Previously unconventional therapy gives new hope to parents of kids with severe food allergies

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As seen here :  https://www.wesh.com/article/severe-allergies-treatment-oral-immunotherapy/39875473# Cole Dhoore, 5, has been forced to live differently than most kids. "They said never leave the house without an EpiPen,” said Cole’s mom, Hannah Dhorre. Cole has a severe allergy to cashews and walnuts. His mom was told Cole should never come into contact with anything that might bear even traces of tree nuts. "Once he started pre-school, that’s when we really realized how much it was going to impact him socially, and that’s when it felt more real and more scary,” said Dhoore. But a year ago, Hannah learned other kids with food allergies were...
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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....
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Oral Allergy Syndrome

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Have you ever felt your mouth and throat itch and tingle after taking a bite into a delicious apple? Or maybe a banana? But then when you have apple pie, you have no problems? Don’t worry, you’re not crazy, and thankfully not truly allergic! These symptoms are due to a phenomenon called Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS) or Pollen-Food Syndrome (PFS). Basically, if you are allergic to certain outdoor pollens, the proteins in those pollens look similar to certain fruits, vegetables, and even nuts. When you eat these foods, your body gets confused and annoyed, and asks you “why are you eating...
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An Approach to the Office-Based Practice of Food Oral Immunotherapy

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Congratulations to Dr. Windom! He recently published an article on "An Approach to the Office-Based Practice of Food Oral Immunotherapy" in the prestigious Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice. Windom Allergy is helping make food oral immunotherapy accessible to families and other allergy offices across the world.  We are so proud of you Dr. Windom! An Approach to the Office-Based Practice of Food Oral Immunotherapy
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Health Goals Sarasota 2021 

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The holidays have come and gone,the coronavirus is still here, and it’s time to work on our health and fitness goals for 2021.Plus, there is no better time than Spring to be socially distanced outdoors in Florida. Stay the course – Keep doing all the good things you’ve been doing. It’s exhausting for sure. But if you’ve been wearing a mask, using hand sanitizer, social distancing, keep doing those things to prevent yourself and family members from getting COVID-19. Please also consider getting the COVID vaccine when it’s available for you.Up your exercise if possible – For those uncomfortable returning to the gym, there are plenty of Zoom classes, apps, and other ways to...
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Making the Most of Your Spring Windom Allergy Visit

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We can’t wait to see you in-person or via a telemedicine visit! If you’re planning to visit Windom Allergythis spring, make sure you get the most from your appointment by writing down your questions and concerns ahead of time. Let us know if: You have any new symptoms or symptoms that are worse than in previous years. Be sure to mention if you experience coughing, difficulty breathing or loss of sleep, as these can be signs of asthma.You have missed school or work due to allergy or asthma symptoms. It’s very important that you report any related hospitalizations or visits to the emergency department. We can help you gain better control...
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Staff Spotlight: Wendy Rich

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Wendy is our Food Therapy CoordinatorHi, I'm Wendy and I am the Oral Immunotherapy (OIT) nurse. I feel so lucky that my path led me to Windom Allergy! The best part of my job is the opportunity to help families through their journey to food safety and also making new friends from around the globe! I am a true Floridian and grew up in South Florida. By way of Northern California then Houston, I ended up in Sarasota six years ago. About 5 years ago, I rescued Gabe. If you've seen me at the office, you've probably seen pictures or heard...
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Halloween Treat Ideas

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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 https://www.foodallergy.org/resources/ideas-non-food-treats
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Should Peanut-Allergic Patients Really Be Avoiding Tree Nuts?

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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...
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Staying on Track with Allergy Shots and OIT

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Thank goodness the dreaded virus is beginning to fade. Unfortunately, the allergy season continues to afflict us, as we drift from the February to April oak tree pollen to the grass and weed pollen seasons. If you’ve let your regular allergy shot visits lag because of the pandemic distraction, come on in and get caught up. For those of you on food oral immunotherapy (OIT), we’re open, safe, and ready for your dosing visits as well. We’re doing our best to make you feel normal again at Windom Allergy.
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