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At San Tan Allergy & Asthma we see patients on a daily basis who are newly diagnosed with food allergies. Often times for parents, this news can be overwhelming. Knowing what foods are safe, changing the way you grocery shop or even where you grocery, educating your child on what foods to avoid, avoiding cross contamination, and meal planning for your family can be just some of the obstacles families have to overcome.

With a new school year just around the corner, now is an important time to evaluate you and your family’s understanding of how to recognize the symptoms of anaphylaxis and when to use a prescribed epinephrine auto-injector. A recent article published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology discuss findings which showed only one third of children with anaphylaxis who presented to the hospital or

Prepared by Amanda Hess, MMS, PA-C We see a lot of patients and worried parents coming into our office to re-examine their child’s food allergies, before starting Pre-K or Kindergarten, or even an older child starting at a new school. Starting school can be a very stressful time for food allergy parents. I’m often asked by parents, “How do we prepare for starting school for our child with food allergy?” Below, I review some tips

Does bathing frequency matter in pediatric atopic dermatitis?

Introduction

The debate about the clinical role of bathing frequency in atopic dermatitis (AD) has been ongoing for more than 100 years.1,2 Recently, we published data that highlight this debate; primary care physicians more often recommend infrequent bathing, whereas allergists and pediatric dermatologists recommend frequent bathing.3 The lack of consensus has resulted in parental confusion regarding the matter. For instance, we found that among parents who have

Bathing frequency recommendations for pediatric atopic dermatitis: are we adding to parental frustration?

Bathing frequency recommendations for pediatric atopic dermatitis: are we adding to parental frustration?

Bathing is an activity of daily living frequently addressed by providers as part of a treatment plan for patients with atopic dermatitis (AD). However, studies evaluating bathing frequency in pediatric AD are limited.1[1] Kim K, Ban J, Park M-R, et al. Effect of bathing on atopic dermatitis during the summer season. Asia Pac Allergy.

We’ve known for decades that asthma was more prevalent in women than in men, and that asthma tended to persist in girls more often than boys, but the reason behind this difference has been a question that remained unanswered until recently. Scientists found that testosterone actually protects against asthma by preventing certain immune cells from developing and maturing, which in turn reduces allergic inflammation in the

A recently published study finds silk is no better than regular clothing at reducing eczema symptoms. You can read more about this study by clicking here. We know managing your child’s eczema symptoms can be tricky, especially when certain fabrics may aggravate their skin. Some companies offer special clothing to assist in performing wet wrap therapy which can aide in reducing the symptoms of this

Although recognized in Europe as an effective treatment for environmental allergies, sublingual allergy “drops” remains a topic of debate amongst allergists here in the United States. This therapy involves administering increasing doses of allergens under the tongue to reduce a person’s allergic sensitivity. While this method has been shown effective for patients only having one or two allergies, most surveyed doctors in the U.S. use mixtures of multiple allergens and the dose is not clear.

Auvi-Q, an epinephrine auto-injector, is returning to the market on February 14th, 2017. This means patients will now have four options of epinephrine auto-injectors to choose from. Check out this helpful link to navigate different cost saving programs available! http://blog.foodallergy.org/2017/02/01/2017-patient-assistance-resources-for-epinephrine-auto-injectors/

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease has announced new guidelines related to the early introduction of peanuts in at-risk children. These new guidelines offer the possibility of reducing the prevalence of peanut allergies! Check out the article for important information! http://www.allergyasthmanetwork.org/new-peanut-allergy-guidelines-hold-great-promise/