In The News: Allergies

2nd Annual Peanut Free Night SOLD OUT!

We got off to a rough start with having to cancel our original date due to some pretty terrible weather back in July. Luckily, our rescheduled night couldn’t have been better weather wise. We had a cool breeze sweeping through the stands as we watched the RiverDogs beat Columbia!

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Female Athlete with Vocal Cord Dysfunction VCD

Vocal Cord Dysfunction – A Very Common and Often Misdiagnosed Condition

Katie is a 16-year-old high school student who is a very good soccer player. She is currently playing on her high school team and a traveling squad of All-Stars. In the last 6 months, Katie has begun having excessive shortness of breath with wheezing while playing soccer. Symptoms are worse when she is playing a match but she also notes similar symptoms during practice. She has had one recent episode which was sufficiently severe and caused her to faint. Katie has seen her family physician and he has suggested that she may have exercise – induced bronchospasm (EIB). She has tried treating with inhaler prior to exercise however this medication has been ineffective and the symptoms continue.

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Can’t Catch Your Breath During Your Workout?

Did you know that over 25 million Americans suffer from asthma, 17+ million are adults and 6+ million are children? If you suffer from asthma, it is likely that you might experience symptoms when you exercise, known as Exercise Induced Bronchospasm (EIB). Additionally, there are some who cough, wheeze or get excessively short of breath only when they exercise. These individuals have what is termed Exercise Induced Asthma (EIA); many are elite athletes whose frequent training or overtraining can cause damage to the lungs.  Researching this condition might confuse you and honestly, it’s just semantics when you break it down between EIB and EIA. For all intents and purposes, we’ll refer to this condition as EIB.    

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Mouth Get Itchy When You Eat Certain Foods?

If you suffer from hay fever and you have experienced itchy mouth, palate, or scratchy throat after eating certain raw fruits and vegetables or tree nuts, you may have oral allergy syndrome (also known as pollen-food syndrome).  Oral allergy syndrome (OAS) is caused by cross reacting allergens (proteins) found in both pollens and raw fruits, vegetables, and some nuts.  As these food and pollen proteins are very similar in structure, our immune system recognizes them as identical and directs an allergic response against both of them.

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High Pollen Counts Affect Children’s Test Scores

With 50 million Americans suffering from allergies, it’s not surprising that there are two million missed school days due to pollen allergies. Dr. Thomas Harper states “allergies are often thought of as only nasal or eye problems, but it really can be a global issue. Allergies can affect your quality of life, quality of work, your basic day-to-day functioning.” Several studies have been done all over the world comparing pollen counts and student test scores. These studies indicate that when allergy suffers attended school they perform worse than their peers who do not suffer from allergies.

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Have You Been Misdiagnosed with Asthma?

A new study indicates as many as one in three individuals with a current diagnosis of asthma may have been misdiagnosed. This apparently is not uncommon when proper testing is not obtained with initial diagnosis. This study emphasis that diagnosis and long term management of asthma requires objective measurements of lung function and that without pulmonary function data in long term asthma management, misdiagnosis can often occur. We routinely perform breathing tests at Charleston Allergy & Asthma including spirometry, impulse oscillometry and methacholine inhalation challenge.

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Is An Antibiotic Really Necessary?

Have you ever taken your child to the doctor only to be told that they will not prescribe you an antibiotic? You leave feeling frustrated, annoyed and not to mention you have a very sick kid on your hands. Well, the reasoning behind not providing you a prescription is because physicians are trying to make sure they are treating the appropriate infection the appropriate way. 

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Sniffling and Sneezing Your Way Through Winter?

Most people associate allergies with trees, flowers, and warmer weather, but it is not uncommon for allergies to persist through the colder months. As we tend to spend more time indoors during the winter, offending indoor allergens, such as dust, mold, and pet dander can be bothersome. Other irritants may include smoke and cleaning products.

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