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Are Food Allergies Only a Problem for Children?

Posted by Advanced Specialty Care on Jan 24, 2019 2:16:35 PM

Food allergies have often been thought of as a childhood affliction but a recent study reveals this isn't necessarily the case.

The study, reported on by Dr. Ruchi Gupta and her colleagues in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network Open, involved collecting food allergy survey results from over 40,000 adults and the data revealed some surprising information.

According to the results, 10.8% of the 40,000 adults surveyed reported symptoms consistent with food allergy and an additional 8.2% believed they had some type of food allergy, however their symptoms suggested other causes. This means that one out of every five adults has some type of food related symptoms that are causing them to avoid specific foods. The most common foods causing allergies in this survey were shellfish, milk, peanuts, tree nuts and fish. 

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Topics: Allergy & Asthma, Blog, Dr. Jonathan Bell

Study Shows Effectiveness of Oral Immunotherapy for Treating Peanut Allergies

Posted by Advanced Specialty Care on Nov 20, 2018 2:45:37 PM

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.

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Topics: Allergy & Asthma, Blog, Dr. Jonathan Bell

Do You Worry About Food Allergy When Eating In Restaurants?

Posted by admin on Aug 9, 2018 10:02:48 AM

 

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.

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Topics: Allergy & Asthma, Blog, Dr. Jonathan Bell

10 Tips To Help Cope With Summer Allergies

Posted by admin on Jul 11, 2018 3:55:02 PM

 

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.

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Topics: Allergy & Asthma, Blog, Dr. Jonathan Bell

Oral Immunotherapy Now Available For Egg Allergic Patients!

Posted by admin on Mar 1, 2018 3:13:18 PM

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.

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Topics: Allergy & Asthma, Blog, Dr. Jonathan Bell