Sinusitis, and Asthma Newsletter
Table of Contents:
1. From the Editors
2. Allergy, Sinusitis, and Asthma Articles
3. Feature - Children May Face Classroom Allergy Problems
FROM THE EDITORS
Welcome to the official second issue of the ASA Newsletter. We
received great response to the first issue and look forward to
keeping you up to date on the most important and recent advancements,
treatments, and information related to Allergies, Sinusitis, and
For years we have worked in the Allergy, Sinusitis, and Asthma
information sector and during that time we have heard from over
a thousand people sharing with us how their condition has affected
their life. We now want to start collecting and sharing reader
experiences with other readers.
Please take the time to share your experience with others so that
they know they aren't alone in suffering (there's a comfort in
knowing that). Write down your experience and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and soon we'll start sharing those experiences with others. Along
with your story, please include your first name initial, last name,
and the state you are from. That information will be published
with your experience. We won't publish your email address. If you
wish to remain anonymous then please state so in your email to
Thank you for your time and best wishes to you as the summer season
draws to a close.
Wishing you the best of health,
Joe Tracy & Kim
Lance - editors
ALLERGY, SINUSITIS AND ASTHMA ARTICLES
Here are the most recent articles, published by NEWSdial.com, that
deal with allergies, sinusitis, and asthma:
Sinusitis Treatments Go High Tech
Coughing, fatigue, headaches, post-nasal drip and intense pressure
throughout the face. For millions of Americans, these aren't
just the side effects of a short bout with the flu, but what
they experience every day living with sinusitis. Technological
advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of sinusitis have
one otolaryngologist very optimistic about the future for patients
Click here to read the entire article.
Over Half of US Population Sensitive to Allergens
More than half of the United States population tested positive
to one or more allergens, according to the third National Health
and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III). The new findings
of the large national study show that 54.3% of people aged 6-59
years old have had a positive skin test reaction to at least
one of the ten most popular allergens tested...
Click here to
read the entire article.
High Traffic Areas Bad for Babies With Asthma
Infants living near an area with stop and go bus and truck traffic
have significantly higher rates of wheezing, a common symptom
of asthma, according to new research published in the August
2005 Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology (JACI), the
peer-reviewed, scientific journal of the American Academy of
Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). Children unexposed to
high traffic roads and bus routes did not have as high a frequency
of wheezing as those that were exposed to high levels of traffic
during day-to-day life...
Click here to read the entire article.
A Closer Look at Allergic Fungal Sinusitis
Allergic fungal sinusitis is continually becoming more defined
and specific as scientists and medical professionals learn more
about the causes and treatment of the condition. In recent years,
researchers have developed deeper understanding of the type of
fungus causing the reaction, resulting in more effective treatment
methods and preventative care options...
here to read the
-Children May Face Allergy Problems When Returning to Classroom
As children are going back into the classroom and interacting with
new playmates and new environments, it is important that every
parent of a child with food or insect sting allergies contact their
child's school to alert them of his or her allergy. The school
needs to be aware of all children with allergies and have an action
plan ready in case of allergic reaction.
the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI),
can be triggered by exposure to one or more
allergens. These allergens include foods, medications, insect stings,
and products made of latex. Anaphylaxis can become a life threatening
condition and can affect several areas of the body such as skin,
respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract and the cardiovascular
system. According to AAAAI, symptoms of anaphylaxis can include "severe
headache, nausea and vomiting, sneezing and coughing, hives, swelling
of the lips, tongue and throat, itching all over the body, and
anxiety. The most dangerous symptoms include difficulty breathing,
a drop in blood pressure, and shock”all of which
can be fatal."
Alert School Staff to Potential Allergens
"All school staff must be made aware of the potentially severe nature
of an anaphylactic reaction," said S. Allan Bock, MD, FAAAAI,
and Chair of the AAAAI's Anaphylaxis Committee. "Parents need
to work together with teachers, coaches and school nurses to avoid
triggers and act quickly if a reaction occurs."
There are several
things that the AAAAI and Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis
Network (FAAN) suggest as protective steps parents can take before
their child goes back to the classroom to potential allergy triggers.
One step parents can take is to work with a doctor, particularly
an allergist/immunologist, to identify the allergic triggers of
the child and reinforce the allergy threat to the child so that
the child better understands. Parents should also provide their
allergic child with a medical bracelet or necklace that identifies
his or her specific allergy if possible. It is also a good idea
to tour the child's school or childcare facility
before the start of the school year, meeting with the staff to
find out what the school policies are regarding foods and other
substances that can trigger allergies in children.
There are several
things a parent can do to make sure the school staff understands
child's allergy and
how to prevent or stop an allergic reaction. The AAAAI recommends
that a parent provide school staff with information and resources
to educate them about the child's specific allergy
if they are not familiar with how to treat that allergy. Parents
should have their child's doctor provide understandable
written instructions on recognizing a reaction early and administering
medication in case of a reaction or to call 911 immediately if
a reaction occurs. It is also important to teach school staff when
and how to properly administer medications such as injectable epinephrine
and to encouraging them to handle the medication and ask any questions
if they are unsure of how to administer it. It is vital that parents
enforce the idea that staff cannot delay in administering medication
to a child with a potentially fatal allergic reaction, and that
they are obligated to assist the child while also making sure that
he or she is included in normal school activities. Children with
a history of anaphylaxis should carry epinephrine with them at
Avoiding Allergic Triggers Is Vital
There is no cure for anaphylaxis, so strict avoidance of triggers
is the only way to keep a severe reaction from occurring," said
Anne Munoz-Furlong, Founder & CEO of FAAN. "For
children with severe allergies, even a small exposure can lead
to anaphylaxisâ€¦ For students, studies show
that the most severe allergic reactions, especially to food, occur
in the classroom. Parents, school administrators, teachers, and
the school nurse need to develop an action plan before the school
year begins to keep these students with allergies safe."
The most common triggers for anaphylaxis are:
Any food can trigger an allergic reaction, but the most common
are: peanuts, nuts from trees (e.g., walnut, cashew, and Brazil
nut), shellfish, fish, milk and eggs. In order for a child to
avoid having an allergic reaction to it is important to talk
to the cafeteria staff and to the child about what foods to avoid
and make sure the child knows not to trade food with other children.
Any medication can trigger a reaction, but the most common drugs
that cause anaphylaxis are antibiotics and anti-seizure medications.
The school nurse should be aware of what medications each child
is allergic to and should have epinephrine available in case
of a severe reaction.
Yellow jackets, paper wasps, honeybees, hornets, and fire ants
all carry venom that can cause severe and even deadly allergic
reactions. Teach children where stinging insects are commonly
located and how to avoid them.
Latex products contain allergens that can cause allergic reactions
in those sensitive to latex from the rubber tree. To make sure
a sensitive child does not come in contact with latex products
it is important to inspect the toys in their classroom and let
the teacher know about the allergy.
A child's exercise can possibly trigger anaphylaxis. Although this
reaction is rare, it is more likely after a child eats certain
foods before beginning exercise. Tell the childâ€™s
PE teacher about the child's allergy and see if it is possible
for the child to participate in physical fitness activities before
eating lunch rather than after food intake.
to The Child's Doctor About Dealing With
Allergies In School
If a child has a history of severe allergies, or even if they
have ever had an allergic reaction, it is important to seek the
of an allergist/immunologist for an evaluation of the allergy
and more tips on how to treat and control allergies before the
year begins. An allergist/immunologist is the best-qualified
medical professional trained to manage the prevention, diagnosis
of allergic disease.
The AAAAI notes
an allergy trigger is identified, an allergist/immunologist can
provide detailed information about
avoiding the substance. They also will prescribe self-injectable
epinephrine, which temporarily reverses the allergic reaction.
If a reaction occurs, inject epinephrine and call 911 immediately."
That's it for this edition of the ASA Newsletter. The
next issue will be delivered on August 31, 2005.
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