The vast majority of the American workforce spends at least part of their day laboring indoors, where serious health dangers may be lurking in the air they breathe. According to the Occupational Health & Safety Administration, approximately 11 million workers, including those who are employed by offices, restaurants, and industrial facilities, are exposed to at last one or more substances in their workplace that could cause asthma symptoms.
Whether you are training for the next Winter Olympics or enjoying winter sports on your own, exercise-induced bronchoconstriction should not force you to be a spectator in your favorite sporting activities.
You don’t want to be a Scrooge. You really don’t. But every holiday season you wonder why your “seasonal” allergies are still bothering you. Why are you stuck sneezing, wheezing, and coughing while everyone else is caroling, sleighing, and spreading cheer?
by Jessica Webb Errickson
As one of the most celebrated players in NFL history, former Pittsburgh Steeler Jerome Bettis knows the importance of staying at the top of his game. For Jerome, whose impressive rushing skills earned him the nickname “The Bus,” keeping in tiptop shape demands more than a healthy diet and exercise routine; he also has to contend with asthma and severe food allergies. But with his asthma under control and his anaphylaxis action plan in place, nothing can stop “The Bus.”
by Cynthia Isaacson, MA
Both parents and their kids with asthma can breathe easy this summer knowing they will be well taken care of at asthma camp. Asthma camps are exclusively for children and teens with persistent asthma, meaning they take daily controller medication. Many of the kids who go to asthma camp are unable to attend a “mainstream” camp because of their chronic disease, required daily medications, or their parents’ discomfort with not knowing the level of care their child will receive away from home.
Spring cleaning can be more than just a daunting chore for people with allergies and asthma. Dust, pet hair, and fumes from cleaning supplies can leave you reaching for the tissues instead of the broom. But spring cleaning can also help you avoid allergy symptoms.
Asthma is very common, affecting more than 26 million people in the United States, including nearly 7 million children. No one knows for sure why some people have asthma and others don’t. However, heredity can play a role. People who have family members with allergies or asthma are more likely to have asthma themselves.
Your child’s asthma shouldn’t stop you from planning a family vacation or sending your child to sleepover camp or on a trip with friends. With some careful preparation and communication, you and your child should be able to enjoy all the benefits of time away from home.