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Allergy Season Preventive Tips to Help You Cope. 

Allergy Season Preventive Tips to Help You Cope.  | Allergy and Immunology Information | Scoop.it
Allergy season is more manageable if you use these preventive tips to help cope with the itchy, sniffy, sneezy, wheezy symptoms that plague allergy sufferers,
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Immunoglobulin Therapy: Optimizing Results by Personalizing Treatment 

Immunoglobulin Therapy: Optimizing Results by Personalizing Treatment  | Allergy and Immunology Information | Scoop.it
Good news for people who experience side effects from Immunoglobulin Therapy: customized treatments that work.
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Make-Up Allergy and Allergy Patch Testing

Make-Up Allergy and Allergy Patch Testing | Allergy and Immunology Information | Scoop.it
Most “natural” or “organic” products may contain herbs and essential oils which are similar to fragrance products and can cause allergic contact dermatitis.
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From foundation and blusher to mascara and lipstick, make up products can help you feel better about the face you present to the world each day. However, use of cosmetics may also lead to skin damage and allergic reactions. In one FDA survey, up to 25% of people said they had a skin reaction to at least one beauty product.


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Hives: Know the Triggers and Recognize the Symptoms.

Hives: Know the Triggers and Recognize the Symptoms. | Allergy and Immunology Information | Scoop.it
If you can identify the cause of your hives, you should avoid the known triggers. See your allergist to help determine triggers if you are unsure.
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At some time in their lives, about 20 percent of people will be affected by hives. Also known as urticaria, hives can be triggered by many substances or situations and usually starts as an itchy patch of skin that turns into swollen pink to red welts. The itching may be mild to severe. Scratching, alcoholic beverages, exercise and emotional stress may worsen the itching. Read more about the causes, management and treatment of hives. 

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Allergy and Asthma Triggers during Christmas Holidays

Allergy and Asthma Triggers during Christmas Holidays | Allergy and Immunology Information | Scoop.it
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Deck the halls with boughs of (achoo!) holly and savor the lovely fragrance of the Christmas tree (cough, wheeze).


While the holidays are a time of celebration, family gatherings, pungent greenery and warm, cozy fireplaces, they can also be a source of allergy and asthma triggers for many people.

 

And, if you live in North Texas, you know that the Dallas allergy season never really completely ends. However, especially during holiday time, there are smart actions you can take to lessen some of the problems

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Influenza Vaccines and Why They Matter

Influenza Vaccines and Why They Matter | Allergy and Immunology Information | Scoop.it
Flu season in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. Your best defense against flu is to receive an annual flu vaccination
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A flu vaccination is needed every season for two reasons. First, the body’s immune response from vaccination declines over time, so an annual vaccine is needed for optimal protection. Second, because flu viruses are constantly changing, the formulation of the flu vaccine is reviewed each year and sometimes updated to keep up with changing flu viruses. For the best protection, everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated annually. Infants and children up to 8 years old who have not previously received flu vaccine need two doses, at least four weeks apart.

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Are You Ready for Ragweed Allergy?

Are You Ready for Ragweed Allergy? | Allergy and Immunology Information | Scoop.it
The ragweed season in North Texas extends from late August - October. If you haven’t taken action against a ragweed allergy yet, you should do so right away
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The ragweed season in North Texas extends from late August until the end of October, so if you haven’t already taken action against a ragweed allergy, you should do so right away.

The pollen from ragweed causes allergy symptoms that include sneezing, runny and stuffy nose and itchy throat. Ragweed can grow anywhere but is most prolific in the Eastern and Midwest sections of the United States. Ragweed blooms from August to November so depending on where you live you will see evidence of its bothersome pollen.

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Signs Indicating Your Infant May Have Asthma

Signs Indicating Your Infant May Have Asthma | Allergy and Immunology Information | Scoop.it
While many physicians think that infants cannot get asthma, the fact is, they can. Asthma symptoms to watch for in this age group include
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While many physicians think that infants cannot get asthma, the fact is, they can. Asthma symptoms to watch for in this age group include cough with activity and severe cough with upper respiratory infections that last longer than the nasal symptoms; e.g., nasal symptoms that last for a week and coughing that lasts for two to three weeks.

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LEAP Inspires a New Program Called FARR

LEAP Inspires a New Program Called FARR | Allergy and Immunology Information | Scoop.it
Allergy Partners of North Texas, formerly Dallas Food Allergy Center motivated by new LEAP study, creates new program (FARR) Program.
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FARRTM  The Food Allergy Risk Reduction Program

 

Plenty of buzz has been generated surrounding the LEAP Study (Learning Early About Peanut Allergy) which revealed an 80% reduction in the rate of peanut allergy among high risk infants by early exposure to peanut.

 

Allergy Partners of North Texas, formerly Dallas Food Allergy Center was motivated by the new LEAP study and made the decision to move forward quickly with a program, based on similar measures, but taking another step toward identifying and testing differently. The program is the Food Allergy Risk Reduction (FARR) Program and here’s how it works.

 

Selected infants, usually under one year of age, who have not had a reaction to the food of concern are skin tested to that food. Infants whose skin test is negative or mildly positive are then challenged with the food (milk, egg or peanut) over a several hour period. If there is no reaction, the parents are instructed to administer the specified quantity of food at least three times a week at home.

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FARRTM  The Food Allergy Risk Reduction Program


Plenty of buzz has been generated surrounding the LEAP Study (Learning Early About Peanut Allergy) which revealed an 80% reduction in the rate of peanut allergy among high risk infants by early exposure to peanut.

 

Allergy Partners of North Texas, formerly Dallas Food Allergy Center was motivated by the new LEAP study and made the decision to move forward quickly with a program, based on similar measures, but taking another step toward identifying and testing differently. The program is the Food Allergy Risk Reduction (FARR) Program and here’s how it works.

 

Selected infants, usually under one year of age, who have not had a reaction to the food of concern are skin tested to that food. Infants whose skin test is negative or mildly positive are then challenged with the food (milk, egg or peanut) over a several hour period. If there is no reaction, the parents are instructed to administer the specified quantity of food at least three times a week at home.

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Food Allergy Testing: What Does IgE Tell Us?

Food Allergy Testing: What Does IgE Tell Us? | Allergy and Immunology Information | Scoop.it
Food allergy testing is used to measure the level of allergic antibody, known as IgE, to a food suspected of causing an allergic reaction.
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Food allergy testing is used to measure the level of allergic antibody, known as IgE, to a food suspected of causing an allergic reaction. These blood tests are best used to predict the likelihood of an allergic reaction occurring in people who have had an allergic reaction to the food in question.

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Sick All Winter? Could It Be Immune Deficiency?

Sick All Winter? Could It Be Immune Deficiency? | Allergy and Immunology Information | Scoop.it
Primary Immunodeficiency Disease - a relatively new field for medical study. Advances continue to be made thanks to the commitment of doctors & researchers.
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Did you or a family member struggle through winter with one illness after another such as an ear or sinus infection, pneumonia or a skin condition that would not heal? You took antibiotics but saw little or no improvement? If so, you could have a Primary Immunodeficiency Disease (PIDD).

PIDD causes children and adults to have infections that come back frequently or the conditions are unusually hard to cure. 1:500 persons are affected by one of the known PIDDs.

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FOX 4 Dr. Wasserman Peanut Study - YouTube

This story originally aired on FOX 4 News at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 7.
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On March 7, 2014, Dr. Richard Wasserman, Medical Director of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at Medical City Children’s Hospital, was interviewed live by reporter Jenny Anchondo at FOX 4. Dr. Wasserman discussed the LEAP study recently released by the New England Journal of Medicine that says early consumption may prevent peanut allergies in children.

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FARR Helps Reduce Risks to Better Manage Food Allergies

FARR Helps Reduce Risks to Better Manage Food Allergies | Allergy and Immunology Information | Scoop.it
To identify who might be a candidate for FARR, we have developed a Food Allergy Risk Reduction Scoring System, helping to better manage food allergies.
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Allergies Caused by Fire Ants and Flying Insects

Allergies Caused by Fire Ants and Flying Insects | Allergy and Immunology Information | Scoop.it
Understanding the differences in symptoms between a reaction to the toxin and a severe allergic reaction is important.
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When You Have More Than a Cold… Could It Be Primary Immunodeficiency?

When You Have More Than a Cold… Could It Be Primary Immunodeficiency? | Allergy and Immunology Information | Scoop.it
Your immune system is constantly on the defense, but what is the difference between losing an occasional battle and having recurrent infections? It could be primary immunodeficiency disease or PIDD.
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Eczema Triggers, Troubles and Treatments

Eczema Triggers, Troubles and Treatments | Allergy and Immunology Information | Scoop.it
Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a chronic, recurring skin disorder that results in dry, easily irritated, itchy skin
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It’s itchy, annoying, unsightly and painful. Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a chronic, recurring skin disorder that results in dry, easily irritated, itchy skin. There is no cure for it, but good daily skin care and a few, simple lifestyle changes can help you manage the disease.

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Hidden Allergens at Christmas and Holiday

Hidden Allergens at Christmas and Holiday | Allergy and Immunology Information | Scoop.it
Everywhere you go during the holiday season, you’ll find hidden allergens lurking: in the food at Christmas parties, in edible decorations, special, traditional foods with milk, egg and/or nuts!
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Everywhere you go during the holiday season, you’ll find hidden allergens lurking: in the food at Christmas parties, in edible decorations, special, traditional foods with milk, egg and/or nuts! And of course the well-meaning, yet uninformed relatives who simply ‘do not know’ the dangers of food allergies are a challenge of unique proportions.

 

Traveling to the homes of friends and families also means the unavoidable encounter of pet dander exposure and dust mite contamination. For people suffering with allergies, food or otherwise, it can seem like a daunting experience to get through the holidays. However, understanding the challenges helps you to better prepare.

 

Learn more solid tips for making your holiday festivities more fun and free from hidden allergens by reading our latest blog post. .

 
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Allergens and Other Triggers That Cause Hives.

Allergens and Other Triggers That Cause Hives. | Allergy and Immunology Information | Scoop.it
An allergic reaction to many things can trigger hives. In general, hives related to an allergic trigger go away quickly once the trigger is removed.
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Hives are welts on the skin that are very itchy. These welts can appear on any part of the skin. Hives vary in size from as small as a pen tip to as large as a dinner plate. They may connect to form even larger welts.

 

Individual hives go away in 24 hours, often in only a few hours. However, new hives may appear as old ones fade, so hives may last for a few days or longer. A stint of hives usually lasts less than six weeks. These hives are called acute hives. If hives last more than six weeks, they are called chronic hives.

 

The medical term for hives is urticaria. Urticaria in some individuals is also associated with swelling. When large welts occur deeper under the skin, the medical term is angioedema. This can occur with hives, and often causes the eyelids and lips to swell. If this occurs, you need emergency care right away.

 

Learn more about the common causes of hives and what you can do to manage this condition. 

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Influenza Vaccines and Why They Matter

Influenza Vaccines and Why They Matter | Allergy and Immunology Information | Scoop.it
Flu season in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. Your best defense against flu is to receive an annual flu vaccination
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Influenza is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system — your nose, throat and lungs. Influenza, commonly called the flu, is not the same as ‘stomach flu’ viruses that cause diarrhea and vomiting. Symptoms typically include fever, muscle aches, sore throat, runny nose, cough and malaise, almost always resulting in school/work absences.

 

For most people, symptoms of influenza resolve within 10 days, but sometimes complications can be deadly.

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Is It Just a Virus or is It Immunodeficiency?

Is It Just a Virus or is It Immunodeficiency? | Allergy and Immunology Information | Scoop.it
In the 65 years since immunodeficiency was discovered, revolutions in diagnosis and treatment have dramatically improved survival and quality of life.
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Immunodeficiency disorders prevent your body from being able to fight infections the way it should. An immunodeficiency disorder also makes you considerably more susceptible to catching viruses and bacterial infections. Therefore, people with immunodeficiency experience more infections than others. Sometimes, it can be difficult to tell if your symptoms are due to a virus, such as a common cold, a bacterial infection, allergy or another non-infectious cause.That’s why being seen and treated by an expert allergist/immunologist is the first step in finding out what your condition is for sure.

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Eczema: The Itch You Should Never Scratch

Eczema: The Itch You Should Never Scratch | Allergy and Immunology Information | Scoop.it
There are about the 15 million Americans with eczema who find that shedding their clothes for swimwear might be too embarrassing.
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For millions of people with eczema, summer is filled with both excitement and worry. The dry, red and usually, unbearably itchy patches often fade when the air is warm and damp and the skin is exposed to sunlight. Even the chlorinated water of a swimming pool can seem to have positive, antibacterial effects.

But for other eczema sufferers, the chlorinated pool water can be irritating, the sun drying and getting in and out of the water only intensifies the eczema. Vaseline or Aquaphor ointment is recommended to help seal the skin’s eczema hot spots before going into the water

There are about 15 million Americans with eczema who find that shedding their clothes for swimwear might be too embarrassing. Children are especially vulnerable to teasing, exclusion and even bullying.

Between 15 and 30 percent of children and 2 to 10 percent of adults have eczema, and the condition nearly always begins in the first five years of life. Fortunately, in more than two-thirds of children with eczema, the condition resolves on its own before adolescence.

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Adult Asthma and Childhood Asthma: Differences and Similarities - Dallas Allergy

Adult Asthma and Childhood Asthma: Differences and Similarities - Dallas Allergy | Allergy and Immunology Information | Scoop.it
Children with asthma encounter different challenges than adult asthma patients do.
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Asthma is a chronic disease that afflicts 26 million Americans, causing inflammation and spasm of the airways in the lungs. Among them are 7.1 million children under 18 years of age, according to the American Lung Association.

 

The mechanisms of asthma are the same for adults and children with inflammation that causes obstruction that is at least partially reversible. Children with asthma encounter different challenges than adult asthma patients do.

 

Asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalizations among American children ages 15 and younger. Fortunately, asthma-related deaths in children are quite rare.

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Allergic Asthma - Is Pollen Driving Your Asthma

Allergic Asthma - Is Pollen Driving Your Asthma | Allergy and Immunology Information | Scoop.it
With the pollen season in full swing, people with allergic asthma and allergies are faced with many uncomfortable challenges.
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Now that the pollen season in full swing in many parts of the US, people with allergic asthma and allergies are faced with many uncomfortable challenges.

 

About 90% of kids with childhood asthma have allergies, compared with about 50% of adults with asthma. If you have allergic asthma, it usually gets worse during pollen season.

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Allergy Shots (Immunotherapy): Do You Need Them?

Allergy Shots (Immunotherapy): Do You Need Them? | Allergy and Immunology Information | Scoop.it
To some people it may seem premature to think about allergy shots - immunotherapy - right now, but the fact is, now is the best time to get started.
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To some people it may seem premature to think about allergy shots right now, but the fact is, now is the best time to get started. With peak allergy season from now until the end of June, taking precautions against the discomforts of allergic rhinitis or allergic asthma is a proactive decision.

 

Allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots) a treatment used to relieve allergic respiratory conditions such as allergic rhinitis (“hay fever”) or allergic asthma. This treatment involves scheduled injections of purified extracts of inhalant allergens (e.g., pollens, mold spores, dust mites, animal dander) to which you are allergic. Allergic sensitivities are confirmed by skin or blood allergy testing.

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Are You Suffering From Asthma or Seasonal Allergies?

Are You Suffering From Asthma or Seasonal Allergies? | Allergy and Immunology Information | Scoop.it
Whether you suffer from asthma or seasonal allergies, both conditions are linked by the same airway.
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Whether you suffer from asthma or seasonal allergies, both conditions are linked by the same airway. When you breathe air through your nose it continues down the airway into your lungs. Asthma and seasonal allergies cause problems with your breathing by obstructing the free passage of air along this path.

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