FCAAIA Notes: As I’ve written before, “The nose bone’s connected to the lung bone.” Asthma is part of “allergic airway disease” and control of the lower airway (lungs) always requires that we consider the upper air way (nose) as well. So, we treat nasal allergies even if the symptoms are relatively mild and not bothersome.
Here it also becomes clear that patients with asthma who also have sleep apnea (do you snore loudly, a lot, and sometimes startle awake gasping for a breath?) should address the apnea Continue reading “OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA ACCELERATES FEV1 DECLINE IN ASTHMATIC PATIENTS”
FCAAIA Notes: Who of us can really say we get enough sleep? Who of us has never had trouble rousing our teenaged child for school or thought she should go to bed earlier? This study is fodder for discussion with your adolescent if he or she has poorly controlled asthma. It is possible that the abnormal sleep patterns of teenagers affects the circadian rhythm (natural and predictable 24 hour variation) of numerous biological functions including their natural production of cortisol, epinephrine, and histamine. I am sure we will hear more about this in the years to come. Continue reading “SLEEP MAY EASE ASTHMA IN TEENS”