Tag Archives: allergies

AS POLLEN COUNTS RISE, TEST SCORES FALLAustin Frakt THE NEW HEALTH CARE

FCAAIA Notes: There are old data showing that poorly controlled allergies have as much impact on school performance as diphenhydramine (Benadryl®).  So do you want your child taking Benadryl before final exams? Allergies also have a great impact on health-related … 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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CLIMATE CHANGE, AIR POLLUTION, AND ALLERGIC RESPIRATORY DISEASES

FCAAIA Notes: Without getting into politics, there is no debate that global temperatures have risen steadily, especially since the start of the industrial age. Many components (including ozone, particulates, nitric oxides, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, and the list goes on…) … Continue reading

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THUMB-SUCKING, AMISH AND THE HYGIENE HYPOTHESIS

FCAAIA Notes: I guess this explains my good non-allergic fortune….I was both a finger sucker and nail biter and here I am without allergies! But seriously, advocates of the hygiene hypothesis never claimed it was the only reason for the … Continue reading

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WHAT’S CAUSING THE RISE IN FOOD ALLERGIES?

FCAAIA Notes: Has the prevalence of food allergy in children increased in the last 30 years or not?  Prevalence studies that actually ask patients about their allergies indicate that it has.  But, this study finds that the proportion of children … Continue reading

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ACETAMINOPHEN, ASTHMA LINK ‘OVERSTATED’

FCAAIA Notes: As noted in the article above about antibiotic use in early childhood, there are numerous studies trying to identify early life risk factors for developing asthma and allergies.  The problem with all these studies is that they are retrospective; … Continue reading

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TRENDS IN PREVALENCE AND TREATMENT OF OCULAR ALLERGY

FCAAIA Notes: This is an excellent review of ocular allergy.  Feel free to skip over the “science-y” parts if you wish. Allergic conjunctivitis has a major impact on quality of life for patients with allergies.  Overall, the spring tends to … Continue reading

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MANY DOCS MISTAKEN ABOUT ALLERGIES: STUDY

FCAAIA Notes: This study was presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology meeting in November.  Those of us in the audience smiled and nodded our heads during the research presentation. There are numerous urban myths about allergies. … Continue reading

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OTC NASACORT TO GET FDA PANEL SCRUTINY

FCAAIA Notes:  It won’t be long before you are able to buy intranasal steroid sprays over the counter.  Once one is approved, others are sure to follow in rapid succession.  It is likely that the decision by the FDA is … Continue reading

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PARENTAL PACIFIER SUCKING MAY REDUCE INFANT ALLERGIES

FCAAIA Notes:  I guess the first thing I wondered when I read this study was, “Who in the world even THOUGHT to study such a thing?”  However, these authors publishing in the journal Pediatrics (published online May 6, 2013) raise … Continue reading

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