MOLD is in the air

High levels of mold spores are being detected in the air due to all this rain. Dust mites also thrive in humidity so make sure you have a dehumidifier running as well as DM encasements and are doing weekly washing of your bed linens in hot water and dry in hot heat.

Don’t forget to follow your allergy action plan.

Peanut OIT Aimmune had late breaking news!

At the recent AAAAI allergy national and international meeting in Orlando had many highlights including the late breaking news that AIMMUNE the company researching and producing the peanut oral immunotherapy showed that 67% of the patients being treated were able to tolerate 600mg (about 2 peanuts) without severe reaction! Hoping this treatment will be FDA approved by 2019 and on the market by 2019-2020! Finally an FDA safe and effective treatment for peanut allergic patients may be just around the corner.

Odactra-Dustmite allergy treatment is available!

For patients with dust mite allergy who are looking to lessen their dust mite allergy symptoms without medication should consider Odactra, a sublingual tablet of concentrated dustmite protein to help teach your body’s immune system to tolerate dust mites. The first dose is taken in the office and then at home! It’s covered by insurance plans. See if you are a candidate, call to make an appointment (703) 558-6040.

Prevent peanut allergy

For infants at high risk, meaning they have eczema, food allergy, sibling with food allergy (especially peanut) or parents with allergies, the LEAP study showed that early introduction of peanut prevented a peanut allergy in most infants.

We offer an evaluation for these high-risk patients and if negative, then we can start patients safely on this preventative therapy and if borderline peanut reaction on allergy skin test, can offer a peanut challenge in the office.

Proper evaluation, dosing and frequency is important to make this therapy successful.

Limitation of testing

A positive allergy test alone does not determine a patient’s allergy status.  The size of skin test and/or level of specific IgE, the patient’s age, specific food and history all go into allowing a board-certified allergist to use their training to determine if a patient has a food allergy.  If needed, an oral challenge may be also utilized to help determine if a patient is truly allergic to a food an not unnecessarily avoiding a food. If your doctor does not offer an oral challenge as a possible option to determine your allergy status then they should not be testing you for allergies. Be educated, a fellowship trained board-certified allergist will be able to provide you the best possible allergy care.

https://reachmd.com/programs/what-your-patients-are-talking-about/companion-allergy-tests-limitations-effectiveness/9584/video/17101/

Epiceram -L

Winter is around the corner, Epiceram-L works great to help heal those dry cracked lips.

You can order it online at http://www.epiceram-us.com/epiceram-l

or on Amazon.com

Eucrisa for eczema treatment

Eucrisa is a new treatment for eczema. It is a PDE4 inhibitor. It blocks the inflammatory process involved in eczema. Come in and speak with the allergist to see if it’s right for you.

Indicated for ages 2 and older. Non-steroid medication. Copay cards available.

Peanut OIT shows promise

Research results posted in Lancet are very promising.

Patient group ingesting peanut protein along with probiotics showed the majority of patients were able to tolerate peanuts vs placebo group.

Another step in the right direction to bringing such therapies to our patients soon.