In The News: Allergies

5 Hidden Allergies To Watch Out For

Sometimes allergies can be fairly obvious and occur in response to common exposures, for instance, when pollen covers your car in the springtime, and you can’t stop sneezing!  Other times it can be hard to recognize what is causing an allergic reaction. The cause may be something that you would never relate your symptoms to. We will discuss a few of these less recognized allergies below. 

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Charleston Allergy Bug Bites

What You Need to Know About Pesky Summer Bug Bites

Summer is here and the time is right for…tiny critters that sting and bite. While it is certainly nice to be able to go outside and enjoy the nice warm weather, this is the time of year when people suffer from reactions to insect bites and stings.  Some bug bites are painful, some spread disease, and some are uncomfortable but harmless. There are some misconceptions out there, so we’ll discuss specifically what you need to know regarding bothersome bug bites – which ones can cause life-threatening allergic reactions and which ones are just pesky pests. 

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4th Annual Peanut Free Night

It’s Peanut Free Night at the Joe!

Wednesday, May 15th 2019 at 6pm

We couldn’t be more excited to announce our 4th Annual Peanut Free Night! Come join us Wednesday, May 15th as the RiverDogs take on West Virginia Power (Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate). Gates open at 6:00pm and the game starts at 7:05pm.

This partnership with the RiverDogs allows families who are peanut allergic to come to the Joe and enjoy a fun night of baseball. Enjoying an evening of baseball at a stadium is a luxury that peanut allergic families often don’t feel comfortable doing. Since peanuts are a staple in America’s favorite past-time, those allergic often don’t feel safe attending this type of event. Fear of cross-contamination and exposure to peanuts means baseball stadiums are often avoided.

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How Climate Change is Making Allergy Seasons Worse

Currently, the vast majority of climate scientists feel that climate change is occurring and that our planet is warming. Global warming is an increase in average global temperature that is mainly attributed – directly or indirectly – to human activities resulting in an increase in atmospheric greenhouse gases including water vapor, ozone, carbon dioxide, and methane.  Unfortunately, belief in, or rejection of, climate change and global warming have recently become a “political football” and now seems to define specific political parties.

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FDA Extends Expiration Date For Certain Lots of EpiPens

In an effort to mitigate EpiPen shortages, the FDA is extending the expiration date for specific lots of 0.3 milligram products.

“We are doing everything we can to help mitigate shortages of these products, especially ahead of the back-to-school season. We’ve completed the necessary reviews of the data to extend the expiration date by four months for specific lots of EpiPen that are expired or close to expiring.” – Exerpt from the FDA in Brief

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What you Need to Know About Fall Allergies

There might not be a yellow coating on your car but fall still brings with it plenty of allergen exposure! Unlike the tree pollen of early spring, fall allergens can be more stealth with their arrival.  Weeds will start pollinating as early as August and can pollinate through the first frost, which in Charleston can be as late as December depending on the year.

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Thunderstorm Asthma on the Rise

Believe it or not, thunderstorms can actually cause asthma attacks.  This phenomenon has been observed and mentioned in medical literature since 1983.  If atmospheric conditions are just right, thunderstorms can cause allergy particles in the atmosphere, especially grass pollen, to be broken down into smaller particles that are easily inhaled into the lungs.  Patients who are sensitive or allergic to these particles can suddenly developed severe asthma symptoms which can require hospitalization or even intensive care.

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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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