Category Archives: Allergy shots

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Four reasons I still practice Allergy in the Information Age

Ever notice how everyone has #allergies these days?  I kid you not, almost everyday, a patient will tell me that #Tulsa (where I practice) has more allergies than any other place in the country.  The irony of it all, is so did patients in Kansas, and patients say the same thing in Virginia and Texas.  You get my point–we all love to be known as the Allergy Capital of the World! Maybe it’s because allergies make us feel so miserable, and we love to hear stories about how to deal with the nemesis.  Or maybe we want some “inside information” to share with our friends & family who also suffer from allergy. Whatever the reason for our obsession with allergy, you can’t argue with the fact that good allergy advise is not only helpful for better quality of life, but it’s crucial in making sure that allergy sufferers avoid heeding the WRONG advice for treating #hay fever. This is the passion I experienced in order to complete a fellowship training in allergy– I wanted to be able to interact with patients about their #allergic symptoms on their journey to good health. But wait, why practice a specialty that has so much incorrect information on-line and no doubt, “everyone’s an expert in allergy” when you could be doing real medicine to treat someone’s heart attack? Here are four reasons I still practice allergy for your consideration: Continue reading Four reasons I still practice Allergy in the Information Age

Dear Doctor…..

                             

Dear Doctor,

Thanks for all your help with my #allergies, but I have a bone to pick with you.  A few minutes into my visit and you’re talking about “rhinitis” and “IgE” and “desensitization”.  By the time my brain catches up with you, our visit is over and I don’t feel like I really understand what condition I  have.  Could you slow down and explain what you mean by all that medical riff-raff?

Signed,

Confused and a bit rushed Continue reading Dear Doctor…..

What Else About Allergy is Out There?

It’s difficult to find good material on the internet related to the practice of #allergy. Here is one such blog site: http://blogs.medscape.com/garystadtmauer.  This blog originates from New York and the practice website is http://www.cityallergy.com.  I will periodically post comments & articles from Dr. Stadtmauer’s blog and I’ve included one below about the coexistence of systemic allergy (that’s a positive skin or blood test) and LOCAL allergic rhinitis which has all the signs & symptoms of allergy, but guess what–skin & blood testing is all negative.  Very frustrating for #patients to experience allergy symptoms, but go in to their local allergist and find nothing. I wish treatment would be more satisfactory, but as you can imagine, it’s unknown what allergens to mix up for your allergy recipe if all testing is negative.  Continue reading What Else About Allergy is Out There?

It’s allergy season and what can I do?

The following YouTube video describes a process called “Rush Immunotherapy” conducted in Ohio.  It’s now a more common way to deliver #allergy shots and reduces the total number of shots required to achieve clinical relief from your #allergies.  Some caveats about #RUSH Immunotherapy need to be included and your bullet list is below the video.

I would make the following corrections to this video:

1.  Unfortunately, you can’t answer all questions about immunotherapy (allergy shots) in a 3 minute news clip.

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Looking to get rid of your feline allergies? Check this out.

Never hurts to ask if interested in participating.

The Allergista

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So, a week or so ago… I got an email from somebody asking me if I’d be interested in partaking in a research study that’s being done in an effort to rid people of their cat allergies. Since my skin reactions are so bad, I was definitely interested. I told them that as long as nothing in the study involved anything else I’m allergic to (such as chemicals) then I was game. I directed the person I spoke with to my list of allergies. She came back saying that I’m not an eligible candidate because I have seasonal allergies. Womp, womp. Seasonal allergies are really common, so it’s too bad that anybody with them can’t participate.

Anyways, not everybody HAS seasonal allergies, so I figured I’d pass along the information to you anyways – just in case you can use it!

Here ya go:

Cold Temperatures Force Pets Inside, Exacerbate…

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Allergy Shots & Testing – My personal experience

I'm getting my allergy shot....and still smiling!
I’m getting my allergy shot….and still smiling!

Some helpful tips and hints from a real patient!

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A bit of common sense goes a long way.  When going to get your weekly allergy shot wear a sweater that you can roll the sleeves up on.  Today I made the mistake of wearing the worlds’ tightest sweater.  It is new and has neat stitching which makes for a no-stretch situation.  So as I walk in to get my shot I panic and try desperately to get either sleeve up over my bicep.  Not happening.  So my kind allergy shot deliverer rolls down the blinds and closes the door so I can wrangle the sweater off, my hair looking like it is part of an electricity experiment.

I have been getting weekly and twice weekly shots (one in each arm – cat allergies require their own arm) since April 2013.   I was allergy tested at the end of March.  I had been on Nasonex for a year before…

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Shots Aren’t the Only Choice for Treating Your Allergies

Novel Routes for Allergen Immunotherapy

Safety, Efficacy and Mode of Action

Philippe Moingeon; Laurent Mascarell

Immunotherapy. 2012;4(2):201-212. © 2012 Future Medicine Ltd.

I DON’T like shots!  And who does?  But alas, if you have to get shots for your allergies, they better be worth the fuss.  Allergen immunotherapy is the only curative treatment of IgE-mediated type I respiratory allergies. Subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT) is used as a reference therapy and has transformed allergic treatments; it improves symptoms (asthma and rhinitis) as well as the quality of life of patients. SCIT requires repetitive administration and carries the risk of severe systemic adverse effects, including anaphylaxis. I have modified the schedule of SCIT by rapidly advancing to MONTHLY shots, which makes a big difference on compliance and convenience.  Continue reading Shots Aren’t the Only Choice for Treating Your Allergies