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Archive for August, 2012

ACE Team Spotlight: Sharing the Know-How

Published August - 31 - 2012

South Bay Allergy & Asthma Associates' Joyce Schoettler, MD, Edward Buchsbalm, MD, Katie Marks, MD, and Christine Shim, FNP

By Gary Fitzgerald

Joyce Schoettler, MD, is always astonished when a child with anaphylaxis does not receive epinephrine – in some cases even after arriving at the emergency room.

Why? Too many people don’t take anaphylaxis seriously enough, Schoettler believes. Some turn to over-the-counter antihistamines as a first line of treatment.

This is “dangerous” – a point that Schoettler, Edward Buchsbalm, MD, and the nursing staff at South Bay Allergy & Asthma Associates in Torrance, Calif., drive home as part of AANMA’s Anaphylaxis Community Experts (ACEs) program.

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For Superman, it’s kryptonite that leaves him gasping.

For Sally, it’s peanuts. Milk for Jamal. Shrimp for Mrs. Watson. And for the plumber? Bee stings.

That’s why these everyday heroes always carry two lifesaving epinephrine auto-injectors everywhere, every day!

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Ask the Allergist: Little Ears, Big Infections

Published August - 27 - 2012
By Talal Nsouli, MD
Q: Why does my baby get so many ear infections?
A: Nasal inflammation and congestion spreads easily to the middle ear, causing fluid to accumulate behind the eardrum. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Kill Dust Mites? It’s a Wash…

Published August - 21 - 2012

By Laurie Ross

Searching for new products at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) annual meeting exhibit earlier this year, I found numerous products claiming to eliminate dust mites with cold water washing. Since the research gurus have always said it takes at least 130 degree water to do the job, Read the rest of this entry »

Back-to-School Asthma and Anaphylaxis Basics

Published August - 14 - 2012

School children with asthma and food and venom allergy face uncertainty and challenges not experienced by most classmates. The average classroom, lunch room, playground, class party and athletic field is teeming with allergens capable of provoking asthma or allergy symptoms that students with these conditions must prevent and treat with vigilance and balance. Read the rest of this entry »