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AS POLLEN COUNTS RISE, TEST SCORES FALLAustin Frakt THE NEW HEALTH CARE

FCAAIA Notes: There are old data showing that poorly controlled allergies have as much impact on school performance as diphenhydramine (Benadryl®).  So do you want your child taking Benadryl before final exams? Allergies also have a great impact on health-related quality of life, work productivity, sleep quality, etc.

If you feel you are “good enough” with your allergies, ask yourself again.  I also recommend you ask yourself, “Should I or could I be even better?”

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ORAL TREATMENT MOWS DOWN GRASS ALLERGY

FCAAIA Notes: On the surface, the use of tablets under the tongue for grass pollen seems like a great idea. However, in Connecticut, there are very few patients so allergic to grass pollen and ONLY grass pollen that they require any kind of immunotherapy. In addition, in this study, the degree of improvement for allergy symptoms (12-34%) is quite modest and for many would not even be clinically significant. Furthermore, the amount given over one month of treatment was between 17 and 170 times more than is given by injection immunotherapy (allergy shots). Tablet therapy is not yet available in the United States for anything (including grass pollen) and the “drops” given by some doctors are PROVEN to be no more effective than placebo (sugar water). Nonetheless, many practitioners in the US give allergy “drops” (see archived articles below). However, just because a lot of people believe something, does not necessarily make it true! Continue reading “ORAL TREATMENT MOWS DOWN GRASS ALLERGY”

POLLEN COUNTS FROM POPULAR COMMERCIAL WEB SITES UNRELIABLE

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”

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