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Do you know the hidden signs of asthma?

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that causes inflammation in the airways and difficulty breathing. Roughly 1 in 12 people suffer from asthma, and it is the third top cause of hospitalizations amongst children. Wheezing, chronic coughs, shortness of breath and more are normal signs of asthma. Many people don’t realize that there are hidden signs of asthma to be aware of. Less than half of people are aware that trouble sleeping and chest pain are signs of asthma in adults. One in 20 adults is diagnosed with asthma each year. You do not need all the symptoms or even...

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Do you know the hidden signs of asthma?

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that causes inflammation in the airways and difficulty breathing. Roughly 1 in 12 people suffer from asthma, and it is the third top cause of hospitalizations amongst children. Wheezing, chronic coughs, shortness of breath and more are normal signs of asthma. Many people don’t realize that there are hidden signs of asthma to be aware of. Less than half of people are aware that trouble sleeping and chest pain are signs of asthma in adults. One in 20 adults is diagnosed with asthma each year. You do not need all the symptoms or even...

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How to Manage Your Eye Allergies

Allergic conjunctivitis, also known as eye allergies, is a problem for millions of Americans. It can cause swollen, puffy, red eyes. This can make you feel and look miserable during allergy season. A quick fix to calming down the eyes is to use a cold compress. However, this is not a long-term solution. The most important thing to do is find out what you are allergic too and how to control those triggers and symptoms. Eye allergies can happen by themselves or with nasal allergies. It can have many symptoms including: ·         Redness on the whites of your eyes and...

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Smoking Laws Lacking in Southern States

Secondhand smoke is a problem world-wide. In Colorado, we are fortunate to have so many smoking bans when it comes to smoking in public. However, the Southern states are lacking in public smoking bans. “According to a federal government report, there are no U.S. Southeast states with comprehensive smoke-free laws” (WebMD). From 2000 to 2010, 26 states including the District of Columbia added comprehensive smoke-free laws. Since 2010, only two more states have added these laws. “Almost 60% of the U.S. is covered by comprehensive smoke-free laws. Of the 23 states without comprehensive smoke-free laws, 14 of them protect some...

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How to Not Look Sick When You’re Sick

We’ve all been there – stuffy nose, runny nose, sinus pressure and pain, and watery, red, swollen eyes – the dreaded cold. People also experience these same symptoms with allergies. You may think the only way to look while sick is miserable, but there are a few ways to looking better while sick. For swollen, dark or red puffy eyes you can try cool compresses, ice packs, or ice cubes wrapped in towels or in bags to relieve swelling. Eye drops will help with redness (some prescription allergy eye drops may be available through your physician). You can also try...

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