Windom Allergy, Asthma, Sinus

Introduction: Acute asthma, prognosis, and treatment

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

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...

Ouch! Stinging Insect Allergies

INSECT ALLERGIES: Entomology is the field of science that studies insects. The insects important to the allergist represent only a few of the over 16,000 species in North America, making up the order  Hymenoptera . These stinging  Hymenoptera  insects do have some positive features, being effective pollinators of plant life and predators of a wide variety of pest species. Insects with the capacity to elicit an allergic reaction include yellow jacket, yellow hornet, white-faced hornet, paper wasp and honeybee. The yellow jacket is the most aggressive of the flying insects, scavenging for meats and sweets, and nests in and around homes....

February Pollen Report

February's worst pollen offenders? Bald Cypress and Juniper. Counts are moderate right now. Alas, Jupiter is a common ground cover given it's extremely resistant to heat and drought. Native to swampy conditions, the bald cypress is another "survivor," also able to withstand dry, sunny weather and is hardy in USDA climate zones 5 through 10. The bald cypress tree can survive for centuries. Growing slowly, the bald cypress will get taller and taller for roughly 200 years, reaching heights of up to 150 feet. The trees usually live for 600 years, though some specimens are said to have survived for more than...

Getting to know...Lisa Carver

Where are you from? I was born in Fort Myers Florida, then moved to Jacksonville Florida where I spent 20 years of my life. My great grandmother had Alzheimers later in her life so I moved to Felda, Florida to take care of her. After her passing I have slowly moved from Felda to Labelle to Arcadia to North Port to Venice and now finally I live in Sarasota, Florida. What are your hobbies? I have several hobbies. I like to make jewelry, scrapbook and hand make different types of greeting cards. I was taught how to cross stitch when I...

Saturday Hours for Food Allergy Treatments

For the convenience of our existing Food Allergy and Shot patients, we are now open one  Saturday a month. For February we will be open Saturday February 11th, from 9am-12pm. Please call for an appointment.  

Are hives an allergic reaction?

Not always! HIVES: Hives have been referred to as welts, nettle rash, and by physicians, urticaria. They are raised areas of your skin that are warm, very itchy and red. They can suddenly appear anywhere on the body and last a few hours or as long as 48 hours. Hives can be caused by allergic or non-allergic mechanisms. In a majority of chronic cases, the exact cause remains unknown. A common cause of hives is dermatographism. It is caused by stroking of the skin or rubbing as occurs with scratching or tight-fitting garments. Often hives are caused by an adverse reaction...

What to do about an Acute Sinus Infection

Symptoms of an acute sinus infection are pretty obvious, fever, severe sinus area pain, teeth pain, and yellow or green post-nasal drainage. Sinus problems are one of the leading causes of visits to the doctor, accounting for over 16 million doctor visits annually. Living with one sinus infection after another can be miserable, interfering with both work and life at home. For difficult cases of sinusitis, antibiotic treatment and careful follow-up by your doctor may be necessary. The simple 10-day course of antibiotics is fine for an acute sinusitis, an infection having begun only a few days earlier. A chronic sinusitis,...
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