Food allergy resources

A new diagnosis of food allergy is life-changing. The questions are endless. I am putting together a new section on the website for parents and patients with food allergy, new and old. I will include links, recipes, diet sheets and school forms. If you have a valuable resource that you would like to share, please […]

Update: Oralair approved for grass pollen allergy

The FDA has approved the first product for oral immunotherapy!  Oralair is a tablet containing five grass allergens; Sweet Vernal, Orchard, Perennial Rye, Timothy and Kentucky Blue Grass. It is manufactured by Stallergenes, a French pharmaceutical company. It will be marketed and sold in the United States by Greer Laboratories. Allergy immunotherapy is the most effective […]

Stress & Allergy

It is clear to those suffering, allergies cause stress. Constant runny nose, decreased quality of sleep, missed days at school and work are among the many reasons why. A new study from Ohio State University* flips this conclusion on its head and asks; can stress cause allergies? Our bodies immune system is not limited to the nose. […]

What is Eosinophilic Esophagitis?

Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is an inflammatory condition affecting the esophagus (the tube that connects the throat with the stomach). The esophagus contains too high a number of eosinophils, an allergic white blood cell. This causes several gastrointestinal symptoms, including difficulty swallowing, nausea,vomiting and reflux. Diagnosis: To confirm the diagnosis requires an upper endoscopy and biopsy. Unfortunately, no […]

Xolair approved for chronic hives

The FDA has approved omalizumab (Xolair) for the treatment of chronic hives. This is the first medication with a specific indication for (CIU). There are many patients with CIU that remain symptomatic, covered in hives and itchy despite multiple medications. The addition of Xolair may help these patients get their symptoms under control. The good: […]