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PESTICIDES AND ASTHMA

Hernández AF, Parrón T, Alarcón R. Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011;11(2):90-96.

FCAAIA Notes: Pesticides are for the most part, another airway irritant (see article above) and can act much as outdoor air pollution can, with a direct effect on the airway. Exposure to pesticides can exacerbate pre-existing problems like asthma or allergy, and intense exposure may irritate the airways making one more likely to develop allergies to pollens or indoor allergens. Pesticides are not IMMUNOGENIC, however. That is, it is rare to mount an abnormal immune response to them or truly become “allergic”. Continue reading “PESTICIDES AND ASTHMA”

CDC: ASTHMA RATES IN US UP A LITTLE TO 8.2%

FCAAIA NOTES: Treatment for asthma is effective and safer than poorly controlled asthma. In a way, asthma and nasal allergies are the same disease affecting different ends of a unified airway. Having either greatly increases your risk of having the other. Treatment of nasal allergies and asthma must be considered together. You should discuss this with your allergist if you have not done so already.

(Source: Yahoo News, January 12, 2011, http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110112/ap_on_he_me/us_med_asthma)

ATLANTA – Asthma seems to be increasing a little and nearly one in 12 Americans now say they have the respiratory disease, federal health officials said Wednesday. About 8.2 percent of Americans had asthma in a 2009 national survey of about 40,000 individuals. That’s nearly 25 million people with asthma, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

The rate had been holding steady at a little under 8 percent for the previous four years. Better diagnostic efforts could be part of the reason for the increase. They were believed to be a main reason for an increase in asthma seen from 1980 through 1995, said Dr. Lara Akinbami, a medical officer at the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics….

INJECTION ALLERGEN IMMUNOTHERAPY FOR ASTHMA

FCAAIA Notes: Allergy shots change the way your body sees what you are allergic to from an allergic to a non-allergic immune response. This “immune deviation” is in essence the only potential “cure” for allergic airway disease which includes asthma and nasal allergies. For all intents and purposes, asthma and allergies are the same disease, affecting different ends of a unified airway. It surprises allergists (including this editor) that more primary care physicians and pulmonologists do not recognize the role that allergy shots play in the care of asthma. In fact, the most recent national guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma, written by pulmonologists and allergists published in 2007  indicates the importance of allergy shots. It recommends that ANYONE with persistent asthma and allergies who is 5 or older should be considered for injection therapy. Continue reading “INJECTION ALLERGEN IMMUNOTHERAPY FOR ASTHMA”

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