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150217AsthmaPregnancyIf you have asthma and are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, you might be wondering how asthma might affect your pregnancy and whether it's safe to take your asthma and allergy medications.

Are asthma and allergy medications safe during pregnancy?  
Yes. In general, asthma medications are considered low-risk. Pregnant asthmatics who stop their medications might be at greater risk of having an asthma exacerbation. Uncontrolled asthma can lead to serious complications for both the mother and growing fetus.   

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As a registered nurse, I've learned that taking time for yourself and using those vacation days is a healthy way to recharge and bring your best back to work.

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150120HivesPart2-smTwo new therapies have virtually changed the way chronic hives are treated, providing much-need relief for those who suffer from this itchy condition.

Chronic hives, also called urticarial, is a condition that affects up to one percent of the population at any given time. It is defined as the recurrence of hives over six-weeks or longer. The most common cause is an autoimmune reaction generated by a person’s immune system. Read about what causes hives in a previous post, here.

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150106EnterovirusEnterovirus D68 (EV-D68), a virus that can cause cold-like symptoms, has been receiving a lot of media attention lately. It's not because it's a new virus; in fact, it was first classified in 1962. The reason you may have heard of it is because it has been more prevalent the last few months. And, in some cases, it has caused severe breathing trouble for children, requiring hospitalization.

The rise in EV-D68 cases during 2014-15 was first reported in Missouri and Illinois; it was identified in Oregon during the fall. From mid-August to December 18, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or state public health laboratories have confirmed 1,152 cases of respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 in 49 states and in the District of Columbia.

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141209HivesPesky rashes are a common complaint among those who come to see us at our allergy office. However, patients often arrive with misconceptions about the rash that's got them irritated. Today, I will delve into the most common triggers for this itchy condition.

What are hives?
Hives are a result of histamine, which is released by naturally occurring cells in the body, called mast cells. Mast cells can be found in our skin and other organs, and typically cause itchy, splotchy, rashes with raised centers that can resemble mosquito bites. Because histamine is short lived, hives normally only last a few hours.

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