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The Link between Allergies and Asthma

Posted on 12/22/2011

Young Girl Soccer - Back Lit Asthma Inhaler

Allergies are among the most common chronic conditions suffered by individuals worldwide, causing a variety of symptoms that may even lead to life-threatening reactions. Asthma, which affects an estimated 7 million children in the United States, can be triggered by inhaled allergens.

What are allergies?
An allergy is caused by an organism that initiates a reaction in the immune system. When one of these organisms—also known as an allergen—invades the body, the immune system mistakes it for a harmful substance and overreacts by producing Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. These antibodies then travel to the cells responsible for releasing histamine and other chemicals that lead to an allergic reaction. The symptoms of an allergic reaction typically affect the lungs, nose, throat, sinuses, ears, and the lining of the skin or stomach. However, some individuals with allergies can suffer from a life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis. The most common allergens that cause allergic reactions include pollen, dust, mold, latex, certain foods, insect stings, animal dander, and medications.

What is asthma?
Asthma refers to a chronic disease involving the airways or bronchial tubes in the lungs. Individuals with asthma suffer from inflamed airways that become swollen due to a number of triggers, making it more difficult to move air in and out of the lungs. This leads to an asthma attack, causing symptoms including wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, or chest tightness.

What is the link between allergies and asthma?
While asthma may be triggered by a number of factors, such as exercise or cold weather, asthma is often triggered by allergens in what is known as allergic asthma. Allergic asthma is induced by many of the same triggers that cause an allergic reaction; thus, many individuals with allergies may be at greater risk for asthma.

If your child is suffering from chronic allergies or asthma, Sunrise Children's Hospital is here to help. Contact us at (702) 731-5437.


Help Your Kids Say No to Smoking

Posted on 12/20/2011

Did you know that the rates of tobacco smoking among teenagers are higher than those among adults? Studies estimate that approximately one in every four kids 12 years of age and older are current tobacco users.

Learn more statistics on teenage smoking habits and risks associated with young smokers in this video by The American Cancer Society. This video also provides tips on how to help your children avoid tobacco use. One of the best ways to help keep your child from using tobacco products is to educate them on the risks involved.

With a number of pediatric services, including health information especially for teens, Sunrise Children's Hospital is here to help. Visit our website or give us a call at (702) 731-5437 to learn more about our tobacco-free facility.


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