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PeanutsConsuming peanuts during infancy could help prevent peanut allergy, according to a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, but some allergists are urging caution on changing food allergy therapies based on the research.

Following the release of the Learning Early About Peanut (LEAP) study at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) annual meeting on Read the rest of this entry »

Something In the Air

Published February - 24 - 2015

Climate_ChangeHow Climate Change and Air Pollution  Impact Allergies and Asthma

Walk outside. What do you breathe?

You hope for clean air, free of harmful allergens and irritants, but climate change and air pollution are making that less likely. For the 1 in 7 Americans with respiratory conditions, the implications are troubling.

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SLIT“I am considering undergoing sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT), or allergy tablets, to help treat my seasonal allergies. What are advantages and disadvantages of the tablets?”

Under-the-tongue allergy tablets are a new FDA-approved therapy for patients who experience allergy symptoms to grass pollen or ragweed. Just like allergy shots, the goal of SLIT is to boost the patient’s tolerance to allergy triggers. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Navigate Restaurants With Latex Allergy

Published January - 2 - 2015

latex_safeDining out is meant to be festive and relaxing, not a burden or a time where worry zaps your energy trying to stay safe.

For individuals with latex allergy, the challenge at restaurants is threefold. First, kitchen staff may use latex products such as gloves while preparing food. Second, a variety of foods have cross reactivity with latex proteins (termed Latex-Fruit Syndrome) that can induce anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction. Third, if you see latex balloons for parties or in banquet rooms, exit immediately. Only Mylar® balloons are safe. Read the rest of this entry »

Relative Humidity – Finding a Balance

Published December - 26 - 2014

HumidityDry air makes fighting a cold or sinus infection harder. When your throat itches and your eyes feel raw, would adding moisture to the air with a humidifier help?

High humidity levels promote the growth of mold and dust mites – two common allergens associated with allergy and asthma symptoms – and without careful maintenance, humidifiers can be dangerous breeding grounds for bacteria. Read the rest of this entry »

SmartDiningStephanie Leonard, MD, is a food allergy specialist at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego – and she also happens to have a life-threatening allergy to peanuts. Recently, Dr. Leonard ordered a pesto dish at a local restaurant; the server assured her it did not contain peanuts. A half-hour later, she started to experience anaphylactic symptoms. Dr. Leonard quickly pulled out an epinephrine auto-injector and administered the medication. She later followed up with her own doctor. Read the rest of this entry »

HawksScreeningAllergists, immunologists and health care professionals from around the world convened at the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) annual meeting Nov. 6-10 in Atlanta, addressing recent allergy and asthma research while branching out into related disease states such as eczema, urticaria, COPD and hereditary angioedema. Read the rest of this entry »

ACAAIandAANATLANTA, GA (NOVEMBER 5, 2014) – Allergy & Asthma Network, a leading advocate for patients and their families, and the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), which promotes excellence in the medical practice of allergy and immunology, announced a unique collaboration at the ACAAI’s 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting in Atlanta. Both membership organizations will combine their specialized expertise and skills to help patients manage chronic conditions while updating health care professionals, pharmacies and government officials about current best practices.

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VIENNA, VA, OCT. 31, 2014 – Allergy & Asthma Network, a leading nonprofit patient education and advocacy organization, today commended New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for signing into law legislation that protects students who experience anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction, in school.

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Allergy-Safe On Halloween? Happy Haunting

Published October - 30 - 2014

HappyHauntingYour child is no doubt eager to scare up a memorable Halloween costume and go trick-or-treating. Unfortunately, Halloween can be hazardous for kids – and grown-ups, too – who are at risk for an asthma flare-up or anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction.

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