Can Prenatal Vitamin D Reduce Asthma?

Vitamin D has long been a part of prenatal care. Often administered in supplements, vitamin D is critical in maintaining the health of the unborn child and mother. A 2011 study showed only positive benefits of taking up to 4000…

Study Links Asthma to Shingles

In 2013, the National Institute of Health published the results of a study in which they took a closer look at the link between childhood asthma and herpes zoster virus, more commonly known as “shingles”. In this study, they were…

Asthma Awareness Month 2015

May is finally here, and for many of us, it means a relative slowdown in the tree pollen that’s been plaguing our nose, throats, and airways for the last two months. Personally, I’m just happy that here in Georgia, the…

Focus on the Medication: What Are Corticosteroids

This week, we’re going to take a look at medications, more specifically, the two classes of drugs most commonly prescribed for those coping with asthma. When it comes to asthma there is one basic, but large division, between treatment medications.…

Extreme Cold Spells Trouble for Asthmatics

The last few days have been like a sucker punch to much of the country. Extreme cold, and in some places heavy snow, have ushered in the new year in a way most of us would rather just forget. In…

The Ickey Shuffle – Ickey Woods & Asthma Awareness

Being an Ohio native, though admittedly not a big Bengals fan, I found the recent Geico ad featuring Ickey Woods hilarious. I watched Woods run the ball for years with the Bengals, but seeing him do his ‘Ickey Shuffle’ then…

End of Summer, School, and Sick Kids

Late last week many of you likely came across a story about Enterovirus D68 and how it is affecting school children in states across the middle of the U.S. I have to admit, I am a bit behind on this…

Studies Reinforce Link Between Corticosteroids & Height

Back in 2012, I highlighted a study that was presented at the European Respiratory Society conference that focused on the link between the use of common asthma treatments and a child's height. In this study, researchers examined the use of…

Ask An Allergist – Dr. Mardiney

We are constantly trying to bring you the most up-to-date and relevant information available. To help in doing so, we've begunn partnering with board certified doctors to answer some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about allergies and…

Running with Asthma – Interview

I guess I would call myself a seasonal runner. During the winter, if I can

No OTC Primatene Mist Replacement

Yesterday, a US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted not to recommend Primatene HFA for over-the-counter sale. This is the latest in the attempt to bring a bronchodilator back to the over-the-counter market. There were two additional votes on…

Tax Time!

WellaPets – Want to Test a New App?

Are you the parent of a child with asthma? Would you be interested in trying a new app/game that is not only entertaining for your child but also teaches them about asthma triggers, treatment and how to better manage asthma?…

Dogs and Asthma – Man’s Best Friend, Yet Again?

Owning a dog changes a lot of things for people, but one thing you might not think about is how it changes the dust inside your home. It's true, the composition of the dust in dog owner's home is actually…

Can an Air Purifier Help With COPD?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, is one of the most common respiratory disorders affecting people today. It is a generalized term that many people recall wasn't often spoken ten to fifteen years ago. In the past, you were more…

Asthma’s Potential Impact on Pregnancy and Fertility

There are a variety of connections between allergic disease. Asthma linked allergies, eczema linked to asthma, etc. but one interesting relationship that has not been studied too much is the link between asthma and infertility. It has long been noted…

New Child Humidifiers by Crane

As part of our expansion of our humidifier offering, we've now added select cool mist humidifiers by Crane. Crane is known for the animal/character themed design as well as their ease of use. So whether dry indoor air is making…

Swimming, Chlorine and Pregnancy

Last week we saw a flurry of articles written about the release of a study in the British Journal of Dermatology. The reason for publicity is that part of the research takes aim at an activity that pregnant women commonly…

Yoga, Controlled Breathing & Asthma

Asthma relief can be achieved in non-medicinal ways, such as yoga and meditation. Today, I am going to talk about a simple pose and a couple breathing techniques that can help open your airways, regulate your breathing and hopefully help…

Allergy Armor Ultra Sale!

If you've been meaning to try some of the best allergy bedding available, now is the time to save. For a limited time, all Allergy Armor pillow covers, mattress covers and duvet covers are 20% off. _As seen in Women's…

AchooAllergy Releases 2013 Holiday Gift Guide

We've recently released our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. Different from years past, this year's Guide is shorter, and more concise. It offers a few great products that would work well for the loved one dealing with allergies, asthma or MCS,…

Wedding Day – Nothing to Sneeze At!

I came across an article that, this week, particularly resonated with me. While I am not getting married, my roommate is. After nearly a year of planning, she and her fianc

Pacifiers: Not Just for Kids to Enjoy?

I came across this on the drive in to work yesterday morning, and it reminded me of just a few short years ago.

May is Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month

May is Asthma Awareness Month, as designated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and with this comes a renewed focus on asthma and how it impacts not only individuals but the larger community as a whole. In addition to this,…

Study Tightens Link Between Asthma and Allergies in Adults

One aspect of my job here at Achoo puts me in touch with people with little to no knowledge of environmental control, allergy bedding or how specific things inside the house can be causing certain symptoms. One piece of information…

Environmental Control for Asthma

I have to say, I always enjoy reading or hearing stories like the one a friend of mine passed me yesterday (thank you Cordelia!). A very similar story was part of the broadcast on NPR this morning as well. The…

Asthma – Wearing a Mask While You Sleep?

People who suffer from COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder), sleep apnea or other respiratory conditions have some familiarity with wearing a mask while sleeping. Perhaps not the most comfortable, these masks often help keep airways open or deliver concentrated oxygen…

Fungi, Asthma & Your Lungs

Viruses, bacteria, and germs… they seem like a terrifying lot sometimes, particularly when the evening news shows stories of salmonella food poisoning, some ultra rare microbes with devastating effects or a story about how research on the mutating the Avian…

Dangers of Common Pet Shampoos

As a dog owner, keeping my dog clean and free of ticks and fleas can sometimes seem like a real chore. Over the years I have tried a few different methods in controlling fleas and ticks. Though I never used…

Pulmicort Does Make You Shorter

In a recent study presented at the European Respiratory Society conference in Vienna, researchers defined the link between the use of a common asthma treatment drug and a child's height. For years it has been believed that budesonide, the primary…

Genetics Plays Key Role in Eczema

Like many health issues and conditions, the primary determining factors are genetics and the environment. Both are not weighted equally in any given situation, but both play a role in the development of most medical conditions and diseases. Even when…

Reducing Exposure to Vehicle Emissions

While the political debate over whether emissions regulations are too onerous on manufacturers, evidence linking increased exposure to emissions and asthma and lung damage continues to pile up. From decreased lung development to increased rates of asthma, studies published in…

Some Like It Hot!

So maybe the title is a bit deceptive since there will be no mention of the famous movie by the same title that starred Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis, except for this one. What I am referring to, however, is…

Outdoors, Ozone and Plants

If you happened to see a snippet from the evening news, you may have come across a piece about a thick cloud of yellowish smog in the Chinese city of Wuhan. While the cause of the dense cloud is up…

Pregnancy, Stress & Asthma

Swollen feet, odd cravings, increased sense of smell, irritability – all are things that can be associated with pregnancy. And while the list of things you should avoid generally gets a little longer during pregnancy, most things that can have…

Study Links Smoking, Pregnancy & Acute Asthma

While it may seem to be a common perception at this point, the fact remains that the effects of smoking during pregnancy has far less data to back up a link to asthma development than smoking around children after birth.…

Measuring the Real Cost of Severe Asthma

We've all seen those statistics, like ‘Allergies Cost Employers $750 Million Annually From Lost Work Time’ or the stat that estimates how much money/productivity employers lose each March when the NCAA basketball tourney starts. (Don't go by that allergy number,…

Asthma Study to Focus of Possible Effects of Fracking

While the debate over the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing continues, there is now a concentrated interest in studying the possible health effects of living in communities where ‘fracking’ takes place. Communities in western and northern Pennsylvania offer a unique…

Studies Support ‘Hygiene Hypothesis’ on Allergies

As the prevalence of asthma and allergies continues to climb in most Western societies, the causes of these chronic conditions are still not known. Though, with a collection of news stories, research pieces, and press releases coming in over the…

Choosing Wisely – Tips for Allergies & Asthma Treatment

In an effort to reduce waste and needless testing in healthcare, ‘Choose Wisely’ is a public health initiative recently launched by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Using ‘top five’ lists, the ‘Choose Wisely’ series presents some of the most…

Allergic to… Bacteria?

A study released in this month's issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology suggests that some instances of asthma may be related to what could be classified as an allergic response to bacteria. _The allergic response, though not fully understood,…

Raw Milk Lessens Allergy and Asthma Risk, Study Finds

According to a recent large European study, children who drink raw milk are less likely to develop allergies and asthma, reports FoxNews.com. While a direct cause-and-effect relationship between raw milk consumption and less incidence of allergies and asthma cannot be…

Adult Onset Asthma: One Woman’s Story

My chronic cough turned out to be adult asthma tells the story of one woman who had a cough she just couldn't shake. When ribs bruised from violent coughing landed her in the emergency room, 40-year-old Linda Finlayson of New…

Breastfeeding Lowers Asthma Risk

In Asthma Risk Lower In Breastfed Babies, Medical News Today reports on a Dutch study which found that babies who are exclusively breastfed up to the age of six months have a lower risk of developing asthma-related symptoms in early…

Formaldehyde Danger for Hair Stylists, Embalmers, and Others

Formaldehyde, only recently officially declared as a carcinogen, has long been considered a health risk. Formaldehyde can trigger asthma and exacerbate symptoms of chemical sensitivity, including itchy eyes, sore throats, nosebleeds, and more. Even if symptoms are not apparent, formaldehyde…

Placebo Makes Asthma Patients Feel Better

We may take it for granted that frightening and serious conditions like asthma require medication. However, a study discussed in Time's article Study: For Asthma Patients, Placebos Feel Just as Good as the Drug calls this assumption into question

Cyclists Face Air Pollution Dangers, Including Cardiac Trouble

Scientific America's article, Air Pollution Triggers Heart Risk for Cyclists, discusses the health concerns faced by cyclists who ride in heavy traffic areas. _The article highlights the effect of pollution from delivery trucks in New York City's Garment District. One…

Herbal Treatment Shows Promise in Treating Asthma

Herbal Medicine Reduces Inflammation in Allergen-Induced Asthma We've talked before about alternative treatments for allergies, asthma, and related conditions like eczema. And we love spreading the word about natural remedies for allergies. Following is promising news regarding an Asian herbal…

Pesticide Expsoure Triggers Allergies, Asthma

The FoxNews article, Pesticides on Playing Fields, discusses the effects of pesticides on playing fields used by children. Because spring and summer sporting activities are often more crowded than other times of year, pesticides used on playing fields pose an…

Five Springtime Asthma Facts

Medical News Today reports on Five Things You Don't Know About Springtime Asthma. The article highlights the fact that though 24 million Americans have been diagnosed with asthma, ‘millions more’ may be at risk and not even know it. Allergists…