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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.

 

 

 

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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Pollen! What is it and Why Does it Make Me Miserable?

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3/22/16: The pollen count is already in the “HIGH” range.

Pollen is one of the most common causes of allergies in the United States. You’ve seen it coating your car, wafting through the air and saturating your sidewalk—-the very fine, powdery, yellowish dusting which thrives in the Kentuckiana area. Our region is known to have prolific amounts of pollen which wreaks havoc and causes an adverse immune response in many of us.

Pollen is produced by trees, grasses, weeds and flowers. It fertilizes plants of the same species. Our immune system is an amazing protector, defending the body from harmful invaders and can prevents sickness. For those with pollen allergies, the immune system mistakenly targets the pollen as unhealthy and produces chemicals in your body to fight the pollen. The pollen has now become an “allergen” and the manifested fight is known as an “allergic reaction,” “hay fever” or “allergic rhinitis.”

Do you suffer in the spring? March and April allergies are almost always due to tree pollen. (It is important to start treatment before pollen season begins.)

Do you suffer around Derby time? Your are likely allergic to grass pollen. Sufferers in the late summer and fall can be allergic to ragweed. Pollen is wind-driven, can travel hundreds of miles and survive a mild winter. (Did you know the ragweed season has increased four additional weeks in the last 10-15 years–some say due to global warming.)

Some suffer pollen allergies year-round. Symptoms include: sinus pressure, facial pain, nasal congestion, cough, scratchy throat, watery/itchy eyes, runny nose, dark circles under the eyes and a decreased taste/smell sensation.

Using Neti pots, vacuuming regularly with a HEPA filter vacuum, frequent and immediate washing of clothes that have been worn outside, closing windows, using the air conditioner in your car and home, using HEPA filters and frequent changing of your home air filters can provide some sufferers relief.

Over-the-counter and/or prescription nasal sprays, antihistamines and decongestants can provide relief for many.

If those do not work, immunotherapy (allergy shots) is shown to reduce symptoms long-term in most children and adults. Call us at (502) 882-2063 to find out your options before the pollen season is upon us!

 

 

 

Disclaimer: This blog is not intended to create a doctor-patient relationship with any reader. If you need personalized medical advice, contact your primary care physician or other physician in your community.

Courier-Journal Interview: Dr. Damin talks about Sublingual Tablet Immunotherapy

photoCheck out the front page of today’s Courier-Journal Health & Fitness section. Health Wrter Darla Carter interviews Dr. Damin about the new allergy tablets and their use as an alternative to allergy shots. Click here for the full story and video.

First Grass Tablet, Oralair, Approved by the FDA

On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, the FDA approved Oralair, a grass tablet for sublingual use. Initial reports show it will be indicated for those ages 10-65 with seasonal allergic rhinitis with or without conjunctivitis and a confirmed positive skin test or blood test to any the following grasses: timothy, Kentucky bluegrass, perennial rye, orchard and sweet vernal. Oralair, once available, should be dosed once daily and held under the tongue until fully dissolved. Treatment should begin four months before grass season and continued until grass season ends. Additionally, the first dose should be administered in a physician’s office where the patient can be monitored for a period of time after administration. allergy tabletPatients should be prescribed injectable epinephrine and counseled on the signs and symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction. Clinical studies showed an improvement in symptoms between 16 and 30%. It is not without risk, as one-third of adults had oral itching with its use and 12% of kids had mouth swelling.

This is the first sublingual immunotherapy product to be approved by the FDA. There are other sublingual tablets in development including ones for dust mites, ragweed and an additional grass tablet.

It does not appear to be as effective as traditional allergy shots, but head to head studies are lacking. Cost and insurance coverage will definitely affect prescribing habits.

Call our office to get allergy tested and see if this new treatment is right for you. We’ve missed the window for the 2014 grass season in the Louisville area, but use will likey increase in subsequent seasons.

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Disclaimer: This blog is not intended to create a doctor-patient relationship with any reader. If you need personalized medical advice, contact your primary care physician or other physician in your community. If you need to establish care with an allergist, Allergy Partners of Louisville would love to help you find relief. Call 502-882-2063 for an appointment.