Peanut Allergies: New Guidelines Announced

An increasing number of children are being diagnosed with food allergies. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that between 1997-2011, food allergies in children increased by 50%. The CDC also reported that instances of peanut or tree nut allergies more than tripled from 1997-2008. Earlier this year, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) updated their peanut allergy prevention guidelines, suggesting that parents introduce peanuts to children earlier to help prevent allergies. The research studies that NIAID conducted found that high-risk infants had lower development of allergies to peanuts when peanut-containing food was introduced as early as

Cluster IT vs. Traditional IT: What’s the Difference?

Allergy shots, also known as Immunotherapy (IT) is the most natural form of allergy therapy and the best way to treat allergies. After having skin testing done, we will know the allergens to which you are allergic and can make vials for injection under your skin. During the first phase of injections, the “buildup phase”, you will progressively receive increasing doses of these allergens which will become more concentrated. Once you get to the most concentrated solution, you will then be in the maintenance phase and you do not need to come in as often for shots. At AASC, we

Pollen Counting at AASC

Pollen Counting is now in full swing in the AASC office.  Did you know that we are the only location in Southeastern Wisconsin that perfoms daily pollen and mold counts? We have a machine on the roof of our building that gathers the data on a slide over the course of a 24-hour period and is read (counted) by microscope by our staff. The higher the counts are, the more likely you will suffer if you are allergic to that plant/mold. Tree numbers are especially high in the spring when everything is starting to bloom, weed/ragweed is more prevalent in

Mylan Reports Voluntary EpiPen & EpiPen Jr Recall

Last Friday, the pharmaceutical company Mylan, announced a voluntary recall of specific lots of its products, EpiPen 2-Pak® or EpiPen Jr 2-Pak®. Information on the recall, affected lot numbers and instructions for those with affected products can be found by clicking here. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact AASC and speak with one of our clinical staff members.

Spring Allergy Update

Spring is here early this year. With high temperatures in February, we are able to go outside earlier, enjoy the sun and pick up all of our favorite spring and summer activities early in the year. But the downside of that is allergies to the spring pollens are going to start earlier. If spring allergies get you down, keep reading to learn what to expect and what to do to keep your spring enjoyable! Why are my allergies so bad in the spring? The beauty that we enjoy so much in spring – blooming flowers, grass becoming green again –

Penicillin Testing at AASC

  Are you penicillin allergic?  Have you been tested, or did you just have a reaction when you were young? At AASC we offer penicillin allergy testing to determine whether you are truly allergic. Here is a fun fact for you…90% of patients who report being allergic to penicillin actually are not allergic.  In fact, 80% of patients who truly did have an allergic reaction more than 10 years ago will have lost their sensitivity and will be able to tolerate penicillin and its related antibiotics without any ill effects.  A simple, single-visit testing procedure will determine with certainty if

A Family History of Food Allergies Doesn’t Mean You Will Have Those Allergies

A recent article with the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology reported that a family history of food allergies does not necessarily mean you will also have a food allergy. Only 28 percent of parents of kids with food allergies tested positive to the foods to which they reported allergies. The article reports, and Drs. Steven and Bukstein agree, that oral food challenges are the “gold standard” when it comes to diagnosing food allergies. An allergy blood test alone may not be able to determine an allergy.  At AASC, patients are brought in to consume bits of the food to which they

Clinical Research Trials

Have you ever taken an antibiotic, a medication for allergies or used an inhaler?  If you answered yes, you have unknowingly benefited from clinical research trials. Clinical trials are important to innovating modern medicine and treatments.  Does a treatment work?  Does it work better in comparison to other treatments?  Clinical trials are designed to answer these questions and develop the most effective treatment options for medical conditions. At the Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center, we pride ourselves as being innovative in our patient care.  Our team cares for our patients not only in a clinic setting, but we also strive

Call Today to Start on Grass Tablets

Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) is a great alternative to traditional allergy shots. Patients receive a pill to put under their tongue instead of a shot in the arm. Currently the only SLIT treatment approved in the United States is for grass and ragweed. Patients typically begin taking the medication 2-3 months before the start of the season (in Wisconsin, the grass season is in the spring and the ragweed season is in the fall) and take one every day through the end of the season. AASC will begin treatment for grass allergies in January. If you took this medication last year,