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AS POLLEN COUNTS RISE, TEST SCORES FALLAustin Frakt THE NEW HEALTH CARE

FCAAIA Notes: There are old data showing that poorly controlled allergies have as much impact on school performance as diphenhydramine (Benadryl®).  So do you want your child taking Benadryl before final exams? Allergies also have a great impact on health-related quality of life, work productivity, sleep quality, etc.

If you feel you are “good enough” with your allergies, ask yourself again.  I also recommend you ask yourself, “Should I or could I be even better?”

We can help you achieve your best. Continue reading “AS POLLEN COUNTS RISE, TEST SCORES FALLAustin Frakt THE NEW HEALTH CARE”

UPDATES IN THE MANAGEMENT OF SEASONAL ALLERGIC RHINITIS

FCAAIA Notes: This article is a concise review of medication options for treating nasal allergies. It does not go in to the specifics of one medication as compared to another.  The one glaring omission is that there is no discussion of immunotherapy, a potential cure for allergies. Continue reading “UPDATES IN THE MANAGEMENT OF SEASONAL ALLERGIC RHINITIS”

CLIMATE CHANGE, AIR POLLUTION, AND ALLERGIC RESPIRATORY DISEASES

FCAAIA Notes: Without getting into politics, there is no debate that global temperatures have risen steadily, especially since the start of the industrial age. Many components (including ozone, particulates, nitric oxides, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, and the list goes on…) of air pollution are associated with worsening asthma and allergy control.  Higher temperatures affect pollination, especially in temperate zones.  Some studies show early onset of pollination and others show longer duration of pollen seasons.

My purpose in posting this article was not to give you more of the latest scientific data, but to remind us all that global issues have local effects….maybe right in your nose! Continue reading “CLIMATE CHANGE, AIR POLLUTION, AND ALLERGIC RESPIRATORY DISEASES”

THUMB-SUCKING, AMISH AND THE HYGIENE HYPOTHESIS

FCAAIA Notes: I guess this explains my good non-allergic fortune….I was both a finger sucker and nail biter and here I am without allergies!

But seriously, advocates of the hygiene hypothesis never claimed it was the only reason for the increase prevalence of allergies.  Even in this study, the non-sucker/biter children had a very high rate of allergic sensitization (positive allergy tests).

To boil it down, the hygiene hypothesis states that those don’t eat enough dirt and get exposed to enough microbes (or the right microbes) early in life are more likely to develop allergy.  Continue reading “THUMB-SUCKING, AMISH AND THE HYGIENE HYPOTHESIS”

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