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Back to school time! Is your child’s asthma under control?

Back-to-school time is a great time to evaluate asthma and allergy control with kids. When school starts, students tend to share viral upper respiratory infections (cold viruses). These often trigger flares of asthma and are a common cause of “asthma attacks.” Unfortunately, … Continue Reading »

Why is August the worst month for my allergies?

Different plants pollinate at different times of the year. During the late summer and through the fall, weeds tend to be the most prominent plants producing pollens. This would include weeds that people frequently talk about such as ragweed. In the Intermountain … Continue Reading »

Can Allergies Make My Breathing Worse?

Allergies can have tremendous impact on a person’s breathing. A very common symptom associated with allergies is nasal congestion. This results in increased work of breathing. The structures and lining of the inside of the nose help warm, moisten and filter the … Continue Reading »

Does Smoking Help or Hurt Asthma?

Many people report fewer breathing symptoms when they smoke (especially early on). This has led to the belief that asthma does better when smoking. Fortunately, this belief is not commonly held nowadays, because even though some people feel they do better with … Continue Reading »

4 ways to enjoy Summer Activities during grass allergy season

For many people with allergy to grass pollen, summer time can be more miserable than fun. Soccer games, pick nicks, fireworks, a day at the park. All these activities often put us in direct contact with grass. This in turn can promptly … Continue Reading »

Welcome to Grass Allergy Season!

This time of year grasses growing in the fields are heavily pollinating. These pollens are light and are carried by even the slightest breeze. They tend to stay airborne for a long time. Unfortunately for people that are allergic to grass this … Continue Reading »

Allergies: Symptoms and Treatment

Allergies: Symptoms and Treatment Seasonal allergies or “hay fever” arise when your body becomes hyper-reactive to normally benign elements of the environment such as pollen, animal dander, and dust. Symptoms can range in severity from mild disease, managed with avoidance and/or medication, … Continue Reading »

Asthma: Symptoms and Treatment

Asthma: Symptoms and Treatment Asthma is an inflammatory condition of the breathing tubes (airways) of the lungs. It is usually (but not always) associated with allergy. In fact, the same type of inflammation that happens in the mucous membranes in the nose … Continue Reading »

Three Ways to Improve Exercise with Asthma

Three Ways to Improve Exercise with Asthma Many people with asthma find their breathing worsens with exercise, but asthma does not need to limit exercise! So, how can we improve exercise performance and minimize limitations in spite of asthma? First, there is … Continue Reading »

Nasal Allergies

What is Allergic Rhinitis? Nasal allergies, also known as allergic rhinitis or hayfever, are very common. In fact, allergies are one of the most common health conditions leaving patients to seek medical attention. Symptoms of nasal allergies include stuffy nose, runny nose, … Continue Reading »

Are my sinus problems caused by my allergies?

Individuals with nasal allergies do tend to have more sinus problems, including sinus infections. Although not everyone with sinus problems has allergies, because many do, it is often helpful to do allergy testing in people with chronic or recurring sinus problems (such … Continue Reading »

Is it allergies? Take this quiz!

Is it allergies? Take this quiz! Do you have a runny nose? Do you sneeze a lot? Do you have red, itchy eyes? Are you constantly tired? Do you have trouble breathing through your nose? If you answered yes to these questions, … Continue Reading »

Camping with Allergies

Problems with allergies and asthma often limit a person’s ability to enjoy outdoor activities, especially during allergy season. This is often very problematic during the more intense, prolonged outdoor exposure people have while camping. To make matters worse, campfire smoke can cause … Continue Reading »

5 Steps to Allergy Free Spring:

5 Steps to Allergy Free Spring: 1- Keep the outdoors outside: · Keep windows closed, run the air conditioner instead · Keep pets, and the pollens they carry around, out of the bedroom 2- The pollen count is highest in the morning. … Continue Reading »

Allergy and Asthma Treatment During Pregnancy

While a miraculous process, pregnancy can certainly contribute to many health problems (in addition to all the difficulties and struggles of pregnancy itself). Although the statistics are not exact, probably about one third of women with asthma will find their asthma worsens … Continue Reading »

Things to discuss with your medical assistant if you are on allergy shots

1. Patient safety and comfort are our priority. If you had a reaction, large or small, to your previous injection, please let us know. We may need to adjust your dose. Large, local reactions can be uncomfortable, and are an indication your … Continue Reading »

Immunotherapy Schedule: What You Need to Know

Allergy, Medical Concept with Selective Focus. Allergy, Medical Concept with Pills, Injections and Syringe. Allergy Diagnosis, Medical Concept. Composition of Medicaments. 3D Render.[/caption] There are two phases to allergen immunotherapy. During the build-up phase, we slowly increase the dosage of allergen you … Continue Reading »

What to expect at your first visit at Wasatch Allergy and Asthma

First visit to Wasatch Allergy and Asthma? Are you wondering what to expect while you’re here? When you first arrive we will have you checkin at the front desk. The receptionist will hand you an iPad to complete your demographics and a … Continue Reading »

6 things you can do to help prevent inversion related asthma complications this winter

1. Avoid exercising outside when the inversion is present. As an alternative, workout from home, in a gym, or go walking in a mall. 2. Avoiding or limit exposure to all asthma triggers during the inversions. 3. Wash hands regularly and avoid … Continue Reading »

What you need to know about Utah inversions and asthma

If you are from Salt Lake City or have visited Salt Lake City in the winter time, chances are you have experienced an inversion. What is an inversion and how does one happen?  During an inversion normal conditions (cool air above and … Continue Reading »

Allergy Testing!

Most people do not know if they have allergies or what is causing an allergic reaction- they just simply know that they feel miserable. Luckily, there is a simple way to determine what one is allergic to: allergy testing, a process most … Continue Reading »

5 Things in your yard making you sick

Spring and summer is a hard time of year for those who suffer from seasonal allergies. It’s especially hard for someone who wants to spend time outside doing yard work or who just enjoys being outside in the warm weather. What could … Continue Reading »

What is Rapid Allergen Immunotherapy?

This presentation contains images that were used under a Creative Commons License. Click here to see the full list of images and attributions: https://app.contentsamurai.com/cc/51206 Allergen immunotherapy (or allergy shots) is a treatment that is frequently used to help people with allergy problems … Continue Reading »

How do you know when it’s time to see an Allergist?

How do you know if it’s time to see an allergist? First of all, let’s talk about what an allergist is. An allergist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of asthma and other allergic diseases. The allergist is … Continue Reading »

Celiac vs. Wheat Allergy

In the past few years, there has been a lot of talk about celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, and wheat allergies. What some people don’t realize is that these conditions are all different from each other. We will discuss the differences and implications … Continue Reading »

Insect Stings: Allergic vs. Normal reaction

Sometimes it’s difficult for patients to be able to tell the difference between a normal reaction and a true allergic reaction when they are stung by an insect. So how can you tell the difference? Here are a few pointers to help … Continue Reading »

Asthma vs. Migraines

A recent study showed that people who have episodic migraines and asthma are twice as likely to develop chronic migraines compared to people with episodic migraines who do not have asthma.   There are several ideas as to how these could be … Continue Reading »

Are Natural Home Remedies Safe and Effective?

If you look online to find natural remedies for asthma, you are sure to come across some pretty interesting and wide-ranging suggestions on how to treat or even cure asthma. Despite these claims, there is no proven “cure” for asthma. Asthma is … Continue Reading »

Mold (or Fungus) Allergy

People often wonder about whether molds (or fungus) in the environment can cause illness. From the standpoint of allergy the reproductive element of mold, the spores, can cause illness, typically in the form of asthma and hayfever (nasal and eye allergies). Mold … Continue Reading »

Exercising With Asthma During the Winter. Good or Bad?

If you have asthma, you know winter can be a hard time of year for your breathing. There are a couple of issues in the winter time for people with asthma. The first is that the air is cold and dry. Secondly, … Continue Reading »

Will my child ever outgrow asthma?

Asthma and allergies tend to be chronic problems once they develop. It is true that many, but not all individuals experience fewer problems with asthma and allergies during their adolescent years and in their early twenties. However, with a history of childhood … Continue Reading »

Viral Infections is Asthma: Entrovirus 68

The media lately has appropriately been giving a lot of attention to respiratory viruses, including enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). Most viruses that cause upper respiratory infections can worsen asthma and sinus problems. In fact, the immune system of people with allergic diseases often … Continue Reading »

Is Exercising Causing Your Asthma?

Exercise induced asthma, also known as exercise-induced bronchoconstriction or exercise asthma, is a common condition. The condition involves coughing, breathing tightness and wheezing during and/or after exercise. Most people with asthma have at least some trouble with exercise induced asthma. However, some … Continue Reading »

Winter Allergies! Why do I have them?

The holidays are a beautiful time of year. Is that time of year that brings family and friends together. It is a time of happiness and joy. However it can also be a time in which some people are greater risk for … Continue Reading »

RSV and Asthma!

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a common cause of potentially sever lower respiratory illness in infants. This virus can even lead to hospitalization due to breathing difficulty. Along with other viral respiratory infections, RSV infection may be associated with the development of … Continue Reading »

Late Summer and Fall Allergies!

Airborne pollens and mold spores lead to seasonal allergies (hay fever) in people who are allergic to them. There are three main groups of pollens; these vary by season. First, the trees begin to pollenate in the late-winter and early spring. Then, … Continue Reading »

Pet Allergies! Not as bad as you may think.

Pets are an important part of many households. Unfortunately, a lot of the animals we keep as pets can cause trouble with allergy, sinus problems, and asthma. People often ask whether different types of fur or hair on their pet makes a … Continue Reading »

Is your asthma worse with bad weather?

We often assume that rainstorms clean the air and clear pollens from the air. Because of that, the assumption is made that people with allergy and asthma will have less trouble during and after storms. However, the opposite is often true. People … Continue Reading »

Air Quality vs. Asthma

Poor air quality can have a significant impact on health. This is especially true in individuals with chronic health conditions. People with asthma and other respiratory conditions are especially prone to problems when air quality is poor. ​There are, however, ways we … Continue Reading »

In the late summer months, are your allergies making you miserable? Alfalfa could be the culprit!

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) Alfalfa is a plant that is cultivated around the world as a feeding crop for animals, and thrives in Utah climate. Exposure may occur throughout the entire “growing season” of the year, mostly because of the cultivation for hay. … Continue Reading »

Why is August the worst month for my allergies?

Different plants pollinate at different times of the year. During the late summer and through the fall, weeds tend to be the most prominent plants producing pollens. This would include weeds that people frequently talk about such as ragweed. In the Intermountain … Continue Reading »

Back to school time! is your child’s asthma under control?

Back-to-school time is a great time to evaluate asthma and allergy control with kids. When school starts, students tend to share viral upper respiratory infections (cold viruses). These often trigger flares of asthma and are a common cause of “asthma attacks.” Unfortunately, … Continue Reading »

Sublingual Immunotherapy

Sublingual immunotherapy is a treatment option that has been discussed for many years. This is a treatment that was pioneered in Europe as an alternative to subcutaneous or injected immunotherapy (allergy shots). Living within the United States, we now have three new … Continue Reading »

5 Common allergens found in the home

1. Pets: Cats and Dogs are some of the most common pets that can trigger an allergic reaction because the allergen (dander) gets all over the house and stays airborne. 2. Other pets: Specifically rodents; such as, Guinea pigs, Bunnies and Hamsters … Continue Reading »

Gardening with AAAAI

” Allergy-Friendly Gardening” I found this article at the AAAAI  that talks about different garden plans that can be more or less problematic for allergy sufferers. It also talks about treatments like Allergy Shots that can provide long term relief from allergy … Continue Reading »

Common Medications for Nasal Allergy Treatment

Many options exist for the treatment of seasonal allergies (“hay fever”), and year-round allergies. Treatment often depends on which symptoms a person is having (such as stuffy nose, sneezing, itchy/watery eyes, etc.), and whether related conditions such as asthma are present. Sometimes, … Continue Reading »

Spring Allergy Tips

#1. Address Allergies Early It is common for many people to be unaware that their symptoms are allergies rather than a cold.  This leads people to withhold from visiting the doctor or taking care of the symptoms appropriately.  Don’t wait until your … Continue Reading »

Food Allergies

No matter what time of the year it is, food has a big role in many celebrations across the world. Unfortunately, food allergies and other reactions can make it difficult to enjoy the foods you love. Many are unaware of what is … Continue Reading »

Winter Activities

Winter is a great time of year in Utah. Utah is known to have the so called “best snow on earth”, and with that great snow there is many opportunities to participate and enjoy winter sports and activities. Whether you are riding … Continue Reading »

Air Quality

Poor air quality can have a significant impact on health. This is especially true in individuals with chronic health conditions. People with asthma and other respiratory conditions are especially prone to problems when air quality is poor. There are, however, ways we … Continue Reading »