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Boise Air Quality Update: September 5, 2017

Boise Air Quality Update: September 5, 2017

Boise Air Quality Update
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Is running outside risky in smoky air?

Is running outside risky in smoky air?

With the recent fire outbreaks in Boise and the season for forest fires approaching, one wonders, if it’s risky to do outdoor exercises. Smoke from fires is primarily composed of fine particle pollution from burning trees and other plants.
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Persistent cough/Asthma: It could be more than what meets the eye

Persistent cough/Asthma: It could be more than what meets the eye

Severe chronic forms of asthma should be evaluated for acid reflux which might be playing a role in keeping their asthma uncontrolled.
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Spring is Here

Spring is Here

Spring is here and so is the sneezing and runny nose! It's only the middle of March, but spring allergies are already on the rise… and are real! Over at our office at The Allergy Group, I am already seeing an increase in the phone calls of people complaining of allergies. Symptoms of runny nose, itchy eyes, watery eyes and intense sneezing… and so on. Do you wonder if the mild winter the cause of early sneezing and runny nose… Well, you may be right! Mild winters have gi...
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A new tool for measuring asthma severity

A new tool for measuring asthma severity

Fractional Exhaled Nitric Oxide- A tool for measuring asthma severity There is a new tool that is showing to be very helpful in measuring asthma called Fractional Exhaled Nitric Oxide (FeNO). This is a machine that you breathe into and it gives you a number based on inflammation in the lungs. This value can help you and your doctor understand if your asthma is well controlled. It significantly correlates to hyperactive airways and allergic triggers. It is helpful to: Measure response to steroid ...
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Childhood Asthma levels on the decline!

Childhood Asthma levels on the decline!

Finally some good news! After decades of rising levels in the United States of children being diagnosed with asthma, we are finally seeing numbers falling according to a Center for Disease control. NPR interviewed Lara Akinbami of the National Center for Health Statistics who declares that, “we have been expecting the increase in childhood asthma to continue but in fact we saw the opposite.” Akinbami and her colleagues detected the first change in that trend when they analyzed data f...
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Allergy and Asthma troubles during the holiday season?

Allergy and Asthma troubles during the holiday season?

When we the weather gets cold and things start to freeze, we all hope our allergies will get better. But 2/3rds of allergy sufferers have symptoms year-round. Even after the pollen season dies down, there are environmental triggers to deal with—things like mold, dust and pet dander. Here are some tips and things to look out for to avoid increasing problems with you allergies and asthma: 1) Part of enjoying the holidays is being outside and enjoying winter sports and activities. But if you ...
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Asthma & Stress: Correlation, or No?

Asthma & Stress: Correlation, or No?

Modern medicine knows stress can affect the cardiovascular, immune, gastrointestinal, and central nervous systems. It can also create physiological reactions that can lead to a feeling of airway constriction and an inability to breathe. Sounds like asthma, right? If stress alone causes the feeling of not being able to breathe, just imagine adding asthma to the mix. Many immunologists and researchers now say there is a clear connection between stress and asthma. Stress may cause your asthma sym...
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Back-to-School – Let's get Asthma and Allergy Ready?

Back-to-School – Let's get Asthma and Allergy Ready?

Starting the new school year can be a time of great enthusiasm… and anxiety. When kids with allergies leave the protection of their home environment, it’s important for you to take steps to help reduce the incidence of an allergic reaction. Here's how to prepare your child to go back to school safely. Keep the routine at home while not-at-school Start preparing before the new school year begins. Make sure your child takes his asthma or allergy medications as prescribed. Keeping ...
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Steps to Make Your Home Asthma Friendly

Steps to Make Your Home Asthma Friendly

Cover mattresses and pillows with dust-proof coversDust mites are among the most common triggers for asthma, especially indoors. Along with covering padding, wash bedding regularly, and dust regularly in bedrooms.Be mindful of moistureReducing the excess moisture in your home is a good way to prevent mold and dust mites. Fans and open windows should be used when showering, and bad plumbing should be dealt with.Monitor air quality in your areaSome days are better than others for playing in the ba...
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