Category: Triggers and Flares/Attacks (Page 2)

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 […]

Friday Links – Comprehensive Look at Vitamin D Research, Boulder Wildfire

You Might Want to Look Into Vitamin D Supplements We’ve been hearing about vitamin D and the possible benefits of a little more sunshine in your life for some time now, but no one recommends or prescribes supplements for asthma yet. This group studied all the PubMed research on the subject from 1950 to 2009, […]

Asthma Mom’s Rules for Enduring Flu Season

Possible alternate title for this post: My Influenza Prevention Tips, Plus Coping Tricks When Prevention Falls to the Petri Dish of Elementary School Here’s what I focus on in the Asthma Mom household: Getting Flu Shots http://www.flu.gov/widgets/vaccinelocator.html Washing Hands Always, always, always. And then again one more time. Eating and Sleeping Well Connections between nutrition […]

Cop Who Ignored Dying NY Asthma Girl Identified, Suspended

This is a Public Service Announcement for everyone, police officers or not and in New York or elsewhere, who might some day confront a man, woman, or child who is flaring and struggling to breathe. Asthma kills. Let me write that again: ASTHMA KILLS. It doesn’t happen very often. Most asthmatics can do everything that […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – Confronting Public Smokers (Or Not)

Last week Kelley sent me this question: [W]e’ve been spending a lot of time outside at the beach, park, etc. Smoking is illegal here in all public parks including the beach, however, I always (at least every other time) have someone doing it anyway. Most people will go where they are supposed to when I […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – Heat

The high in Denver today is forecast for 97 degrees. Which, because this is Colorado, means all the local news and Twitter feeds focus on the heat, the high temperature that will possibly break records today, the dangers of such a hot sunny day, AND FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, HAVE WE MENTIONED THIS TERRIBLE […]

Asthma Mom’s 10 Rules to De-Trigger Your House

When my daughter coughed and flared all day and night before we achieved that elusive asthma control, walking into my house felt a lot like stepping into the scene of a horror movie. No place felt safe, and while that can be a feature of asthma in general, considering its somewhat unpredictable nature and the […]

Does this Mean My Baby or Toddler Has Asthma?

Depends what “this” is. An asthma diagnosis doesn’t come easy during the very early ages, partly because flare symptoms can mimic other issues and partly because little kids just can’t tell you what’s going on inside their bodies. You can end up spending a lot of time and money carting your infant to appointment after […]

Friday Links – Toothpaste, Perfume, Food Allergies

The Toothpaste that Might – Heavy on the ‘Might’ – Prevent Asthma Symptoms The People’s Pharmacy is a radio show and website that lots of newspapers syndicate. Recently, it featured this brief article about two radio-show callers who claim Crest Sensitivity toothpaste prevented some of their asthma symptoms. Now, the toothpaste does contain potassium nitrate […]