At Fairfield County Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates, PC (FCAAIA), we believe educated patients are more in control of their asthma and/or allergies. Our goal is to help you get the best care possible. That's why we strive to share our knowledge and be accessible to you. We're here to help!
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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FCAAIA Notes: MOLD!!!! The very word strikes fear in the hearts and minds of people with allergies (and some people without allergies). First of all, mold can, but rarely does cause anything more than allergy and asthma symptoms. Secondly, you are breathing mold with every breath you take except when you are out side and there is snow on the ground. This review reveals that dampness, water damage, and visible mold are the most reliable predictors that mold MIGHT be contributing to symptoms. Having your home tested is rarely necessary (and can be costly). Even if the tests reveal a particular mold in your home, it only tells you that you are exposed, not that the mold causes symptoms. Positive skin tests to mold only tell us that you mounted an immune response to the mold, not that the mold is necessarily a problem. The test results must be correlated with your symptom pattern. A detailed history and review of tests results with your allergist will help you put all your potential triggers in perspective. Continue reading “RESPIRATORY AND ALLERGIC HEALTH EFFECTS OF DAMPNESS, MOLD, AND DAMPNESS-RELATED AGENTS: A Review of the Epidemiologic Evidence”
FCAAIA Notes: There are many and varied conditions related to asthma. For some, there is a “chicken and egg” question. That is, which came first? In many cases it does not matter because each exacerbates the other and both require treatment. The first section of this review addresses the most common condition related to asthma: Rhinitis. In fact, allergic rhinitis (nasal allergies) and asthma are essentially the same disease, affecting opposite ends of a single, unified airway. Discuss with your allergist if conditions other than asthma might be contributing to your symptoms, especially if you do not feel well-controlled. Continue reading “ASTHMA-RELATED COMORBIDITIES”
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”
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”