In The News: Allergies

Mammalian Meat Allergy

Have you been waking up in the middle of the night with hives, swelling, vomiting or diarrhea?  Were you eating beef, pork or lamb at dinner earlier that night? Do you have a history of itchy reactions to tick or red bug/chigger bites?  If you answered yes to those questions, then you might have “Mammalian Meat Allergy.” First described a few years ago in the United States by researchers at the University of Virginia, mammalian meat allergy is a delayed food allergy to mammalian meat products.  

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Prevent Peanut Allergies – Start Early!

Landmark study presented at AAAAI Annual Meeting paves way for food allergy prevention.

The first ever published data from the highly anticipated Learning Early About Peanut (LEAP) study offers proof that early introduction of peanuts may offer protection from the development of peanut allergies. The study was led by Professor Gideon Lack at King’s College London.

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Allergies During the Holiday Season

Sneezing through “the most wonderful time of the year?” Well, there is a very good reason for that, allergy and asthma triggers are everywhere, including your holiday decorations. And as it gets colder, we tend to stay indoors and curl up with a fire, a warm blanket and dust mites. No one wants to miss out on all the holiday cheer, so here are few tips and tricks to get you through the festivities without your nose looking like Rudolf’s.

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Does your child have a poor appetite? Reflux? Not growing? It could be EoE.

Eosinophillic Esophagitis (EoE) is an inflammatory disorder which makes up a set of the eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders. This condition is characterized by infiltration of the wall of the esophagus with a type of white blood cell, eosinophil.  EoE can develop at any age and commonly occurs in individuals with a past history of atopic diseases including allergic rhinitis, food allergy, atopic dermatitis, and asthma. Presenting symptoms in children usually include abdominal pains, vomiting, disinterest in eating, and failure to thrive. Presenting symptoms in adolescents and adults can include heartburn, difficulty swallowing, and most frequently, food impaction. Symptoms of EoE can be similar to those of gastroesophageal reflux but typically with the EoE, aggressive reflux therapy with proton pump inhibitors is usually ineffective in completely controlling symptoms.

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Sublingual Immunotherapy is Coming to the United States

The FDA has recently approved the first formulations of Sublingual Immunotherapy in the United States.  Currently approved are two different formulations one for grass allergy and one for ragweed.  It is likely that a formulation to treat dust mite allergy will also be approved in a couple of years.  These come in the form of a dissolvable tablet that is placed under the tongue daily.  Similar to allergy shots, sublingual immunotherapy exposes patients to the substances which they are allergic to in a way to decrease their sensitivity over time.

Who would benefit from these Sublingual Immunotherapy Tablets?

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New EpiPen Law Designed To Protect Children with Asthma and Severe Allergies

Allergic reactions to foods are one of the most common causes for childhood anaphylaxis. Accurate allergy evaluation can define specific food allergies. A Board Certified Allergist can educate the child and their family on avoidance of specific foods and also prepare children and their families for prompt treatment in the event of an accidental food allergen exposure.

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Charleston Ranked 26th Worst for Fall Allergies

While Charleston is certainly a scenic, beautiful place to live, it can be tough on the allergies this time of year.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America ranks Charleston as the 26th-most-challenging city to live in with allergies this fall. The report is based on pollen levels, use of allergy medications per patient, and the number of allergists per patient.

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