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3 Ways to Keep Spring Celebrations Asthma and Allergy Friendly

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3 Ways to Keep Spring Celebrations Asthma and Allergy Friendly
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Air Pollution Causes Asthma Symptoms for One Hartford Resident

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Lakia Shavon Lightner has vivid memories from her childhood of visits to the emergency room at 2 in the morning. She has had severe asthma and allergies for as long as she can remember. She grew up in Hartford, but now lives in East Hartford, Connecticut, our #13 Asthma Capital for 2019.
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Asthma Is No Match for Eden’s Winning Attitude

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Congratulations to PinkLadyCha , the week 2 winner of our #TackleAsthma and #TackleAllergies contest ! Her pictures of her daughter Eden remind us that asthma flareups can strike at any time. But keeping a positive attitude can help you face those tough moments. Eden and her mom will admit that dealing with asthma isn't easy. It can be an emotional and frustrating disease. Her mom describes how hard it can be to watch asthma hold your child back from doing what they love. But they know that...
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Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

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Studies show that poor outdoor air quality can worsen asthma and allergies. This news may make you think you need to stay indoors to avoid air pollution. But your indoor air may actually be worse than the outdoor air.
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Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

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Improving the air quality in your living room and bedroom is an important part of managing your asthma and allergies. But did you know the air quality of your kitchen is important too?
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Breathing Wildfire Smoke Puts Kids and People at Risk

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As the California wildfires rage, the San Francisco Bay Area is seeing some of the worst air quality ever recorded in the area. If you are in the affected area, take precautions to protect you and your family from the poor air quality . Smoke in the air can contain tiny particles that can get into your lungs and irritate your eyes, nose, throat and lungs. Poor air quality can worsen asthma symptoms . Children and those with respiratory disease are at high risk for asthma episodes when the...
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First Grader with Severe Asthma Runs Marathon One Step at a Time

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Luke Bilbo has severe asthma. But he also has a lot of determination. Enough determination to run a marathon. In Luke’s seven short years, he’s already been in the hospital more times than anyone can count. In kindergarten, he missed 54 days of school. When he did go to school, he had to wear a mask to protect him from germs and asthma triggers . He also had a spot on his lungs that only went away after a long treatment. The last thing his mother, Amanda Bilbo, thought he would do is run...
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Preparing for Natural Disasters When You Have Asthma

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If you have asthma, natural disasters could affect your health in unexpected ways. Chronic medical conditions like asthma can become worse when wildfires, tornadoes, severe flooding or earthquakes occur. Asthma flare-ups during a disaster can happen because of: Allergens in the air (pollen, mold, etc.) Irritants in the air (dust, smoke) Losing access to your treatments due to evacuation Strong emotions (fear, anxiety) Now is a good time to create a disaster planning kit with your asthma in...
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Protect Yourself from Allergens and Asthma Triggers During Hurricane Recovery

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Even though hurricane season is coming to a close, the people affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are still actively cleaning up and rebuilding. If you are in the affected areas and have asthma and allergies, be extra careful during this time. There are many things to consider as you remove debris, clean up flood damage and make repairs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers tips on managing your asthma before, during and after a hurricane or tropical storm . This...
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Smart Gardening: Tips for an Allergy-Friendly Garden

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If you have asthma or allergies, you don’t have to decorate your yard with stones and concrete. There are many plants you can use in your home garden that won’t affect your allergies. You can choose from several flowers, shrubs, trees and more.
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Those With Asthma and Allergies Need to Take Precautions During Cleanup After a Flood

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After a natural disaster with flooding, people with asthma and allergies need to take extra precautions as they begin cleanup efforts. Long after waters have receded, flood waters can leave behind chemicals, bacteria, viruses and mold. These can create long-term health issues if you have asthma and allergies.
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Winter Weather Advisory – Cold Air and Asthma

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Dry and/or cold air is a trigger for airway narrowing (bronchoconstriction) and can be a weather-related asthma trigger. When you breathe in cold, dry air through your mouth, the air doesn't get warmed by your nose first. The cold air goes to your lungs and airways. This can trigger an asthma attack. Try these tips to avoid having cold air trigger your asthma.
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Improper Inhaler Use Can Affect Asthma Control

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Inhaler mistakes are more common than you might think. Up to 92% of people with asthma use their device incorrectly. If your medicine isn’t reaching your lungs, your asthma might be harder to control.
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Is Your Home Making You Sick? Why a Healthier Indoor Environment Is Important

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October is Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month . Since your indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air, this month is a good time to make sure you are taking the right steps to create healthier air in your home. Your home should be a haven for you and your family. But unfortunately, it may be filled with allergy and asthma triggers that can impact your health. Common allergens found in homes include animal dander , dust mites , pests , pollen and mold . Common irritants found in homes...
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Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay with Spring Cleaning Tips

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By Danielle Hegedus The thought of spring cleaning is sometimes met with mixed responses. Some people dread it. Others find the intensive cleaning cathartic. However, spring cleaning is especially important if you or anyone in your family suffers from asthma or allergies. Cleaning can cut the amount of allergens in the air and the potential for dangerous flare-ups. But dust and fumes kicked up during spring cleaning may irritate your asthma and allergies. This makes it essential to take...
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Living With Asthma in Birmingham, Alabama, the #8 Asthma Capital

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For many, asthma is caused by an allergic reaction to something. This is called allergic asthma is the most common. But a small number of people with asthma have “non-allergic asthma.” Lynn Johnson is part of this group. Lynn developed non-allergic asthma seven years ago, as an adult.
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New Haven Resident Learns to Manage Allergies, Severe Asthma and COPD Despite Poor Air Quality and High Pollen

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Four years ago, Deborah Bartlett of New Haven, Connecticut (overall #11 on Asthma Capitals), was diagnosed with severe persistent asthma. Combined with her pollen and mold allergies, as well as COPD, breathing can be a real challenge.
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Re: Share Your Stories About Animals on Planes and How They Affect People With Asthma and Allergies

Allergictoanimals ·
I completed the survey. All, Has anyone been traveling by plane that can recommend a company mask to cover nose and mouth on plane to protect from pet dander? I haven't travelled since early 2015 and hoping to take a trip at the end of this month. Thanks in advance for your help.
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Re: For People With Asthma, the Danger of “Peak Week” Is Here

Shea ·
I have allergies and asthma. Reading a real human story like this helps remind me to keep up that constant preparation no matter how good or bad I am feeling, for both myself, and also for my son who has food allergies. I carry a large backpack purse (sometimes I put it in a rolling bag because it is so heavy). It has all our emergency medicines in it. It has gotten heavier over the years because I want to be prepared and have my inhalers (I always carry a backup of each), our epipens, an...
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Re: High Heat, Air Pollution, Air Quality Create Problems for People with Asthma

Peter walker ·
Hey there! Firstly, I have to mention that your article has been very insightful and helped me discover everything about pollution allergy . It has been rampant especially in our locality as a couple of new factories have come up recently. Lately, my husband has been showing symptoms caused due to air pollution. His continuous sneezing, nasal congestion, and itchy and red eyes have been my concern for pretty long. As you mentioned, I guess we will have to see an allergist at the earliest so...
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Re: #TackleAllergies

CConatser ·
#Asthma and Allergies has changed my Life as an Adult. # Allergic Asthma allergic to grasses, year around trees, smoke, dust, strong odors feathers etc. causing inflammation of the throat and No oxygen. PLAN OF ACTION 1) emergency medicine with me at all times rescue inhaler Epipen, take medicine regular, see your doctor, use the air conditioner in autos and home, Hepa filter for house and portable home hepa filter, use the breathing treatments if needed, Wear mask if needed, take flu shot...
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Living Room

RSkalak ·
I have environmental allergies. We have hardwood floors which is nice. Linoleum floors in our kitchen. I Dust & vacuum every week and wash the bedding in our bedroom in warm water. I also wash our curtains at least once a month. When I clean I wear a mask and gloves. I keep a few plants in there as well to help purify the air. I have hypoallergenic pillows and Claritin allergy pillow cases. We have no carpet in the house. Only have a throw rug which I clean weekly.
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Re: Asthma doesn't stop this kiddo!

JadesJourney ·
We know how feel! Jade just got her new VogMasks that have been fantastic! But, she doesn't mind wearing her mask or sharing her JadeSafe health tips! These masks have been especially handy after a recent hospital admission.
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Re: #TackleAsthma #TackleAllergies #Contest

Kathy P ·
WTG Jade! And you are rockin' that mask!
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

EskimoPie ·
Baking soda is also an excellent cleaning agent as well as natural odor eliminator (takes mold as well as urine smell out of clothes or grout around toilets). Please use a face mask when doing this, and outer clothing covering. (I have bad mold allergies from a previous job where black mold was unknowingly present) Take a teaspoon of baking soda and 2 cups of water put in a spray bottle. Spray on mold, wipe down and rinse, then re-apply area with baking soda mixture or vinegar and allow to...
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Jo in Houston ·
Good graphic; I am a graphic designer, myself. :-) The article is concise and relatively thorough - even my CP specialist's secretary did not know to leave the bathroom fan on after showering! I use a 3-stage air filter in my bedroom, I wash the bedding weekly in hot water, as well as the bath towels from the en suite. I treat the tub and toilet with well-diluted apple cider vinegar or another non-toxic antibacterial frequently, running the exhaust fan (no window) and wearing a mask and...
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

Johnk ·
In regards to @OCHEERIO54 washing carpets. I find it amazing how much carpets retain unwanted stuff (dust, etc). I am just finishing some work in my house where we removed carpet to install hard wood floors (I know not everyone can do this $$$). When I pulled up the carpets which were about 25 years old (yes I had a mask on!) there was an unbelievable amount of this stuff in and under the carpets, even under the padding. This is down deep where cleaners can't get them. Areas with heavy...
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Lisangel ·
We have to be very aggressive because my asthma and allergies are so severe, I've been intubated a couple of times in the last year. We keep air purifiershow next to my side of the bed and an additional one near the foot of the bed. Also next to the couch in living room. We actually have them in every room but those are the important extras. I frequently, always when outside the house and occasionally inside, wear a mask rated n95 or better. All of my clothes and linens are rinsed three...
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

RSkalak ·
We don’t have any carpet except in the basement. We plan on getting rid of it! We thankfully have linoleum floors in the kitchen. Hardwood floors throughout the house. I dust and vacuum each week. When I clean I wear gloves and a mask and ventilate well during the whole time I am cleaning. I take my used fabric softener sheets from the dryer and wipe them across the counters and shelves. The desk from coming back longer!
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Lisangel ·
We leave things like that in another room that can be ventilated or the garage or if need be we stay elsewhere for a few days. Those chemicals can cause real problems unfortunately, especially if you already have respiratory issues. If you must have them near you then using a great air purifier, a mask rated n95 or above and appropriate antihistamines or decongestants are good options.
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Re: Asthma doesn't stop this kiddo!

Kathy P ·
Welcome @pinkladycha . Wearing a mask is a great idea for controlling inhaled triggers. Does that help your son stay active?
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Re: Asthma doesn't stop this kiddo!

pinkladycha ·
It's my daughter but she has bad allergies too that trigger her asthma. She isn't very active because her asthma is triggered by physical activity. She's only rode her bike once this year and that was that day. We generally have a high pollen count so we had to make sure she was covered for her 30 mins of play lol.
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Re: Masked up!

K8sMom2002 ·
I love it! That's one cool mask -- it's actually way prettier than I thought it would be from your earlier descriptions ... I was thinking those skull masks with the flames that you see bikers wear!
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Re: Masked up!

Pljohns ·
I had to look hard to find one that WASN'T skull and cross bones-I had to wear this crazy thing during the day while dressed in a suit! Imagine suit, heels, a construction hat and this mask. I got more than one odd look.
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Re: Take me out to the ballgame!

K8sMom2002 ·
MKelly, if it works, it works! Glad the mask has helped you make the diamond a possibility! I second Jen's invitation to join in -- also, we have a conversation going where folks show off THEIR masks -- some pretty cool ones, if I do say so myself. Another cool spot on our community is You vs Asthma ... it's where we log the daily battles and skirmishes we have with asthma.
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Re: Asthma doesn't stop this kiddo!

Jimbb ·
A question, does she have to wear this mask every day when she is out? Or just when triggers are high? Does she get made fun of by other kids? OK, 3 questions.
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Re: Asthma doesn't stop this kiddo!

pinkladycha ·
she's a girl. But yes she has to wear a mask about because she has so many environmental triggers. Shes a girl. She does have to wear a mask out. Because she has so many triggers, more so spring time. She does get picked on and bullied by kids because some thing she's dying. Adults stare a lot . She's blessed though
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Re: Not sick - and plan to keep it that way!

AmyWhicker ·
Safety first...and good for you. It is a nice colorful mask..you are such a fashionista!
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Re: Not sick - and plan to keep it that way!

Martha Anne ·
Agreed, but I am afraid to take planes or long distance buses where the air circulates and also are you concerned about getting the flu virus from just touching the seat of your plane or using a pubic restroom, even if you have on a mask?
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Re: Not sick - and plan to keep it that way!

Kathy P ·
Totally understand that @Martha Anne ! The recirculated air and close proximity to potentially sick people was a huge concern. The mask definitely helped to keep me from touching my face and spreading germs there. I also had packs of wipes and hand sanitizer. I carefully wiped down my personal space - arm rests, back of the seat, tray table - before I sat down. Any time I went to the rest room, I slathered in hand sanitizer. Also wiped down things in the hotel rooms like door handles, TV...
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

CoachBW ·
We need a practical article that will be radically honest and realistic about how to survive this as immune-compromised people. What concrete steps should we take WHEN (not “if”) this virus spreads to our community? For example, I am doing the following: procuring an N95 mask to use in public when the virus becomes pervasive; filling all prescriptions I may need if I get sick (inhalers, prednisone, etc.); getting the pneumonia vaccine to prevent the secondary infection if I can; stocking up...
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

Kathy P ·
Welcome CoachBW - we are working on getting the blog updated and have asked our medical advisors specific questions. Your plan follows many of the CDC recommendations for how to prepare your household for a possible COVID-19 outbreak . One reminder about masks is that they are most effective when worn by someone who is sick to prevent the spread of the virus through cough droplets. In general, masks don't provide much protection to someone who is not sick. You'd have to be directly...
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

Kathy P ·
The testing for COVID-19 is based on looking for specific gene sequences unique to that virus. Those are gene sequences that do not appear in other similar viruses. How do the new coronavirus tests work? Updated to add: you theoretically could have both viruses in which case you will test positive for flu A/B.
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

Myoshi ·
Shea - I agree with you. I live in NYC and travel to work on the subway and wearing a n95 mask would greatly decrease my chances of contracting the virus where I am in close proximity to strangers. I do understand that the CDC and WHO are trying to quell the general population from buying/wearing masks when basic hygiene would be more helpful in the long term but they are not protecting those the with the 'underlying health conditions' that they continually mention. This is a situation where...
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

Ender ·
This is going to be the "unpopular" opinion, but it is one more should consider. You will not eliminate disease with a paper mask. You cannot prevent a future asthma attack by stockpiling medication. The virus takes about two weeks to become apparent and it will definitely have killed you within the month if it is going to be your cause of death. Do what you've always done, but do it better. Be clean. Be aware of your condition. Be considerate of those around you. Most of all, be rational.
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

Sarah Marie ·
Why are we not advised to wear a mask to keep from getting the virus when people can spread the virus before they even know they have it? I understand that the mask can make you want to touch your face more, etc... But to me, it would make more sense to wear the mask to keep from getting it.
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

Lorene ·
Hi Sarah, Surgical masks will not protect us from incoming germs or the virus. Those masks only keep things from coming out of your mouth, which is why it is recommended to wear one if you are sick to help protect others. The only mask that may help is a N95 mask/respirator that fits well. The mask does not keep your hands from carrying the virus, or protect your eyes, etc. These masks are often hot and can be very hard or uncomfortable to breathe through, especially if you have asthma. The...
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

Lorene ·
Hi @JillianW , I understand your concern and frustration. There seems to be mixed messages around who should wear a mask. As a nurse aid, you are a healthcare provider and should follow the CDC guidelines for healthcare professionals: https://www.cdc.gov/coronaviru...-nCoV/hcp/index.html It is important to protect yourself and your family. Please take care of yourself! Lorene
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

savail ·
I keep finding conflicting recommendations from places online about whether or not those with asthma or other breathing issues should wear a face covering. Normally, my asthma is mostly just set off by mold or the heat (or both, because mold is a real **** when it gets hot and humid outside), but since becoming pregnant, it's just been all around bad and hard to breathe in general. I try to minimize the amount I use my inhaler, but all of the disinfectants in use haven't been helping any,...
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Re: Making breathing treatments fun at 18 months old.

Melissa G ·
Love it! My youngest dd had the same neb mask when she was little.
 
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