In The News: Charleston Allergy

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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Why It’s Still In Your Best Interest to Get the Flu Shot

Here’s why everyone should get the flu vaccine: the flu is a serious illness that can cause severe illness, days lost from work or school, hospital admission, and even death. The flu vaccine is the absolute best way to prevent the flu. Even though you can still get the flu after receiving the vaccine, people who do so have a less severe illness. In addition to protecting yourself, you can help prevent the spread of the flu to family, friends, and coworkers by getting an annual vaccine each fall.

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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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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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