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Asthma and Anxiety

Sat, 31 May 2014 16:46:24 +00002014-05-31T16:46:24Z

The relationship between asthma and anxiety has been discussed at length over the last several years. First it was an interesting finding and then researchers began to try to uncover possible reason. Numerous studies found associations between all sorts of mental illness and asthma. A recent study, however, gives this discussion a new twist.

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Summer Asthma Mistakes

Thu, 29 May 2014 22:36:39 +00002014-05-29T22:36:39Z

We all make mistakes with our chronic diseases-- it just happens.

However, there are certain things you can do that will definitely help keep your asthma under control. Make sure that you avoid these 8 asthma mistakes so that your control is better this summer.




Seasonal Allergies and Asthma

Sun, 25 May 2014 17:52:42 +00002014-05-25T17:52:42Z

If you have seasonal allergies and asthma you need to consider a number of different options to treat your asthma. There are both medical treatments and trigger avoidance techniques that may help you improve your asthma.

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Is My Asthma Action Plan Working?

Fri, 23 May 2014 12:19:20 +00002014-05-23T12:19:20Z

With few exceptions, asthma should not prevent you from doing any activity that you want to do. If you are not able to do some activity, you need to talk with your doctor to develop a strategy to prevent symptoms. Some of my patients, for example, need to use their rescue inhaler before participating in certain activities.

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Avoiding Asthma Triggers

Tue, 20 May 2014 12:12:21 +00002014-05-20T12:12:21Z

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Avoiding asthma triggers is a key part of your asthma action plan.

Triggers are things that either irritate your lungs or exposure somehow makes your asthma symptoms worse. Paying attention to and identifying triggers will help you avoid asthma flares by decreasing exposure to situations or things that may make your asthma worse.

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What Is The Asthma Zone System?

Mon, 19 May 2014 12:01:50 +00002014-05-19T12:01:50Z

(image) All asthma action plans have some sort of asthma zone system. Basically this way of monitoring your asthma that uses the colors of a traffic light that is familiar to most of us:

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Your Asthma Action Plan

Sun, 18 May 2014 22:40:38 +00002014-05-18T22:40:38Z

(image) Think of your asthma action plan as your roadmap to better asthma control. It reminds you of what you need to do when things are going well, but also is there to help you remember what to do when your asthma symptoms are worse. When you are feeling worse the plan is easily followed and will allow you to treat yourself and seek care appropriately.

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You Have To Want To Quit

Sun, 18 May 2014 19:51:50 +00002014-05-18T19:51:50Z

I am often asked if I have a pill, shot, or other magical treatment that will "help me quit smoking. My response to patients is that there are things that I can do and drugs that I can prescribe to help you quit smoking. However, you have to want to quit. n the end the "why" is different for each of my patients. You need to figure out what the "why" is for you and think about it when things get hard. In the end "You Have To Want To Quit"(image)




Develop A Plan To Quit Smoking

Mon, 12 May 2014 11:37:45 +00002014-05-12T11:37:45Z

To have the best chance of quitting smoking you need a plan.

"START" your smoke free life today:

  • S = Set a quit date to begin your smoke free life.
  • T = Tell your family, friends, and coworkers you are quitting and ask for their support.
  • A = Anticipate when you will have problems and think about how you will handle them now.
  • R = Remove all your cigarettes from your home, work, and car.
  • T = Talk with your doctor or other healthcare professional about quitting.
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Asthma & Atopic Dermatitis

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:25:31 +00002014-04-30T13:25:31Z

Asthma and atopic dermatitis sometimes go hand in hand.

This inflammatory skin disease often associated with allergies and asthma, especially in children with asthma. It is usually chronic or recurrent.

Symptoms can include irritated, scaly, itchy skin (sometimes miserably so). It occurs commonly on the face, neck, arms (inner elbows) & legs (back of the knees). It can sometimes be "oozy" or eczematous. The rash is usually triggered by exposure to some kind of allergen.

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