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Fall is here in three days! When should you start your medications to help with fall allergies?

Can you believe, despite the warmth, fall will be here in three days? For many people with allergies, fall is the worst time to be outside. Start taking your medication (antihistamines/steroids) two weeks before symptoms are likely to set in, because once your nasal or airway passages are inflamed, it reduces the chances medication will work. Also, be sure to continue your medication for a couple of weeks after the first frost.

Questions? Call our office today at (502) 882-2063 to make an appointment!

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Is Kentucky’s Fall Allergy Culprit Impacting You?

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Louisville’s pollen count 9/12-9/14.

If you’ve seen the weather forecast this week, you may have noticed the high ragweed pollen level alerts. This is problematic for many, as it is estimated 15-20% of Americans suffer from ragweed allergy. This green flowering weed (17 different varieties, not to be confused with Goldenrod, Kentucky’s state flower) makes millions of us miserable with runny noses, itchy throats and burning eyes.screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-8-15-22-am

A single ragweed plant can produce one billion pollen grains per season, and the lightweight pollen grains can be carried up to 400 miles in the wind! Ragweed is very hardy and can be found in vacant lots, the side of the roads, parks and fields; it can thrive in poor soil conditions. In our area, the ragweed pollination ends around the time of the first frost.

Also, some people with ragweed allergy experience an itchy throat or mouth after eating some common fresh fruits and vegetables. The condition is called oral allergy syndrome and an allergist can help you diagnose and manage your symptoms.

What can you do?

  • See an allergist to determine the culprit of your allergies.
  • There are over-the-counter and prescription medications which can help reduce pollen allergy symptoms including nasal sprays, antihistimines and decongestants.
  • If these medicines do not provide relief, you may be a candidate for immunotherapy (allergy shots).
  • Avoidance can help lessen symptoms. Keep windows closed and use a HEPA filter. Early mornings are the best time to get outside since ragweed is a late-morning pollinator.

Call our office today at (502) 882-2063 to schedule an appointment to help you figure out your allergies and come up with a treatment plan that works for you.

 

 

 

Mylan expands EpiPen cost-cutting programs after charges of price gouging

From CNBC, Mylan is reducing the cost of EpiPens through the use of a savings card that will cover up to $300 for the EpiPen 2-Pak.

Patients who were previously paying the full price for the EpiPen will have their out-of-pocket cost cut by 50 percent. Mylan also is doubling the eligibility for its patient assistance program, which will eliminate out-of-pocket costs for uninsured and under-insured patients and families, as well.

Read the article here and the official press release here.

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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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“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.