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Eggs: A Common Allergy Causing Food for Children

Egg allergy is caused due to our immune system reacting against the proteins in the egg – usually found in the white part. It is particularly seen in younger children starting from 6 months of age. Egg allergies can be either permanent or transient – in transient cases, children outgrow their egg allergy.

Some people have allergic reactions to egg upon skin contact but can ingest it because gastric digestion reduces the allergen of the egg proteins. Sometimes egg proteins can be resistant to the heat and digestive enzymes in the stomach causing an immune response.

For children with allergies, the reaction is usually within minutes to a couple of hours of ingestion of egg, with symptoms such as hives or swelling. Skin symptoms are most common, but other immediate reactions involving the gastrointestinal or respiratory tracts are also seen.

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Severity of reaction

Egg allergy has been implicated as a trigger for atopic dermatitis. Children who have egg allergies with atopic dermatitis response are more likely to develop asthma.

The severity of the allergic reaction varies from person to person, from episode to episode. Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening, and infants and children who are asthmatics are particularly at risk. Fatal incidents are few, but have occurred.

Allergic reactions are milder when ingesting cooked denatured egg, but stronger in case of eating raw or undercooked egg. Gastrointestinal inflammatory reactions are also present in some children showing up as allergic eosinophilic esophagitis.

Medical Treatment

Egg allergy can be verified by a variety of diagnostic methods. However, there is no permanent cure, so managing this involves:

  • Avoiding eggs – this can prove difficult as egg whites, shells etc. are in so many products including medicines and vaccines. Being vigilant becomes important.
  • For patients with a history of severe allergic reactions, having an epinephrine autoinjector at hand always.
  • Some studies have suggested kids fed egg at 4-6 months of age were less likely to develop an egg allergy.

When it comes to the adult population, occupational asthma has been seen in populations which work in egg factories or bakeries where egg is used commonly in aerosol form.



Perfume as an Asthma Trigger – 3 Things You Need To Know

One of the most common mistakes that we make in our lives is to ignore an allergic reaction. You may think that ignoring a reaction might ease it on its own, but it rarely happens. To avoid a severe condition, it is absolutely important to find out the cause of a reaction, as soon as you experience it.

In case you, or a loved one you know suffers from asthma, and strong smells seem to aggravate it, then it could very well be a perfume induced asthma attack.

Perfumes and scents aren’t actually allergens, they are irritants. But, that doesn’t mean that they couldn’t trigger allergic reactions. They could, and asthma is one of these reactions.

Here’s what you need to know about perfume as an asthma trigger.

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It is not uncommon

Strong perfumes are a common trigger for asthma attacks. In fact, there are many asthma patients who couldn’t stand the smell of perfumes. For some asthma sufferers, perfume is the sole reason of high-intensity attacks. Other than asthma, scents could also be the cause of nasal congestion, skin problems, and migraines.

Avoidance is ‘not’ bliss

Prevention is better than a cure, and we couldn’t agree more. One of the best ways to prevent perfume-induced asthma attacks is to avoid the triggering element at all costs. However, there are times when you can’t really avoid interacting with people who wear perfumes.

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Three solutions to opt for when perfume starts to attack:

  • Find an allergist who can help you avoid asthma attacks triggered by fragrance sensitivity
  • Take your medicine as soon as you feel an attack is approaching
  • Limit your exposure to places where strong perfumes and related irritants could be present, such as shopping centers, laundromats, etc.

Call our allergy and asthma center, Adult & Pediatric Allergy Associates P.C. at 602-242-4592 today and schedule an appointment for your asthma. Live your life allergy and asthma free!


High Desert Asthma and Allergies- Advice from Asthma Specialists

Phoenix Allergies and Asthma top 15 in US

Phoenix is a beautiful city that has been growing for the last few decades. As it is in the desert, many people think that they can escape problems with allergies and possible asthma by relocating to the city. However, there is no real escape from allergies. You simply find that you are allergic to things besides the mold and mildew of wetter climates.

 Arizona is in in the Top 15 of states for Asthma

A report released by the University of Arizona identified Arizona as being in the top 15 states where asthma has been reported and almost 10% of Arizona adults have been told that they may have asthma. A large reason why the state is in the top 15,(which is a less than desirable ranking) ,is because so many people moved to the desert hoping to avoid developing asthma.

This meant that people and their children who were more likely to develop asthma moved to the desert because they likely thought our desert climate would be better prevention for asthma and allergies than it is! Unfortunately, there are just as many allergens in AZ, so people were lulled into a false sense of security.


Knowing Your Arizonan Allergens

If you have a genetic disposition to asthma but have not been diagnosed with the illness, there are a few things you can do to help be aware of what triggers it. One of the best things you can do is to know what allergens affect you. Our clinics can help you learn about your allergies through prick testing. This method of testing is conducted on the skin and includes all of the most common types of allergens:Dog Dander and Allergies Phoenix AZ

  • Animal dander (cat and dog)
  • Pollens
  • Mites
  • Molds

There may not be as many molds in Phoenix as somewhere like in the Midwest, but the desert is not mold free. Alternaria is a mold that is located nearly everywhere across North America. Perhaps the biggest problem is that there are numerous strains, and you may be allergic to one type but not another. The good news is that our doctors have the advanced knowledge and medications will be able to test and treat for the strains that are likely to grow in our desert area.

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To see if you may be affected by local allergens which could be causing your asthma, call or schedule an appointment today  with our Asthma Specialists!  We have offices and testing hours in Glendale, Anthem, Scottsdale, Avondale and in Mid Phoenix in order to make it as convenient for your as possible!  It’s time for you to live allergy and asthma free!


What is Exercise-Induced Asthma?

Exercise Induced Asthma- Its here in Phoenix:

Exercising outdoors can bring on Asthma

Its started- fall is here!   The beautiful cooler temps have started to arrive in Phoenix- and now many of us are excited to spend time outdoors.   This means that many of us are turning to running, walking, hiking -rather than spending time indoors on the treadmill or at the cool air conditioned mall or movie theater!  For this reason, we thought it would be important to call attention again to some negative issues that arise which many Arizonans do not realize about the outdoors.

Of course, we all know how important exercise is to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Even if it’s just a mild to moderate workout, it can provide many benefits to our health.  But what happens when exercise literally leaves a person breathless?  It might sound strange, but for individuals who suffer from exercise-induced asthma this can potentially impact their quality of life.  As with other types of asthma, exercise-induced asthma can come in varying levels of severity, with the most severe cases keeping sufferers from exercising for more than a couple minutes at a time.  As with other types of asthma, it cannot be cured; however, special treatments are available that can help sufferers live more active lives.

What is Asthma?

Before talking about exercise-induced asthma, you should know a little bit about asthma.  Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that causes inflammation in the airways.  We all know we need our lungs functioning optimally in order to take in the maximum amount of oxygen our bodies need.  When a person has an asthma attack, the airways in their lungs become inflamed and narrowed; in addition, the cells lining the airways might increase their production of mucus, further restricting airflow.  On their own, narrowed airways and mucus are not necessarily bad things.  They are normal physiological processes that help us breathe more efficiently.  But they function abnormally during an asthma attack, causing the sufferer to wheeze, cough, and otherwise display issues with breathing.

How is it caused?

Asthma LungThe specific causes of asthma still aren’t really known.  However, it does appear to run in families, so if you have close relatives who suffer from it you’re at a greater risk of developing it yourself.  In addition, exposure to certain airborne allergens, pathogens, or other irritants at a very young age might leave certain people more vulnerable to developing it.  Asthma attacks are generally brought on by exposure to certain allergens, stress, or exposure to cold or warm temperatures, with symptoms developing rapidly.

Beautiful Phoenix fall weather to blame?

It’s the exposure to changes in temperature that can trigger asthma attacks in people who suffer from exercise-induced asthma.  Exercise-induced asthma can appear in people who otherwise have no history of asthma or other allergies.  As the name suggests, attacks frequently occur when a person is exercising, especially performing more vigorous exercise in colder weather.  As with other types of asthma, the airways narrow and can become filled with mucus, leading to wheezing and difficulty breathing.

So why do people who suffer from exercise-induced asthma develop symptoms?  
It’s all in how they breathe while exercising.  When a person is breathing normally, they will inhale and exhale through their nose.  The air that passes through the nasal passages and into the trachea is warmed and moistened along the way.  When exercising, most people begin to inhale and exhale through their mouth, where the air isn’t warmed or moistened.  When that happens, the airways are exposed to the colder, drier air that is being inhaled, and they react by contracting.

The symptoms of exercise-induced asthma  usually begin within 5-20 minutes after exercise has begun.  As with other types of asthma and allergies, symptoms can range from mild to severe, and often include the following:

  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath while exercising
  • A harsh cough
  • Tightening of the chest
  • Unusual fatigue while exercising

Treatment by a top rated Asthma Specialist:

In order to determine if you, or a child suffers from exercise-induced asthma, you should see a specialist who treats asthma specifically.  This is especially the case if the person has a history of asthma or other allergies.  A doctor will evaluate the symptoms the person is having, discuss their exercise habits, and make a diagnosis from their findings.  Once exercise-induced asthma is diagnosed, treatment that is appropriate for the patient can commence.Child Asthma Doctor by Adult & Pediatric Allergy Associates Phoenix AZ

Therapies used to treat exercise-induced asthma are similar to those that treat regular asthma, and can vary depending on the patient’s needs.  Inhaled beta-2 agonists are the first line of pharmaceutical treatments for the condition, especially when combined with a corticosteroid.  Regardless of the type of asthma, making sure the condition and any co-existing conditions are kept under control is key to living a full and active life.

In addition to drug therapies, modifications to exercise and workout regimens are often suggested.  Here are a few tips that can help lower the chances of having an exercise-induced asthma attack:

  • Make sure you warm up and cool down properly before and after exercising.
  • If you are suffering from a cold, sinus infection, allergies, or other respiratory ailment, you might want to skip exercise until you’ve recovered.  Exercising while sick can increase the chances of suffering an asthma attack.
  • Try to avoid exercising during times of high pollen counts or high levels of other pollutants.
  • Avoid exercising when temperatures are colder.  If you must exercise outdoors when it’s colder, wear a scarf or other clothing over your mouth and nose to warm the air as you inhale.
  • Make sure you also refrain from exercise when the weather is too hot outside.  You might consider moving your daily walk or hike to the mornings or evenings, when temperatures are cooler.

Some people might believe that having asthma means they’ll never be able to exercise again.  That couldn’t be further from the truth!  While asthma can be tricky to live with, anyone who suffers from asthma and exercise-induced asthma can still play sports and work out.  Even some Olympic athletes compete while living with asthma; they’ve simply been able to keep the condition under control while they’re competing.  By working closely with a board certified allergist like Dr Habib or Dr. Asaly, you can find the right therapies for your needs, –and be able to enjoy as active a lifestyle as you desire even while living with this chronic condition.

If you suspect you suffer from exercise-induced asthma, Adult & Pediatric Allergy Associates is here to help. Our allergy and asthma clinics employ highly-trained staff who have the expertise to properly diagnose and treat exercise-induced asthma, as well as any other types of asthma or allergies they might encounter.  If you live in Phoenix and are looking for Arizona top rated allergy/asthma clinics, please call us for an appointment today.


Is there a Connection Between Allergies & Asthma?

Is there a Connection Between Allergies & Asthma?

Allergy induced Asthma: What is allergic asthma?

Asthma is a chronic medical condition that causes inflammation and narrowing ofAllergy Induced Asthma bronchial tubes, making it hard to breathe. The medical community commonly divides asthma into two types, extrinsic or allergic asthma, which commonly develops in childhood, and intrinsic, including exercise-induced asthma, cough-variant asthma and nighttime asthma. Allergies and asthma go hand-in-hand, with approximately 90% of children and 50% of adults with asthma also afflicted with allergies.

What makes allergic asthma different from other types are its triggers. Symptoms develop from allergens. Whereas some patients may experience runny nose and itchy eyes from allergens, others experience the coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath that comes with asthma. Once you have asthma, you never get rid of it, although it can go into remission. Thus, your Phoenix allergy and asthma clinic can help you achieve a better quality of life by helping find ways for you to manage this chronic disease.

Allergens that you breathe into your lungs can cause asthmatic symptoms. Among the most common allergens producing asthma are:

  • Molds and dust mites
  • Pollen
  • Animal dander
  • Cockroaches

Certain irritants can also trigger an asthma attack, even though they are not allergens. Exposure to cigarette smoke, candles, fireworks, chemicals, strong odors and perfumes and even cold air can cause your asthma to flare up.

Learning what substances you are allergic to is an essential step in managing this condition. Confirmation of allergic asthma to determine what substances trigger your symptoms is usually performed by a skin test. Upon learning whether seasonal or year-round allergies trigger your asthma, you and your doctor can for a plan to alleviate symptoms.  In addition to prescription bronchiodilators, allergic asthma can also be controlled by oral medications, immunotherapy and by avoiding allergens as much as possible