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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 50 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: Study after study has demonstrated the great safety profile of inhaled steroids for asthma or nasal steroids for allergies. These medications work directly in the airway with minimal systemic absorption. While nothing is 100% risk free (even ibuprofen!), these medications are the first line preventive choices for patients with persistent asthma or allergies. They are certainly safer than poorly controlled disease and should not be withheld only because of “steroid-phobia” (fear of steroids). The safety of these topical medications is also much greater than even a single course of oral steroids (the treatment of choice for a severe asthma flare). Once a patient achieves control of her or his asthma and allergies, it is important to gradually “step down” to the lowest controlling dose. Continue reading “NO INCREASED RISK FOR CATARACTS IN ASTHMATICS TAKING INHALED STEROIDS”
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”
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”
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”