supposed to be fun for children, but if they experience life-threatening allergic reactions to certain foods, then it’s another story.

Causes

A child’s immune system is generally underdeveloped until after the age of three or four. Until then, children are susceptible to allergic reactions to unknown foods. Normally, reactions could be mild to moderate such as rashes, nasal congestion, wheezing, and diarrhea, occurring right after eating. Continue reading…

What Causes Allergies?

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What causes allergies is a foreign substance that body reacts to, or sometimes even to itself. The body’s immune system is very complex and designed to help the body heal from a variety of attackers. Virus’s and bacteria are among the bad guys. Certain cells attack the invaders surround them and basically kill them so the body can continue to survive. This is how we heal and survive from colds and viruses as well as infections. Continue reading…

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