Tag Archives: allergic rhinitis therapy

IS RESPONSE TO ALLERGY IMMUNOTHERAPY PREDICTABLE?

FCAAIA Notes: Allergen immunotherapy (IT) is the only disease-modifying treatment and thus the only potential cure for allergies. People respond at different rates to different extents, but it is a highly effective treatment. For IT to be helpful, you need … Continue reading

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UPDATES IN THE MANAGEMENT OF SEASONAL ALLERGIC RHINITIS

FCAAIA Notes: This article is a concise review of medication options for treating nasal allergies. It does not go in to the specifics of one medication as compared to another.  The one glaring omission is that there is no discussion … Continue reading

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ALLERGEN IMMUNOTHERAPY: AN UPDATED REVIEW OF SAFETY

FCAAIA Notes: The four broad categories of treatment for allergic rhinitis are avoidance of triggers, symptom reliever (rescue) medications, controller (preventive) medications, and allergen immunotherapy.  Only immunotherapy can “cure” the disease by changing the way your immune system recognizes and … Continue reading

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ODACTRA FIRST SUBLINGUAL THERAPY OK’D FOR HOUSE DUST MITE ALLERGY

FCAAIA Notes: Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) tablets are already FDA approved for grass and ragweed. Personally, I have not found that they have a great role in the care of patients here in southwestern Connecticut. There are few patients so allergic to … Continue reading

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UPDATES IN THE MANAGEMENT OF SEASONAL ALLERGIC RHINITIS

FCAAIA Notes: Everyone with allergies should make an attempt to decrease exposure to his or her triggers.  Everyone should try to find an effective symptom reliever to use as needed.  Everyone with moderate symptoms should use daily controller mediations. And, … Continue reading

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MANAGEMENT OF RHINOSINUSITIS: AN EVIDENCE BASED APPROACH

FCAAIA Notes: So if it looks like a sinus infection, smells like a sinus infection, and eels like a sinus infection, it must be a sinus infection, right?  Well, not necessarily. Every summary of chronic nasal and sinus disease will … Continue reading

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AAP: INDOOR ALLERGEN TESTING ‘A MUST’ FOR KIDS WITH ASTHMA

FCAAIA Notes: The vast majority of children with asthma have allergies and should have allergy testing.  Therefore, a thorough history of environmental exposures, correlated with the patient’s history and his testing results allow for focused recommendations for allergen avoidance. The … Continue reading

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IMMUNOTHERAPY IN ALLERGIC RHINITIS AND LOWER AIRWAY OUTCOMES

FCAAIA Notes: I have written about the upper-lower airway connection in this blog many times.  Most young people with asthma have allergies and 20-60% of those with allergies will develop asthma.  The two conditions can be thought of as the … Continue reading

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NASAL IRRIGATION BENEFICIAL FOR SINUS SYMPTOMS, RCT SHOWS

FCAAIA Notes: Nasal saline (salt water) irrigations (NSI) are a simple and often useful means of diminishing symptoms related to allergic rhinitis, colds, and possible sinus infections. It is completely natural and essentially free. So, why not try it?  You … Continue reading

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DUST MITE SLIT PROMISING ADD-ON TO ASTHMA MAINTENANCE MEDS

FCAAIA Notes: I have posted many articles about sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT, under-the –tongue) on our web site.  Only grass and ragweed tablets are currently licensed in the United States.  All other forms of SLIT in the US are not FDA … Continue reading

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