Environmental Allergy

Frequent Spring Allergy Questions Answered (ACAAI)

Spring is in the air and that means pollen, mold spores and other airborne allergens are going to bring on sneezing and wheezing for an estimated 50 million Americans. The spring season can be especially bothersome with so much conflicting information on how to find relief. To help you better understand spring allergies and combat …

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Hypoallergenic dog or marketing myth?

Dog allergies are very common, up to 20% of the population are affected. This has not limited the popularity and enjoyment of having a dog at home. The ASPCA estimates that 37-47% of all households in the United States have a dog. Patients with dog allergies may have upper respiratory symptoms (sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes), lower respiratory …

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Generic Nasonex Now Available

Generic Nasonex will soon be available for allergy sufferers. Apotex, is a generic pharmaceutical company, based in Florida, has successfully gotten FDA approval of the generic Nasonex (mometasone furoate). Generic Nasonex will still need a prescription. This is different than over the counter nasal steroid sprays that are available without a prescription from your doctor. …

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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 …

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Probiotics for the prevention and treatment of allergies

 Probiotics are defined as live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit (FAO/WHO 2002). The potential benefits include inhibition of pathogens, improved integrity of the gastrointestinal (GI) barrier and enhanced immune responses. These effects may be useful for the prevention and treatment of multiple allergic conditions. Rationale: – Allergies occur more …

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FDA committee supports approval of two new sublingual allergy tablets

Last week, the FDA Allergenic Products Advisory Committee unanimously supported approval for two new sublingual allergy tablets (Oralair and Grastek).  Allergy tablets are an alternative to conventional allergy shots. Both tablets are indicated for the treatment of grass pollen allergy. Oralair is made by a French pharmaceutical company Stallergenes and contains 5 different grasses: Sweet …

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