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Dangers of Misdiagnosis

Recent research published in the journal Pediatrics indicates that many general pediatricians are ordering the wrong tests to try and diagnose food allergies. This is leading to over diagnosis of food allergies, unnecessary food avoidance and increased health care costs. Given that many patients are currently paying up to $650 for EpiPens, proper diagnosis of food allergy is critical not only for patient lifestyle, but also for controlling costs.

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Seeking Care from an Allergist

If you are trying to decide if you are an allergic person and google the term “allergies,” you will find over 90 million results. In that sea of 90 million results, you will find a lot of false information regarding allergies and a lot of opinions from people, and even physicians, who are not formally trained in discussing allergies. So, when you are ready to find answers that you can trust, it’s time to speak with physicians who are board-certified in Allergy and Immunology.

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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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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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Bruce D. Ball, MD

Dr. Ball is board-certified in allergy, asthma, and immunology for both pediatrics and adults. He attended the University of Virginia for his undergraduate degree and received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. He then went on to complete three years of residency in pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Sciences [...]
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Andrew E. Davidson, MD

Dr. Davidson is board-certified in allergy, asthma, and immunology for both pediatrics and adults. His undergraduate degree is from Johns Hopkins University and his medical degree is from Pennsylvania State University. He completed his internship and residency at the University of Florida and then went on to Brown for his allergy and clinical immunology fellowship.  [...]
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Poor appetite? 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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Jeffrey J. Dietrich, MD

Dr. Dietrich is board-certified in allergy, asthma and immunology in both pediatrics and adults. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his medical degree from St. Louis University. Dr. Dietrich completed his internship and residency in Pediatrics at Dayton Children’s Hospital in Dayton, OH. He then went on to complete his allergy and [...]
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Thomas B. Harper, III, MD

Dr. Thomas Harper, co-founder of Charleston Allergy & Asthma, serves as a consultant for our team of board-certified allergists. He previously served as one of our full-time providers and is board-certified in allergy, asthma and immunology in both pediatrics and adults. He received his undergraduate degree from The Citadel, where he was a drummer in [...]
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Meredith L. Moore, MD

Dr. Moore is board-certified in allergy, asthma and immunology for both pediatrics and adults. She received her undergraduate degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO with her first assignment at Shaw AFB, Sumter, S.C. as an aerospace physiologist. Dr. Moore then attended the University of South Carolina Medical School in Columbia, [...]
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