Category: Doctor’s Posts

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

EARLY PET EXPOSURE MAY HELP KIDS AVOID ALLERGY

FCAAIA Notes: Well, this is another chicken/egg question, isn’t it? Are families with allergies less likely to have pets in the first place, making their children less likely to grow up with a pet? Or, does the presence of pets in the home early in life decrease one’s risk of getting allergies? Or both? The prevalent “Hygiene Hypothesis” for risk of developing allergic airway disease (nasal allergies and asthma) supports the notion that early life exposure to animals in the home may convey a lesser risk on susceptible populations. Even so, we are talking about DECREASED risk, not NO risk! So, no one should assume that buying a pet for their yet-to-be-born child will eliminate the chance that that child will develop allergies and/or asthma. Continue reading “EARLY PET EXPOSURE MAY HELP KIDS AVOID ALLERGY”

FOOD ALLERGIES AND ASTHMA

FCAAIA Notes: The more that is learned about the relationship between various allergic conditions (asthma, nasal allergies, food allergies, atopic dermatitis, etc.), the more complex things seem to become. It is clear that children with any allergic disease are at greater risk of another. It is of utmost importance that your allergist closely monitors the natural history of any child’s allergic disease, keeping his eyes open for even subtle hints of progression. The “atopic (or allergic) march” from eczema in infancy to asthma and allergic rhinitis by early school age is a well described phenomenon. Children with chronic or recurrent upper or lower airway symptoms should see an allergist for evaluation. Continue reading “FOOD ALLERGIES AND ASTHMA”

FOOD-INDUCED ANAPHYLAXIS

FCAAIA Notes: There is more information in this article than most patients need, some sections gloss over or omit important points and some contain conjecture and a lot of “food allergy” trivia, it is a thorough and well written review. We are certain it leaves many of your questions unanswered, so please do not hesitate to call or ask those questions at your next office visit. Continue reading “FOOD-INDUCED ANAPHYLAXIS”

PRENATAL OR EARLY LIFE EXPOSURE TO ANTIBIOTICS AND RISK OF CHILDHOOD ASTHMA: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW

FCAAIA Notes: Studies such as these are often difficult to interpret. Is it the chicken or the egg? That is, are children and their parents who need antibiotics more likely to have or be prone to having allergic diseases including asthma? Or is more frequent use of antibiotics an independent risk for developing asthma? It is hard to say, but there is still an important lesson in this study: Only patients with a proven bacterial infection or those HIGHLY suspected of having one should be prescribed antibiotics. At very least, decreasing the indiscriminate use of antibiotics will decrease the risk of bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics and decrease the cost of medical care. As indicated here, it might also decrease the one’s risk of developing asthma. Continue reading “PRENATAL OR EARLY LIFE EXPOSURE TO ANTIBIOTICS AND RISK OF CHILDHOOD ASTHMA: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW”

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