Windom Allergy, Asthma, Sinus

COVID-19 Update - 4/1/20

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To Our Windom Allergy Family

We continue to always be available to our patients during this viral pandemic. Here is an update on office services:

TELEMEDICINE

We are seeing patients in the office, but for those preferring to stay home, we’re happy to arrange a telemedicine visit. Just let us know whether you want to come in or see us virtually when you call for an appointment or when we callyou to remind you about an upcoming appointment.

FOOD ORAL IMMUNOTHERAPY(OIT)

With fewer people in the office (doctors, nurses and other patients), it is a good time to keep up on your oral immunotherapy (OIT) dosing. Give us a call, text Wendy through OhMD, or writeus from your patient portal, telling us when you’d like to come in.

ALLERGY SHOTS

As above, with a less crowded office than usual, staying on top of your allergies with your regular allergy shot is a safe and simple process.We encourage our shot patients to park in the South parking lot, so they enter the door directly into the shot waiting room.If there are more than 3-4 people in the waiting room, you are welcome to sit outside on the porch and spend your 30 minutes looking for alligators in the creek.New hours: 8:30-4.

BIOLOGIC MEDICATION INJECTIONS & IMMUNOGLOBULIN THERAPY

Patients on biologic medications (Xolair, DupixentNucalaCinqair, and Fasenra) should maintain their current schedule. The same goes for our immunodeficiency patients receiving immunoglobulin replacement therapy.

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FDA Alert: EpiPen auto-injector errors related to device malfunctions and user administration

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For all of our patients who have the EpiPen:FDA alerts patients and health care professionals of EpiPen auto-injector errors related to device malfunctions and user administrationEpiPen 0.3 mg and EpiPen Jr 0.15 mg auto-injectors, and the authorized generic versions, may potentially have delayed injection or be prevented from properly injecting due to:Device failure from spontaneous activation caused by using sideways force to remove the blue safety release.Device failure from inadvertent or spontaneous activation due to a raised blue safety release.Difficulty removing the device from the carrier tube.For more information: FDA alerts patients and health care professionals of EpiPen auto-injector errors related to...
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Our Docs Give Academic Lectures on the Latest and Greatest in OIT and Mast Cell Disorders

Our Docs Give Academic Lectures on the Latest and Greatest in OIT and Mast Cell Disorders
Our fearless leader, Dr, Hugh Windom, and the newest addition to the Windom Allergy, Dr. Tara Saco, both gave lectures at the annual Univeristy of South Florida Symposium Update in Allergy and Immunology on January 17 & 18. Primary care physicians, surgeons, dermatologists, ear nose and throat specialists, as well as fellow allergists who attended this conference came from all over Florida and some from other states to learn about foor oral immunotherapy (OIT) and mast cell diseases (mastocytosis and mast cell activation syndrome) from Dr. Windom and Dr. Saco, respectively. Windom Allergy continues to be at the forefront of cutting edge Allergy...
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The Peanut Pill is Now FDA Approved

The Peanut Pill is Now FDA Approved
The peanut pill, Palforzia, has been approved by the FDA, so what are food allergy patients supposed to think?Here is what we know. Palforzia (peanut flour in a capsule) is to be used as oral immunotherapy (OIT) for 4 to 17 year-olds with a confirmed diagnosis of peanut allergy. It should help mitigate allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, that may occur with accidental exposure to peanuts. Those who take Palforzia must continue to avoid peanuts in their diets. The goal is to be slowly desensitized to 300 mg of peanut protein, or approximately one peanut, with the help of an allergist. Studies have...
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Spreading the Word

Spreading the Word
Dr. Windom attended the American College of Allergy Asthma & Immunology annual meeting in Houston in November. He lectured on ‘Food Oral Immunotherapy (OIT) in Clinical Practice’ to the Association of Allergists of Indian-Origin. Many in the audience expressed interest in offering this life-changing therapy to their patients based on the aspirational words of Dr. Windom. The results of our first 180 peanut allergy patients treated with OIT, compiled with the help of pre-med student Lara Gasich, were presented as a poster at the national meeting.
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Emergency Room Training

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This month Dr. Fergeson led our emergency room training review. During these sessions our physicians, nurses and office staff discuss how to safely and efficiently manage a patient who is having an allergic reaction. We also had the opportunity to review our airway and IV placement skills, as well as apply these skills in our mock patient clinical scenarios. We are constantly learning here at Windom Allergy and always strive to provide the best care to our patients.
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Halloween Food Allergy Safety Tips

Halloween Food Allergy Safety Tips
Halloween is just around the corner! For all of our ghouls and goblins living with food allergy and/or receiving oral immunotherapy (OIT), we’ve conjured up a few tips for a safe and enjoyable Halloween:For those receiving food OIT, please be mindful of the 2-hour rest period after your dose and avoid dosing after 8 PM. If this is not possible, it is fine to skip your dose that day and resume normal dosing the following day.Don’t let your food-allergic child trick-or-treat alone, and always make sure they carry their autoinjectable epinephrine with them.Verify that adults or friends with your child understand his or...
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FDA Peanut Capsule

FDA Peanut Capsule
Because of the amazing success of food oral immunotherapy (OIT) at Windom Allergy and other clinics around the world, a pharmaceutical company is close to having their peanut capsule, Palforzia, approved by the FDA.  Obtaining FDA approval for the same OIT protocol we’ve been using for years, legitimizes this life changing therapy for all of those doctors and patients who felt the need for this ultimate FDA stamp before pursuing peanut desensitization. Yes, the commercial capsule has been checked for purity and full peanut composition, a requirement to make peanut a drug, but we remain comfortable using regular peanuts to desensitize our patients...
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Explaining Food Allergy to Kids

Guess what???Dr. Ly made a youtube video that is silly and fun for her food allergy kiddos!Please watch as Dr. Ly explains food allergies to kids with the help of science and toys! Learn about allergy soldiers and how they cause food allergies. Most importantly, you will learn how to make yourself feel better if you have an allergic reaction.If you like the video please share the message and help other food allergy families!A special thanks to Jim McCampbell who edited the video and added the sound effects! You made the video so fun friend!
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Long Trip Home

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We said goodbye to two patients from the UK and one from Trinidad this week!We wish them the very best as they return home, safely eating small amounts of peanut and cashew.  These kids came over with their parents for 5-6 weeks in Sarasota to start the oral immunotherapy (OIT) process for their severe food allergy. They will continue daily OIT dosing in their home country until they can return to the Florida gulf coast to complete ‘updosing’ to our goal of three nuts daily.We loved spending time with Michael, Rosa, and River!Thinking about coming to see us for OIT? Wondering...
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Office Hours
Mon  8:30 - 5:30
Tue  8:30 - 6:30
Wed  8:30 - 5:00
Thu  7:30 - 5:00
Fri  8:30 - 4:30
 
Shot Hours
Mon  8:30 - 5:00
Tue  8:30 - 6:00
Wed  8:30 - 4:30
Thu  7:30 - 4:30
Fri  8:30 - 4:00

 

 

 

 

Location
3570 S Tuttle Ave
Sarasota, FL . 34239
941-927-4888
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