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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: 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”
FCAAIA Notes: The Food and Drug Administration did note state that these medications were not effective or safe. The announcement indicates that the manufacturers have not registered their products. “Domestic and foreign establishments that manufacture, repack, or re-label drug products in the United States are required to register and list all of their commercially marketed drug products with the FDA.” Many of the individual components of these medications are still available individually or in combination over-the counter. You should read the label of your favorite one and try to find the the same components in another product. Continue reading “FDA PULLS UNAPPROVED COLD, COUGH, AND ALLERGY DRUGS FROM MARKET”
FCAAIA Notes: Influenza vaccine contains such minute amounts of egg protein that it is not a risk for egg allergic patients. The first evidence to this effect came in 1997 in a study in which Dr. Lester participated. More recently, it has been shown that virtually all lots of seasonal and H1N1 influenza vaccine contain as little egg protein as in the original study. As a comparison, an egg contains 20,000-26,000 times more egg protein than is in a dose of influenza vaccine that would be given to a child 3 or younger). The measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR) does not contain egg protein and may safely be given all patients with egg allergy. Only patients who have had a previous allergic reaction to a flu shot or MMR require vaccine testing. Yellow fever vaccine contains egg protein. Continue reading “FLU SHOTS OK FOR PEOPLE WITH EGG ALLERGY”