In The News: Charleston Allergy

Back to School: Allergy and Asthma Tips for a Great Year!

1. Spring symptoms are all gone, but they’ll be back

If your child suffered from allergy symptoms in the spring, but has improved over the summer, then the fall might be the perfect time for your child to see a board-certified allergist.  Patients who suffer from mainly tree and grass pollen allergies should consider FDA-approved subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots).  Studies have shown that immunotherapy is very beneficial in reducing symptoms of allergic rhinitis once patients reach maintenance dosing.  Therefore, starting immunotherapy in the fall gives patient the opportunity to reach maintenance dosing before spring. Also, FDA-approved sublingual (oral) tablets from grass should be started three months before grass season so testing for grass allergy should be performed prior to grass season starting.months before grass season so testing for grass allergy should be performed prior to grass season starting.

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We’re Knocking Peanuts Out of the Park!

With 1 in 13 children under the age of 18 suffering from food allergies, we are very excited to be a part of the first Peanut Free Night at The Joe. During August 9th’s game there will not be peanuts served or available all night. Tickets are $10 with code: nopeanuts. Enjoy a safe night out watching the RiverDogs beat the Rome Braves.

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Coping with Anaphylaxis

Once you’ve been through anaphylaxis, your mind is spinning. You are anxious, your child is anxious…you start questioning yourself and possibly placing blame. Look at a few ways to help you and your child manage anaphylaxis anxiety.

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“The ‘Other’ Food Allergy”

FPIES is pronounced “Fees” or “F-Pies,” like “apple pies.” It stands for food protein induced enterocolitis. A food allergy where the immune system is involved, it is a non-IGE mediated reaction meaning a delayed reaction. Unlike more common IGE mediated reactions you find with asthma, inhalant and environmental allergies and your more typical food allergies.

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Peanut Oral Immunotherapy, is this the peanut allergy cure?

Oral Immunotherapy (OIT) research studies start with a powdered peanut protein that is consumed in increments in an allergist’s office. After increasing doses are tolerated, then the patient is sent home and must eat a certain amount of peanuts daily. The idea is that patients will ultimately be able to tolerate peanuts without risk of anaphylaxis.

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Hypoallergenic pets are a myth!

There are many articles on the internet identifying certain breeds of cats and dogs as hypoallergenic. The Portuguese Water Dog, Poodle, Chinese Crested, Devon Rex, and Sphynx are some of the most commonly cited breeds, to name a few. Many families with allergy sufferers may see these breeds as providing a path to pet ownership; however, after bringing the pet home, it may not be as allergy proof as expected. This can be an incredibly emotional and financial disappointment for everyone.

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Kissing with Peanut Allergies

It’s hard enough to think about your teenager dating, but what about the fact that they could kiss someone and have a life threatening allergic reaction? Does your child know that if they are food allergic and they kiss someone who has recently eaten their allergen they could anaphylaxis?

With 11 million Americans food allergic and 3 million of them peanut allergic, food allergy studies are going on every day. Two such studies showed that 5 and 12 percent of reactions surveyed were mostly due to kissing someone just after they’d eaten a food allergen. A recent studied found that eating peanut butter and then waiting 4 hours and eating a non-peanut meal did reduce the peanut allergen in the saliva to undetectable.

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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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