Allergies and asthma have reached epidemic proportions worldwide and spurred much research. Scientists around the globe are unified in their goal to find answers now, or at least as soon as possible.
Here's a roundup of some of the latest research findings:
- Hot days trigger allergic asthma flares. Have you ever noticed your asthma and/or allergy symptoms get worse when it's super hot outside? If so, you're not alone, especially if you're a senior citizen. Research in 12 European cities found that when outdoor temps reached the typical maximum, hospital admissions for breathing problems also increased. This finding doesn't bode well for those of us who suffer from allergies/asthma in a time when global warming has become a reality. Read more
- Babies born in fall/winter are more likely to develop asthma. Researchers in California found that babies who were born when mold counts are high (fall/winter) were 3 times as likely to develop wheezing by the age of 2 than babies born at other times of the year. That's significant because up to 40 percent of kids who have wheezing by age 2 may go on to develop childhood asthma, particularly if they have a history of allergies. A previous study suggested that the link between being born in the fall or winter and risk of asthma was related to exposure to respiratory viruses during peak cold and flu season, but these study finding suggest a different cause. Read more
- Alternative therapies for eczema are effective. It was announced at the recent annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology that traditional Chinese medicine can provide significant relief of the skin allergy known as eczema, particularly in children. Therapies tested included drinking herbal tea, soaking in herbal baths and acupuncture. This is exciting, because the alternative treatments are safer and cheaper than traditional medical methods.
I will update you on more of the recent research findings in a future post.