More than 50 million Americans have some type of allergy. While the condition often makes people uncomfortable, it’s rarely dangerous unless it results in an allergic emergency. Then, allergies can be deadly.
If you’re like most Americans, you spend much of your time indoors. Have you ever stopped to think about whether the air you’re breathing at home is healthy? Research has found that in some homes across America, the quality of indoor air can be worse than outdoor air. In part, this is because many homes are being built and remodeled tighter. You don’t have to be a building scientist to deal with the quality of air in your home; however, you should understand a few basics to get you started.
Waiting to seek emergency medical care for asthma exacerbations can result in worse outcomes, including hospitalization, according to a study conducted by researchers from New York. Patients who delay regular medical care also were sicker when finally seen by a doctor than patients who sought care when asthma exacerbations first occurred.
Latex gloves have proved effective in preventing transmission of many infectious diseases to healthcare workers. But for some workers, exposures to latex may result in allergic reactions. Reports of such reactions have increased in recent years – especially among healthcare workers.
Otitis media means “inflammation of the middle ear,” as a result of a middle ear infection. It can occur in one or both ears. Otitis media is the most frequent diagnosis for children who visit physicians for illness. It is also the most common cause of hearing loss in children. Although otitis media is most common in young children, it occasionally affects adults.
If you’re planning a vacation, and you or your child has allergies or asthma, proper planning can help you keep sneezes, sniffles, wheezing, and coughing under control. Use the following tips to make sure that allergy and asthma symptoms don’t derail your vacation fun.
Knowing fact from fiction can make the difference between misery and relief for millions of allergy fighters. The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology – whose allergist members specialize in treating allergies and asthma – dispels several common allergy myths.
Gastroesophageal reflux occurs when the acidic contents of the stomach flow back up into the esophagus. This stimulates a reflex that may cause asthma to worsen. Symptoms of heartburn and breathing difficulty at night can indicate gastroesophageal reflux.