FCAAIA Notes: It is encouraging that asthma is a less common cause of school absence and hospitalization than it was, but that doesn’t necessarily mean overall asthma control is that much better. Maybe we are treating more aggressively and earlier to avoid the necessity of hospitalization and thus getting children back to school sooner.
One of the best ways to avoid asthma exacerbations is to maintain the best possible control BETWEEN flares. Far too often, I see children and adults with asthma who think they are fine on a day-to-day basis but have frequent symptoms, poor sleep, exercise intolerance, and low lung function. Bodies are smart; Continue reading “CDC: PEDIATRIC ASTHMA CONTROL IMPROVING IN U.S.”
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”
FCAAIA Notes: Allergies, like any other chronic disease (yes, allergies ARE a chronic disease), has secondary psychosocial factors affecting the patient’s overall well-being. Food allergy has proven impact on quality of life, so it is not surprising that affected patients have higher rates of emotional and behavioral problems than those without allergies.
So, what can we do? Continue reading “FOOD ALLERGY IN ADOLESCENTS LINKED TO EMOTIONAL, BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS”
FCAAIA Notes: No matter where one lives in the country, there is a spike in viral respiratory infections about one month after school starts. Furthermore, when school starts, children spend more time inside with great exposure to indoor allergens and outdoor mold levels peak in the late summer/early fall. Although viral illnesses trigger asthma flares in many children, the majority of them still have allergic airway disease (allergic rhinitis and asthma) as the underlying problem. Continue reading “RECIPE FOR KIDS’ ASTHMA FLARES: SCHOOL PLUS COLD VIRUSES”