Category: Doctor’s Posts

The doctors of Fairfield County Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology post news for patients and professionals.

PRACTICE GUIDELINES FOR PEANUT ALLERGIES

FCAAIA Notes:  I’m so far behind schedule in updating our website, that this review isn’t such news anymore.  But, it is a good reminder that our approach to feeding infants highly allergenic foods took a 180º turn several years or so ago.

It is now clear that early introduction and continued feeding of peanut and egg (if tolerated) greatly decreases the likelihood of the infant becoming allergic.  Although there are no data that the same thing holds for other foods, we have no reason to believe it does not. Continue reading “PRACTICE GUIDELINES FOR PEANUT ALLERGIES”

KIDS WITH FOOD ALLERGIES OFTEN PUT AT RISK BY THEIR PARENTS

FCAAIA Notes: I do not want to see my patients with food allergy crippled by their dietary limitations.  They and their families should live entirely normal lives with exception of avoiding the offending food(s).

I know accidents happen, so like the Boy Scouts, it is important to “Be Prepared”.  Continue reading “KIDS WITH FOOD ALLERGIES OFTEN PUT AT RISK BY THEIR PARENTS”

GLUTEN-FREE DIETS: HEALTHY OR POTENTIALLY TOXIC?

FCAAIA Notes: If you surf the internet, read magazines at the grocery checkout, or talk to your friends and neighbors you are going to read or hear about all the bad things gluten does to you.  What about walking through the grocery store or going to your favorite restaurant? There are dozens of “gluten-free” options.  With all this exposure to the dangers of gluten, it must be REALLY bad for you right?  Well, not for most people who don’t have Celiac Disease or non-Celiac gluten gastrointestinal disorders.

But, is it BAD to avoid gluten if you don’t need to? Continue reading “GLUTEN-FREE DIETS: HEALTHY OR POTENTIALLY TOXIC?”

CDC: PEDIATRIC ASTHMA CONTROL IMPROVING IN U.S.

FCAAIA Notes: It is encouraging that asthma is a less common cause of school absence and hospitalization than it was, but that doesn’t necessarily mean overall asthma control is that much better.  Maybe we are treating more aggressively and earlier to avoid the necessity of hospitalization and thus getting children back to school sooner.

One of the best ways to avoid asthma exacerbations is to maintain the best possible control BETWEEN flares.  Far too often, I see children and adults with asthma who think they are fine on a day-to-day basis but have frequent symptoms, poor sleep, exercise intolerance, and low lung function.  Bodies are smart; Continue reading “CDC: PEDIATRIC ASTHMA CONTROL IMPROVING IN U.S.”

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