Both offices will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday and Friday,
November 27 and 28
We apologize for the inconvenience.
We have added an hour at the end of the day in Los Alamos on Tuesdays so that we are now open until 5:30 PM.
learning more about the treatment and control of asthma or would you like the
ask a physician
all of your asthma related questions?
September 9th at 8:00 PM EST or September 16th at 10:00
PM EST for an interactive, live webinar! Follow one of these links to
register or scan the QR code below.
Feel free to
share this link with your family and friends so they can participate too!
Please tune in to KSFR radio at 101.1 on Tuesday August 12 and Tuesday August 19 at 6:30 PM for an interview with Dr. Sussman on the East-West Medicine program. After the show airs, a podcast will be available at this link: www.eastwestmedicine.libsyn.com<http://www.eastwestmedicine.libsyn.com/> This is a great opportunity to learn more details about allergies from our senior physician!
Santa Fe clinic hours have been extended on Wednesdays and Fridays! New hours:
Monday through Thursday 8:30 AM-5:30 PM
Friday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
than 20 years ago in Asheville, North Carolina, Allergy Partners was founded on
a simple premise: by working together, allergists can identify and implement
best practices, which will result in improved patient care. By following that
premise, we have grown to almost 100 allergists and 800 team members in 17
states. We are proud to provide care for more than a half-million patients. We
are even more proud of the quality of care we provide.
Allergy Partners physicians are certified by the American Board of Allergy,
Asthma, and Immunology. That certification requires certification by the
American Board of Internal Medicine or the American Board of Pediatrics
followed by a minimum of two years of fellowship training. As a result, our
physicians are uniquely qualified to manage conditions including:
• allergic rhinitis
• allergic conjunctivitis
• chronic cough
• chronic sinusitis
• urticaria and angioedema
• atopic dermatitis
• contact dermatitis
• anaphylaxis(bee sting, drugs, food, or
• immune deficiencies
make certain we remain on the cutting edge of our specialty, we created the
Clinical Excellence Committee. Under the oversight of Dr. Spencer Atwater, our
Chief Medical Officer, the Committee identifies opportunities for improvement,
reviews pertinent medical literature and current standards, develops
recommendations for optimal treatments, and engineers systems to make sure that
treatment is delivered consistently. A perfect example of that is our
state-of-the-art allergen immunotherapy program and extract lab. In many ways,
immunotherapy is the cornerstone of the allergy specialty. To ensure that
immunotherapy is as safe and effective as possible, we worked in conjunction
with nationally recognized experts to develop our formulation processes and
dosing recommendations. We invested in building our extract lab after seeking
input from industry experts as well as the Center for Biologics Evaluation and
Research. Today we produce over a quarter million vials of allergy extract
annually following USP 797 guidelines for sterile allergenic extract
processing. It is through this attention to detail that we can provide you
assurance that the patients you entrust to us will be provided safe and
Allergy Partners, we are committed to using the latest technology to improve
patient outcomes. Each of our locations is not only using the same electronic
health record, they are also configured as a single database. In this way, as
opportunities to improve care become available, we can easily build and
implement the forms that will encourage that care on an enterprise level. We
can and do track the outcomes of that care delivery, and use that understanding
to implement further change. We have published data in national allergy
journals which we hope will help other practices with what we have learned.
also use our information systems configuration to improve the quality of our
consultations. We have an “All Doctors” listserv set up which enables our
referring physicians to benefit from the expertise of not just one, but almost
100, practicing allergists. When any of our physicians confronts a particularly
unusual or difficult case, he or she can immediately tap into the expertise of
our entire network. With our current size, we see this opportunity utilized
once or twice every day. It not only provides access to much broader expertise
for our patients, it also serves to educate our own physicians on a daily
Allergy Partners we are proud of our history and proud of the care we provide
today. We are even more excited about the future and the opportunities we have
to deliver even better care. We have just implemented our patient portal, which
increases our opportunities to interact with patients. We are in the process of
developing more robust outcomes assessment capabilities. Additionally, we are
exploring ways to integrate technology in ways that will help us work with our
patients to make those outcomes even better. And most importantly, we are
continuing to work as a group to build a patient-centered culture. As hard as
we work behind the scenes to implement best practices and improve our
specialty, we work just as hard to make sure our patients recognize that we
care. We pledge to provide our shared patients the very best care and the best
it's feasting on holiday meals, setting up your Christmas tree,
visiting your pet-owning relatives, allergy triggers may be
Unfortunately, with busy schedules, travel time and the stress of
holidays, it is easy to forget to take the proper care when
with allergies and asthma.
some tips to help keep allergies and asthma under
this holiday season:
holiday parties, inform the host about your food
allergy and ask about the
ingredients used to prepare the meal.
auto-injectable dose of epinephrine when attending a holiday
unrecognized food allergens could be hiding. Homemade
items do not have
ingredient lists and could be contaminated with
trace amounts of allergenic
foods through contact with storage
containers or kitchen utensils.
members and friends that strict avoidance is the only
way to manage food
allergies and that even one little bite can
trigger a dangerous reaction.
relatives' homes who own pets, take your allergy
medication before arriving
in order to minimize a possible reaction.
carry microscopic mold spores. You might think you
are allergic to your
Christmas tree, but it is likely that it is the
mold spores that are causing
decorations and artificial trees outside before decorating.
They can gather
mold and dust while in storage. Wash fabric
decorations in hot, soapy water
before displaying them to remove mold
artificial snow on windows or other surfaces, be sure
to follow directions.
These sprays can irritate your lungs if you
Take along your
own pillow with an allergen-proof cover and request
down-free pillows if
staying in a hotel or at a relative's house.
Dust mites can be especially
troublesome if traveling away from home.
relatives and friends to avoid burning wood in the
fireplace. The smoke can
trigger an asthma attack.
The holidays can be a stressful time of year. Pay attention to your
stress level because stress can sometimes lead to asthma attacks. Deep
breathing and relaxation can help. Remember to enjoy this special season instead of trying to make everything perfect!
Halloween--how fun for kids to dress up and eat lots of candy! However, for families with food allergic children, this holiday can be very
stressful. Many treats that are handed out are off limits to these children
because they either contain or have the risk of containing (through cross
contact) common foods associated with allergies like milk, egg and nuts. Here are
some tips to help you and your family:
· If a food label
indicates that the product “may contain” or is “processed on shared equipment
with” the ingredient to which you or your child is allergic, avoid that food!
Researchers have tested products with precautionary statements and found that major food
allergens such as milk, egg and peanut have been found in about 5% of these
· Mini-size, fun-size
or bite-size versions of candy may contain different ingredients than their
full-size counterparts. Make no assumptions, and read all labels
· Buy safe treats or
inexpensive trinkets/toys that you can trade with your children for unsafe candies
that they have received.
· Take those same
safe treats and give them to your neighbors to give your allergic child when he
or she comes to their door.
· Say NO to treats
that do not have full ingredient labels.
· If prescribed,
always have your Epi-Pen available.
· Make a rule that no
treats can be eaten while your children are trick-or-treating. They should only be consumed after inspection
Asthma is a common lung
disorder characterized by episodes of cough, wheeze and shortness of breath.
Asthma is caused by inflammation of the lining of the small airways in the lungs
(bronchioles) which leads to spasm or narrowing of these tubes. This spasm
triggers asthma symptoms. Approximately one
person in ten has asthma and 34.1 million Americans have been diagnosed with
asthma. Asthma severity varies greatly from very mild to debilitating.
Unfortunately, asthma can be fatal and over 4,000 Americans a year die from
asthma. For the vast majority of asthmatics, however, asthma can be well
controlled. Management of
asthma includes avoidance of triggers, treating underlying conditions (like
reflux and obesity), allergy
immunotherapy (for those who have an allergic component to their asthma) and
medications. This article focuses on the different types of medications that
are used for asthma control.
There are two basic
categories of asthma medications: relievers and controllers.
temporary relief from asthma symptoms and are typically used only when
· Short term beta
agonists are commonly known as rescue inhalers or nebulizers. These
medications temporarily relax the muscles lining our small airways thus leading
to opening of these bronchioles. Common examples of these medications include
albuterol (ProAir, Ventolin, Proventil) and levalbuterol (Xopenex). These
medications can come in either metered dose inhalers or as a liquid that is
delivered through a nebulizer machine. The metered dose inhalers consist
of a pressurized canister containing medication that fits into a boot-shaped
plastic mouthpiece. With most metered dose inhalers, medication is released by
pushing the canister into the boot. This type of inhaled medication delivery
device requires proper
technique. In those patients
where poor technique is a concern, a spacer may be
used. A spacer holds
medication after it's released, making it easier to inhale the full dose. If
you do have asthma, it is very important to keep track of how often you need
either a rescue inhaler or nebulizer. In general, if you need a rescue
treatment (excluding pre-exercise) because of experiencing actual breathing
symptoms more than twice per week, then that is too much. In that scenario you
need to see your trusted health care provider.
· Systemic steroids
are large doses of corticosteroids that are given orally or intravenously for
acute and severe allergic attacks. Examples include prednisone, prednisolone
(OraPred) and methylprednisolone (often prescribed as a Medrol Dose Pack). These
are medications that are used in emergency situations and chronic use of them
can lead to significant deleterious side effects.
anti-inflammatory medications which prevent or heal the inflammation inside the
lungs. These are generally used every day as a preventive medication in those
patients with persistent asthma. The criteria for persistent disease include
needing your rescue inhaled medications more than twice per week, waking up from
sleep because of asthma symptoms more than twice per month or needing systemic
steroids for asthma attacks more than twice in the past year. This is not a
complete list; in the end, the judgment of your health care provider is most
important in determining whether you need asthma controller medication.
Controller medications should be taken every day to prevent asthma symptoms
- Inhaled steroids
are anti-inflammatory inhaled medications that are the most effective and
commonly used treatments for long-term control of asthma. They reduce swelling
and tightening in your airways. Examples include fluticasone (Flovent),
budesonide (Pulmicort), mometasone (Asmanex), beclomethasone (Qvar) and
ciclesonide (Alvesco). Some of these medications come in a metered dose inhaler,
others in a dry powder inhaler that
cannot be used with a spacer. The only one of the above that comes in a
nebulized version is budesonide.
modifiers are pills that are taken every day that block the effects of
leukotreines which are chemicals involved in the immune system that can cause
asthma symptoms. Examples include montelukast (Singulair), zafirlukast
(Accolate) and zileuton (Zyflo).
inhalers are inhaled asthma medications that contain both an inhaled steroid and
a long acting version of albuterol. These medications are typically prescribed
to those patients who have uncontrolled asthma even when taking a daily inhaled
steroid and/or a leukotreine modifier. Examples of these medications include
fluticasone and salmeterol (Advair), budesonide and formoterol (Symbicort), and
mometasone and formoterol (Dulera). Most of these are available only in a
metered dose inhaler while Advair is available in both a metered dose inhaler
and a dry powder inhaler.
· For those patients
with allergy induced asthma that is not well controlled with maximum doses of
the above medications, omalizumab (Xolair) is available. This is a humanized
antibody used to reduce the
sensitivity to inhaled or ingested allergens. It does this by blocking the
effect of immunoglobulin E (IgE) which is an important mediator of allergic
disease. This medication is administered via injection either every 2 or 4 weeks
depending on the individual patient who meets certain criteria.
If you suffer from
asthma you should know what specific medications you take and make sure you are
clear on when/how to take them. You should also keep track of how often you need
your rescue treatments, how often you experience night-time asthma symptoms that
awaken you from sleep, and how many bursts of systemic steroids you have taken
in the past 12 months for severe asthma attacks.
Welcome to our blog site! Stay tuned to get the latest news. We
will share tips and techniques for living with and managing your Allergies &
Asthma. We look forward to sharing useful resources with our patients!