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Our practice has been serving Fairfield County, CT for over 30 years. Our doctors are Diplomates of the American Board of allergy and Immunology. Adult and pediatric allergy, asthma and clinical immunology with offices in Norwalk, Greenwich, Stamford, and Ridgefield.

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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.”


ANTIHISTAMINE UPDOSING IN CHRONIC URTICARIA – IS THERE ENOUGH EVIDENCE?

FCAAIA Notes: Chronic urticaria (hives present for 6 week or longer) is a frustrating problem although it is usually a completely benign condition. It is rarely from an identifiable and avoidable trigger.  Antihistamines are the main stay of treatment but many patients do not so well enough with only one dose a day.  Current guidelines for the care of chronic urticaria all agree that the doses may be pushed to 4 times the labelled dose.  Frequently, patients need to “mix and match” to find the combination that works best for them, as there is never an antihistamine that is always best. Continue reading “ANTIHISTAMINE UPDOSING IN CHRONIC URTICARIA – IS THERE ENOUGH EVIDENCE?”


FDA: CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE MAY CA– USE ALLERGIC REACTIONS

FCAAIA Notes: Despite the warnings of this article, chlorhexidine (an antiseptic used on the skin) is really quite safe. Nonetheless it can trigger severe allergic reactions. I have taken care of a few patients with chlorhexidine-induced anaphylaxis, none of whom I reported to the FDA (maybe I should have?).  This suggests to me that the FDA’s awareness of 52 cases is a gross underestimate of the prevalence reactions.

Just because something is over-the-counter (OTC) it is not necessarily safer than prescription medications.  Many OTC medications were once only available by prescription Continue reading “FDA: CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE MAY CA– USE ALLERGIC REACTIONS”


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