World Asthma Day aims to increase awareness, treatment

by Rebecca Howerton

Asthma affects 300 million people worldwide, causing 250,000 annual deaths—almost all preventable, according to the World Health Organization. To increase awareness, diagnosis, and treatment of this chronic disease, in 1998 the Global Initiative for Asthma designated the first Tuesday in May World Asthma Day.

The theme for World Asthma Day 2018,

New and emerging treatments for allergic conditions

Not just allergy shots anymore…

“Biologic therapies” target specific receptors within our immune system, preventing the cycle of inflammation from beginning. There are multiple biologic treatments for asthma available at present, including Xolair, Nucala, Cinqair, and Fasenra, and several that are expected to be available in the near future. These medications have proven to decrease asthma exacerbations, 

Antibiotics and antacids linked to allergies in kids

As tree pollen blankets the landscape in its annual springtime ritual, allergy sufferers everywhere are reaching for the tissues and antihistamines.

Allergies are common — about 50 million Americans have some kind of allergy, from hay fever to hives, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. And the numbers have been rising for decades.

Fight spring-time allergies with these tips

Spring is on the horizon and if the Upstate’s winter is any indication, allergy season might be especially rough this year.

“We really have not had a consis- tently cold winter,” said Angela Lombardi, an allergist with Allergic Disease and Asthma Center. “You really need consistently cold, freezing weather to kill most plants that pollinate.

Tips for a safer & more enjoyable outdoor activities

Sunny delightful warm weather is coming! It is time to enjoy the great outdoors but there could be a risk for possible allergic reactions. With careful planning and good decision making, allergy sufferers can prevent and minimize problems. Many parents and children are signing up for spring and summer camps. We can address potential risks and give you tips on how to handle them.

Flu season is right around the corner!

Adults and Children with Asthma are at High Risk for Complications from the Flu

  • Asthma causes inflammation in the airways and the Flu can worsen asthma symptoms and trigger asthma attacks.
  • People with asthma are more likely to develop pneumonia after having the flu than those who do not have asthma.

Back to School tips for Students with Allergies and Asthma

By: Angelina Lombardi, M.D.

School will be back in session in a few weeks and with that comes a great deal of anticipation and preparation by parents and students alike. There are school supplies to buy, teachers to meet, clubs and activities to join, and new and old classmates to see. On top of this already hectic list of things to do,

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