Preventing food allergies and asthma
03
October

By Adem Lewis / in , , /


AND LET YOU KNOW WHAT THEY
DECIDE IN WEST MICHIGAN. DECIDE IN WEST MICHIGAN.
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>>Jason: IT’S BEEN INCREDIBLE!>>Jason: IT’S BEEN INCREDIBLE!
>>>IN “GOOD HEALTH,” PREVENTING>>>IN “GOOD HEALTH,” PREVENTING
FOOD ALLERGIES AND ASTHMA. FOOD ALLERGIES AND ASTHMA.
IT MIGHT BE POSSIBLE IN SOME IT MIGHT BE POSSIBLE IN SOME
CHILDREN. CHILDREN.
>>Kim: THE KEY MAY BE TREATING>>Kim: THE KEY MAY BE TREATING
A SKIN CONDITION IN BABIES MUCH, A SKIN CONDITION IN BABIES MUCH,
MUCH SOONER. MUCH SOONER.
AND BABY BASIL IS STRUGGLING AND BABY BASIL IS STRUGGLING
WITH ECZEMA. WITH ECZEMA.
MY GOODNESS! MY GOODNESS!
>>Dr. McGeorge: SO ECZEMA, FOOD>>Dr. McGeorge: SO ECZEMA, FOOD
ALLERGIES AND ASTHMA ARE ON THE ALLERGIES AND ASTHMA ARE ON THE
RISE. RISE.
AND THERE MAY BE A LINK. AND THERE MAY BE A LINK.
AVA DEVELOPED IT WHEN SHE WAS A AVA DEVELOPED IT WHEN SHE WAS A
FEW WEEKS OLD. FEW WEEKS OLD.
>>WE WERE TRYING TO GET THAT>>WE WERE TRYING TO GET THAT
UNDER CONTROL. UNDER CONTROL.
AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN, SHE AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN, SHE
GOT THESE FOOD ALLERGIES AT THE GOT THESE FOOD ALLERGIES AT THE
SAME TIME AROUND 18 MONTHS OLD. SAME TIME AROUND 18 MONTHS OLD.
>>Dr. McGeorge: THAT WAS NOT A>>Dr. McGeorge: THAT WAS NOT A
COINCIDENCE. COINCIDENCE.
>>PROBABLY A THIRD OF PATIENTS>>PROBABLY A THIRD OF PATIENTS
WITH ECZEMA DEVELOP FOOD WITH ECZEMA DEVELOP FOOD
ALLERGY. ALLERGY.
>>Dr. McGeorge: THE DR. HAS>>Dr. McGeorge: THE DR. HAS
BEEN TRACKING THE LINK AT BEEN TRACKING THE LINK AT
NATIONAL JEWISH HEALTH. NATIONAL JEWISH HEALTH.
IT’S KNOWN AS THE ATOPIC MARCH, IT’S KNOWN AS THE ATOPIC MARCH,
AND IT STARTS IN INFANCY AND AND IT STARTS IN INFANCY AND
PROGRESS TO FOOD ALLERGIES, PROGRESS TO FOOD ALLERGIES,
ASTHMA AND HAY FEVER. ASTHMA AND HAY FEVER.
THE SKIN PROBLEMS CAUSED BY THE SKIN PROBLEMS CAUSED BY
ECZEMA ARE TO BLAME. ECZEMA ARE TO BLAME.
>>THESE PEOPLE HAVE DRY CRACKED>>THESE PEOPLE HAVE DRY CRACKED
SKIN, WHICH ALLOWS ALLERGENS SKIN, WHICH ALLOWS ALLERGENS
FROM THE ENVIRONMENT TO PASS FROM THE ENVIRONMENT TO PASS
THROUGH. THROUGH.
>>Dr. McGeorge: AND MORE LIKELY>>Dr. McGeorge: AND MORE LIKELY
TO CAUSE ALLERGIES. TO CAUSE ALLERGIES.
HE BELIEVES THE KEY IS EARLY HE BELIEVES THE KEY IS EARLY
CARE. CARE.
>>WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS REBUILD>>WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS REBUILD
THE SKIN BARRIER. THE SKIN BARRIER.
>>Dr. McGeorge: EXPERTS>>Dr. McGeorge: EXPERTS
RECOMMEND SOAK AND SEAL, A WARM RECOMMEND SOAK AND SEAL, A WARM
20-MINUTE BATH FOLLOWED BY 20-MINUTE BATH FOLLOWED BY
MOISTURIZING OINTMENT. MOISTURIZING OINTMENT.
IT MAY HELP PREVENT FUTURE IT MAY HELP PREVENT FUTURE
PROBLEMS. PROBLEMS.
>>I NEVER THOUGHT OF IT THAT>>I NEVER THOUGHT OF IT THAT
WAY. WAY.
BUT NOW THAT I LOOK BACK AT IT, BUT NOW THAT I LOOK BACK AT IT,
I SEE HOW THAT CAN MAKE SENSE. I SEE HOW THAT CAN MAKE SENSE.
>>Dr. McGeorge: IT IS VERY>>Dr. McGeorge: IT IS VERY
IMPORTANT WHEN SOMEONE DROPS — IMPORTANT WHEN SOMEONE DROPS —
DEVELOPS ECZEMA, SEE A DEVELOPS ECZEMA, SEE A
SPECIALIST. SPECIALIST.
>>Kim: WE TRY TO KEEP HIM>>Kim: WE TRY TO KEEP HIM
GREASED UP, A BARRIER. GREASED UP, A BARRIER.
ARE THEY WORKING ON HER ARE THEY WORKING ON HER
SOLUTIONS? SOLUTIONS?
>>Dr. McGeorge: THEY’RE LOOKING>>Dr. McGeorge: THEY’RE LOOKING
TO IDENTIFY WHAT IS WEAKENING TO IDENTIFY WHAT IS WEAKENING
THAT SKIN BARRIER AND REPAIR IT THAT SKIN BARRIER AND REPAIR IT
BEFORE PATIENTS DEVELOP ANY OF BEFORE PATIENTS DEVELOP ANY OF
THE LIFE-LONG ISSUES. THE LIFE-LONG ISSUES.
AND IT DOES MAKE SENSE BECAUSE AND IT DOES MAKE SENSE BECAUSE
THE SKIN IS A DIFFERENT


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