Category: Allergies

Tuesdays are Your Turn – Control and Adult-Onset Asthma

Don’t you just love it when you innovate something that performs its function in exactly the way you intended? It doesn’t always happen. I’ve helped the girls with too many school projects to mention that turned out just a wee bit different from the vision in my head, and as far as anything crafty goes […]

Asthma Mom’s Rules for Bedroom Dust

I’ve been living the dust mite prevention life for so long, sometimes I forget that families new to asthma don’t necessarily know about the more subtle ways to battle this allergen. You probably already know about the mattress and pillow covers. And then there’s the stuffed animal process. And the thing about avoiding carpet in […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – Food and Drink Triggers

We’ve talked about common triggers. We’ve talked about unusual triggers. Now let’s talk about eating triggers. What foods or drinks can send you/your kid into an asthma flare? I don’t mean just the “official” food allergies, either. Share your thoughts on any eating/drinking experiences that ended up as triggers.

Friday Links – Fall Allergy Cities, Paint, Hotel Rooms

AAFA’s 2010 Fall Allergy Capitals Number one: Dayton, Ohio. Who knew? When I think “high pollen,” my brain doesn’t automatically go to “Ohio,” but then I’ve never lived there. Full list of 100 metro areas at the pdf here. Do Paint Fumes Make Asthma Worse? We’ve known volatile organic compounds in things like synthetic air […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – Allergy Testing

From my email: My daughter has had asthma for 3 years and this had been quite an learning experience. I am curious if other families have had their kid allergy tested and if they found that beneficial? The great chase for the trigger!!! – Jen I took my 11 year-old asthma kid in for a […]

Friday Links – Hands and Pain, Complementary Medicine, Ragweed

Notice How You Clutch Your Hands Together in Pain? No? You probably do it without realizing, and here’s evidence of a medical reason why. Grabbing your own hand appears to cut the experience of acute pain way down by changing your brain’s body representation. On the Alternative Therapy Question I get asked about complementary medicine […]

Fun with Ragweed (Dear God. MY EYES.)

Ragweed is a pretty interesting little bit of vegetation. 1. Each plant can produce one billion grains of pollen.2. That’s one BILLION.3. Per plant.4. Cool mornings and rain wash some of that heavy pollen load out of the air.5. Guess what it barely does this time of year in the Denver area?6. Rain.7. And guess […]

Friday Links – Inhaler Wars, Harold Dow and Summer Asthma Deaths

Mold and Kids’ Asthma in New Orleans, 5 Years After Katrina High post-Katrina levels of asthma among New Orleans residents is the big story here, and it’s a devastating one. At the end of this particular interview, though, something else caught my eye. Dr. Floyd Malveaux, when talking about his intervention and treatment program of […]

Health Tips for the School Year

The First Day of School. My asthma kid’s starting sixth grade, her last year of elementary school, and her sister is a third grader this year. With school back in session and since Colorado sits poised on the verge of fall, this time of year my focus shifts conversations with the new teacher about my […]

Friday Links – The Not-a-Conference, Chickenpox, Voting

HomeHer10 is the Most Fun I’ve Had All Week If you follow me on Twitter and you’ve been wondering why I keep hashtagging the most mundane of tweets with #HomeHer10, this is why. Also, here are some “conference” highlights. Chickenpox Might – MIGHT – Reduce Risk of Asthma, Skin Allergy One study suggests this link, […]