Asthma and Allergies Twitter Party!

We have an exciting announcement! This Friday, at 9pm ET, we’re hosting a Twitter party where we’ll discuss asthma, allergies, and what you can do to avoid springtime triggers.

We’ll even have a giveaway or two and some special guests. It’s going to be an awesome, informative evening.

So, if you’re around on Friday evening, tune into the #BeatingAsthma hashtag, ask your questions, and learn a little about asthma and allergies from Dr. A!

 

Nasal Health and Asthma

If you are like many people, acute asthma attacks often begin with nasal symptoms. I have heard this time and time again. People report that developing a runny nose, nasal congestion or post-nasal drip, and then, over the course of days, or even quicker, they develop chest tightness, cough and/ or wheezing. Keeping in mind the chapters on Prevention by Avoidance in Beating Asthma. Seven Simple Principles, we are reminded of the importance of maintaining nasal health in beating asthma.

Avoiding your known triggers, as well as taking your allergy meds as prescribed, are key factors here. Is there anything else you can do? Are there any natural approaches to maintaining a healthy nose?

The answer is yes. In fact it is quite simple. Irrigation of the nose with saline (salt water) daily will help you do this. There are various commercial products out there for this purpose, but the one I recommend for your consideration is Neil Med Sinus Rinse.  I have no financial interest in Neil Med. As with many other physicians, I have found it to be extremely helpful in my patients with chronic rhinitis, otherwise known as postnasal drip (whether allergic or non-allergic). This product uses a squeeze bottle or Neti Pot. It is important to follow the directions carefully. It can be used in adults and children. Watching the instructional videos on their web site are really helpful. Performing nasal irrigation may seem odd at first, but most people appear to easily and quickly adapt to it.

Continuing along the lines of natural products, there are 2 nasal sprays available over the counter, without prescription, which have been shown in scientific studies to provide rapid reduction in nasal symptoms. I am not aware of any studies specifically using these in asthma patients, but they clearly work to reduce nasal problems. They are natural, non-addictive, and work rapidly. Again, I have no financial interest in these products, but after using them myself I can attest to their helpfulness! Be aware, though, that the natural ingredient used is capsaicin, the chemical that causes hot peppers to be hot, so initially you will feels an intense burning sensation in your nose, but that rapidly resolves. The products, Sinus Buster, and Sinol M are available at select pharmacies and online from places such as Amazon. If you would like to see my initial reaction to using Sinus Buster, go to YouTube and search for the Beating Asthma Channel.

If nothing else, it’s good for a quick laugh (seeing a physician taking a medicine they recommend!).

The bottom line? Taking good care of your nose should play a major role in your efforts at Beating Asthma!

If you have any techniques or helpful hints in keeping your nose healthy, please share them with us here!

Be kind to yourself!

Dr. A

Exciting News at Beating Asthma!

Just a quick update to say how excited I was to see this favorable review of Beating Asthma in the Washington Post!

As we continue to make news, be sure to check back for updates!

Update of Beating Asthma, the book

Friends,

The work on the book is progessing steadily.

Two more chapters plus an introduction and concluding chapter to write, and the ‘rough draft’ will be completed!

Woohoo!

I am grateful for all the patients over the years who I have learned from and who continue to be the inspiration for writing ‘Beating Asthma’.

Thanks to my good friend and patient who works as a Respiratory Therapist on the transport team for Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth for her kind words and positive reinforcement to me this past week. She has witnessed up close the heartache associated with uncontrolled asthma, and has provided much comfort to suffering children over the years with her kindness and skills. She believes that ‘Beating Asthma’ will make a difference in people’s lives. That is my prayer. (I don’t want to mention names without her permission!) Keep up the great work, my friend, and thanks again!

Hang in there everyone. Have a great 4th of July weekend. Have fun, but stay safe! Hug those you love tightly and be filled with gratitude, as I am, for the great gift of America!

Be kind to yourself.

Progress on Beating Asthma, “the Book”

I wanted to share some thoughts with you.

Late last year I made a firm decision to write a book on asthma.

The idea has been floating around in my brain for over 10 years! A good idea, but nothing else, really. Last year a bit of coaching by a classmate at the UTD Coaching Program help me to gain focus and begin the actions that helped me get ‘unstuck’. From there I began to initiate actions aimed at getting this project really moving, turning it from a simply being a ‘good idea’ into a reality. This blog was the first concrete step I took and I am thankful to all who have read it. Some of my recent posts have come from my work on the book. I hope my postings have been helpful to some of you.

It’s very exciting about how things have progressed over the past several months. Moving from an ‘outlining phase’ to a ‘writing phase’ began about a month ago. Writing a book does not take place in a vacuum. I am deeply indebted to all the people who have shared their lives with me and allowed me to be their physician over the past 30 years. I have learned so much from all of you. I have been working with Suzanne Murray from StyleMatters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is truly a great ‘thinking partner’ and editor. Another blessing.

If things continue as they have, I will complete the manuscript this summer. I hope to have it published next year, no later than May, which is ‘Asthma Awareness Month’!

So, stayed tuned here to the blog for updates. I will have a separate website set up for the book long before it appears in print.

I value any feedback or insights you may have. This book is intended to ‘show the way’ to better asthma control to the 20+ million people in the US (? and beyond) who suffer from this disease. Beating asthma is simply improving asthma control. Asthma can not be cured as yet, but in many many cases improved control and less suffering are possible!

Be kind to yourself!

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Asthma and Allergies Twitter Party!

We have an exciting announcement! This Friday, at 9pm ET, we’re hosting a Twitter party where we’ll discuss asthma, allergies, and what you can do to avoid springtime triggers.

We’ll even have a giveaway or two and some special guests. It’s going to be an awesome, informative evening.

So, if you’re around on Friday evening, tune into the #BeatingAsthma hashtag, ask your questions, and learn a little about asthma and allergies from Dr. A!

 

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Nasal Health and Asthma

If you are like many people, acute asthma attacks often begin with nasal symptoms. I have heard this time and time again. People report that developing a runny nose, nasal congestion or post-nasal drip, and then, over the course of days, or even quicker, they develop chest tightness, cough and/ or wheezing. Keeping in mind the chapters on Prevention by Avoidance in Beating Asthma. Seven Simple Principles, we are reminded of the importance of maintaining nasal health in beating asthma.

Avoiding your known triggers, as well as taking your allergy meds as prescribed, are key factors here. Is there anything else you can do? Are there any natural approaches to maintaining a healthy nose?

The answer is yes. In fact it is quite simple. Irrigation of the nose with saline (salt water) daily will help you do this. There are various commercial products out there for this purpose, but the one I recommend for your consideration is Neil Med Sinus Rinse.  I have no financial interest in Neil Med. As with many other physicians, I have found it to be extremely helpful in my patients with chronic rhinitis, otherwise known as postnasal drip (whether allergic or non-allergic). This product uses a squeeze bottle or Neti Pot. It is important to follow the directions carefully. It can be used in adults and children. Watching the instructional videos on their web site are really helpful. Performing nasal irrigation may seem odd at first, but most people appear to easily and quickly adapt to it.

Continuing along the lines of natural products, there are 2 nasal sprays available over the counter, without prescription, which have been shown in scientific studies to provide rapid reduction in nasal symptoms. I am not aware of any studies specifically using these in asthma patients, but they clearly work to reduce nasal problems. They are natural, non-addictive, and work rapidly. Again, I have no financial interest in these products, but after using them myself I can attest to their helpfulness! Be aware, though, that the natural ingredient used is capsaicin, the chemical that causes hot peppers to be hot, so initially you will feels an intense burning sensation in your nose, but that rapidly resolves. The products, Sinus Buster, and Sinol M are available at select pharmacies and online from places such as Amazon. If you would like to see my initial reaction to using Sinus Buster, go to YouTube and search for the Beating Asthma Channel.

If nothing else, it’s good for a quick laugh (seeing a physician taking a medicine they recommend!).

The bottom line? Taking good care of your nose should play a major role in your efforts at Beating Asthma!

If you have any techniques or helpful hints in keeping your nose healthy, please share them with us here!

Be kind to yourself!

Dr. A

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Exciting News at Beating Asthma!

Just a quick update to say how excited I was to see this favorable review of Beating Asthma in the Washington Post!

As we continue to make news, be sure to check back for updates!

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