Respiratory disorders are often related: sinusitis, asthma, rhinitis, allergies, reflux, otitis: understanding the Unified Airway Model can help you eliminate these from your life. Focusing on combining the best of "conventionnal" and "alternative" remedies - Integrative Medicine.
Curators note: Robin Green's work with acupuncture in children with Asthma is inspiring! And clinic trials have demonstrated that - regardless of HOW it works - it DOES work. Check out the other post here from PubMed on acupunture in children for treating asthma.
"This is Part 2 of the Ask-the-Expert article on using Acupuncture as a remedy for Childhood Asthma."
Curator's Note: Allergies and allergy-related disorders affect more than 50% of our children!
"Allergy-Related Diseases Affect Majority of Children: Eczema, asthma, and rhinitis affect more than 50 percent of children up to age 12, according to a study published online Feb. 16 in the journal, Allergy. via Doctors Lounge"
Curator's Note: When nurses visit children with asthma at their homes, hospitalizations for asthma exacerbations decrease by more than 80%!!
"Home visits to kids with asthma improve outcomes: Nurse.com | A program called the Community Asthma Initiative has demonstrated the potential to dramatically reduce hospitalization and ED visits by children with asthma."
The Overuse of Allergy Tests: They Could Do More Harm Than GoodThe AtlanticChronic rhinitis is another condition where children might benefit from an allergy test. Rhinitis is a catch-all term for irritation, swelling, or congestion in the nose.
Moms Talk: Home Cold RemediesPatch.comOne of my kids is prone to croup and the other ear infections. So, waiting it out isn't always an option for us. Stacy: Never did just rush my kids to the doctors for every little sickness.
Rhinitis is a common seasonal or recurrent complaint with signs and symptoms that include nasal congestion, watery nasal discharge, sneezing and discomfort of the conjunctiva, pharynx, & ala nasi. The causal agent is hypersensitivity of the ...
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Curator's Note: This is a report from a "meta-review," meaning a review of all the other medical publications on this topic since a certain date. In this case, they reviewed publications on the topic of Sub-Lingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) for treating allergies in children, published since 2000. Their conclusion? The quality of even the best studies is only "moderate". Promising, but just okay. So? There need to be more clinical trials and studies of SLIT for treating allergies in children
"Of 10 systematic reviews of sublingual immunotherapy for allergic rhinitis in kids, most only moderate quality http://t.co/ELXGJpwJ..."
Curator's Note: Many physicians have long considered gastro-esophageal reflux (GERD) to be a factor in poorly controlled asthma in children. The clinical trial just reported in JAMA compared placebo to a proton-pump inhibitor (anti-reflux medication) in children with asthma. They found that, unless children "had symptoms of reflux," their asthma did not benefit from treating reflux.
But NOTE: chronic cough and night-time cough are both "symptoms of reflux". These are also symptoms of asthma. Therefore, it can be difficult to separate them. As a result, I have a hard time taking anything useful away from this study.
From my own decade of treating children with respiratory symptoms and reflux, I "cure" a surprising number of children of their "asthma" using a simple trial of Zantac (generic: ranitidine) - a relatively safe anti-reflux medication. More recently, I have had families return to clinic reporting that they have had great success reducing their child's need for asthma inhalers, by using DGL lozenges - a 'natural' anti-reflux and anti-inflammatory. Anyway, the link here is to an article about the report in the revered Journal of the Americal Medical Association (JAMA). For what that's worth:
"PPI Ineffective for Asthma Control in Children With No GERD Symptoms | AAFP News / By Lisa Curran | An acid reflux drug frequently prescribed for children with poorly controlled asthma does not improve asthma control if the child has no symptoms of..."
Why Sharing (Asthma Inhalers) Has Serious ConsequencesEveryday HealthTwo Colorado eighth-graders face expulsion after one let the other use her asthma inhaler during what they thought was an asthma attack.
Mask, train, pray for rain: Olympic 10000 meter hopeful Galen Rupp battles ...Washington PostThe American 10000 meter record-holder has exercise-induced asthma, along with severe allergies to pollen and other airborne particles that can make it...