Archive for the ‘Allergies’ Category

Are you allergic to Penicillin? PERHAPS NOT!

Chances are you or someone you know has a penicillin allergy. Penicillin and its derivatives are the most common cause of drug-induced anaphylaxis, accounting for some 500 deaths per year in the United States. However, 10 times as many people think that they have a penicillin allergy. Did you know for every 100 people with […]

More Severe Spring Allergy Season Than Usual – Dr. Marie Fitzgerald with CBS 11

Dr. Marie Fitzgerald recently discussed with Caroline Vandergriff CBS 11 the potential for spring allergy season to be more severe this year. I would say this April is worse than usual. Originally, you might think well this is going to kill the pollen for the year – wouldn’t that been nice if that had happened […]

POLLEN COUNT ALERT: OCTOBER 4, 2020

POLLEN COUNT ALERT: There are VERY HIGH concentrations of Weeds (Ragweed, Sage, Wormwood, Goosefoot, Lamb’s Quarters, Pigweed, Amaranth, Saltbush, Russian Thistle). Visit the website to get the full report. CLICK HERE

Do I have allergies or COVID-19?

Coronavirus or Allergies? The spring pollen season is upon us!  Our FAAC pollen counters are reporting record high tree pollen and the grasses are starting to bloom as well. (www.faaccares.com/pollen).  All the visible yellow pollen on cars, driveways and trashcans is causing the usual spring miseries of sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes and coughing.  Currently, […]

The Peanut Pill is Now FDA Approved

The peanut pill, Palforzia, has been approved by the FDA, so what are food allergy patients supposed to think? Here is what we know: Palforzia is a patented capsule that contains peanut flour. It is prescribed to treat ages 4 to 17 with a confirmed diagnosis of peanut allergy through an oral desensitization process called […]

Holiday Food Allergy Tips

Having a food allergy during the holiday season can be overwhelming. Here are a few tips: If you are hosting a holiday party, check with your guest. If someone is dealing with a food allergy, offer food allergy friendly options. If you are attending a holiday party, let your hostess know and bring your own […]

Food as Ammunition for Bullying

“I’m going to kill you with this peanut butter cracker.” As an allergist and mom of a child with food allergy, I was shocked and disturbed by this headline quote. The idea of food being used as a weapon is horrifying. School should be a safe environment for all kids, including the 8% who suffer […]

It’s Trunk or Treat time! Get your Teal Pumpkin Ready!

It is almost October which means that Halloween is upon us! Halloween should be a fun time for children, but it can be a challenge for families with food allergies. In order to better serve our community, we have an annual Trunk or Treat at our office that is free of the top 8 allergens […]

What is Adult Eczema?

Are you an adult suffering from chronic dry, itchy skin or rashes? Do you have red patches of skin? You could be experiencing adult eczema. Eczema is also know as atopic dermatitis. Adult eczema is a chronic condition that involves inflamed, red, itchy patches of skin that can erupt in oozing flare-ups. Different areas of […]