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.
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!
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?
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).
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.
Asthma is unfortunately a common condition (1 in 13 in U.S. population) and many people who have it also suffer from gastroesophageal reflux,
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.
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!
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.