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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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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.

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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To Vape or Not to Vape

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E-cigarettes can look like a traditional tobacco cigarette. The battery heats “e-liquid” which is released in aerosol form. (Photo courtesy of Ecig Click, vapour.co.uk.)

Did you know cigarette smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals? Smoking is the leading cause of preventable, premature mortality, and it is harmful to allergic and asthmatic children and adults.

A February 2016 article in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology examines the use of electronic cigarettes as an option for harm reduction in asthmatic patients who are existing smokers and are unable to quit using other smoking cessation tools. The article recognized that e-cigarettes could be safer than conventional cigarettes, but, as Dr. Fred Hsieh with the Cleveland Clinic’s Allergy and Immunology Respiratory Institute points out, they are not altogether safe. Check out just a few of the components included in every puff of this vaporized aerosol:

  • propylene glycol (airway irritant associated with decreased lung function)
  • vegetable glycerin
  • flavorings and other unregulated addititves
  • nicotine
  • formaldehyde (potentially carcinogenic in humans)

Other scary facts:

  • According to the CDC, e-cigarette usage by children ages 11-17 increased from 1.5% to 13.4% between 2011 to 2014. An estimated 2.4 million minors are vaping.
  • The e-cigarette is not federally regulated meaning that chemical additives, nicotine content and other components do not have the same safety oversight and quality controls as do regulated drugs.
  • There is still second-hand and third-hand exposure from e-cigarettes.
  • Use of e-cigarettes has prompted a “significant increase” in calls to poison control centers, and over 50% of them involve children.

If smoking cessation is your goal, randomized clinical trials comparing e-cigarettes to nicotine patches did not suggest an advantage of the e-cigarette over the nicotine patch.

E-cigarettes have only been around since 2007, so the data is still too new to fully assess the short- and long-term consequences. Therefore, given what we do know combined with what we are yet to learn, consumers should be wary of e-cigarettes as a safe alternate to cigarettes or as an effective tool in their smoking cessation quest. And if you are looking for one more reason to give pause, check out this CNN article posted Feb. 25, 2016 about an Owensboro, KY man’s pants catching on fire from his electronic cigarette battery.