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Toasting the New Year is a tradition that can cause more than a headache the next day. For some people, drinking may also trigger allergy and asthma symptoms, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).
“It is usually not the alcohol itself that produces the reaction. It is most likely ingredients, such as sulfur dioxide (metabisulfite), yeast and additives. Common allergic reactions include hives, skin rashes, flushing and warmth of the skin, bronchospasm or shortness of breath, especially in those with asthma,” according to Clifford W. Bassett, MD, FAAAAI, Chair of the Public Education Committee of the AAAAI.
The key preservative in wine is sulfur dioxide. It is naturally produced by wine yeast in small quantities during fermentation. Sulfur dioxide is also used as a preservative in foods such as dried fruits, baked goods, condiments, canned foods, shellfish, frozen shrimp, canned tomatoes, frozen potatoes and fruit juices. If you tend to have a reaction to these foods, you may also experience it with wine.
Histamine can be another culprit. Bacteria and yeast in the alcohol generate it. Histamine is naturally released by the body during an allergic reaction so even if you don’t have an actual allergy, drinking alcoholic beverages may cause a runny or stuffy nose, itchy, runny eyes or worsening of asthma symptoms. Red wines often have a larger amount of histamines than white wines.
If you think you are allergic to beer, it is most likely the barley, corn, wheat or rye in beer that may cause similar allergic reactions.
If you suffer from allergies or asthma, visit www.aaaai.org for more tips and information that can help you have a happy, healthy new year.
Original article on Medical News Today
MILWAUKEE, Oct. 27 (UPI) — Parents of children with asthma need to help their kids avoid Halloween triggers, a U.S. doctor advises.
Dr. Clifford Bassett of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology says little attention is given to the dangers lurking in Halloween festivities for those with asthma.
“If your child suffers from asthma and/or allergies, be aware and prepared for potential triggers to ensure a safe and fun time for all during the holidays,” Bassett says in a statement.
When children go trick-or-treating, parents should be prepared and keep a rescue inhaler close at hand.
Ways the academy doctors advise parents to avoid asthma triggers include:
— Keep the child mask-free. Masks can contain latex or harbor dust and mold. So can recycled costumes from the attic or basement. Wash new costumes before wearing.
— Keep the child on the doorstep while trick-or-treating to avoid cigarette smoke, pet dander and other in-house triggers.
— Keep an eye on the weather. Cold air and humidity can make breathing difficult for a child with asthma. Be sure to dress for conditions.
— Keep children home if they don’t feel well. Hold off on trick-or-treating. Cold and flu symptoms can severely aggravate asthma conditions.
Original article on UPI.com
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Asthma occurs when the linings of lung airways become inflamed and swollen and muscle pasms block airflow to the lungs. Although the exact cause of asthma is not known, many treatments are available to control the disease.
Over 22 million Americans suffer from asthma and with over 4,000 deaths a year caused by the condition, it’s not something to take lightly.
Here with details on what you need to know about asthma and where you can get free asthma screening is Dr. Clifford Bassett, medical director of the Allergy and Asthma Care of New York. Dr. Bassett will also talk about what it is asthma, who has it, its symptoms, triggers and treatments. Our Dr. Steve will take a spirometer test.
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