Windom Allergy, Asthma, Sinus

Back to school advice from Windom Allergy

Back-to-School
Back to school - With school back in session, here at Windom Allergy that means, bring on the contagious respiratory diseases.  Once one child has a ‘cold’, the rest of the class is sure to follow.  Kids with asthma are hit the hardest since viral infections almost always trigger asthma attacks.  Throw in all the rain we’re having and the subsequent burst of mold spores, and our allergic asthma patients are in for a double whammy.  At the first sign of a ‘cold’, we encourage our asthma kids to start their maintenance medication (usually an inhaled steroid) or increase the dose...

The doctors and staff at Windom Allergy and the Food Allergy Center of FL send their prayers.

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The doctors and staff at  Windom Allergy  and the  Food Allergy Center of FL  send their prayers to the Alabama family who recently lost their 3 year old son from an allergic reaction to milk.  The adorable little boy was being tested at a children’s hospital in AL for sensitivity to milk contained in a baked muffin.  This is the first ever reported fatal reaction to a food challenge test.  As allergists we have always known of the seriousness of food allergy and this tragic event should make everyone aware.

Penicillin Allergy Testing—Are you REALLY Allergic?

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We have evaluated hundreds of patients with a history of reactions to penicillin(s) (penicillin, amoxicillin, or related cephalosporins).  After evaluation and testing, more than 90% of these patients can safely take these drugs without fear of a severe allergic reaction. The testing occurs in two phases, skin testing and an oral challenge.  We first inject a small amount of the drug under the skin with a sterile needle and look for a mosquito bite-like reaction in 15 minutes.  This is called intradermal testing.  If this is negative a series of three oral doses of penicillin or related antibiotic will be given...

Getting to know Robynn Pannell

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Born in Sarasota, FL.  Attended Phillippi Shores Elementary, Brookside Middle and Riverview High School.  Graduated High School in 1990, Manatee Community College in 1992 and University of Central Florida in 1995. I have known my husband since 1989 and although he went to Fruitville Elementary, McIntosh Middle and Sarasota High, we have been married since 1995.  I have 2 amazing children, Toni and Tyler, and a pet rabbit named “Mr. Nibbles”. My hobbies include Amusement Parks with my kids, theatre,  boating & fishing.  Sports/Activities growing up included Dance, Competitive Gymnastics, Softball, Racquetball, Tennis, Volleyball, Surfing, Cheerleading and I performed in the...

Now Enrolling for a New Peanut Study--No Charge to Patients!

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Sarasota Clinical Research at Windom Allergy is participating in a national peanut allergy trial.  People with peanut allergy can now enroll in this exciting study by calling Sally at 941-927-4888.  A peanut challenge is not required for study entry. There is no charge for the patient.

National Appointments!

Dr. Windom was appointed to a 2-year term as Vice-Chair of the Practice, Diagnostics and Therapeutics committee and the same position for the Ethics Committee of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology.

Nasal Polyps

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The cause of nasal polyps is unknown. Various theories have been discussed, including allergy, infection, nerve pathway imbalance, enzyme abnormality, drug sensitivity and mechanical obstruction. Fortunately, most people with hay fever (allergic rhinitis) do not have polyps (<2%). Asthma has long been known to be associated with nasal polyps. Studies show that anywhere from 15%-30% of patients with polyps will also have asthma. An even greater association with asthma is found in those individuals who also are allergic to aspirin (hives or asthma following aspirin or ibuprofen-like drug). These patients with asthma and aspirin sensitivity have a 50% chance of having...

Significant progress made on food allergy prevention


Based primarily on the results of the 2015 UK study LEAP ( Learning Early About Peanut Allergy) , national guidelines have been released from the NIH and international allergy organizations that recommend introducing peanut in the diet between 4-9 months of age to foster tolerance; once eczema starts food allergy is soon to follow, therefore if the baby has not introduced peanut when eczema begins, a simple skin test or blood test to peanut should be done to make sure they haven’t become allergic and as such would react upon consuming peanut. If the test is negative, peanut feedings can begin...

Eczema (Atopic dermatitis)

What is Atopic Dermatitis? Skin of patients with atopic dermatitis does not regulate body temperature normally. There may be abnormal sweating and abnormal blood vessel responses--the opening and closing of these vessels in the skin. This means that your child may not react as you would expect with changes in room temperature. He or she may be "cold natured" or "hot natured". They may sweat very little. Since intact skin is also important in holding body fluid, your child may lose extra fluid (simply by evaporation) when he is severely affected. You might note increased drinking of fluids. These problems are...

Getting to Know Karen Brown

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I have been with Windom Allergy for the past 15 years! I started as an office nurse doing skin testing. In the past several years I've been the allergy shot nurse, making the serum and getting patients approved for special medications. I am now happily semi-retired, working 2-3 days a week. I met my husband when I was studying nursing in Brewster, NY. He was in the USAF and lived in many diverse cities before he retired in 1990 and we moved to Sarasota. We have three children and six grandchildren! Our hobby is our dogs. We breed show and have...
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3570 S Tuttle Ave
Sarasota, FL . 34239
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