Staff Spotlight: BJ Huerta

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Hello, I’m BJ and I joined the Windom Allergy family in June 2021. I was born and grew up in Southwest Florida. I have also lived in western North Carolina for a few years and recently relocated to Port Charlotte with my mom. Nursing has been my main career and I specialized and currently work in Clinical Research. I have two amazing children; my daughter Julia and my son John. I am an author and I write inspirational Christian poetry. In addition to writing, things that I enjoy doing are reading, walking, golfing, gardening, spending time at the beach, going to flea markets and...

How an Allergy Doctor Treats Eye Allergies

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You would think that eye allergies would be easy to treat. In the US alone, up to 40% of the population has been affected by eye allergies, AKA allergic conjunctivitis. However, the poor eyes often get overlooked in order to treat the more obvious allergic diseases like asthma, allergic runny nose, or eczema. Underdiagnosis and undertreatment can lead to chronic annoyance and, rarely, a serious eye condition.  Did you know the eyes are “privileged”? The eyes are considered an immune privileged site, and for good reason. They have evolved in a variety of ways to stop immune responses and preserve vision. Sounds...

Staff Spotlight: Rose Schleappi

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Hi, I’m Rose and I have been with the wonderful Windom Allergy family for over 3 years! Most of my life I lived in Ohio, but I have always longed to be where it is warm and sunny. Luckily, I was able to relocate to Florida and have been enjoying the sunshine here ever since. Some of my favorite things to do in the sunshine are walking, bird watching, enjoying the beach and riding my bike on the wonderful trails in the area. I became a nurse following my grandmother’s example in 1983. I have worked in dermatology, periodontics and allergy...

Good Luck Dr. Saco!

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We are sad to say goodbye to Dr. Tara Saco. We will surely miss her, but at the same time we are happy that she is pursuing her dreams!We wish you the best of luck Dr. Saco!

Ever Wonder How an Allergist Treats Her Son’s Eczema?

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I thought being a pediatrician would give me a fairly large advantage in the game of motherhood. Unfortunately, I learned quickly how my preconceived plans and mantras were “cute” in the eyes of my ferocious newborn Evelyn. By the time my second kid, Tanner, was born I thought “this was it.” I could use my knowledge and experience to finally have the perfect baby experience. I almost had it until he turned 2 months old and the first signs of dry skin appeared. I admit I was a bit sleep deprived and likely in denial that me, an allergist of all...

Nasal Steroids May Help With COVID

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Hot off the internet press, Cleveland Clinic just published their results that nasal steroids, like over-the-counter Flonase and Rhinocort, may impact COVID-19 related outcomes in a good way. Cleveland Clinic reviewed 72,147 patients positive for COVID. They compared patients who were on nasal steroids before getting COVID to those not on them. They looked at who got hospitalized, admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU), or died in hospital. Compared with nonusers, nasal steroid users had a lower risk for hospitalization (decrease by 22%), ICU admission (decreased by 23%), and in-hospital mortality (decreased by 24%). As with any new research, more...

Staff Spotlight: Sally Kastes

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I’m Sally and I am the CCRC and COO of Sarasota Clinical Research. I have worked in research for 20 years. I’ve been at Windom Allergy for 11 years, so far, and have known Dr. Hugh Windom since high school! I am an RN and have worked in the ICU for 20 years. I have twin daughters and 2 fur kids! I am proud to say that at age 40, I ran the Chicago marathon. I love to golf and ski. I’m a college football fan as well, GO GATORS!Fun fact: I was Miss Siesta Key in 1978.

Are You Ready For Fall Allergies?

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At Windom Allergy we have signed countless medication school forms for the new school year and we're happy to help. But now that the 2021 Fall session has started, what else can we do to help Sarasota families? Here are some pro-tips to have a healthy rest of the year. Clean your nose daily with saline! (Our poor medical students that often shadow us in the office probably think Allergists are like broken records, but it works!) We know that cleaning your nose decreases allergen exposure and can prevent allergic symptoms. But it may surprise some folks that this is the...

Who’s on fire at Florida Allergy?

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The Florida Allergy Asthma and immunology Society held their annual meeting in Orlando on July 16-18, 2021 (www.faais.org) . Dr. Jean Ly of Windom Allergy https://www.windomallergy.com/meet-us/physicians/jean-ly-m-d presented a poster on her groundbreaking work with oral immunotherapy (OIT) in food allergic children under the age of five. She compared the outcome of children going through peanut OIT to those doing multi-food OIT (e.g. peanut, cashew and walnut). Both groups did equally well in this desensitization process that allows patients to tolerate a food they were previously highly allergic to. In addition to this educational presentation to fellow Allergist/Immunologists from across the state, Dr....

Tired of paying high prices for your medicines?

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We may be able to help you out if you have asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or emphysema), atopic dermatitis (eczema in people with an allergic background), hives (chronic urticaria for > 6 itchy months), or dust induced hay fever in 5-11 year-olds. If you qualify for one of the trials, you’ll receive medication free of charge and be compensated for your time and travel. We’ve been conducting clinical research trials as part of the Sarasota Clinical Research center here in Sarasota, FL since 1994 (https://www.windomallergy.com/clinical-trials). Sally Kastes is our Clinical Research Coordinator and can be reached at 941-927-4888, or...

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