Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes and they may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound. Sleep apnea usually is a chronic (ongoing) condition that
Food allergy is estimated to affect 5 to 7% of infants and 1 to 2% of adults. Currently there is no cure for food allergy and patients must adhere to a strict regimen of dietary avoidance of foods to which they are allergic. Despite the best of intentions, accidental exposure to food allergens remains a significant cause of allergic reactions. To avoid such exposure, food
SLIT is an alternative method of allergen desensitization in the management of atopic conditions such as asthma and allergic rhinitis, which does not involve a series of injections. The protocol for SLIT involves an allergist determining a patient’s sensitizing allergens, typically by skin testing, followed by small doses of these allergens placed under the tongue daily
Peanut allergy can result in severe, and at times fatal, allergic reactions. Unfortunately, peanut allergy has become more and more common over the years. A new study, however, gives hope that early interventions may decrease the risk of developing peanut allergy.
Smart Inhalers Remembering to take medications every day can be difficult for many people. For asthma patients, forgetting to take daily controller inhalers can lead to more asthma exacerbations. New technology, however, may help asthmatics remember their medications and keep asthma under better control.
Outdoor Air Quality: How to Protect Yourself from Unhealthy Air
Have you ever wondered what to make of those air quality warnings you hear on the news? These warnings are intended to help you take action to avoid harmful air, but it is not always clear what they really mean and what actions are reasonable and necessary.
Is There A Simple Way to Help Prevent the Onset of Atopic Dermatitis/Eczema in Children?
Atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that causes itching of the skin and chronic or recurrent skin lesions. Atopic dermatitis can significantly impair quality of life due to sleep disturbance, skin changes and scarring, and skin infections.
Alternative Medicine and Allergy/Asthma: What Really Works?
Pharmacy shelves are stocked with herbs and supplements that claim to improve health. Such complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) are part of a group of diverse medical and healthcare systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of the conventional medical practices.
More than 20 years ago in Asheville, North Carolina, Allergy Partners was founded on a simple premise: by working together, allergists can identify and implement best practices, which will result in improved patient care.
Asthma is a chronic medical condition that affects over 20 million Americans, including 6 million children. It is a lung disorder in which the bronchioles, the inner lining of the small breathing tubes of the lungs, become inflamed and swollen.
Reactions to food are common, and can be divided into two categories, those caused by food allergy and all other reactions. Food allergies develop when the body's immune system has an abnormal reaction to one or more proteins in a food. Food allergies can lead to serious or even life-threatening allergic reactions.
Urticaria, or hives, is a common reason to see an allergist. It can be incredibly distressing to be covered with red welts, and the itching can disrupt sleep, school, and work. Hives appear quickly when special skin cells, called mast cells, are triggered to release chemicals that cause the rash.
With the warmer weather of summer, we are enjoying more time outside. Along with the summer weather comes a dramatic rise in the number of stings from bees and fire ants. For many people these stings are painful and annoying but not dangerous. However, approximately 1 in 100 people has a potentially life-threatening allergy to insect stings. The insects most often