Peanut Allergy: Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment
It is estimated that food allergy affects approximately 5% of adults and 8% of children, with peanut allergy nearing approximately 2% of the population. A peanut allergy is when the immune system makes a type of antibody called IgE towards specific proteins in peanut. When a person with peanut allergy is exposed to these peanut proteins, the peanut specific IgE antibodies
Increased severity of allergic reactions in women: Is estrogen to blame?
Previous research indicates that women tend to experience more severe allergic reactions - anaphylaxis – than men. The reason behind this has remained somewhat of a mystery, however, a new study published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology suggests estrogen could be to blame. Researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases have
The Importance of Using Controller Medicines Daily
Asthma is a condition due to airway inflammation often associated with an allergic component. It is characterized by symptoms that can include chest tightness, cough, shortness of breath and wheezing, which may be intermittent or persistent. Proper diagnosis requires a thorough history, physical examination, appropriate lung function testing and allergy testing.
With the holiday season just around the corner, millions of Americans are preparing to decorate their homes, gather for feasts and travel to visit relatives. However, for allergy and asthma sufferers, the holiday season presents several potential triggers.
New Study Shows Further Cost Savings with Allergy Shots
Allergy shots are commonly known in the medical community as immunotherapy. They are one of (if not the) most effective treatments for allergic rhinitis (hay fever), allergic asthma and flying insect allergy.
Reactions to food are common, and can be divided into two categories, those caused by food allergy and all other reactions. Food allergies develop when the body's immune system has an abnormal reaction to one or more proteins in a food. Food allergies can lead to serious or even life-threatening allergic reactions.
A review of studies assessing whether increasing the dose of ICS is associated with slower linear growth, weight gain and skeletal maturation in children with asthma found a small but statistically significant difference in growth between the different doses clearly favoring the lower doses of ICS.
The Myth: IgG RAST testing is an effective means to identify food allergies
Our very own Allergy Myth Busters!
Inspired by one of our favorite television shows, Allergy Myth Busters looks at a number of popularly held beliefs about allergy. But are these myths just urban legends or are they true?
IgG RAST testing is an effective means to identify food allergies.
A new type of inhaler is now available to deliver albuterol for patients with asthma or reversible COPD. The inhaler is called ProairRespiclick and is available for patients 12 years or older to treat acute symptoms of airway constriction (bronchospasm) or as prevention of exercise induced asthma symptoms. Most patients refer to albuterol inhaler as the “rescue” or
Immunotherapy (Allergy Shots): The Allergy Partners Way
Allergy immunotherapy, more commonly referred to as allergy shots, is the most effective treatment available for environmental allergies. By reducing your reactions to pollens, pet dander, molds and dust mites, allergy shots reduce symptoms and your need for medication.
Ask the Expert: “I have hives. I must have allergies.”
Your Allergy Partners physician would likely respond to the above statement with a cautious “maybe.” Hives, like many of the responses of the body, can be caused by many stimuli, not just allergies. Take, for instance, the similar example of sneezing. Sneezing is a common allergic symptom; however, we all know that non-allergic stimuli can cause sneezing, from
Intranasal influenza vaccination is well-tolerated in egg allergic children with asthma or recurrent wheeze.
Nobody likes getting a shot, especially children. However, US health guidelines recommend annual influenza vaccination of children, especially those with asthma, and including those with egg allergy. Live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) is an intranasal vaccine
Food Allergen Panel Testing Often Results in Misdiagnosis of Food Allergy
Food allergies have become an increasing public health issue. Recent studies now indicate that nearly 1 in 13 children are diagnosed with food allergy. Food allergies are triggered when the immune system make a special type of antibody, called IgE, directed against foods. On re-exposure to the food, the IgE antibody can trigger severe, even life threatening allergic reactions.
Food allergies are due to an immune system reaction that occurs soon after eating a certain food.They affect about one in twenty Americans, with cases occurring at any age, but most commonly in babies and young children. While any food may cause an allergic reaction, eight types of food account for about 90 percent of food allergies: milk, egg, soy, wheat, peanuts, tree