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Dr. Clifford Bassett

How Smog Can Worsen Asthma and Grass Allergy in Summer

Q. My asthma is always harder to control in summer. I have a grass allergy, and smog affects me more when it’s hot. Do the two triggers somehow act together to increase chances of an attack? How can I keep control? Dr. Bassett: Smog contains air contaminants, such as ground-level ozone, which researchers have associated […]

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How to Take Control of a Horse Allergy

Q. My daughter loves horseback riding, but has developed an allergy to horses, which ranges from congestion and eye symptoms to even sometimes hives on her hands if she touches a horse. Is there any therapy that would help? Dr. Bassett: The conundrum is to have your daughter enjoy her pastime of riding and still […]

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How to Control The Itch and Blurring of Eye Allergies

Q: I moved to the northeast and find the tree pollen in spring bothers my eyes incredibly. They burn, itch, blur, and I get nasty conjunctivitis. Is there such a thing as “eye allergy” — and how do I control it? Dr. Bassett: In spring trees including birch, maple/box elder, alder and oak release their pollen, […]

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Can Food Allergies Put You at a Higher Risk of Developing Asthma?

Q: My 6-year-old son has food allergies and now also seems to be coughing a lot during the night (long after he’s eaten). Could he be developing asthma? How can we know and what are the next steps?  Dr. Bassett: You are right to be concerned. A history of atopy or allergy, including to food, increases […]

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Asthma and Swimming: How to Keep Chlorine in Check

Q: We’re amazed that our young daughter with asthma loves swimming (indoors as well as out). We thought the water and chlorine would bother her lungs, but they don’t. Is swimming OK for, or even good for, asthma? Dr. Bassett:  Generally speaking, swimming is among the best exercise choices for a child, adolescent or young […]

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Visiting and Asthma: When Relatives Own a Cat

Q: It took a long time to get our 10-year-old daughter’s asthma under control with medication. One of her triggers is cat dander, and we’re planning to visit the in-laws who have a cat. Is it safe to stay with them? (My mother-in-law promises to board the cat, and vacuum like crazy.) Or would we be […]

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Sports Breathing Issues – Asthma or Not?

Q: My teenage son had a second spell of bad breathing during a school basketball game. Even when he stopped playing, it felt like somebody was sitting on his chest. Could this be due to asthma? Dr. Bassett: Your suspicions might be warranted, particularly if your son has a history of allergies and asthma. Exercise-induced […]

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Asthma Symptoms Triggered by Asprin?

Q: After taking asprin recently, I began to get asthma symptoms. I’ve since read online that some asthmatics are sensitive to asprin. Can you tell me why?  Dr. Bassett: A small number of those with asthma can be adversely affected by asprin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen. In some cases, the resulting […]

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Are Sinus Infections Connected to Asthma?

Q: I have moderate-persistent asthma and get frustrated with how often I get sinus infections. Is sinusitis actually connected to asthma and is there a good way to control it?  Dr. Bassett: The relationship of your sinuses and their effects on the lungs is well known. Some even refer to the nose-lung connection as the […]

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Allergic Rhinitis or the Common Cold?

Q: When should a parent suspect a child has allergic rhinitis as opposed to just a persistent cold?  Dr. Bassett: Allergies do share many symptoms with the common cold, but rhinitis has some telltale signs. A major clue to indicate your child has seasonal or indoor allergies is a strong family history. In a child with allergic […]

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