Allergies are a major cause of illness in the United States, affecting as many as 50 million people—about one in five. Most do not know exactly what causes their symptoms or how to treat them effectively. In this edition of Ask the Allergist, Dr. Stanley Fineman, 2012 president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology talks about how allergy testing and immunotherapy can help.
The last thing a kid wants is a boring school lunch — especially one made for the “only one in the class” who’s allergic to all things milk, egg, peanut, tree nut or seafood!
Anaphylaxis, a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction, can be caused by insect stings, latex, foods, and medications. An anaphylactic response occurs rapidly, often beginning within seconds or minutes of exposure to the allergen – but it can be stopped with the right medication. In this edition of Ask the Allergist, Dr. Dana Wallace, 2011 president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, talks about how to recognize and treat symptoms fast. Read the rest of this entry »
Q. How can I tell when to use auto-injectable epinephrine? I don’t want to use it or go to the hospital if it’s not necessary.
A. There is no way to predict how severe an anaphylaxis episode might become, so the time to begin treatment is when symptoms first develop. Read the rest of this entry »
Bye-bye fruit salad, hello hot chocolate and holiday cookies! With the holiday season upon us, yes, we tend to put away our lighter fare for festive treats that ol’ St. Nick would be proud of. Tasty snacks and hot drinks are great for long afternoons building snowmen or swishing down the ski slopes. Read the rest of this entry »
After more than 50 years on the market, Primatene® Mist, the only nonprescription bronchodilator inhaler, will no longer be manufactured, sold or distributed in the United States as of Dec. 31, 2011. Why not? Because Primatene Mist, which is inhaled epinephrine, contains chlorofluorcarbon (CFC) propellants.
Three cheers! Wisconsin is now the 48th state to protect students’ right to carry and use their lifesaving anaphylaxis medications at school. On November 23, Gov. Scott Walker signed a law that allows a student while in school, at a school event, or Read the rest of this entry »
A new bill from U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) as well as an amendment by Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) to separate legislation seek to allow epinephrine inhalers that contain chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) propellants to stay on the market, rather than Read the rest of this entry »
Absolutely yes! To do that, though, you’ll need to get and keep asthma symptoms under control.