Sinusitis, and Asthma Newsletter
Table of Contents:
1. From the Editors
2. Allergy, Sinusitis, and Asthma Articles
3. Sinusitis Experience - Fighting Allergies With
4. Feature - Allergy Proof Your Home for Winter
FROM THE EDITORS
With winter approaching, this week's feature article is vital
for preparing to battle winter allergies. "Allergy Cleaning," similar
to "spring cleaning," helps reduce your chances of allergy
suffering during the cold season. By addressing mold, pet dander,
and dust issues in advance, you are eliminating several high-potent
allergy triggers. Today's feature article, "Allergy Proof
Your Home for Winter," tackles several things you can start
doing to dramatically decrease your winter suffering.
like to say a big "thank you" to those who have
taken the time to send in an allergy, sinusitis, or asthma experience.
Our experience section is growing weekly and we've received several
emails thanking us for adding this section. That thanks belongs
to you for providing the content. Please keep your experiences
coming. You can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org with the words "Sinusitis
Experience," "Allergy Experience," or "Asthma
Experience" in the subject header.
Wishing you much allergy cleaning success,
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:
Chronic Sinusitis Patients: Immune Response to Fungi
Scientists supported by the National Institute of Allergy and
Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes
of Health, have discovered that people with chronic sinusitis
have an exaggerated immune response to common airborne fungi.
The results of their study appeared in last October's edition
of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology...
here to read the entire article.
Influenza Immunization is Important for All Asthmatics
The American Lung Association has called for improved influenza
immunization among people with asthma after citing extremely
low vaccination rates. People with asthma are one of the largest
group of chronically ill Americans that are strongly recommended
to receive the influenza vaccine each year. Even though groups
like the American Lung Association have recommended immunization
for quite some time, only 40 percent of adults and 10 percent
of children are actually immunized. This leaves the vast majority
of people with asthma at a higher risk for serious complications
and illness from influenza infection...
here to read
the entire article.
Air Purifiers Provide Relief to Allergy and Asthma Sufferers
Research has shown that inhaling respiratory irritants such as
smoke, mold, mildew and dust mites that breed quickly in indoor
environments having poor ventilation and high moisture levels
create a potential for serious illnesses such as allergies,
asthma and cancer. However, health experts agree that dehumidifiers
and air purifiers are very effective in preventing health risks
associated with indoor air pollutants...
here to read
the entire article.
CT Scans Safely Detect Remodeling in Asthma Airways
New research finds that high-resolution computer tomography (HRCT)
scans may be a safe and effective way to detect undesired morphologic
changes ("remodeling") in the airways of children
with severe asthma. These findings are featured in the October
2005 Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology (JACI). The
JACI is the peer-reviewed, scientific journal of the American
Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI)...
here to read the entire article.
EXPERIENCE - Fighting
Allergies With Honey
"Native honey from your area, or state, works. It is a natural anti-allergen.
Try to find it from a local farm or supermarket. I take 1 to 2 tablespoons daily
beginning in the spring thru the summer. (much better than sugar with tea and
here to read the entire experience.
- Allergy Proof Your Home for Winter
we enter the fall and winter months, the American Academy
of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
is recommending that perennial, or year-round allergy sufferers
take some precautions before retreating inside during the
colder months. Just as you would do your annual spring
cleaning, think of fall as another seasonal cleaning opportunity.
It is true that pollen from ragweed is the main cause of allergy
symptoms during the fall, but perennial allergy sufferers are also
affected by indoor allergens. These indoor allergens can include
dust mites, mold spores, pet dander and cockroaches. So, even after
the seasonal allergies of the spring, summer and fall, people may
still be suffering from allergies while indoors.
"Many allergy sufferers believe they are out of the woods
once fall allergy season is over," said allergist/immunologist
Robert Wood, MD, FAAAAI, and Chair of the AAAAI's Indoor Allergen
Committee. "But when their symptoms continue to persist, chances
are it is something in their home making them miserable."
During colder months, allergies can be mistaken for the common
cold. Although many of the symptoms are similar, allergies can
persist for several weeks, and require more than a standard cold
medication. If allergies are left untreated they can seriously
impact your quality of life, causing a significant amount of missed
work and school. Untreated allergy symptoms can also develop into
more chronic conditions, such as asthma, ear infections and sinusitis.
Research shows that as many as 38% of patients with allergic rhinitis
also have asthma.
If you suspect you may be suffering from indoor allergies versus
the common cold, you should consider seeking the advice of an allergist/immunologist.
An allergist can determine the exact cause of your symptoms and
decide which, if any, medication is needed. Allergists can also
work with you to gain control of the allergies circulating in your
home and work with you to develop control measures in your home.
"Indoor control measures should focus on sites where allergens
accumulate," Wood said. "Progressive changes will produce
an indoor environment that is less allergenic, easier to clean
and healthier for the whole family."
The AAAAI offers the following tips to help allergy proof your
- Remove any extra clutter in your home because it may be collecting
dust. Also remember that dust can settle in carpeting. If you have
a dust mite allergy, think about removing carpeting and replacing
it with washable throw rugs. Also avoid storing anything under
- Put mattresses, box
springs and pillows in special plastic cases that are allergy-proof
or "non-allergenic." Studies have
proven that these plastic cases can help reduce dust mites. Also
wash blankets, sheets and pillowcases in 130 degree water every
- If it is possible, keep your pets out of the bedroom to decrease
your exposure to animal dander. Also remember to wash your hands
after touching pets.
- Clean moldy surfaces, such as the corners of showers or under
the sink and fix leaks. Any leaks may leave surfaces wet which
can allow mold to grow. Also avoid having carpeting in bathrooms
- To keep cockroaches out of your home, keep food in containers
with tight lids and wash dishes immediately after use in hot, soapy
water. Clean under stoves, refrigerators or toasters where loose
crumbs can accumulate and block areas where cockroaches could enter
the home, especially small spaces, like wall cracks, window or
floor cracks, cellar doors and outside drains.
Contact an allergist/immunologist for more information on treatment
options and recommendations for reducing your indoor allergen exposure.
That's it for this edition of the ASA Newsletter.
The next issue will be delivered on October 26, 2005.
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