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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?”

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FOOD ALLERGY IN ADOLESCENTS LINKED TO EMOTIONAL, BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS

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”

RECIPE FOR KIDS’ ASTHMA FLARES: SCHOOL PLUS COLD VIRUSES

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”

CLASSROOM AIRBORNE ENDOTOXIN LEVELS LEAD TO INCREASED ASTHMA SYMPTOMS

FCAAIA Notes: Endotoxin is everywhere.  The word endotoxin doesn’t sound so bad until you realize that endotoxin comes from fecal (animal and human) bacterial cell walls.  It is highest in homes with pets, in farm homes, in buildings with a lot of rodents, and in more polluted/dirtier areas. Endotoxin got a lot of press several years or so ago when the “Hygiene Hypothesis” was put forth.  Continue reading “CLASSROOM AIRBORNE ENDOTOXIN LEVELS LEAD TO INCREASED ASTHMA SYMPTOMS”

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