National Rip Current Awareness Week!

With summer fast approaching, and my mind on my upcoming beach vacation, I thought it was really appropriate to highlight some important safety tips from NOAA this week. Check water conditions before going in by looking at the local beach forecast before you leave for the beach and talking to the lifeguard at the beach. Only swim…

Anaphylaxis is terrifying. Do you know what to do?

If asthma is scary… Anaphylaxis is terrifying. Especially if you are a parent of a kid with severe allergies.   Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that involves more than one organ system (for example, skin, respiratory tract, and/or gastrointestinal tract). It can begin very rapidly, and symptoms may be severe or life-threatening.   This…

Asthma… What does it cost us?

Most people think of asthma as the bigger, meaner cousin of allergies, but there is more to the story. Asthma is one of this country’s most common and costly diseases. Each year it causes almost 2 million emergency room visits. The direct costs, including hospital stays, are nearly $50.1 billion each year. The indirect costs, like…

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month!

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month! Unfortunately these diseases are very common. In fact Asthma affects 24 million Americans, and more than 50 million Americans have all types of allergies – pollen, skin, latex and more. While there is no cure for asthma and allergies, many related deaths are preventable with proper treatment…