Windom Allergy, Asthma, Sinus

Ouch! Stinging Insect Allergies

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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

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

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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,...

Ouch! Fire Ant Reactions

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INSECT ALLERGIES: The fire ant is a year-round threat here in Florida. Fire ants build subterranean nests with as many as 230,000 insects in residence. When the nest is disturbed, the ants attack in mass and repeatedly sting their victim. Allergic reactions are the result of a specific immune response to the venom injected into the skin. Previous venom exposure is necessary for one to become sensitized, therefore, people can almost always recall a well tolerated sting in the past. Large local swelling and discomfort at the site of a sting is a normal response to the toxins within the venom...

Learn more about...Maggie Moffett

Margaret-Moffett
I came to SRQ in 1971 when I married my husband. I moved 17 times before coming here so I lived in many places but was born in IL. I have 2 children and 2 grandchildren that fortunately live here in SRQ. Hobbies are walking, reading and cooking. I have a new puppy that is 6 months old and is named Ellie. My new goals are to travel and take up kayaking.

Working with Allergy Shots

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Once you have reached the highest dose, or maintenance shot, you will receive allergy injections every 2 to 4 weeks depending upon your symptom response. You will be re-evaluated by Dr. Windom 6 months after starting treatment and annually after that time. You should notice improvement in your symptoms by 18 months or shots will be discontinued. After obtaining good results over a period of 5 years, most patients are able to stop the injections with long-lasting benefit. Some patients require starting back on allergy injections. Changes in the allergy vaccine (stronger concentration) or injection schedule (more frequently than monthly) may...

Allergy shots are highly effective, but they take time!

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IMMUNOTHERAPY (ALLERGY SHOTS): Hyposensitization or “ allergy shots ” are given to certain selected patients to immunize them against allergens that account for their symptoms. Many allergic patients do not need allergy shots for resolution or treatment of their symptoms. Medications and/or environmental changes are frequently sufficient to control symptoms in these individuals. The only patients who are placed on shots are those in whom other types of therapy have failed or in whom additional therapy is needed. Allergy shots are very effective, but it takes TIME! Hyposensitization means “turning down” the patients allergic recognition of common allergens (pollens, molds, dust,...
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