Can You Get a Cheaper EpiPen?

You could save about $400 per two-pack with generic Adrenaclick and still protect against life-threatening allergy attacks.

Source Consumer Reports: Can You Get a Cheaper EpiPen? – Consumer Reports

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Is your child ready for self care of anaphylaxis? 

As a parent of a child with food allergies, you’ve probably wondered when will he/she be ready to carry epinephrine and/or self-treat anaphylaxis? The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) reviewed this issue in a recent article. Kids With Food Allergies (KFA), a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) summarized the article, identified an age range and posed the following questions:

  • Can your child use a training device to show you how to use the auto-injector correctly?
  • Can she recognize the symptoms of anaphylaxis?
  • Is your child comfortable carrying epinephrine at all times in a waist belt, backpack, purse or other carrier?
  • Does he express confidence he can self-inject in an emergency?
  • Does your child suffer from any developmental delays, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder or depression?
  • Lastly, does your child have a previous history of anaphylaxis?

Read more here to read the full article and better decide if your child is ready to carry epinephrine and/or self-treat anaphylaxis.

“Red Meat Allergy: Incidence on Rise, Therapy in Works” | Article from Allergic Living 

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It’s an unusual condition that has only been recognized for less than a decade: red meat allergy. The allergy develops after a bite from a Lone Star tick triggers a person’s immune system to begin producing IgE antibodies to alpha-gal, a sugar found in meat such as beef, lamb, venison and pork.

It can be a confounding condition to diagnose. Unlike other food allergies in which a reaction occurs soon after eating – alpha-gal meat reactions often don’t develop until three to six hours after red meat has been consumed. So while the allergic symptoms (ranging from hives and itchiness to full-blown anaphylaxis) may be obvious, doctors and patients can miss that red meat is the culprit.

Read the full article in the July 14, 2016 Allergic Living magazine.

FDA issues updates for epinephrine instructions

Given the life-threatening nature of severe allergic reactions, it is critical that patients and caregivers be trained in the proper use of auto-injectors. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made updates to the patient instructions for epinephrine auto-injectors.The Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) issued an excellent summary of the changes, which includes the recommended injection hold time has been reduced from 10 seconds to 3 seconds. Read more here.

If you have questions about your or your child’s allergies, call our office for an appointment at (502) 882-2063.

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month #1in5

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. There is no cure for asthma, but asthma can be managed with proper prevention and treatment. Asthma affects 24 million Americans, and 6.3 million children under the age of 18 suffer from asthma. More than 50 million Americans have allergies – pollen, skin, latex and more, and the rate of allergies and asthma is climbing. Please join us in raising awareness for these common diseases.

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If you experience allergic and/or asthma symptoms or have questions, call our team at (502) 882-2063 to learn more about finding relief.

 

 

“My Nose is Running Faster Than My Feet!”

One month from today is the KDF mini-marathon! If your spring allergies are getting in the way of your training, you may find relief by trying the following:

  1. ANTIHISTAMINES: Consider taking an oral or nasal antihistamine. (Be sure to hydrate, as antihistamines can have a drying effect and leave you feeling dehydrated sooner than usual.)
  2. WEATHER: Avoid running at peak pollen times. Check your local allergen forecast online (Pollen.com, AAAAI.org, Weather.com) or use an allergy app on your smartphone. Also, it is better to run after a rain, as opposed to clear, windy days, as there is often less pollen in the air.
  3. CLOTHING: After running, immediately launder your clothing, take a shower and wash your hair to help minimize your exposure to outdoor pollen.
  4. SALINE: Try using a saline spray or a neti pot to clear your nasal passages.
  5. AIR POLLUTION: It is best to run indoors when an ozone alert is issued. Common air pollutants can make it difficult to breath, especially for those suffering with asthma and severe allergies.
  6. LONG-TERM: Seeing a board-certified allergist can prove helpful in the long run, as he/she can decipher what allergens trigger your symptoms and develop a plan to help  your symptoms and needs.

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Louisville again one of the Worst “Spring Allergy Capitals”

More than 50 million Americans are living with seasonal nasal allergies. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s (AAFA) annual Spring Allergy Capitals report provides insights into cities where people are most affected by seasonal symptoms. Louisville remains in the top 5 again this spring.

If you need relief, call us at (502)882-2063 to schedule an appointment.

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