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

CONNECTICUT DOCTORS OPEN A FOOD ALLERGY TREATMENT CENTER

FCAAIA NOTES: The New England Food Allergy Treatment Center  is not affiliated with Fairfield County Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Associates, PC. Oral peanut desensitization (or desensitization to any food for that matter) is a research tool and should not be undertaken outside of a research facility. Therefore, it is not to be done at home or at routine office visits with your allergist. Continue reading “CONNECTICUT DOCTORS OPEN A FOOD ALLERGY TREATMENT CENTER”

INJECTION ALLERGEN IMMUNOTHERAPY FOR ASTHMA

FCAAIA Notes: Allergy shots change the way your body sees what you are allergic to from an allergic to a non-allergic immune response. This “immune deviation” is in essence the only potential “cure” for allergic airway disease which includes asthma and nasal allergies. For all intents and purposes, asthma and allergies are the same disease, affecting different ends of a unified airway. It surprises allergists (including this editor) that more primary care physicians and pulmonologists do not recognize the role that allergy shots play in the care of asthma. In fact, the most recent national guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma, written by pulmonologists and allergists published in 2007  indicates the importance of allergy shots. It recommends that ANYONE with persistent asthma and allergies who is 5 or older should be considered for injection therapy. Continue reading “INJECTION ALLERGEN IMMUNOTHERAPY FOR ASTHMA”

NIAID RELEASED FIRST GUIDELINES FOR MANAGING FOOD ALLERGIES

FCAAIA Notes: The diagnosis of food allergy goes far beyond a simple blood test or skin test. Test results must always be interpreted in the context of the patient’s individual history. Tests for food are usually not “black and white.” Many practitioners do tests for allergy that are proven to have no diagnostic validity whatsoever. A good source of information as to what tests for are proven useful is http://www.quackwatch.org/. This web site has numerous well-written and well-referenced articles about many aspects of health. Continue reading “NIAID RELEASED FIRST GUIDELINES FOR MANAGING FOOD ALLERGIES”

DOCS GET GUIDE FOR ID’ING FOOD ALLERGIES

FCAAIA Notes: The diagnosis of food allergy goes far beyond a simple blood test or skin test. Test results must always be interpreted in the context of the patient’s individual history. Tests for food are usually not “black and white.” Many practitioners do tests for allergy that are proven to have no diagnostic validity whatsoever. A good source of nformation as to what tests for are proven useful is http://www.quackwatch.org/. This web site has numerous well-written and well-referenced articles about many aspects of health. Continue reading “DOCS GET GUIDE FOR ID’ING FOOD ALLERGIES”

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