Health Watch - Allergies: Treating Allergic Asthma

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about allergies. For many of us, springtime allergies cause sniffling, sneezing and itchy eyes. But for some people, springtime allergies can bring on life-threatening asthma attacks.

A recent study found that one new anti-asthma medication can help reduce seasonal asthma attacks in children and teens with allergic asthma. Dr. Rebecca Gruchalla, an allergist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says that seasonal asthma attacks were almost eliminated in children and teens with allergic asthma who took the drug. The drug omalizumab binds to and deactivates the antibodies in the immune system that fuel allergy attacks. This treatment kept allergic asthma from getting worse during peak allergy seasons and reduced the need for other controller medicine when they used it in conjunction with recommended asthma treatments. It was particularly effective on inner-city children with cockroach allergies.


May 2011

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