In The News: Charleston Allergy

What You Need to Know About the Flu

It is reported that this flu season is on track to be the worse flu season we’ve seen in years. The CDC estimates that we are only half way through the season too. Evidence from the CDC shows that traditionally the patients with the highest risk are the very young (0-4 years) and the 65+ population, interestingly the larger concern this year is more of the “baby boomer” age of 50-65 years. We’re seeing higher death rates and hospitalizations within this age group.  Why is it hitting the baby boomers more? The speculation is that this age group has increased exposure due to grandchildren. Another potential cause is this particularly nasty flu strain, H3N2, was not one they were exposed to when they were young.

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More Convenient Appointment Times & Dates!

We are excited to announce that Drs. Moore and Word have added appointment times and days to their schedule. With spring allergy season just around the corner…who are we kidding, it’s here! Did you know that we are already seeing high tree pollen counts? We don’t want you or anyone in your family to suffer when they don’t have to. If you are in need of our care, you can make an appointment to meet with any of our board-certified allergists, so you don’t have to miss out on any of the spring weather, it’ll be warm before we know it!

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Think You Might be Allergic to Penicillin?

Have you been avoiding penicillin for years because your parents told you that you reacted to it as a child? Are you worried your child may have a penicillin allergy because of a rash they developed when taking it? Do you require frequent courses of antibiotic and are worried about drug resistance because there are so few antibiotics you can take?

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Allergy Recipe: Eating Apples Make Your Mouth Tingly or Itchy?

Have you ever experienced oral itching or tingling when eating a fresh apple with the peeling on?  However, eating apple sauce of a freshly baked apple pie doesn’t bother you?  Have you wondered if you are allergic to apples? Do you get similar symptoms with other pitted raw fruits like peaches and cherries?  If you’ve answered yes, then you could be suffering from Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS).

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Over the Counter Medicine Charleston Allergy & Asthma

Do Over the Counter Allergy Medications Really Work?

Patients, friends, and acquaintances often ask, “what is the best over-the-counter medication for nasal allergy symptoms?” Adults and children with mild to moderate allergy symptoms are fortunate in that most of the best allergy medications are now available over-the-counter. Over the past several years and in part due to efforts by consumer advocacy groups, safe and effective medications for allergies including long-acting, nonsedating antihistamines and nasal steroid sprays have been made available without prescription. While there are still a few types of allergy medications that require a prescription, these prescription medications are not always superior in efficacy to the over-the-counter medicines.

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PPIs and Asthma

Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) Getting Bad Press: Still a Great Medicine for Asthmatics

Asthma is unfortunately a common condition (1 in 13 in U.S. populationand many people who have it also suffer from gastroesophageal refluxa digestive disease in which stomach acid or bile “refluxes” back onto the swallowing tube (esophagus) and ] irritates the lining. Reflux can be a reason for worsening asthma symptoms. What happens is acid comes up ancan spill tiny amounts into the lungs at the level of the larynx (voice box). If someone has twitchy, asthmatic lungs, this tiny bit of gastric acid in the lungs can cause acute asthma. These episodes happen most frequently at night, as we often hear people describe waking up coughing and choking in the middle of the night. 

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What is Food Oral Immunotherapy?

People with food allergies have traditionally been advised that the only option for treatment is to avoid the food and treat any reactions that may occur from accidental exposure. This can be very difficult and anxiety provoking for patients and families, especially as children start attending school, camps and birthday parties.  Many allergists are working hard to find other, more effective, ways to manage food allergies.  One strategy that has shown benefit is food oral immunotherapy, or OIT.  

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2nd Annual Peanut Free Night SOLD OUT!

We got off to a rough start with having to cancel our original date due to some pretty terrible weather back in July. Luckily, our rescheduled night couldn’t have been better weather wise. We had a cool breeze sweeping through the stands as we watched the RiverDogs beat Columbia!

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Female Athlete with Vocal Cord Dysfunction VCD

Vocal Cord Dysfunction – A Very Common and Often Misdiagnosed Condition

Katie is a 16-year-old high school student who is a very good soccer player. She is currently playing on her high school team and a traveling squad of All-Stars. In the last 6 months, Katie has begun having excessive shortness of breath with wheezing while playing soccer. Symptoms are worse when she is playing a match but she also notes similar symptoms during practice. She has had one recent episode which was sufficiently severe and caused her to faint. Katie has seen her family physician and he has suggested that she may have exercise – induced bronchospasm (EIB). She has tried treating with inhaler prior to exercise however this medication has been ineffective and the symptoms continue.

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Charleston Allergy & Asthma Peanut-Free Night Charleston Riverdogs

Charleston RiverDogs Peanut-Free Night!

We are excited to announce the second annual Charleston RiverDogs Peanut-Free Night! RiverDogs baseball is great fun for the entire family and fans of all ages. To ensure safety for fans with peanut allergies, we will have a special peanut-free section and the entire stadium will be power washed and scrubbed to remove any traces of peanuts! Additionally, bags will be inspected at the gates and all peanut products will be confiscated.

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