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.

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 administration EpiPen 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...

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...

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...

Itchy Skin Can Make Sleeping Difficult

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Eczema, atopic dermatitis, or just plain itchy skin can ruin your day and make sleeping a challenge. When moisturizers, medicated creams, and antihistamines aren’t enough, you may be offered the new biologic drug, Dupixent. This new drug is highly effective, but also costly (~$37,000/year). Sarasota Clinical Research is participating in a national pharmaceutical trial with this agent, addressing its impact on nighttime itch.  There is no charge for all medication and testing during the trial and you may be compensated for your time and travel. Find out more here! Or give us a call today! 

Welcome Financial Wellness Center

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In November, Freya Robbins opened the Financial Wellness Center next door to us here at Windom Allergy. Freya did a great job of fixing up the office space and has exciting plans to create a place where people can connect with others and access sound advice from professionals in a sales-free zone. See more at www.FinancialWellnessCenter.me.

Caring For Veterans

Caring For Veterans
Military veterans going to the Wednesday weekly Allergy Clinic at the James A. Haley Veterans Administration Hospital in Tampa will be seen by one of our Windom Allergy physicians.  Dr. Fergeson serves as the attending physician for the clinic on the first Wednesday of each month, Dr. Windom covers the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, and Dr. Saco the 3rd Wednesday (also the 5th when there is one). While seeing patients, our doctors teach University of South Florida medical trainees assigned to the clinic. This is all done on a volunteer basis, our way of saying ‘thank you’ for...

Hives Drivin' You Crazy?

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They’ve been called hives, welts, itches, welts, or swelling, but the medical terminology is urticaria.  As many as 20% of people will experience urticaria in their lifetime. When it persists for longer than 6 weeks, we call it chronic urticaria. Here at the Sarasota Clinical Research center at Windom Allergy we are testing a monthly injection for chronic urticaria. You may be compensated for your time and travel. Find out more here! -> www.windomallergy.com/clinical-trials

A Dozen Years with Gerard


It is hard to believe that it has been 12 years since Gerard Marsalisi joined Windom Allergy. Gerard came onboard ‘locked and loaded’, having previously worked in an allergy office in St. Petersburg. As the most experienced nurse in skin testing, pulmonary function testing, patch testing and everything allergy, he is leaned on heavily by others learning how we do things. He’s also a favorite of many long-time patients in the practice. Outside of work Gerard sings like an angel for his church, has two daughters, and lives in Parish.

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.
Office Hours
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Tue  8:30 - 6:00
Wed  8:30 - 5:00
Thu  7:30 - 5:00
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Mon  8:30 - 5:00
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Wed  8:30 - 4:30
Thu  7:30 - 4:30
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