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Asthma And Allergy Seattle

University of Wisconsin-led study identifies why some colds cause asthma attacks in children

“Identifying the molecular pathways that cause the common cold to progress to asthma exacerbations will not just improve our understanding of these potentially life-threatening events, but will also help us create better prevention and therapeutic strategies that are more targeted and effective than what currently exist,” said Dr. Daniel Jackson, lead investigator on the study and an associate professor of pediatrics and medicine at UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

“Our study introduces a novel platform to investigate, in a clinical setting, the mechanisms by which asthma attacks develop and also provides a springboard for future research that will, ultimately, help the millions of children affected by this disease.”     

Researchers enrolled 208 children with severe asthma at nine Inner-City Asthma Consortium clinical sites across the United States. All study participants, who were 6 to 17 years old, received asthma care based on NIH guidelines. Over a six-month period, participants used a mobile app to record cold and asthma symptoms. Within three days of the onset of cold symptoms, participants visited the clinic for a physical exam and collection of nasal wash and blood samples. They returned for a second clinic visit four to six days after the start of the cold.            

Is Seattle's climate harsh on people with asthma and allergies?

How severe?


The spring and fall can be harsh. The amount of pollen flying in the air drives my children and me nuts! However it’s nothing that a good box of lotion infused Kleenex and some Benadryl can’t handle.
We usually have allergy attacks for


It can be. There is a lot of pollen in the air, especially in spring and fall. But I've lived all over and have found that I react to the pollen in different places differently - must be my sensitivities do the pollen of different plants.


Allergies yes we have a lot of pollen around here but asthma no our air is very clean compared to other states

Drivable Trails in Washington State Seattle Area?

I am new to the Seattle area and have gone on several hikes (Lake Serene, Cascades and Rattlesnake Mountain). My parents are coming to visit, and I want to show them some of Washington state's natural beauty.

Unfortunately they don't have


Here are some suggestions for some scenic drives - most at the limit of your drive time
1. Mt. St Helens
2. Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
3. Crystal Mtn Ski area - you can take the chair lift to the summit in the summer


There are some locations like that, but only if you are willing to do a 2-3 hour drive to get there, with another 2-3 hour drive to get back.

Highway 20 (North Cascades Highway) to Winthrop is a lovely drive for example, and the drive to


Here are some suggestions for some scenic drives - most at the limit of your drive time
1. Mt. St Helens
2. Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
3. Crystal Mtn Ski area - you can take the chair lift to the summit in the summer