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17 11, 2015

Flu Season

2017-01-19T16:11:29-06:00November 17th, 2015|

Flu season is here. If you haven’t received your flu vaccine is it not too late.  Flu season varies from year to year but may start as early as October and end as late as May.  The first and most important step in protecting yourself from the flu is getting the flu vaccine. The Center for Disease [...]

13 10, 2015

The Ragweed Factor

2017-01-19T16:06:21-06:00October 13th, 2015|

Are you struggling with Fall allergies?  Come late summer into the Fall season many people begin to suffer with symptoms such as sneezing, nasal congestion, nasal drainage, itchy eyes, itchy nose and itchy throat. These symptoms could be a sign that Fall allergy is affecting you. One of the major allergic triggers is Ragweed. Ragweed is a [...]

12 05, 2015

May is Food Allergy Awareness Month

2017-01-19T16:03:41-06:00May 12th, 2015|

May is Food Allergy Awareness Month.  15 million Americans suffer from food allergies.  Milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish, and shellfish account for 90% of food allergies.  Food allergies are the result of the immune system targeting a harmless substance, in this case a food protein. The body produces large amounts of immunoglobulin E also [...]

22 01, 2015

Cold or Allergies

2017-01-19T16:03:03-06:00January 22nd, 2015|

How can you tell the difference between a cold or allergies?  They both have similar symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, and wheezing.  Differentiating between these two very similar conditions can aide in proper treatment and decrease the occurrence of sinus and ear infections. Common Cold The common cold is caused by a virus. The symptoms of a cold consist of fever, body aches, runny nose, [...]

16 12, 2014

Cedar Fever

2017-01-19T16:01:50-06:00December 16th, 2014|

Winter in the Austin area can be rough for its residents.  It’s not the act of shoveling snow or de-icing your car but a tree called Mountain Cedar.  Mountain Cedar, formally known asJuniper Ashei, is an ever-green tree with grey-brown shredding bark. Mountain Cedar grows to about 30 feet tall in the limestone plateaus of central Texas.  [...]

23 10, 2014

Halloween and Food Allergies

2014-10-23T07:47:29-05:00October 23rd, 2014|

Halloween is a frightening time of year for parents of children with food allergies.  Between school parties, fall festivals, and trick-or-treating on Halloween night children with food allergies may feel left out because they cannot share the same goodies as their friends.  Here are a few tips for parents faced with the challenge of ensuring their child [...]

13 10, 2014

Subcutaneous Immunotherapy (SCIT) VS. Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT)

2014-10-13T16:21:26-05:00October 13th, 2014|

Allergy Treatment Options   Immunotherapy Immunotherapy is a treatment used to reduce or eliminate allergy symptoms by inducing a tolerance to an offending allergen. There are several ways to administer immunotherapy such as subcutaneous injections, sublingual drops, or sublingual tablets. Subcutaneous Immunotherapy (SCIT) Subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots) is FDA approved and is administered with a small needle [...]

14 10, 2013

Be aware of food allergens this Halloween!

2013-10-14T11:57:39-05:00October 14th, 2013|

The law requires that all FDA regulated foods must list ingredients which contain one or more of the major food allergens:  milk, soy, egg, peanut, tree nut, wheat, fish, and shellfish.  The FDA does NOT require advisory statements such as “may contain…”  Any advisory statements you find on packaging is completely voluntary. Some important points for checking [...]