Allergies, Asthma & Sinus

October 11, 2019

Halloween and Asthma: Don’t Let Allergies or Asthma Get in the Way of Halloween Fun

By Steven Julius, MD, Pediatric Pulmonologist Wearing masks made of latex and taking hayrides are among the Halloween festivities that could be risky for children with asthma, according to the American Lung Association. And we can’t forget about the happiness and entertainment that pumpkins on display bring on the wonders of Halloween. But what happens […]

read more

April 23, 2019

Old Prescriptions In Your Medicine Cabinet? Drop Them Off On Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

By Rebecca Alexander What do you do with leftover or expired prescriptions? It’s easy to forget about old prescriptions in the back of your medicine cabinet and just toss them in the trash. But there is a better way to dispose of your old or expired prescription medications – like “dropping them off” at designated locations. […]

read more

March 21, 2019

Children Struggling with Asthma or Allergy Symptoms? Spring for Spirometry

By Amy Trees Spring has sprung, which means warmer weather, cherry blossoms and green grass between your toes… oh, and achoo. Welcome to allergy season. Pollens, such as tree, grass and ragweed, are on the rise in our neighborhood, potentially leading to an increase in asthma and allergy symptoms for you and your family. If […]

read more

January 9, 2019

Think Fast – 5 Things to Know When You’re Sick and Need Care

Being sick isn’t fun for anyone. Other than worrying about getting better as soon as possible, the last things you want to do is spend too much money on getting better or spend too much time away from your bed or couch. When you’ve exhausted your mother’s advice, and saltines and clear liquids aren’t cutting […]

read more

October 12, 2018

A Teal Pumpkin Means an Allergy-Friendly Halloween

The kids say “trick or treat!” and grab their favorite candy – the Halloween tradition is simple! But as we have become more aware of young people diagnosed with food allergies, trick-or-treating can get… tricky. Food allergies shouldn’t get in the way of the fun and ease of trick-or-treating. Keep up with modern trick-or-trick etiquette […]

read more

May 31, 2017

Ask the Doctor – What Are the Signs of Food Allergy?

Steve North, MD, MPH, family and adolescent medicine physician with Mission Community Primary Care – Spruce Pine, addresses health and wellness questions for you and your children heading into the warmer months. Q: What are the signs your child is allergic to food? A: Typical food allergy signs include coughing, hoarseness, rash, runny nose, tightness in […]

read more

May 22, 2017

What’s Your Asthma IQ? Take our Quiz, Learn the Facts

If you have asthma, spring’s allergens can mean increased flare-ups. More than 22 million people in the United States have asthma — nearly 6 million of those are children. “The very young and very old are hospitalized at a greater rate than others,” said Melinda Shuler, Regional Clinical Supervisor, Regional Asthma Disease Management Program. QUIZ […]

read more

April 27, 2017

Seasonal Allergies – Understanding and Overcoming Those Pesky Problems

Seasonal allergies occur at the same time of the year every year, if you continue to live in the same part of the country. Hay fever (also called allergic rhinitis) is the most common seasonal allergy.  What are the symptoms of seasonal allergies? Symptoms of seasonal allergies include: Itchy, watery eyes Sneezing Runny, stuffy or itchy nose […]

read more

March 24, 2017

Asthma or Vocal Cord Dysfunction? Could You Tell the Difference in Symptoms?

Carlyn Morris, a 16-year-old cross country runner, likes to push herself to be the best she can be. “That’s why I love running. I can be competitive with myself,” said Morris, who has been training for cross country and track meets since middle school. For her first meet of the 2016 cross country season, she […]

read more

October 6, 2016

Making Halloween Less Scary for Children with Food Allergies

Teal is the new orange for Halloween. Porches that hold a teal pumpkin are sending a message to children with food allergies that trick-or-treating here means nonfood treats are in store. In lieu of candy, which many children cannot eat, the Teal Pumpkin Project encourages households to give simple treats of bubbles, erasers or other […]

read more