At the annual American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology meeting being held in Seattle, Washington this November, the results from a study on a peanut immunotherapy product were reported on. The study advances our knowledge regarding the potential treatments for peanut allergy and further validates the effectiveness of medically supervised Oral Immunotherapy.
Peanut allergy is common, affecting approximately one in 50 American children. Peanut allergic reactions are thought to cause more deaths from anaphylaxis than any other food allergen. The traditional approach for the treatment of peanut allergy is to avoid peanuts, even as a mixed ingredient of another food, and to carry emergency medicine (including an epinephrine autoinjector) at all time. These restrictions and the associated fear of triggering an allergic reaction usually result in a significant impairment of quality of life.
It’s that time of the year again, where cough and cold season picks up. Allergies and asthma go hand in hand and those symptoms are often made worse as viruses, such as the flu, are spread. For those with asthma, like many of our patients, they are at especially high risk for flu complications and even in those without, the flu can still be deadly.
As we head into flu season, Allergy & Asthma Specialist, Dr. Yogen Dave, answers some of the most common questions our patients ask about the flu and how to avoid it.
When is flu season?
Flu season typically starts in October, peaks in the winter, between December to February, but can run as late as May. The flu can be a debilitating disease, and unfortunately deadly as well. The CDC estimates that over 10 thousand people annually die from the flu, as well as leading to hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations yearly.
Just when you thought the crisp air of fall would bring an end to your allergies, you find yourself sneezing and coughing all over again.
The primary culprit of fall allergies is ragweed pollen. Though the ragweed plant only lives one season, it packs a powerful punch. A single plant can produce up to 1 billion pollen grains. Because of the light weight of the grains, they're easily carried through the air.
Topics: Allergy & Asthma
Eating at a restaurant can be a wonderful experience. Restaurants provide the opportunity to enjoy a meal with family and friends in a relaxed atmosphere without the time and effort required to prepare the meal, and the bonus of not having to deal with cleanup and washing the dishes. However, for families with food allergies, eating in a restaurant can be a stressful scary experience.
Summer is a time for vacations, lots of outdoor activity and relaxation. If you suffer from summer allergies you’re probably experiencing symptoms such as nasal congestion, itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, scratchy throat and cough. Having seasonal allergies can spoil summer fun and vacations, but they can be prevented. Below we talk about some of the biggest summer allergens and some tips to help reduce reactions to them.
Allergic reactions are frightening at any age but for parents caring for a child with allergies, the sense of a lack of control significantly increases their fear and worry. The article “Life-Threatening Allergic Reactions in Children”, featured in The New York Times’ April 2018 edition, highlighted some important concerns and facts about allergic reactions in children.
Spring is in the air, and so begins a season of sunshine, flowers and…sneezing, nasal congestion, watery eyes! Pollen, one of the biggest allergy triggers in spring, occurs when these tiny grains are released into the air from trees, grasses and weeds. When pollen gets in your nose, if you’re allergic, your body's defenses go wild, producing the symptoms above. Here’s a quick list of ten things you can do to reduce your allergic reaction to pollens in the spring.
You may have noticed worsening of your allergy symptoms during the nighttime hours. Does your nose start to run? Do you feel congested or have a lot of post nasal drip? Do you find yourself sneezing, coughing, itching, or snoring while sleeping? If nighttime allergy symptoms are preventing you from sleeping well, you’re not the only one! At least 50% of allergy sufferers report their symptoms affect their ability to sleep. We know that sleep deprivation affects our cognitive function, our immune system, and even our blood pressure.
You may notice that your child has an allergic reaction when they eat eggs or things with eggs in them. Reactions can vary from mild to severe, including skin rashes, hives, nasal congestion, and vomiting or other digestive problems. Eggs are the most common allergy-causing foods for children and most egg allergy appears during early childhood. At our practice, most of the initial evaluations for egg allergy occur in young children. While an allergy to egg often resolves itself over time in children, there is a treatment program for those who have a persistent egg allergy.
Several years ago, Advanced Allergy & Asthma Care started an oral immunotherapy treatment program for those with peanut and tree nut allergy. The program has been very successful and we are now expanding of our food allergy treatment program to include those who are allergic to egg.