Windom Allergy, Asthma, Sinus

Is This a Good Time to Talk?

Is This a Good Time to Talk?
The less hectic pace of summer could be just the right time to consider taking a definitive step to control your allergies.  If you have allergic asthma, runny nose/hay fever, or sinus problems, you probably have a medicine cabinet full of antihistamines, inhalers, and nose sprays to help you limp through the various allergy seasons.  Is there a better answer?  Yes, there is, and it’s called desensitization. Allergen desensitization has been around for over 100 years, often referred to as allergen immunotherapy or allergy shots.  This remains the most effective way to ‘turn off’ your airborne allergies.  Another option, for those...
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Common Food Labeling Misconceptions- Buyer Beware!

Common Food Labeling Misconceptions- Buyer Beware!
But also shop with a healthy dose of common sense and evidence based advice! Common Misconceptions: Risk of contamination can be stratified based on the Precautionary Allergy Labeling (PAL) terminology used, such as “made in a facility” or “shared lines”. FALSE! The exact PAL term on the food label CANNOT be used to stratify risk Once a food with PAL is tolerated, it is always safe to eat. There may be batch-to-batch differences in the level of contamination of the same product Risk of contamination is the same for all foods. Food at the highest risk of contamination are thought to...
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Common Misconceptions of Peanut Allergy and Air Travel

Common Misconceptions of Peanut Allergy and Air Travel
Are you nervous about traveling with a food allergy? Be prepared and get educated! Common Misconceptions : There is a risk of inhaling peanut on an airplane and reacting to it . Studies have shown that peanut does not circulate in the air and this is not a likely route of exposure. Peanut dust on unwashed surfaces that becomes inadvertently ingested, or false presumption that a food is safe that actually contains peanuts are the 2 most likely sources of potential peanut exposure in flight Only nut-free flights are safe . Use a commercial wipe to clean the seating area, in...
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Common Misconceptions on Casual Exposure in Peanut Allergy

Common Misconceptions on Casual Exposure in Peanut Allergy
This week we will highlight on clinical pearls and evidence-based advice on what to do if a peanut allergic patient has casual exposure to peanut. Being near peanut butter can trigger a reaction. Ingestion is the primary trigger for significant reactions and peanut protein does not aerosolize in significant amounts from peanut butter or undisturbed peanut. Being touched by peanut can trigger a reaction. Again, ingestion as the primary trigger of significant reactions. Contact reactions may lead to no symptoms or localized ones such as a rash that often resolves when the area is washed off (exception may be direct eye...
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Useful Advise on Management of Peanut Allergy at Restaurants

Useful Advise on Management of Peanut Allergy at Restaurants
Recently the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology published a great article with common sense, evidence-based advice that all allergists should be discussing with their food allergy patients. This week we will highlight improving safety at restaurants/food establishments. High-risk establishments include ice cream parlors, bakeries, and Asian restaurants . Avoid these places or use additional instructions to staff to reduce risk. Have food prepared specifically for the patient, taking into consideration cross-contact and hidden ingredients Desserts, sauces are higher risk. Avoid these unless safety can be confirmed. Restaurant personnel are often not educated about food allergy. Educate while informing. For example,...
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Tree Pollen Season

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Spring is in the air, and so are billions of tiny pollens that trigger allergy symptoms in millions of people. Our tree pollen season has arrived with oak pollen being the most problematic this time of year! Symptoms may include runny nose, sneezing, stuffy nose, itchy watery eyes, and dark circles under the eyes. For those with asthma, symptoms may include wheezing, cough and chest tightness. There are also simple steps you can take to limit your exposure to the pollen or molds that cause your symptoms: • Keep your windows closed at night and if possible, use air conditioning, which...
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Suncoast Allergies Affect the Nonallergic

Suncoast Allergies Affect the Nonallergic - Spring season has hit Sarasota and allergic and nonallergic people are suffering alike. The high pollen count has become more of an irritant causing airway inflammation in even nonallergic patients. Please check out our video on Sarasota ABC health news for further information.
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Sarasota Tree Pollens Are Here

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Happy New Year Sarasota! It looks like we’re going to have an early tree pollen season in 2015 with moderate levels of pollen already in the air. A large study recently published in The Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology looked at the prevalence of hay fever and associated climate factors using data from the 2007-2008 National Survey of Children’s Health. In total, 91,642 children and adolescents from all 50 states in the U.S were assessed. Hay fever occurred in 18.0% of U.S. children, with the highest prevalence in southeastern and southern states. This was attributed to lower outdoor humidity, overall...
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