Category: Doctor’s Posts

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

POLLEN COUNTS FROM POPULAR COMMERCIAL WEB SITES UNRELIABLE

FCAAIA Notes: An accurate pollen count can only be made AFTER the fact. That is, how much pollen was in the air for a preceding period of time (usually 24 hours). Commercial web sites try to predict in advance, what the pollen count will be in the ensuing day by factoring predicted weather conditions including wind, temperature and precipitation. For patients interested in following pollen counts, we recommend a source more likely to be accurate, such as the National Allergy Bureau. Continue reading “POLLEN COUNTS FROM POPULAR COMMERCIAL WEB SITES UNRELIABLE”

HYMENOPTERA VENOM IMMUOTHERAPY

FCAAIA Notes: Stinging flying insect allergy is one of the most curable things allergists treat. ANYONE and EVERYONE who has had anaphylaxis after a wasp, honey bee, yellow jacket, hornet, or fire ant sting should be seen by an allergist. In addition, people older than 15 years who are stung and get diffuse hives or swelling should be seen. In accordance with well-established research, all those patients should receive venom immunotherapy to dramatically decrease their likelihood of another life-threatening reaction after a sting. The bees will be out soon! Call to set up an evaluation for yourself or a loved one with a history of bee-sting allergy. Continue reading “HYMENOPTERA VENOM IMMUOTHERAPY”

PESTICIDES AND ASTHMA

Hernández AF, Parrón T, Alarcón R. Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011;11(2):90-96.

FCAAIA Notes: Pesticides are for the most part, another airway irritant (see article above) and can act much as outdoor air pollution can, with a direct effect on the airway. Exposure to pesticides can exacerbate pre-existing problems like asthma or allergy, and intense exposure may irritate the airways making one more likely to develop allergies to pollens or indoor allergens. Pesticides are not IMMUNOGENIC, however. That is, it is rare to mount an abnormal immune response to them or truly become “allergic”. Continue reading “PESTICIDES AND ASTHMA”

FDA PULLS UNAPPROVED COLD, COUGH, AND ALLERGY DRUGS FROM MARKET

FCAAIA Notes: The Food and Drug Administration did note state that these medications were not effective or safe. The announcement indicates that the manufacturers have not registered their products. “Domestic and foreign establishments that manufacture, repack, or re-label drug products in the United States are required to register and list all of their commercially marketed drug products with the FDA.” Many of the individual components of these medications are still available individually or in combination over-the counter. You should read the label of your favorite one and try to find the the same components in another product. Continue reading “FDA PULLS UNAPPROVED COLD, COUGH, AND ALLERGY DRUGS FROM MARKET”

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