In The News: Charleston Allergy

Food Allergy Testing: The Dangers of Improper Testing and Misdiagnosis

Recent research published in the journal Pediatrics indicates that many general pediatricians are ordering the wrong tests to try and diagnose food allergies. This is leading to over diagnosis of food allergies, unnecessary food avoidance and increased health care costs. Given that many patients are currently paying up to $650 for EpiPens, proper diagnosis of food allergy is critical not only for patient lifestyle, but also for controlling costs.

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Asthma and Illness: When to Stay Home From School

“Mom, I don’t feel good.”

“Dad, I have a sore throat.”

You hear these words just as your child is waking up to get ready for school.  You think, “Oh no, do I keep them home, do they need to go to the doctor, or are they not really sick at all?”  For parents of kids with asthma this can be a difficult decision, as asthma flares are often triggered by respiratory illnesses.  A child with asthma not only has to battle cold symptoms but also manage the additional asthma symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, and wheezing.

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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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