Sinusitis, and Asthma Newsletter
Table of Contents:
1. From the Editors
2. Allergy, Sinusitis, and Asthma Articles
3. Sinusitis Experience - Allergies Worsen Asthma
4. Feature - Make Halloween Treats Safe For Kids With
FROM THE EDITORS
One question we're often asked is if there are any natural treatments
or cures for sinusitis and allergies. The answer to this seems
to be both yes and no. First, there are very few to no studies
that confirm natural remedies for sinusitis sufferers. That's why
it's hard to come right out and say "such and such" is
effective against sinusitis. People's experiences may vary.
Mayo Clinic specialist recently tackled a "natural treatment" question
from a reader in regards to Oil of Oregano. Mayo Clinic staff member,
Dr. James Li, responded, "Oil of oregano has received a great
deal of attention, with proponents claiming it can treat a variety
of illnesses, including sinus disorders." Li continued, stating
that Oil of Oregano has antibacterial and antifungal properties
that could help bacterial or fungi sinus infections. But there
have yet to be any studies to confirm this as a sinusitis "treatment".
When it comes to allergies, one reader (Linda from Valencia) points
out her experience to us playing off the popular natural claim
that local Bee's pollen (must be local) is effective against battling
really enjoyed having this site as a resource. I live in Southern
with many plants non-native to our
area everywhere. At a very reputable garden center today one of
the employess who has a degree in horticulture and was very knowledgeable
in pollens suggested local honey for pollen affected allergies.
She said the honey from bees native to the area you reside in help
to build up the antibodies of the very pollens you are allergic
to. It makes sense, and it sounds similar to immunotherapy."
If anyone has had experience with local bee pollen or honey in
attempting to battle allergies, please let us know by sharing your
Each one of
us would love a quick natural cure to our sinusitis, allergy,
problems. Right now the best advice has always
been "consult with a physician". Keep in mind that there
are different types of physicians, some using modern drugs for
treatment and some specializing in more natural treatments. If
one specialst's treatment doesn't work for you, then you may want
to consider another. Most important, be sure to share your experiences
with other readers by emailing your experience to us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing you clear breathing,
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 Symptoms Differ With Age
Rhinosinusitis, more commonly known as sinusitis, is one of the
most common chronic illnesses in the United States. Despite
the overwhelmingly large number of people affected by sinusitis,
the cause and exact definition of chronic sinusitis is still
being debated. Both allergic and non-allergic substances may
trigger inflammation of the sinuses and the overall incidence
of allergy and asthma is known to be highest in children and
adolescence but decline substantially after age 35. New research
examines the link between age and sinus disease symptoms...
here to read the entire article.
Chicago is Named Top City for 2005 Fall Allergies
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has once
again released their annual Fall Allergy Capital rankings to
bring awareness to Americans that seasonal allergies in the
fall can cause problems for millions in cities all across the
country. According to the rankings, Chicago, IL ranks as the
#1 Fall Allergy Capital this year...
here to read the
Researchers Identify Gene Related to Asthma Severity
Yale School of Medicine researchers identified a gene prevalent
in the population that controls the clinical severity of asthma,
according to their recent report in Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences. Richard Bucala, M.D., professor in the
Department of Internal Medicine and senior author of the study,
said that once you have asthma, there are genes that are going
to control its severity and how bad the asthma attacks and
here to read the entire article.
Increases Quality of Life For Child With Chronic Sinusitis
A child is diagnosed with chronic rhinosinusitis, or sinusitis,
when symptoms including nasal obstruction, nasal discharge, facial
pain, halitosis, and headaches last longer than three months.
If rhinosinusitis goes untreated in children it can lead to more
severe complications such as loss of the sense of smell, sepsis,
cavernous sinus thrombosis, abscess of the eye or brain, and
meningitis. Chronic rhinosinusitis can also have adverse effects
on a child's emotional and behavioral well-being by leading to
loss of school days, reduced participation in activities, and
poor socialization... This report confirms that caregivers report
an improvement in quality of life in their children following
surgery for rhinosinusitis...
here to read the entire article.
EXPERIENCE - Allergies
Worsen Asthma and Sinusitis
" ...Wow, have I had some memorable experiences
from sinusitis! I have had allergies and asthma
since I was a kid. I have gone through years
of shots and am always under the care of an allergist
and ENT. I have been suffering chronically with
sinusitis since 1989 and have had 3 surgeries..."
here to read the entire experience.
- Make Your Halloween Treats Safe for Kids With Allergies
The end of this month will bring kids in an assortment
of fun and freaky costumes to your door for sweets and
treats, but for the 1-in-25 American kids with food allergies,
trick-or-treating can be something of a concern. Most Halloween
treats don't have ingredient labels even though reading
ingredient labels is vital to avoiding a life-threatening
plan to hand out candy and treats on Halloween can play a key
in adding to the safety of the evening for
children with food allergies. According to The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis
Network (FAAN), there is a growing population of kids with food
allergies, and neighbors can help these children in the following
- Talk to your neighbors and learn about their children's food
- Hand out candies that have ingredient labels.
- Hand out Halloween-themed stickers, plastic spider rings, pencils,
- Contribute to the Trick or Treat for Food Allergy Halloween Coin
For the third
year in a row, The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis
Network (FAAN), is hosting a nationwide Trick or Treat for Food
Allergy Halloween Coin Collection Program. The coin collection
program is a fun and safe way for kids with food allergies to join
in the Halloween fun. Instead of treats, children with food allergies
will be collecting pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters for education
and research for a food allergy cure.
"Halloween is a day for kids to be imaginative, creative,
and just have fun. For kids with food allergies, it can be a time
where they can feel isolated from their friends and all the fun
activities," said Anne Munoz-Furlong, Founder and CEO of FAAN. "Being
a good neighbor may just require handing out a fun Halloween sticker
to make a child feel special and included. FAAN's Trick or Treat
for Food Allergy Halloween Coin Collection Program is another way
of showing support."
Specially-designed Halloween coin collection boxes were sent to
participants in mid-September. Others interested in participating
should contact FAAN at (800) 929-4040. Kids who raise a certain
level of funds will be awarded prizes. Incentives for participation
include flashlight yo-yos, T-shirts, gym bags, and the grand prize
of a new bicycle. Proceeds will go toward food allergy education
That's it for this edition of the ASA Newsletter. The
next issue will be delivered on October 12, 2005.
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