Windom Allergy, Asthma, Sinus

“Doc, why am I coughing???”

“Doc, why am I coughing???”
Chronic cough is one of the most common, and for patients annoying, issues we at Windom Allergy treat. A chronic cough can be debilitating if it interferes with sleep and, especially during COVID times, make patients feel isolated or afraid to go out into public if they are constantly viewed as being sick. The big question always is, “where is my cough coming from and why can’t I stop?”                 The two main areas cough can arise from are the lungs and from the throat. Often, it is very difficult for patients to know where the cough is coming from since the...

Staff Spotlight: Patti Thompson

Patti is one of our Back Office Nurses at Windom Allergy.Hi I'm Patti, My parents and I moved from Dayton, Ohio to sunny Florida when I was 14 -- after graduating from Riverview High School - GO RAMS! I attended SCTI for the Medical Assistant Program which led me to the wonderful career of Allergy. I have been in the Allergy profession for over 40 years. So I have probably helped many of you along the way. I married my best friend Ted and we have 3 great grown kids. When our kids were growing up we had unforgettable adventures in our...

Halloween Treat Ideas

Halloween Treat Ideas
Need ideas for Halloween Treats? What about treats that are food allergy friendly, that won’t melt, and most importantly, not break the bank! Available at dollar stores, party supply stores, or online shops, these low-cost items can be purchased and handed out to all trick-or-treaters, or made available in a separate bowl from candy if you choose to hand out both options. Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklacesPencils, pens, crayons or markersBubblesHalloween erasers or pencil toppersMini SlinkiesWhistles, kazoos, or noisemakersBouncy ballsFinger puppets or novelty toysCoinsSpider ringsVampire fangsMini notepadsPlaying cardsBookmarksStickersStencils

Halloween and Food Allergies in Florida

Halloween and Food Allergies in Florida
2020 Has been a time of rethinking and reinvention, which is what food allergy families excel at. In fact, as we think about how to minimize risk of germs, some of these food allergy tips are perfect for a “Social Distanc-een Halloween”.  Besides most of the candy melts in Florida anyway ; ) Here are some tips for a safe trick-or-treating experience: Enforce a “no eating while trick-or-treating” rule, so that you have time to review all food labels, (and you guessed it) wash your hands.Keep the emphasis on the fun, rather than the candy.Consider skipping trick-or-treating, and have a Halloween...

Social Distance-een Halloween

We can all do our part and have a fun and safe Halloween. Here are some easy tips from the gurus at the CDC. Make trick-or-treating safer Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters.Give out treats outdoors, if possible.Set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take.Wash hands before handling treats.Wear a mask. Wear a mask Make your cloth mask part of your costume.A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask.Do NOT wear a costume mask over a cloth mask. It can make breathing more difficult.Masks should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2...

Are you really allergic to Penicillin?

It is very common for people to be labeled with a penicillin allergy at some point during their lives, though many times not because of a true allergic reaction. Often times the rash or hives were actually due to the viral infection or your symptoms were not consistent with penicillin sensitivity. Even if someone truly experienced a reaction to penicillin in the past, they often outgrow the sensitivity in as early as 10 years. You may ask, “Who cares doc? They can just give me something else can’t they?” Here are the issues with this and why you should request an...

Should Peanut-Allergic Patients Really Be Avoiding Tree Nuts?

Tree Nuts
Hello Windom Allergy Family! As you know, Windom Allergy always strives to be cutting edge in the realm of food allergy, so we are constantly reading up on the newest literature. We believe sharing these studies with you is very important as well. Below is a summary of a recent article published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology examining whether or not peanut-allergic patients should truly be avoiding tree nuts. The authors acknowledge that if peanut-allergic children are proven to have tree nut allergies already (i.e. previous history of a reaction or positive food challenge) then these should obviously...

Staff Spotlight: Shannon Weller

Shannon is our Clinical Trial Regulatory Specialist at Sarasota Clinical Research. Hi! I’m Shannon. I’m a wife of 7 years  and mama to 2 beautiful girls. If I had my choice, I’d live closer to the mountains, but Florida will do for now! My favorite things are puzzles, fresh air, discovering new places, and organizing things. Fun facts about me: I don’t eat anything that has mint in it , I have a few pictures like this of me shoving my face with ice cream and I’d love to own a cow someday. Don’t hesitate to say hi if you see me in the hallways...

What’s in the air?

What’s in the air?
People always ask, “my nose is running and I’m sneezing, what’s in the air?” The answer depends on where you live. Up north, the middle of August is the start of ragweed season, lasting until the first frost in the fall. Down here, we have ragweed as well, just not the high seasonal peak, but also other weeds, grasses, and the ever-present mold spores. And without a frost, we have most of these pollens year-round. Our only true seasonal allergen in Florida is tree pollen, mainly oak tree, that has an intense pollination period from February to April. Keep in mind,...

Back to School

Back to School
At Windom Allergy our doctors’ kids are going back to school and we hope yours are too.  Encountering contagious diseases is nothing new for school children, with several conditions being more dangerous than coronavirus in the pediatric population, e.g. influenza and meningitis. Kids with asthma typically flare with ‘colds’ and other viruses, but the current virus doesn’t appear to be any worse in those with asthma compared to those without it. Staying on regularly prescribed medications allow people with asthma to handle viruses and other obstacles in their path. One of the few positive effects of this pandemic period is the...
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Windom Allergy, Asthma & Sinus
Food Allergy Center of Florida