Sloane Miller, Patient Expert

Sloane wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Allergy and Asthma.

When Traveling, Pack Your Painkillers!

There was an article in the New York Times recently about a couple away on a lovely vacation in Indonesia and the husband accidentally fractures his ankle. Not so lovely. Their cell phones turn out to be the most reliable tool they have. They make th...
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What To Do With Expired Asthma Inhalers

I went on a field trip to Poughkeepsie New York to the Culinary Institute of America last week. I went to meet a Chef colleague and have lunch with their student food allergy group. Poughkeepsie is about 90 minutes by train from New York City. Halfwa...
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How to Avoid Common Holiday Asthma Triggers

Holidays are here and with the holidays come some staples: parties, drinking and fruitcake. If you have asthma, there are some holiday pitfalls to keep in mind like parties, drinking and maybe even fruitcake. So before you reach for that puff on a ce...
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8 Gift DON'Ts For the Holidays

That time – you know that special, hair-raising, stressful, economic-crisis has hit, stores are jammed, I can’t find anything anyone would really want, what-do-I-get-for-them, gift-giving time – is now only a few weeks away. Add to that the friend yo...
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Is there Milk in Your Clothing? Watch Out for Allergenic Fabrics

In this current economic climate, serious belt tightening is in order. However, after all of my fall cleaning, yes I did that too, I was left with gaps in my wardrobe. I had given away so much that I no longer wore, no longer fit, or was too-seven-ye...
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If It's Fall, This Must Be Eczema

When I put on blush recently, I noticed a half inch patch of under-the-eye-eczema --a sure sign that the cold weather has begun. So when I got home that evening, even though it was late, I massaged in some olive oil. Yes. Olive oil. On eczema. What i...
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Painting with "Green" Paints

The beginning of September has been “refresh my apartment time.” According to New York law, rented apartments are due a painting by the landlord every three years. I haven’t had my apt painted since the summer of 2004 and it showed: the ceiling was c...
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