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: The long-acting Beta 2-agonists are long-acting cousins of albuterol. They are found in such combination medications as Advair, Symbicort, and Dulera. These medications are very useful; and are required for many patients with asthma. However, they are not indicated for EVERY patient with asthma or for “as needed” symptom relief. Patients should have their inhaled steroid dose optimized. In addition, many patients requiring the combination medications can later be “stepped down” to the inhaled steroid alone. Continue reading “CONTROVERSIES REGARDING LONG-ACTING BETA 2-AGONISTS”
FCAAIA Notes: One can propose immunologic theory that might make one breed of dog more or less allergenic that another breed for an individual. However, there are no data to support that one breed is likely to be more or less allergenic than another breed for everyone. There are data indicating that even for people not allergic to dogs, those with asthma or allergies who live dogs might have worsening control of their symptoms triggered by a different, non-allergenic mechanism (increased airway inflammation from endotoxin exposure). The safest bet for people with allergy to dog is to not get a dog. Contact your allergist with questions about this common issue. Continue reading ““HYPOALLERGENIC” DOGS MAY NOT PROTECT AGAINST ALLERGIES”
FCAAIA Notes: Among the many ways to assess asthma control, but self-perception is one of the least accurate, in part because patients often have lower standards of acceptable control than we as allergists do. In addition, patients with asthma are notoriously bad at identifying what their pulmonary function is. It is important that patients with asthma continue their daily “controller” medications and see their allergist for regular follow-up visits with pulmonary function testing. If you feel like you “don’t need” your controller any more, talk to your allergist before you just stop it on your own. Continue reading “MY ASTHMA IS UNDER CONTROL…NOT!”
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”