Tag: pollutants

STRATEGIES TO ALTER THE NATURAL HISTORY OF CHILDHOOD ASTHMA

FCAAIA Notes: I guess one of the best ways to avoid having asthma is to choose the right parents, as asthma and other allergic disease are more common in children whose parents have allergies.

Of course, as shown in this study air pollution is a big risk factor for the onset and for exacerbations of asthma.  Outdoor air pollution is something over which individuals have little control (think globally; act locally!).  Indoor air pollution is easier to control.  Active and passive smoking are major triggers to allergic airway disease.  Wood stoves, fireplaces, and wood burning stoves are also a big source of indoor air pollution.

Vitamin D is a hot topic in asthma control. Continue reading “STRATEGIES TO ALTER THE NATURAL HISTORY OF CHILDHOOD ASTHMA”

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”

EFFECTIVENESS OF AIR PURIFIER ON HEALTH OUTCOMES AND INDOOR PARTICLES IN HOMES OF CHILDREN WITH ALLERGIC DISEASES IN FRESNO, CALIFORNIA: A PILOT STUDY

FCAAIA Notes: Air pollution is not just an outdoor problem. In fact, many patients neglect the effect that air pollution can have inside their homes. Air purifiers are useful for some people with asthma or allergies, but not others.  This study looked at the effect of air purifiers on asthma control as it relates to small particulates that are irritants, not allergens.

Fireplaces, kerosene heaters, smoking, and wood stoves are some common and easily avoidable sources of particulate indoor air pollution.  Continue reading “EFFECTIVENESS OF AIR PURIFIER ON HEALTH OUTCOMES AND INDOOR PARTICLES IN HOMES OF CHILDREN WITH ALLERGIC DISEASES IN FRESNO, CALIFORNIA: A PILOT STUDY”

EXERCISE GOOD FOR ASTHMA, COPD EVEN WITH POLLUTION EXPOSURE

FCAAIA Notes:  In elderly patients with asthma and COPD which is the lesser of two evils, high exposure to air pollution or not exercising? According to this study, exercise is the winner. It is important to make sure your disease is in optimal control and you might require albuterol pre-treatment before exercise. But, then you should exercise regualrly.

Of course, exercise has many benefits beyond respiratory health. By the way, if you don’t consider yourself elderly, don’t think we are letting you off the hook….You should still be exercising regularly! Continue reading “EXERCISE GOOD FOR ASTHMA, COPD EVEN WITH POLLUTION EXPOSURE”

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