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Dr. Word’s Allergy Friendly Valentine’s Day Cupcakes!

Dairy & Egg-Free Cupcakes

Approximately 2.5% of children suffer from cow’s milk allergy and approximately 1.3% of children suffer from egg allergy, making them the greatest causes of food allergy in children (greater than both peanut and wheat combined). Therefore it is not surprising that as an allergist I frequently have to tell parents of young children that their child has either or both of these allergies. As these diagnoses are often made before a child’s first birthday, parents often ask me “well what about our little one’s first birthday cake?” For years, I have mentioned great online sources for recipes, but never with the confidence of knowing the recipes found online were any good. As a mom who loves to cook and especially bake, I decided it was time to put a few recipes to the test.

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Is An Antibiotic Really Necessary?

Have you ever taken your child to the doctor only to be told that they will not prescribe you an antibiotic? You leave feeling frustrated, annoyed and not to mention you have a very sick kid on your hands. Well, the reasoning behind not providing you a prescription is because physicians are trying to make sure they are treating the appropriate infection the appropriate way. 

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Sniffling and Sneezing Your Way Through Winter?

Most people associate allergies with trees, flowers, and warmer weather, but it is not uncommon for allergies to persist through the colder months. As we tend to spend more time indoors during the winter, offending indoor allergens, such as dust, mold, and pet dander can be bothersome. Other irritants may include smoke and cleaning products.

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The LEAP study: 18 months later, putting evidence into practice

Nine month old Colton was trying scrambled eggs for the second timecolton-9-2016-compressor.  He had enjoyed eggs the first time he had tried them, but his mother noticed a rash on his face and around his eyes shortly after he begin eating the eggs.  Within minutes, Colton developed swelling of his eyes and began rubbing them.  Did this mean he was allergic to eggs? 

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Safe Trick-or-Treating with Food Allergies

Halloween may be the spookiest holiday of the year, but it can be particularly scary for food allergy patients and their families. Children with food allergies can have reactions to foods by accidental ingestion or contact. Use of hand washing (hand sanitizing does not remove contact allergens), following contact with unknown foods is good practice. Keep in mind, 8 percent of children (1 in 13 in every classroom) under 18 have at least one food allergy.

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Ragweed Pollen is Here!

We’re starting to see cooler weather (if you can call it that), leaves are falling, our kids are back in school and football is on the television that can only means it’s ragweed season. The biggest allergy trigger for fall that runs from September through October. It is a flowering plant that grows six to eight inches tall and is commonly mistaken for goldenrod.

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Seeking Care from a Board-Certified Allergist/Immunologist

If you are trying to decide if you are an allergic person and google the term “allergies,” you will find over 90 million results. In that sea of 90 million results, you will find a lot of false information regarding allergies and a lot of opinions from people, and even physicians, who are not formally trained in discussing allergies. So, when you are ready to find answers that you can trust, it’s time to speak with physicians who are board-certified in Allergy and Immunology.

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We Knocked the Peanuts Out of The Park!

We knocked the peanuts out of the park for one night only and it was a huge success! The Charleston RiverDogs happily agreed to let us host a peanut free night so families of those allergic to peanuts could come out and root for the RiverDogs without fear of anaphylaxis from peanut exposure.

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Back to School: Allergy and Asthma Tips for a Great Year!

1. Spring symptoms are all gone, but they’ll be back

If your child suffered from allergy symptoms in the spring, but has improved over the summer, then the fall might be the perfect time for your child to see a board-certified allergist. Patients who suffer from mainly tree and grass pollen allergies should consider FDA-approved subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots). Studies have shown that immunotherapy is very beneficial in reducing symptoms of allergic rhinitis once patients reach maintenance dosing. Therefore, starting immunotherapy in the fall gives patient the opportunity to reach maintenance dosing before spring. Also, FDA-approved sublingual (oral) tablets from grass should be started three months before grass season so testing for grass allergy should be performed prior to grass season starting.

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