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How Do I Know if I am Allergic to Stinging Insects?

In the Lowcountry there are a variety of insects that can bite and sting and many people are concerned whether they could be allergic.  Although bites and stings can be quite uncomfortable, the good news is most people are not allergic. Biting insects such as mosquitoes and gnats can lead to itchy bumps of varying sizes depending on a person’s sensitivity, but it is very unusual for a person to be allergic or at risk for more serious or life threatening reactions.  

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What is Anaphylaxis and Who is at Risk?

As many as 1 in 50 people are at risk for anaphylaxis which is a severe, rapidly progressive, potentially life threatening allergic reaction.  Anaphylaxis can occur from a variety of substances such as foods, medications, or insect venoms. Signs of anaphylaxis can include hives, swelling, shortness of breath, coughing, dizziness, low blood pressure or passing out.  People are not born allergic to these substances but can become susceptible to developing an allergy after exposure.

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3rd Annual Peanut Free Night – Charleston RiverDogs Baseball

Come join us Tuesday, May 1st at the Joe when we celebrate our 3rd Peanut Free Night with the RiverDogs! We couldn’t be more excited for our annual event! The entire park will be cleaned of any peanut residue so peanut allergic families can come and enjoy America’s favorite past time. This is a big deal for many families who are unable to safely enjoy simple events. It’s scary and overwhelming when your children have a life-threatening allergy and we’re grateful for the RiverDogs for making this fun night possible!

“The RiverDogs will take the opportunity to celebrate cleanliness and friendliness on May 1st with the celebration of the World’s Cleanest Ballpark,” said Assistant General Manager, Ben Abzug. “In association with Charleston Asthma & Allergy on Peanut-Free Night, the RiverDogs will take every extra effort to ensure a spotless ballpark on that night,” Abzug added, “with a top-to-bottom cleaning prior to the game, inning-by-inning cleanings, and fun interactive games with fans to help keep The Joe beautiful!

There will be lots of fun eats and drinks, all peanut free, of course! Plus, fun games and giveaways all night long! Gates open at 6 p.m. with the RiverDogs taking on the Asheville Tourists at 7:05 p.m. Children 3 and under are free. You can purchase tickets for our special peanut free section here and use code nutfree18 for discounted tickets! “We invite everyone to stop by the peanut-free night at the world’s cleanest ballpark on May 1,” said Dr. Jeffrey Dietrich. “Just leave your peanuts at home!”

Use Group Discount Code "nutfree18"

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What is a Food Challenge and Why Would You Need One?

A food challenge is a medical procedure in which a food is eaten slowly, in gradually increasing amounts, under medical supervision.  Food challenges are usually done when a careful medical history, combined with allergy skin or blood tests are inconclusive. A food challenge is the most definitive way to rule a food allergy in or out. Food challenges can also be done when a patient with a known food allergy appears to have possibly outgrown their food allergy based on their updated allergy tests.  

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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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