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What You Need to Know About Food Allergies

What is a food allergy?

Food allergies are an overreaction of a person’s immune system to a food that is normally tolerated. The immune system reacts by producing antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). These antibodies attach to cells in skin, lungs and gastrointestinal (GI) tract. If there is ingestion of the food allergen, the cells release chemicals including histamine, which cause food allergy symptoms.  

Food allergies range in severity and symptoms.

Recognizing Health Risks During African American Heritage and Health Week

Black History Month is an opportunity to pay tribute to the generations of African Americans that have helped build our country and remember their deeds and sacrifices. However, it’s important to remember to honor your own life as you honor the men and women who have made a difference over the years.

Like Black history, your health is something you need to consider all year round. African Americans are subject to some health disparities, making some health issues more prevalent. Some of these major health risks for African Americans include:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity

Image of man and child with a doctor. Contact Westshore about health risks more common for African Americans.

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The Alphabet Soup of Asthma Management

NHLBI. NAEPP/EPR3. MIST. PEAK. AIMS. API. What does this all mean for parents, children, and the physicians and other health care providers monitoring children with asthma?

Over the last 20 years, there have been many studies examining the many different types of wheezing affecting different age groups. Through these studies, researchers have asked “what to diagnose and when to make the diagnosis,” “will it be lifelong or resolve,” and “what are the risk factors for the diagnosis of asthma?”

Image of a child with asthma. Contact Dr. Nancy Wasserbauer and Westshore about an asthma screening for your child.