Allergy & Asthma Information


WHAT IS ECZEMA? Eczema is a chronic disease that causes the skin to become very itchy, red and even swollen. Atopic (allergic) dermatitis (eczema) is a common form of eczema. Allergic eczema affects about 10% of children. In young children, eczema usually appears on the face, chest, back and the

Asthma and Exercise

Exercise improves self-esteem, confidence and gives you energy. Exercise Facts Exercise makes your heart and lungs stronger. Exercise increases muscle strength. Exercise improves posture and makes you more flexible. Exercise improves self-esteem, confidence and gives you energy. Feeling short of breath may be normal when you exercise. But when you

Asthma and Exercise

Exercise makes your heart and lungs stronger, increases muscle strength, improves posture and makes you more flexible and improves self-esteem, confidence and gives you energy. Feeling short of breath may be normal when you exercise. But when you stop exercising, the shortness of breath should go away.

Asthma and Young Children

Children can develop asthma at any age, even in the first year of life. Asthma is more common in children whose parents or brothers/sisters in the family have asthma, allergies or an allergic skin problem such as eczema.

Asthma and School

Asthma causes more missed school days than any other chronic illness. Asthma problems reach a peak each year, about the third week of September. This peak is caused by the spread of cold or flu viruses, and by the increase in outdoor mold and weed pollen.

Asthma away from Home

Be sure asthma is under good control before going on a trip. For a good vacation, plan ahead for changes in the environment that may affect your child's asthma. Have an up to date written Asthma Action Plan. Know your child's triggers and how to avoid them.

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FPIES FACTS FPIES stands for Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome. FPIES is a delayed type of allergic reaction that happens after eating a certain food. Trigger foods cause parts of the intestines to swell and get irritated. Common FPIES symptoms include throwing up, diarrhea, stomach pain, becoming pale and very tired

Pollen-Food Syndrome

Pollen-Food Syndrome Facts – Pollen-Food Syndrome (PFS) is an allergic reaction in the mouth and throat to certain raw foods. Oral Allergy Syndrome is another name for PFS. Most people with PFS also have symptoms of hayfever or pollen allergy. These include seasonal watery itchy eyes, a runny or stuffed-up

Asthma and Eczema

Eczema is a chronic disease which causes the skin to become red, swollen and very itchy. Atopic (allergic) dermatitis (eczema) is the most common form of eczema. Eczema affects about 10% of children.

Asthma Diary

ASTHMA DIARY FORM click here pdf form for printing How to use your Asthma Diary: Date: Begin your diary the day it is received. Early Warning Signs (Clues): Place a √ in the box if any of these signs occurred. *Symptom Score 0 = None 1 = Barely Present 2 =

Asthma Medicines

There are two main types of asthma medicines: Controllers and Relievers. Controllers work to help prevent swelling, inflammation, and extra mucous inside the airways. Relievers relax the muscles around the outside of the airways. They are also called fast-acting bronchodilators.

Asthma and the Internet

Information from the internet should not replace medical care. Asthma information can be found on many different websites from around the world. If you do not own a computer, public Internet access can be found at community sites such as the local library or Community Centre. Ask about sites in

Why is Asthma Control Important?

Children with good asthma control can take part in normal childhood activities and participate better in school. Make your asthma control your goal!

How to know if it is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic* disease of the airways in the lungs. In asthma, the airways are sensitive and always a little swollen.

Asthma Action Plan

Download Asthma action plan PDF FILE An asthma action plan may also be called an asthma management plan. It is a written plan made with the help of your doctor. It tells you what to do and what medicine to use when the asthma is under control. It tells you

Asthma and Smoking

Smoking causes major health problems. There are more than 4200 harmful gases and poisons in each cigarette. 1 in 4 children under 12 years of age are regularly exposed to cigarette smoke in the home.

How to Manage an Asthma Attack

It is important to notice early warning signs such as: start of a cold or a runny nose cough at night or early morning cough, wheeze (whistling noise), shortness of breath or chest tightness with activities needing to take more Reliever (blue) medicine.

Benefits and risks of Inhaled Corticosteroids

Steroids are hormones that your body makes and uses every day. Steroids used to treat asthma are called corticosteroids. These steroids are not the same as those banned for athletes.

Animal Allergies

Animal allergy is a common asthma trigger. You can develop an allergy to a pet at any time. Any animal can cause allergic problems in the chest, nose and skin. The material that causes these problems is called an allergen.

Asthma and Dust Mites

Dust mites are bugs that belong to the spider family. They are so small they can only be seen with a microscope. All homes have dust mites. Most dust mites are found in mattresses and pillows. They also live in carpets, furniture, stuffed toys, or other fabric materials.

Working with your Doctor

Children with asthma need to have a regular doctor. Visit your doctor twice a year for an asthma checkup, even if there are no problems.

Asthma and Pollen

Plants make tiny grains called pollen in order to reproduce. Pollen comes from trees, grasses and weeds. These pollens are light and easily carried by the wind. Pollen from flowers does not usually cause allergy problems. These pollen grains are too large to be wind blown.

Complementary and Alternative Therapies

Complementary therapies are used along with regular medical treatments. Alternative therapies are used in place of regular medical treatments. Together they are called Complementary and Alternative medicine (CAM). A number of CAM therapies are thought to treat the body and the mind.

Caring for Asthma after a Hospital Stay

Before Leaving The Hospital your child's asthma symptoms will have improved. Your child should not need Reliever medicine more often than every 3 to 4 hours.