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One of the things I noticed in the comments in the inhaler changeover post is that many of you are using your rescue inhalers often, daily even. Also, there is a feeling that the new HFA ones aren't working to help ease asthma symptoms and in some cases making you feel worse! I was thinking there may be a few reasons for that. First, your old CFC inhaler may have stopped working a long time ago; it's my understanding from my pulmonologist that the more you use your rescue inhaler the less it continues to work. Does this sound familiar? Second, the new inhalers need to be cleaned more often; the powder is fine and clogs the system quicker than the old CFC ones. [Did you clean your old inhalers?] If you're using the new one every day and not cleaning them you may not be getting the full dose of medication. Third, and this is a crucial point, rescue inhalers are for emergencies, not daily use. If you're having asthma symptoms dail...
Have you seen the news this week? There's been a lot of coverage in the health news about a new study from the UK that was published in the European Respiratory Journal .
Apparently this study found that drinking apple juice—but not eating apples—can actually help control wheezing in people who have asthma.
The study looked at 2640 primary school children who were ages 5 to 10 years that lived in Greenwich, south London. The researchers found that drinking a glass of apple juice every day lessened both the severity and the frequency of wheezing, which is probably the most common asthma symptom.
Researchers think that it's phytochemicals in apple juice that provides the protection. The specific kind of phytochemical that seems to calm the airway inflammation in asthmatics that can lead to wheezing is called "flavonoids." Flavonoids are found in many different foods.
However, in this study, the positive results were only obtained by drinking apple...
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