Sinusitis, and Asthma Newsletter
Table of Contents:
1. From the Editors
2. Allergy, Sinusitis, and Asthma Articles
3. Sinusitis Experience - Local Bee Pollen Works
4. Feature - Battling Childhood Asthma
FROM THE EDITORS
We were extremely saddened to hear about a 15-year old Canadian
girl who recently died from a peanut allergy. The girl had
kissed her boyfriend after he had eaten a peanut butter and jelly
sandwich. He wasn't aware of her condition. The girl apparently
went into anaphylactic
shock, as a result,
and died four days later in the hospital.
"It's hard enough being a teenager, and being one with food
allergies can bring on additional social pressures," said
Anne Munoz-Furlong, Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network CEO
and founder. "This recent death is tragic, and we hope that
other teens realize that their friends can help and be their strongest
and best allies in their constant vigilance against food allergies."
Unfortunately peanut allergic reactions account for up to 100
deaths a year in the US alone. It's a serious problem for those
who have it. According to the National Institute of Allergy and
Infectious Diseases, nearly 1 in every 200 Americans have a peanut
or tree nut allergy. You may have it.
Whether you are younger or older, if you have a food allergy our
recommendations fall in line with the FAAN:
make it a secret, tell your friends about your food allergies.
friends will look out for you, and help you
cope with living with food allergies.
> Tell your
friends and that special someone that you can die from an allergic
> Don't wait for the first kiss before you tell! Instead of "spoiling
the moment" talk about it before hand, and ask him/her to
avoid the food you're allergic to. While it may seem "uncool" to
bring up, it's much cooler to talk about it than to have a reaction.
Be up front with people you are interested in. If they care about
you, they will understand and want to learn how they can help keep
carry your epinephrine with you. Don't leave home without it!
Our condolences go out to the family of this 15-year old girl.
We will help spread the word in her memory so that more people,
with or without the condition, will know about the condition and
what to do if you have it or know someone who does.
Stay educated and alert,
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:
Fungal Spores in Pillows Bad for Asthma and Sinusitis
Your pillow may not be as comforting a concept as you may think.
Researchers at The University of Manchester funded by the Fungal
Research Trust have recently found out that pillows may be
full of millions of fungal spores and those spores can greatly
exacerbate asthma in adults and contribute to sinus infections...
here to read the entire article.
Some Children With Tree Nut Allergies Will Outgrow It
A new study in the November 2005 Journal of Allergy & Clinical
Immunology (JACI) reveals that about 9% of children with an allergy
to tree nuts will outgrow their allergy, including children who
have previously experienced a severe allergic reaction...
here to read the entire article.
Gel Reduces Pain After Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
A new study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center
has revealed that a gel made from a patient's own blood reduces
pain and may improve wound healing following endoscopic sinus
surgery. The study, published in the September issue of the
Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology, found that patients
who received platelet gel reported an easier recovery than
patients who received traditional packing to stop bleeding...
here to read the entire article.
Asthma Control Needs Continual Assessment
A new practice parameter listed in the November 2005 issue of
the Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology (JACI) explains
that asthma should be assessed every time a patient visits
his or her doctor in order to determine if the asthma is well
controlled or not well controlled...
here to read the
EXPERIENCE - Local Bee Pollen Works
I live in an agricultural county in Northern California, where
allergies and asthma are increasing at an alarming rate. I have
suffered with severe seasonal allergies and moderate to severe
asthma for several years. Last winter a friend suggested that I
try local bee pollen... I was skeptical when I first started the
pollen, but now I am convinced that it is effective, and I will
be using it every spring from now on...
here to read the
- Battling Childhood Asthma
a child experiences shortness of breath, irregular breathing,
whistling or wheezing upon exhalation,
or a persistent
cough, there is a good chance that he or she may be developing
asthma. Asthma is one of the most chronic serious diseases
in children and adolescents as it affects almost nine
million children under 18 years old. The American Academy
Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) notes that 80% of asthmatics
develop asthma symptoms before they turn five years old.
Because symptoms occur so early in life, early detection
and working with a child's asthma specialist is extremely
important. Asthma that goes untreated can lead to permanent
airway damage, making it even more difficult to bring
the condition under control.
"Children whose immune systems are not fully developed are
most at risk for developing asthma," said Christopher C. Randolph,
MD, FAAAI, and Vice-Chair of the AAAAI's Asthma Diagnosis and Treatment
Interest Section. "However, with early detection, the disease
is easier to bring under control, improving the quality of life
for your child."
The AAAAI recommends three action steps to help parents recognize
early asthma symptoms in their children: Look, Listen, and Learn.
Look and listen go hand in hand. Because there are no clear markers
to predict who will develop asthma, it is vitally important to
pay attention to the clues and symptoms you can look and listen
for in your child that may indicate asthma.
Through looking and listening to your child's symptoms, determine
whether your child has allergies. The asthma and allergies relationship
is very strong and a child with allergies may be at risk for asthma.
Also listen to see if your child coughs or clears his or her throat
a lot even when they aren't sick because this may also be an indication
of childhood asthma. Listen for wheezing or whistling sounds when
your child exhales or when he or she has an upper respiratory infection
and pay attention to your child's breathing patters. Wheezing,
shortness of breath, difficulty sleeping due to nighttime coughing,
and rapid or irregular breathing are also asthma warning signs.
If your child complains of chest tightness or pain or if he or
she is tired or easily irritated, asthma may be the cause.
It is also important to learn what asthma warning signs are and
be familiar with how to treat an asthma attack and manage asthma.
Sadly, there is no cure for asthma; however, complete control of
the disease can be obtained with appropriate management and treatment.
Learning what triggers your child's asthma and what steps to take
to decrease symptoms is a vital part of keeping your child's asthma
under control. Children whose asthma is properly controlled should
be able to participate in regular activities such as attending
school everyday and playing sports.
If you suspect that your child has asthma, schedule an appointment
with your doctor or an asthma and allergy specialist. An allergist/immunologist
will work closely with you to create a daily management plan for
your child, demonstrate proper medication use, and develop an asthma
action plan, which outlines the actions to take if your child's
condition worsens. By looking, listening, and learning, you can
greatly reduce the role that asthma plays in your child's life.
That's it for this edition of the ASA Newsletter. The next
issue will be delivered on December 7, 2005. Starting in 2006,
the newsletter will be delivered on the first and 15th of every
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