Windom Allergy, Asthma, Sinus

Are you one of the 90% of patients who no longer have a penicillin allergy?

Had a penicillin allergy as a kid? You probably don't now. To prove a penicillin allergy exists, we skin test with penicillin and one of its breakdown products.  You will be tested with what we call the major breakdown product of penicillin (commercially available as PrePen), plain penicillin and in some patients, ampicillin or a cephalosporin.  In addition, skin testing with salt water (to which no one should react) and histamine (to which everyone should react) is used to help distinguish between negative and positive skin test reactions.  Test agents are placed on the forearm and then scratched with a small...

What are chronic hives?

By definition hives that continue to recur for greater than six weeks are considered chronic.  Rarely is an identifiable etiology for the hives discovered.  Because of the remote possibility of an underlying pathologic process, such as infection, abnormal thyroid gland function, malignancy or rheumatoid arthritis, a review of your health history and limited blood testing directed toward these entities is routine practice.  Fortunately, most cases (~ 75%) resolve within one year.  Therapy is symptomatic, aiming to reduce itching while the hives run their course. How can hives be treated? Avoidance of the foods, drugs, or other provoking factors is recommended whenever...

Part 1: Acute asthma, prognosis, and treatment

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Jennifer E. Fergeson, DO, Shiven S. Patel, MD, and Richard F. Lockey, MD Asthma affects about 300 million people globally and accounts for 1 in every 250 deaths in the world. Approximately 12 million people in the United States each year experience an acute exacerbation of their asthma, a quarter of which require hospitalization. ~~~ PHYSICAL EXAMINATION Clinical estimates of severity based on an interview and physical examination can result in an inaccurate estimation of disease severity; audible wheezing is usually a sign of moderate asthma, whereas no wheezing can be a sign of severe airflow obstruction. Symptoms of severe asthma...

Learn more about Jean Vessel

Jean Vessel, Born in Sarasota and lived here my whole life Hobbies include cooking, fishing and anything family related Between my husband and I we have 5 children, twin boys Christopher and Jonathan 3 daughters , Selena, Sara and Toni. Son in law Troy. 5 grandchildren Josh, Dustin, Colton, Trey, and Tanner. We have many pets including a dog, cat, rabbit, hamster and macaw What would people be most surprised to know about you? I am a retired Firefighter / Paramedic

Working on your Asthma Wellness

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Asthma is a chronic condition and after awhile, you know your body well enough to tell when it is acting up or flaring. This often occurs with a viral infection, but also changes in temperature or season, new allergens in your environment (grandma and her cat come to visit, for too long!), or you run out of your daily maintenance medicines. When this happens, what do you do? At Windom Allergy we empower you to take Action! See our ‘Action Plan’ which when filled out specifically for you, will guide you step by step to self-manage you through an asthma flare....

Food Allergy Patients come from all over Florida, and Beyond!

We see patients from all over Florida, and Beyond! We will not have March Saturday hours. Our next Saturday is April 8th from 9am-12pm. Please call for an appointment.

Introduction: Acute asthma, prognosis, and treatment

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By Jennifer E. Fergeson, DO, Shiven S. Patel, MD, and Richard F. Lockey, MD NOTE: This is the introduction to a 10 part series. Asthma affects about 300 million people globally and accounts for 1 in every 250 deaths in the world. Approximately 12 million people in the United States each year experience an acute exacerbation of their asthma, a quarter of which require hospitalization. Acute asthma should be differentiated from poor asthma control. Patients with acute asthma will exhibit increasing shortness of breath, chest tightness, coughing, and/or wheezing. In contrast, poor asthma control typically presents with a diurnal variability in...

Asthma Treatment: Allergy Shots

An European study published in the leading allergy medical journal, the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology , showed allergy shots helped people with asthma reduce their steroid medications. Asthmatic children between the ages of 6-17 requiring daily inhaled steroids to control their asthma were invited to enroll in the 2 year study, wherein half were placed on allergy shots and the other half were treated with medications alone. The group on allergy shots was able to reduce their inhaled steroid dose by 50%, while at the same time maintain better asthma control than before the study According to Dr. Windom,...

The holidays might be past, but it's still very much 'Tis The Season for Allergies

People often think that allergy problems are year round in Florida since we lack the four seasons common to life up north. Well, that is partially correct. We do have much longer periods of plant pollination, such that in nearly every month of the year something is putting off airborne pollen. And with the high year round humidity we always have mold spores in the air. But that doesn’t mean we lack a seasonal peak of pollen production. If your family is fortunate to be free of allergies you may not be able to guess when that seasonal peak is here...

Chronic Sinus Infections

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A chronic sinus infection can be much  subtle and linger for months. Signs of chronic sinusitis can include one or more of the following symptoms: stuffy nose, intermittent yellow or green nasal drainage (maybe only seen in the shower), occasional sinus area pressure or headache, bad breath, decreased sense of taste and smell, earaches, fatigue, and coughing, especially with lying down. Allowing the sinuses to drain properly is the first step in curing sinusitis. Americans purchase more than $1.5 billion worth of over-the-counter sinus medications each year, but these remedies don't work for everyone. Drug treatment involves a combination of nasal saline...
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Sarasota, FL . 34239
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