55 episodes

Itching to know more about environmental and food allergies, asthma or immunology? Leave Dr Google at home and tune in as Kortney (a real life food allergy girl) and Dr Gupta (allergist/immunologist) discuss all things allergies, asthma and immunology. They want to bring you the facts in an easily digestible manner. From deep dives to interviews they will cover the science and the lifestyle aspects of life with allergies, asthma or immunology.

The Itch: Allergies, Asthma, Eczema & Immunology The Itch: Allergies, Asthma & Immunology

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.2 • 74 Ratings

Itching to know more about environmental and food allergies, asthma or immunology? Leave Dr Google at home and tune in as Kortney (a real life food allergy girl) and Dr Gupta (allergist/immunologist) discuss all things allergies, asthma and immunology. They want to bring you the facts in an easily digestible manner. From deep dives to interviews they will cover the science and the lifestyle aspects of life with allergies, asthma or immunology.

    #53 - Shared Decision Making for Atopic Dermatitis & Your Health Care Team

    #53 - Shared Decision Making for Atopic Dermatitis & Your Health Care Team

    Tips on how to make the best of your atopic dermatitis management and care plan.

     

    Atopic dermatitis is not a diagnosis that you should go at alone. Your care team can consist of multiple health care professionals, from your GP to a nurse, a therapist, and even your pharmacist. Additionally, you should be an active member in creating your healthcare plan since you are the one who needs to follow through with it day in and day out. 

    In this final episode of our Atopic Dermatitis in Skin of Color series, Dr. G and Kortney talk to Tonya Winders, the president of Allergy Asthma Network, to discuss the nurse's role in AD management and shared decision-making. Tonya also shares her experiences of having a daughter with atopic dermatitis and the psychological toll the disease can have on patients. 

     

    What we cover in this episode:

    - Who can all be a part of your healthcare team

    - Telehealth for atopic dermatitis

    - Why decision aids are essential to use

     

    Interview with Tonya Winters: 

    - Nurses in an outpatient setting - understanding their role in patients with atopic dermatitis.

    - Nurse versus a nurse practitioner

    - Developing an atopic dermatitis plan - asking what your goals are.

    - Allergy and Asthma Network is working to help more nurses and physician assistants to become certified in managing atopic dermatitis.

    - Shared decision making - what is it, and how can you be sure you are practicing this with your healthcare team

    - How to talk to your doctor about your financial situation when making your treatment plan

    - Using shared decision aids to help with shared decision making and as a guide to talking with your care team.

    - The importance of addressing psychological health for people with atopic dermatitis

     

    Helpful Links:

    The role of the nurse in the care and management of patients with atopic dermatitis - Paper co-authored by Tonya: https://bmcnurs.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12912-020-00494-y

    Shared Decision Making Aids: www.ithcpodcast.com

    • 35 min
    #52 - Medications for treating atopic dermatitis in all skin colors

    #52 - Medications for treating atopic dermatitis in all skin colors

    You have been diagnosed with atopic dermatitis or you are experiencing an eczema flare, now what can you do to treat it? 

    In the fourth part of the series on atopic dermatitis in skin of color, Dr. G and Kortney discuss all medications available to treat AD, from topicals (creams) to oral medication and injections. 

    They also discuss how other strategies to treat AD that is more budget-conscious if your insurance does not cover certain medications. 

    What we cover in this atopic dermatitis in skin of color episode:
    - Topical steroids: what are they, how to use them and their side effects

    - Topical steroid withdrawal

    - Other topicals that do not contain steroids

    - Oral medication that may be prescribed for atopic dermatitis: oral steroids, antibiotics and antihistamines

    - Biologics: what are they and their side effects

    - Wet wrapping

    - Phototherapy

    From Shiv

    - How to wet wrap and why she likes this form of treatment

    Helpful atopic dermatitis in skin of color resources:
    Non-Steroidal Topicals

    Calcineurin inhibitors - tacrolimus ointment (Protopic) and pimecrolimus cream (Elidel)
    Phosphodiesterase 4 inhibitor - crisaborole (Eucrisa)
    JAK inhibitors. 
    Bleach bath recipe from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI)

    Add ¼ - ½ cup of common 5% household bleach to a bathtub full of water (40 gallons). 
    Soak your torso or just the affected part of your skin for about 10 minutes
    Limit diluted bleach baths to no more than twice a week. 

     

    More information about AD in skin of color: https://eczemainskinofcolor.org/eczema-diagnosis-skin-of-color/

    • 32 min
    #51 - Skincare strategies and lifestyle changes for atopic dermatitis in all skin colors

    #51 - Skincare strategies and lifestyle changes for atopic dermatitis in all skin colors

    Practical tips about skin care maintenance for atopic dermatitis

    In the third part of our 5 part series in collaboration with the Allergy & Asthma Network on atopic dermatitis in skin of color we are talking all about taking care of your skin and how to make your living environment more atopic dermatitis friendly.

     

    Dr. G and Kortney the importance of skin hydration; the best ways to moisturize and shower. They also share ways to ensure your living environment is optimized for good skin conditions, from cleaning products to carpets. Finally, they go over the psychological side of atopic dermatitis and how to maintain balance in the body and the mind. 

     

    What we cover in this atopic dermatitis in skin of color episode:

    Understanding the importance of keeping atopic skin hydrated.

    How to break the itch-scratch-rash cycle.

    Skincare: bathing and moisturizing - the preferred types of cleansers and moisturizers to use.

    How to make your living environment atopic dermatitis friendly.

    Sleep hygiene for atopic dermatitis.

    Managing stress to help control eczema - some things that can help you.

    Strategies to stop scratching.

     

    From Shiv

    How moving helped her flares.

    Seeking therapy was important to her mental health and skin healing.

     

    Helpful atopic dermatitis in skin of color resources:

    Resource for AD in skin of color:  https://eczemainskinofcolor.org/eczema-diagnosis-skin-of-color/

    Dr G and Kortney discuss yoga for asthma - many of the tips can also apply to atopic dermatitis:https://allergyasthmanetwork.org/news/does-yoga-benefit-asthma/ 

    More eczema episodes: https://www.itchpodcast.com/eczema

    Yoga for asthma podcast: https://www.itchpodcast.com/episodes/48-yoga-asthma

    Meet Shiv on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shivaika/ 

    • 30 min
    #50 - Diagnosing AD in patients with skin of color

    #50 - Diagnosing AD in patients with skin of color

    How do doctors diagnose atopic dermatitis in skin of color?

    In the second part of our 5 part series in collaboration with the Allergy & Asthma Network  on atopic dermatitis in skin of color we are talking about diagnosis!

    Dr. G and Kortney discuss all of the tests involved in diagnosing atopic dermatitis (AD) in people with skin color. They also cover all of the skin conditions that are ruled out when a doctor is making a diagnosis and the importance of patient history in diagnosis. 

     

    What we cover in this episode:

    • A quick overview of what AD looks like in skin of color

    • Skin conditions that may look like atopic dermatitis and common misdiagnosis

    • The symptoms doctors look for when diagnosing atopic dermatitis

    • Explanations of the  tests doctors use to diagnose atopic dermatitis- IgE blood test, component blood test, skin prick test, patch testing,and  skin biopsy

    • How to diagnose eczema in babies and the link to food allergies

    • The other factors that doctors take into account when diagnosing AD - the importance of patient history

     

    From Shiv:

    • Shiv shares her experiences with being diagnosed with atopic dermatitis and her experiences with different doctors.

     

    Helpful Links:

    • Link to images of AD in skin of color: https://eczemainskinofcolor.org/image-library/

    • “What is eczema” from Allergy & Asthma Network: https://allergyasthmanetwork.org/what-is-eczema/

    • More about Shiv: https://www.instagram.com/shivaika/

    • 23 min
    #49 - Understanding Atopic Dermatitis in Skin of Color

    #49 - Understanding Atopic Dermatitis in Skin of Color

    This is the first episode of our 5 part series in collaboration with the Allergy & Asthma Network about atopic dermatitis in skin of color. 

    In the first episode, we are going to talk about atopic dermatitis (AD) in people with skin of color. Atopic dermatitis affects everyone differently, which means it does not look the same on everyone or in every skin color. It is important to recognize this and to raise awareness on how AD impacts certain populations differently than others. 

    Along with Kortney, Dr. G will be sharing her expertise as an allergist and will be overviewing the basics of AD. Special guest Shiv Sewlal shares her personal experiences with atopic dermatitis. 

     

    What we cover in this episode

    • Why are we doing a podcast series about atopic dermatitis (AD) in people with skin of color?

    • What is atopic dermatitis?

    • Is eczema the same thing as atopic dermatitis?

    • What is the difference between child onset versus adult-onset atopic dermatitis? Can you develop AD as an adult?

    • Why is atopic dermatitis more prominent in people with skin of color?

    • How can housing impact your skin? 

    • Why air conditioning can be helpful for people with atopic dermatitis.

    • Why is atopic dermatitis underdiagnosed in patients with skin of color?

    • What are the symptoms of AD in different skin colors?

    • What are triggers? How do these make atopic dermatitis worse?

    • How does mental health impact atopic dermatitis?

    • What is the itch-scratch cycle?

    • Who should you see if you think you have atopic dermatitis?

     

    From Shiv

    • Shiv shares what her atopic dermatitis looks like

    • Shiv and her mom’s experience with therapy to help with her skincare

     

    Helpful Resources

    •  All our past atopic dermatitis episodes: https://www.itchpodcast.com/eczema

    • More about Shiv: https://www.instagram.com/shivaika/

    • "What is eczema" from Allergy & Asthma Network: https://allergyasthmanetwork.org/what-is-eczema/

    • 32 min
    #48 - Yoga for asthma

    #48 - Yoga for asthma

    Can yoga help with asthma management and control?

    We are releasing the ‘Yoga breathing exercises for asthma’ panel discussion that Dr. G and Kortney had in the late fall of 2021. This was one of 3 Living Well with Asthma Virtual Events organized by Allergy & Asthma Network and sponsored by GSK.

    What we cover in this climate change episode:
    - The benefits of yoga for your breath, asthma and overall health. 

    - How yoga gives you more body awareness that helps with asthma management. 

    - How to choose which form of yoga to do.

    - When to use an albuterol inhaler before yoga.

    - How to prepare for your first yoga class and what to look for. 

    - The difference between doing yoga at home vs doing yoga in a studio.

     

    Q&A section:

    - Can yoga help with vocal chord dysfunction?

    - How about going to a studio during the pandemic?

    - Do you need to modify your yoga practice due to age?

    - Are there any medical conditions that would stop you from doing yoga?

    • 21 min

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