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Monday, January 25, 2016

Found the cause for asthma?

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My friend saw an article in BBC news and shared it with me. I may have blogged about this already last year, but this a new article that says:

"Scientists at Cardiff University have identified the potential root cause of asthma for the first time, along with a new treatment."
Say what?? The article, titled "Cardiff University Scientists discover asthma's root cause"  is short, but says that the scientists have found the cause of asthma, a calcium recepting sensor - or CaSR.

They said they could use a drug that is already available, called calcilytics   
(those drugs are used to treat people that have bone-density problems like osteoporosis)

 And I had to listen to the video from Professor Daniela Riccardi about 3 times before I could figure out what she was saying. (Come on scientist - use regular people talk so we can figure out what you are saying!)

Anyway, check out the article and let me know what you think

Happy breathing!


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Would you share an inhaler?

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Allergy & Asthma Network shared a story on their Facebook page about a student who was disciplined for sharing their inhaler with another student

What would you do?

If your student has an inhaler at school, and they see another friend having an asthma attack and struggling to breathe,  should they share their inhaler? 

I know that legally, prescriptions are NOT allowed to be shared.

But - would this be considered a "medical emergency"? 

Should they let someone use their inhaler?

The student who did so was suspended and sent to an "alternative school." 

I know the panic of having an asthma attack and not being able to get my inhaler. 

What are your thoughts?

 


Monday, January 11, 2016

When allergy shots don't work...

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This is what it looks like when you have to be tested for allergies.This little guy doesn't look too bad. 

They can also test on your arms 





See all those red welts? That person is REALLY allergic to certain things (dogs, cats, horses, trees, flowers, etc.)

Daughter Kitty has had this done 4 times, yes - you read that right. 4 times over the years :(

Kitty also had to have allergy shots for over 5 years. AND THEY DIDN'T WORK!!!!! This is not for the faint of heart - you start out going to the doctor's office twice a week and gets a shot in each arm.(And you have to wait for 20 minutes so you don't have an allergic reaction)  Then you get shots once a week, then a couple of times a month until you reach "maintenance" - where your allergies are finally stable and you can slowly taper off the shots.

Well, that didn't happen for Kitty. We are back to the beginning. After 5 year's worth of shots, she is still struggling. That girl can sneeze 30 times in a row - easy! Then that makes her asthma flare up.

So, Asthma Doc retested Kitty (again.....) and sure enough - there were welts all over her back because she was allergic to so many different things. Sigh. (Do you mean to tell me that those 5 years were a complete waste of time??????)

This time, we may try Sublingual immunotherapy (drops under the tongue). The problem with regular allergy shots is that Kitty has HUGE lumps on each arm where she gets allergy shots (think lumps the size of half a hard boiled egg that is red and hot to the touch. The lump lasts for several hours while she holds cold packs on her arm.) Try holding a cold pack on your arm while you are trying to do homework.

This is just crazy! I haven't heard of anyone else that allergy shots didn't help. 

I have friends that have repeated allergy shots later in life - but not right after they finished their 5 year's of allergy shots.

Sigh. Just don't even know what to think right now.......