Category: Triggers and Flares/Attacks (Page 3)

Friday Links – Peak Flow on Your Phone, Traffic, Medical Apps

Blog Metamorphosis Update Yeah, I totally just called the Asthma Mom redesign a metamorphosis just so I could use that butterfly illustration. (Thanks, Graphics Fairy.) We’re still working on the huge – HUGE! – update, and by “we” I mean Mr. Asthma Mom, for the most part. I’m pretty excited, and I can’t wait to […]

Friday Links – Iceland Volcano Ash, COPD Risk, School Traffic

(Photo: NASA Goddard Photo and Video) Iceland Volcano Still Spewing Ash Into the Air Beware the Eyjafjallajokull. Especially if you live in northern Europe in the path of the ash cloud heading east (satellite photo above) and have respiratory problems. Childhood Asthma May Up COPD Risk More than Smoking This New Zealand study is a […]

Friday Links – 2010 Asthma Cities, Electronic Nose, Dogs as Risk Factor

The AAFA’s 2010 Asthma Capitals Congratulations, Richmond! The AAFA deems you the most challenging U.S. city for asthmatics to live in this year. You are, however, in good southern company with Tennessee carrying three of the top-10 slots and Georgia claiming two. (My area = 68.) Electronic Nose Asthma Test And now here’s a sensor-filled, […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – Flare Entertainment

Today’s question comes from email: Any moms or dads with preschoolers have ideas to occupy my little one when she’s having a bad flare and I need to keep her from running around too much? (Besides movies and picture books?) Some Suggestions Craft supplies – crayons, stickers, glitter glue, etc. Puzzles White board with markers […]

Tools for Spring Allergies

I took that photo from my backyard this morning. Because this is Denver, though, one of the most fickle regions in the U.S. weather system, tomorrow will heat up to 60 degrees. Spring allergies loom just around the corner for us, but maybe the blooming has already started where you live. In any case, have […]

Swimming for Asthma, Indoor Chlorine – A Balancing Act

(Photo: Flickr user Marcelo Terraza) My daughters were born and raised in coastal Florida, right up until we drove halfway across the country to move to Colorado in February 2009. They’re both excellent swimmers even though they’ve never taken a lesson. Instead, they grew up in the Gulf of Mexico and in our backyard pool, […]

Friday Links – Breathing at the Vancouver Olympics

A Question: What Do Red Alder Trees Have to do With Olympics Results? Your answer: They start blooming in Vancouver and Whistler soon, and the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology thinks the pollen could trigger athletes’ allergies and/or asthma, affecting performance. And Speaking of the Winter Olympics and Asthma The Well blog examines […]

Happy Flare-Free Holidays

You know as well as I do that there’s no way to guarantee a triggerless Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, or any other winter holiday. But! Like every other occasion, event, place, time, day, random weather pattern, and otherwise innocuous element of everyday life – when it comes to asthma, this season is full–full–of potential triggers […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – The Holiday Flare Season

The most sacred day of western childhood, December 25, is coming up fast, isn’t it? Every year, my daughter somehow manages to stay healthy on Christmas, and I can really only remember one year of her flaring while opening presents. With the other major fall/winter holidays, though, not so much. AG spent one Halloween in […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – Share Your Triggers

Ever checked out this list of asthma triggers? Some of them make my own kid flare, some are common triggers, and others are not so well-known. I threw the page together over a year ago with a little help from readers and their experiences, but now let’s see if we can add to it. The […]