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At this year’s American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology annual meeting in Atlanta, I will be inducted into the Board of Regents. Three allergists are chosen nationally for a 3 year term to lead this organization, dedicated to the practicing allergists and their patients. It is with great appreciation to my mentors, my staff, my colleagues, and my patients that I step up to this national leadership position.
But, most importantly, we continue to dedicate ourselves to our patients with state of the art care that we continue to refine. My associate, Dr Diane Napoli, has introduced drug desensitization and oral food challenges to our practice, and is at the top of her game after an illustrious 20 year career in the US Air Force, with continuing full commitment to her patients. Heidi Baily and Emily Becker, our physician assistants, continue to job share, and will be joining me at the Atlanta meeting to fulfill their continuing medical education. Mari Mosberg, our practice administrator, will also be attending to keep updated on the latest requirements in health care delivery from the administration perspective.
I’ll be speaking on integrative allergy, complementary modalities within a traditional medical practice at the upcoming conference in Atlanta. Heidi Bailey and I authored an article on this topic that was published in April of this year.
So, for all your allergy, asthma, and immunology healthcare needs, we are here for you, dedicated to the finest quality, evidence based, creative, and cost effective care possible.
My staff and I wish you good health.
And remember, we want you to.... "Breathe Easy"!
"Dr. Bill" Silvers
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FLU SEASON IS HERE!
Your best defense against the flu this year is a good offense, especially if you are among the 23 million people who have asthma.
As the world braces for the flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's advice is loud and clear: Get vaccinated. While the CDC has advised everyone to be vaccinated, people with asthma are in the top five priority target groups. Because asthma and seasonal flu are respiratory conditions, the virus can trigger more frequent and severe asthma attacks, resulting in a more severe case and longer recovery.
Pregnant women, young children 6 months to 4 years of age, children ages 5 to 18 who have chronic medical conditions, those who care for children younger than 6 months of age and health care workers with direct patient contact have been identified as those who should receive the vaccine first if it is in limited supply.
ARE YOU READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS?
- Prepare for healthy holiday travel – If you travel by plane, be sure to pack your allergy medicine, inhaler or other prescriptions in your carry-on to keep close at hand. If dust mites are your trigger, pack an allergen-proof cover for your pillow.
- Kick allergens off the menu – Got a wheat allergy or dairy allergy? It might be hard to believe, but some turkeys (such as the self-basting variety) can contain soy, wheat and dairy. Choose a natural turkey instead – by law, it must be minimally processed and contain nothing more than turkey and water. The stuffing, green bean casserole and other Thanksgiving traditional dishes can contain allergens, too, so read food labels while cooking. If you attend a celebration somewhere other than home, alert your host to any food allergies and ask to bring a safe dish or two. Pack safe snacks for children with allergies.
How Can We Help You?
| ||Nasal/Environmental Allergies |
Nasal allergies may also be referred to as hay fever or allergic rhinitis. This is an allergic reaction to elements in the environment, such as tree, grass and weed pollens, pet dander, molds and cockroaches. Individuals that are allergic to pollens may only be symptomatic at certain times of the year. People allergic to indoor allergens, such as mold, may experience symptoms all the time. Click here to read more.
| ||Asthma |
Asthma is a chronic lung disease in which the lining of the airways becomes inflamed and swollen and muscle spasms restrict the flow of air to the lungs. It is a relatively common condition and the incidence of the disease has grown in recent years. Currently, it is estimated that close to 15 million Americans have asthma. Children account for a significant
portion of asthmatics. Asthmatic and allergic disorders rank at the top of childhood diseases. Click here to read more.
| ||Animal Allergies |
Pets can cause problems to allergic patients in several ways. Their dander, or skin flakes, as well as their saliva and urine, can cause an allergic reaction. The animal hair is not considered to be an allergen as many people believe. However, the hair or fur can collect pollen, dust, mold and other allergens which can cause additional allergic reactions. Click here
to read more.
| ||Food Allergies |
For an individual that has food allergies, enjoying a peanut butter sandwich can cause reactions that range from mild to severe, including a life threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Reactions can appear within minutes after consumption or after several hours. Click here
to read more.
| ||Hives, Itch, Itch |
Approximately 20% of the population will experience hives at some point in their lives. The medical term for hives is urticaria. Hives can form anywhere on the body and can vary greatly in size. They can be painful and embarrassing for many people, especially children. Typically, a person will experience itching first, followed by the development of red, raised welts on the skin. Click here to read more.