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Eosinophilic Esophagitis – What Food Is Causing Yours?

Posted on Jul 14, 2023 11:45:31 AM

Eosinophilic esophagitis is a condition that impacts1 in every 2,000 Americans. Many sufferers also have allergies like hayfever and asthma. Eosinophilic esophagitis (sometimes shortened to simply EoE) is caused by an immunologic reaction which presents primarily in the esophagus (not a true allergic reaction). Treatment options can vary, and so far there’s typically no “cure” for this condition. That means that most patients achieve relief by successfully managing their symptoms.

In some cases, managing symptoms will mean identifying likely triggers and avoiding them–a process that can require a specialized diet. This can be challenging for patients, but there are some tips and tricks which can help.

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Am I Allergic to Newspaper Print?

Posted on Jul 27, 2022 5:10:58 PM

It’s a beautiful morning—almost like something from a movie. You wake up, press snooze on your alarm, and then meander out of your front door, where your newspaper is waiting for you. Over a nice cup of coffee, you spend a few minutes waking up and doing the daily crossword puzzle (you’re a bit old-fashioned that way). It’s only when you go to refill your coffee that you notice your hands feel a little…raw. Maybe a little itchy?

It’s not the first time this has happened, and suddenly the question crosses your mind: are you allergic to newspaper print?

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Am I Allergic to Air Conditioning?

Posted on Jun 13, 2022 3:59:06 PM

In the sweltering heat of summer, there is no better friend and companion than your air conditioning unit. Whether you’re curled up next to a window unit or basking beneath a central air vent, AC is your ticket to comfort and wellness when the summer temps skyrocket. The only trouble is, that you start sneezing every time the cold air starts blowing. So… could you be allergic to your air conditioning?

The answer is mostly no… with a little bit of yes.

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Am I Allergic to My Christmas Tree?

Posted on Oct 28, 2021 10:06:30 AM

Every December, it seems to be the same story: the Christmas tree goes up, and suddenly you start feeling worn down. Perhaps you experience sniffles, a plugged nose, coughing, or other yuck. So you ask yourself: Can I be allergic to Christmas trees?

After all, December should be a time for celebration, for getting together with friends and family, for appreciating beautiful holiday decorations (lights, tinsel, and trees). You don’t want to spend the season nursing a runny nose if you don’t have to.

So is it your tree making you sneeze? Or is something else going on? The answer can help you get back to enjoying the holidays.

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How Much Albuterol is Too Much?

Posted on Jun 10, 2021 5:25:00 PM

Albuterol inhalers have been a significant part of asthma treatment for decades. But that doesn’t mean researchers aren’t always making improvements or current events don’t shake things up a little bit. Patients don’t necessarily need to keep their fingers on the pulse of the pharmaceutical industry–but it helps to maintain some awareness of what’s happening with current events, especially as they relate to this critical asthma medication. 

In other words, for patients, staying aware of albuterol news can help you successfully manage your symptoms.

You may have heard news about an albuterol shortage in the United States. This shortage has occurred mostly due to bottlenecks in the supply chain and at the manufacturing level. But it doesn’t apply to all forms of albuterol. In fact, the type of albuterol that you use in your inhaler should be in steady supply and is not impacted by this shortage.

These days, medication shortages aren’t common–but they aren’t unheard of either. It’s not a bad idea to talk to your provider about what to do when one of those shortages occurs.

When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters. You want relief and you want it right away!

Asthma can cause shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, and tightness in the chest, so it’s nice to have something handy that can eliminate those symptoms fast. That’s probably why your albuterol inhaler has quickly become your best friend! But there can be downsides to getting too much albuterol.

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March and April Allergies

Posted on Mar 22, 2021 4:11:33 PM

There’s nothing quite like that first sniff of spring after a long and snowy winter. You throw open your windows, you hear the birds chirping, and you can smell spring in the air. That’s when you start sneezing. Or coughing. And throughout later March and April all you seem to be feeling is… congested.

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Winter Hives

Posted on Mar 5, 2021 10:55:03 AM

You’re out on a relaxing hike when you first notice the itching. The sensation starts on your arms, under layers of winter gear. As you turn back, you think you can feel the hives spreading--and you realize that you’re going to have to walk all the way back to your car itching like crazy. It’s not a thought that fills you with joy, especially because you didn’t think winter allergies were a thing. Certainly not winter hives!

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Answers to Common Asthma Questions

Posted on Feb 16, 2021 11:35:01 AM

Everyone’s asthma experience is going to be a little bit different. A diversity of triggers and varied levels of severity mean that everyday life with asthma could look very different from one person to another. For some people, asthma may amount to little more than a minor nuisance. For others, this breathing condition can interfere with everyday life and require consistent monitoring.

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5 Signs You Might be in Anaphylaxis

Posted on Feb 8, 2021 11:31:35 AM

You’re having a great time on your hike--and it’s just what you needed: fresh air, lovely views, and a little bit of exercise. But then you felt a little pinch on your leg. It was probably a mosquito. But what if it was a bee? Like a lot of people, you know that you’re allergic to bees and can have a pretty serious reaction. But how do you know if you’re going into anaphylaxis?

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Exercise For Asthmatics

Posted on Oct 1, 2020 2:17:00 PM
Even if you don't have asthma, just saying the word "exercise" might make you feel like you need more air. Imagine if you were one of the millions with asthma who actually need more air every day, even if they aren't exercising. Would you make exercising a priority if you felt like that?
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