For the past 24 years, Dr. Gary C. Steven has been a staunch patient advocate, and has been recognized not only for providing excellent care to his patients*, but also helping to advance the specialty of allergy and immunology.** This year he and his associate, Dr. Don Bukstein, are taking the problem of moderate to severe asthma head-on together with the entire staff of the Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center. WE’RE ASKING FOR YOUR HELP TO GET THE WORD OUT. Information from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services shows that between 2013-2015, there were an average 1,300 hospitalizations and 7,400 emergency department

Cold or Allergies: How Do I know?

With spring “springing up” around us here in Wisconsin, it’s common for symptoms associated with colds and allergies to also appear. How do you know which is which? If your symptoms occur around the same time every year, it could be allergies. A chart of symptoms from the Mayo Clinic website shows us which symptoms are distinctly cold or allergy symptoms and which are shared. Source: Symptom check: Is it a cold or allergy? Symptom Cold Allergy Cough Usually Sometimes General aches and pains Sometimes Never Fatigue and weakness Sometimes Sometimes Itchy eyes Rarely Usually Sneezing Usually Usually Sore

Managing Allergies at Camp

Reposted from FARE ( It’s estimated that each year, more than 11 million children and adults attend a camp. Throughout the U.S., there are more than 12,000 day and summer camps, run by nonprofit organizations, religious organizations, or private entities. Camps provide wonderful opportunities for enrichment and socialization. For the nearly 6 million children in the U.S. with food allergies, it’s important that camps have established food allergy policies. Food allergy reactions occur without warning, and could occur for the first time while a child is at camp. Having a written food allergy policy in place ensures that staff members

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