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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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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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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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SPECIFIC ALLERGEN IMMUNOTHERAPY FOR THE TREATMENT OF ATOPIC ECZEMA

FCAAIA Notes: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is not an indication for allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots) because there are not enough data to prove its efficacy for the condition.  However, many patients with allergic rhinitis and/or asthma (which ARE indications for allergy … Continue reading

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INADEQUATE HEALTH INSURANCE LEADS TO DISCONTINUATION OF SCIT

FCAAIA Notes: There are only 2 proven and natural cures for airway allergy: Avoidance of the allergens and allergy shots. As effective as injections are, we recognize they are an inconvenience.  Studies from many years ago show that in the … Continue reading

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EVIDENCE DOES NOT SUPPORT USING SLIT TO TREAT SARC

FCAAIA Notes: Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) in which melt-away tablets are placed under the tongue is an attractive idea because of its convenience.  In the United States, SLIT has only been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for grass … Continue reading

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PEOPLE DON’T USUALLY COMPLETE ALLERGY SHOTS OR DROPS

FCAAIA Notes: Guidelines for allergy shots recommend that patients stay on injections for about 5 years and then discuss the potential risks and benefits of stopping or continuing.  When patients start allergy shots in our offices, they come in every … Continue reading

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FDA CLEARS SUBLINGUAL RAGWITEK FOR RAGWEED ALLERGY

FCAAIA Notes: The last time I updated articles on this website, I posted news about FDA approval of sublingual (under-the tongue) treatment for grass allergy. (See “FDA OKs Oralair, First US Sublingual Allergy Immunotherapy”). The same caveats I noted then … Continue reading

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