Spring Allergies: 8 Top Ways to Help Your Child

Is your child suddenly sneezy? Cleveland Clinic Children’s pediatric allergist Brian Schroer, MD, provides a tutorial on spring allergies in kids. Lesson #1: Know your opponent  Is that “achoo” seasonal allergies or a cold? Sneezing, nose and throat itchiness, and eye itchiness plus redness usually signal allergies. Like a cold, allergies produce nasal drainage, but it looks clear and … Read More

Breathe Easy: New Way to Treat Severe Asthma

Put down that rescue inhaler. People with severe, persistent asthma are breathing easier with a novel treatment called bronchial thermoplasty. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2010, the minimally invasive procedure has been gaining media attention as more patients report life-changing results. Cleveland Clinic pulmonologist Sumita Khatri, MD, has seen it herself. As … Read More

Colds and Asthma: The Season for Wheezing

When weather turns cool and the kids are cooped up in school, parents often find themselves facing colds. Most kids recover with plenty of rest and fluids, but some kids get really sick. One thing parents shouldn’t ignore is wheezing — a whistling sound during exhalation — with colds. Recurrent wheezing may signal asthma, and … Read More

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Asthma: No Contest for Olympians

Asthma isn’t exactly the talk of the Olympic Village, but maybe it should be. Studies show that the breathing disorder is more common among Olympians and other elite athletes than the general population. A recent article reported that 25 percent of Great Britain’s 2012 Olympic team has asthma, compared to 8 percent of the general … Read More

COPD: Can Acupuncture Help?

Acupuncture, a technique used in Eastern Medicine, may hold promise to COPD sufferers as shown in the data from a recent clinical trial, published in the May edition of Archives of Internal Medicine.  According to the American Lung Association, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States.  … Read More