Well, it’s technically *always* allergy season due to year-round offenders such as dust mites, mold, and pet dander says Purvi Parikh, MD, an allergist and immunologist with Allergy & Asthma Network, but some allergens–pollens, specifically—are seasonal.
Tree pollen, for example, pops up in the spring (generally in late March to April), grass pollen arrives in the late spring (around May), weed pollen is most prevalent in the summer (July to August), and ragweed pollen takes over from summer to fall (late August to the first frost), says Dr. Parikh.
And even worse news: Climate change means allergy season begins earlier and lasts longer, adds Corinne Keet, MD, PhD, a professor and allergist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
To get super-specific, Pollen.com has a National Allergy Map that provides an up-to-date allergy forecast in different areas around the country and an Allergy Alert app that gives five-day forecasts with in-depth info on specific allergens, helping you decide if you should stay indoors that day.
What does that mean for my allergy meds? When should I start taking them?
There’s no point in waiting until you’re miserable to take allergy meds, especially if you want to keep up your outdoor workouts.
In fact, allergists recommend you start taking meds a couple weeks before allergy season arrives, or, at the latest, take them the moment you begin having symptoms, says Dr. Parikh. Taking them early can stop an immune system freak-out before it happens, lessening the severity of symptoms, he adds.
As for which allergy meds to take, if you’re seriously stuffed, start with steroid nasal sprays such as Flonase or Rhinocort, which reduce inflammation-induced stuffiness, says Dr. Keet.
And if you’ve got itching, sneezing, and a runny nose, too, look for non-sedating antihistamines such as Zyrtec, Xyzal, or Allegra, she adds. Just remember:
While OTC allergy meds suppress symptoms, they don’t cure the problem, so they may be less effective if your allergies are worsening, notes Dr. Parikh.
What can I do if my allergy meds aren’t working…or my allergies are getting worse?
If you’re already taking OTC allergy meds (and, you know, keeping your windows closed and washing your face and hair after coming inside), allergy shots, a.k.a. allergen immunotherapy, make your immune system less reactive to allergens (read: pollen), and for some people, they can even induce a cure, says Dr. Parikh.
“By giving small increasing doses of what you are allergic to, you train the immune system to slowly stop being as allergic,” she says. “This is the best way to address allergies, as it targets the underlying problem and builds your immunity to a specific allergen.”
The downside? Allergy shots are a bit of a time commitment. You’ll need to get them once a week for six to eight months, then once a month for a minimum of two years, says Dr. Parikh. You need to be a little bit patient, too, because it can take about six months to start feeling better (so if you want protection by March, you’ll probably have to start in September the year before). But a life without allergies? Sounds worth it to me.
At Allergy Care Centers, we take a different approach. Instead of shots our treatment is a prescribe allergy toothpaste.
You start feeling better in about a month. We don’t just treat the symptoms, our treatment is designed to eliminate the allergies.
Would you rather brush your teeth or take allergy shots?
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Food allergy or food intolerance? Yes, there’s a difference and it could mean sending someone to the hospital.
Do most people you know have food allergies? If the answer is yes, many of those people likely don’t have food allergies but an intolerance.
A true food allergy causes an immune system reaction that affects numerous organs in the body. It can cause a range of symptoms. In some cases, an allergic food reaction can be severe or life-threatening. In contrast, food intolerancesymptoms are generally less serious and often limited to digestive problems.
New research shows about 26 million Americans have a food allergy. That’s 1 in 10 adults. Nearly half developed it during adulthood.
The main difference is that food allergies can be deadly. Eating, touching, even inhaling microscopic amounts of food allergens can cause people to have serious reactions like severe vomiting, diarrhea, hives or difficulty breathing.
Just 8 foods cause most allergic reactions. 90-percent of reactions are caused by eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, and wheat.
You can’t be just a little allergic. If food just gives you some bloating, gas or migraines, you probably have a food intolerance.
Make sure you talk to your doctor about any concerns about food allergies or intolerance.
Book appointment today with our doctor to schedule an office visit or TeleMedicine conference.
Food allergies are a big concern this time of year, especially with Halloween candy and the upcoming holidays. From peanut allergies to gluten, soy and dairy allergies, they are a challenge for children, parents, teachers and even school nurses to manage.
But there are some things we can all do to help ensure the safety of those with allergies.
UMC’s Family Nurse Practitioner, Sydni Sprecher says, “Our food has changed over the previous decades, in the way that it’s grown and kept and processed and manufactured. Additives are put in here and there and things have been genetically modified, and so we do have a lot of people that say twenty years ago we never heard of so many gluten allergies or sensitivities, I think a lot of it is awareness, but a lot of it just changes over time of human manipulation of natural ingredients has caused a chain of events.”
And, those changes in our food sources have prompted extensive research to help target allergies early, which gives parents an opportunity to be an advocate for their child to help prevent serious problems.
“So, certainly there is so more research available to us with how science has progressed and funding available, we’re seeing so many more cases with children being born with significant allergies or who develop them later in life”, said Sprecher.
“At one point in my daughter’s life, we had eight unsafe foods. So, anything packaged or processed we were not able to have. And, through the steps of our pediatrician, our gastroenterologist, and our allergist, we developed a plan, and thankfully my child has grown out of the majority of those allergies and those foods are safe for her to have. But, I do have that experience as a parent, that fear and that pausing and questioning and reading labels on everything.”
Sprecher also advises parents to talk with their child’s pediatrician, develop an action plan, and educate your child on how to administer an Epipen, or at least how to call 9-1-1. But for preventative measures, children without allergies should avoid sharing their food and beverages.
Lubbock ISD follows similar guidelines.
Paulett Rozneck, coordinator of LISD student health services says, “Lubbock ISD has allergy aware zones, which includes peanut allergies. At the beginning of each school year, parents are asked to complete information regarding any allergies (food, environment, medications) for their student.”
This information is shared with the teachers and sent to cafeteria personnel.
A student’s food selection can be monitored. Teachers notify the parents when there are special events, and the parent can being in alternative foods for their student.
Rozneck said, “Signs placed outside classrooms help keep other staff and parents aware of the need to take additional precautions.”
“And, another thing that parents often are not aware of are ingredients for a full-size candy bar are different from those that are in a fun-sized candy bar,” Sprecher said. “So those that are trick or treating you may think oh this is a safe candy but I would just urge you to read the label again because it may be different for a fun-sized candy bar.”
Awareness and education are key when it comes to managing allergies, but hopefully, now, we will all take that pause to really help ensure the safety of those around us.
Allergy Testing and Treatment
Finger-stick Allergy Test
This test is fast, simple and safe (not traumatic for children) A unique next-generation molecular proteomic blood test that detects 180 airborne, environmental and food allergies ( compared to 40-50 from standard scratch testing). This test combines a 67 food panel with a 104 environmental inhalant & non-inhalant panel, including various insects, latex, penicillin, animals, fungi, grass, molds, trees, weeds, and more.
Allergy Treatment with Toothpaste
Our physician writes a 90-day prescription with 3 refills after the results form the finger-stick test. Then sent to the Compounding Pharmacy to mix a unique allergen serum. The surum is then mixed into the toothpaste. The toothpaste is mailed to the patients.
One of the tools your doctor may use to dial back your blood pressure is DASH — Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. It’s not a diet but a way of eating. You cut back on salt, load up on fruits and veggies, and round out your meals with whole grains, fish, poultry, nuts, legumes, and low-fat dairy.
Go Green (and Leafy)
Salt makes your body hang on to more fluid. That bumps up your blood volume and the pressure on your arteries, which make your blood pressure climb. Fill your plate with leafy greens like spinach, broccoli, kale, or collards for a potassium boost. The mineral helps flush sodium out of your body through your pee and relaxes your blood vessel walls.
The pigments that give blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries their rich colors also come with a benefit for your blood vessels: anthocyanin. It’s a natural compound that can help artery walls become wider and more flexible to lower your blood pressure and improve your heart health.
Recommended daily serving: 2-3 cups (frozen or fresh fruits).
Calcium is a key player for good blood pressure because it helps your blood vessels tighten and relax when they should. Plain, low-fat yogurt is a good way to add calcium to your diet without too much-added sugar or fat. Looking for a flavor twist? Throw some berries in for some natural sweetness and even more blood pressure help.
Another good source of calcium is bone-in fish, like canned salmon or sardines. Oily fish like mackerel and sardines also are flush in omega-3s, the fatty acids that boost health and help your heart. Studies on fish oil supplements show they may lower your blood pressure, especially if your high blood pressure is moderate or severe.
Recommended daily serving: 3-6 ounces (fish, lean meat, and poultry).
Sprinkling of Seeds
Add unsalted seeds like pumpkin, flax, and sunflower to salads, yogurt, or oatmeal to help lower your blood pressure. Seeds are a source of vital minerals like magnesium, which helps control your blood pressure and relax your blood vessels.
This whole grain is healthy, filling, and low in sodium. It’s also full of fiber, which helps keep your weight and blood pressure under control. Cook your rolled or steel-cut oats with water or low-fat milk. Swap out the maple syrup or brown sugar with raisins or bananas for a touch of sweetness.
A study shows that drinking 2 cups of a mix of three parts beetroot and one part apple juice can make your systolic blood pressure (the top number) go down in just a few hours. Men may see a bigger benefit than women. High systolic pressure can raise your chances of strokes. Cooked beets and beet greens, which pack lots of potassium, are a good alternative.
Recommended daily serving: About 2 cups (raw or cooked vegetables, or vegetable juice).
Garlic can add more than just zest to your dishes. It may also have a hand in boosting your nitric oxide levels, which dilates blood vessels. The more relaxed your blood vessels are, the less your heart has to work to pump blood through them. That helps keep your blood pressure down.
Recommended daily serving: 1-2 cloves.
Tree nuts — hold the salt! — like walnuts and almonds can be a great source of healthy fats that help your heart. But for high blood pressure, your best pick is pistachios. They seem to have the strongest effect on lowering both your top and bottom blood pressure readings.
Recommended serving: 1-2 cups per week (nuts).
Allergy Food Test
make sure you know what foods you are allergic to. Allergy Care Centers offers a simple finger prick blood test that will let you know what foods you are allergic to. Contact them at 702-331-5230. 400 Shadow Lane Suite #202, Las Vegas NV 89106
Monday, October 15, 2018, 1:41 PM – When their annual bout with seasonal allergies comes calling, sufferers can do a lot to keep allergens out of the house, but they may have forgotten about what, to many, is their second home: Their vehicle.
And if they take advantage of nicer weather by cracking a window during their morning commute, they’re exposing themselves to a hefty dose of the exact same allergens they’ve struggled to keep out of where they live and sleep.
“We usually tell people who are commuting in cars … to shut their windows and to have the air conditioner on,” says Prof. Susan Wasserman of McMaster University’s Division of Clinical Immunology and Allergy. “Otherwise it’s a steady stream of air at high velocity, and you’re going to have a lot of pollen exposure.”
Wasserman says for best results, set your AC to recirculate air within the vehicle, rather than drawing it in from the outside
It’s not a bad idea to keep your vehicle’s interior as uncluttered as possible, either. Pollen settling on surfaces likely wouldn’t be viable for a whole summer, but it’s best to wipe them down from time to time nonetheless, to minimize exposure, along with vacuuming regularly and avoiding moisture buildup that can encourage the growth of mold.
“You’ve got to maintain everything, really, to keep mold to a minimum,” Wasserman says.
If public transit is the preferred method of commute, sufferers will have relatively little control of the condition of the air within the train or subway car, but that doesn’t make them helpless.
As with most other aspects of the season, Waterman says sufferers can be proactive in keeping ahead of their symptoms. Knowing what they’re allergic to will help sufferers know when to expect high pollen counts, as tree, grass, and ragweed allergies have their own relatively defined seasons, and there are numerous pollen-monitoring tools that are easily available on the internet.
Once they know what to expect, premedication before and during the season can take the edge off the symptoms, easing their commute.
“I would recommend that even if you weren’t traveling anywhere, frankly,” Wasserman says. “The fact is, you have to know what your season is and make sure that you know, you’ve started your antihistamines and nasal steroids in advance.”
For those seeking a more permanent solution to their ongoing allergies, a trip to an allergist could put them on the path to resistance, either with allergy shots, sublingual tablets or allergy toothpaste depending on the allergy.
If you like the idea of seeing your doctor over a video conference on your laptop or smartphone, you are not alone. At Allergy Care Centers our doctors will interview you in the comfort of your home.
We will mail you our allergy test kit with instruction on how to prick your finger and apply 5 drops of blood to a special card. Place in FedEx package and return to Allergy Care Centers.
Within 7 business days, our office will call to schedule a video conference consultation with the results of your test.
Our doctor will then write a prescription for your allergy toothpaste and send to the pharmacy to be filled. The pharmacy will mail your prescription to you home.
Our office will call you to schedule a quarterly check-up and a annual re-testing until you are allergy free.
75% of survey respondents are interested in trying telemedicine. Telemedicine has been used in a limited way for decades, but it is only now becoming more mainstream. This is because so many people have access to high-speed internet connections and the devices necessary to perform a video visit. The approach is popular with patients due to its advantages.
No transportation time or costs
When you see your doctor on your mobile device or computer, you can save money on gas, parking, and public transportation. Even better, you don’t waste time traveling or risk running into a traffic jam that makes you late for your appointment, or worse, late getting back to work.
No need to take time off of work
Speaking of work, video visits largely remove the need to take time off. You can simply schedule your visit during a break, or before or after work. You can be anywhere that offers sufficient privacy. You can comply with your doctor’s follow-up instructions and maintain your health without missing a day of work or wasting your precious paid time off.
Eliminate child or elder care issues
Many of us have the responsibility for caring for children or older adults. Finding alternative care so that you can see the doctor can be difficult and expensive. Bringing them along can be stressful or impractical. Fortunately, telemedicine solves this challenge by allowing you to see your doctor while upholding your family responsibilities.
Access to Specialists
Some patients who need the care of a specialist must drive long distances and invest a lot of time for each visit. Telemedicine makes it possible for you and your primary care physician to leverage the expertise of specialists who are not nearby. When it comes to serious health issues, you want to consult with the best, not the closest.
If your child has come home this past month with the sniffles – it may not be a cold. At school, they may be exposed to allergens and irritants not found at home. Symptoms of allergen exposure can include a runny nose, congestion, sneezing, watery eyes, itchy nose, itchy eyes, cough, and even asthma attacks.
Here are some possible allergy and asthma triggers to keep in mind:
Cockroaches and mice. Droppings and protein dust from these critters can be found in schools and classrooms. These allergens tend to be seen at higher levels in urban schools.
Classroom pets. Children can be allergic to hamsters, guinea pigs, mice, rats, chicks and rabbits, some of the more common classroom pets. Any furry animal may trigger symptoms. In addition, kids who live in households with dogs, cats, and other animals carry pet hair and dander into school on their clothing.
Exposure can be outdoors and indoors throughout the school year. Some amount of indoor mold is normal, but there can be increased amounts when there is high indoor humidity, standing water, or water damage.
Recess, physical education, and outdoor activities. Vigorous indoor or outdoor play can trigger symptoms such as a cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, or chest tightness in children with asthma. This time of year, kids with seasonal allergies may be exposed to ragweed and other weed pollens that can trigger allergies and asthma. In the outdoor environment, pollution can trigger asthma symptoms as well, especially if the school is located near busy roads.
Chalkdust. Chalk residue is more of an irritant than an allergy but can cause nose, eye, and asthma symptoms just the same. It helps these days that chalkboards are less common in classrooms and whiteboards are being used instead.
If you notice your child has developed allergy symptoms since starting school, an allergist can do testing to help identify triggers and offer advice on treatment. If your child has a school-based trigger, allergy medication during the school day or treatment with allergy shots, also called allergen immunotherapy, can help. Making changes in the environment to avoid the allergen can help, too. This may include decreasing exposure to pets, keeping windows closed, and making sure the environment is not overly humid.
For children with asthma, allergic triggers and exercise may cause symptoms to flare. Children with asthma should have rescue medication such as an inhaler and an asthma action plan available to them at school. For some children, their doctor may recommend the use of rescue medication prior to gym class or recess as a preventive measure. Younger kids may be less verbal about how they’re feeling, so be sure to review your child’s asthma action plan with school staff.
For children with food allergies, being back to school can cause anxiety. If you haven’t by now, review your child’s food allergy action plan with school staff. Children with food allergies who have been prescribed epinephrine autoinjectors should have two unexpired devices available to them at all times. These may be stored at the nurse’s office or sometimes, older children may self-carry their medications based on the school’s policy. Discuss snack time and classroom celebrations with your child and their teacher ahead of time. You may need to send snacks to school for your child to eat during a celebration. Most schools have policies designed to help protect children with allergies and will partner with you to ensure your child has a healthy and safe school year.
Hillary Gordon, MD, is a pediatric allergist who practices at Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE, at Nemours sites in Concordville, PA and on the Thomas Jefferson University campus in Philadelphia.
The prevalence of food allergies increased by 70 percent in U.S. kids younger than 18 between 1997 and 2016
Doing the month of October 2018, we are offering 20% off on office visits. Schedule appointment today. Mention “Peanut Allergy” at the front disk when you arrive at our office to receive your 20% discount.
Allergies should be distinguished from food intolerance
Food intolerance and food Allergy is not the same thing. Allergy is characterized by an acute reaction, the most severe form of which is anaphylactic shock.
Food intolerance is a hypersensitivity non-allergic nature in respect of any product or beverage, which can manifest health disorders of different severity.
An Allergy is a hyperactive response of the immune system to certain substances (allergens) that normally do not have any pathological actions. At the first contact with the allergen the body produces specific antibodies (IgE). Repeated contact with the allergen leads to the release of special cells of the skin and mucous membranes of biologically active substances (heparin, serotonin, etc.) and development of clinical manifestations.
The symptoms depend on the type of allergen: e.g., Allergy to a substance that is found in inhaled air (dust, pollen), manifestations affect the respiratory system: a cough, runny nose and other symptoms. When you eat the allergen in the first place there is a reaction on the part of the gastrointestinal tract: pain in the abdomen, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
The most common symptoms of food allergies are: – lacrimation; – skin rash; – itching; – cough and the complicated breath; – swelling of the tongue, neck, lips, face; – runny nose; – abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting; – General weakness.
Food intolerance is more gradual in development and is not associated with the hyperactivity of the immune system and its symptoms more severe than those of food allergies. Intolerance problems often have the appropriate background: infectious inflammation of the intestinal mucosa, toxic effects of drugs, a low production of enzymes, hypersensitivity to preservatives, etc.
The immune system is not involved in the inflammatory process, but the symptoms in this overlap with symptoms of other diseases and not be able to supply the physician’s direct diagnosis. Nausea, malaise, flatulence, dizziness, weakness, etc. – only part of the possible consequences of intolerance to the product.
Many people, feeling light stable ailment, regard their condition as “normal” and do not think about intolerance.