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You benefit from specialized allergy testing and treatment from our physicians in Beavercreek, Ohio. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (937) 431-0721. Visit our allergy doctors for accurate testing and care for your specific conditions. Proudly caring for Allergy and Asthma patients in Beavercreek, Huber Heights, Kettering, Springfield, Dayton, Miami Valley, and surrounding areas.
Operating as usual
As tree pollen season hits full stride I wanted to remind everyone again about some ways to distinguish allergy symptoms from COVID-19. The hallmark of allergies is itchy eyes, itchy nose, and sneezing; these are not common in COVID-19. Hay 'fever' is not associated with an elevated temperature unless your nasal allergies have involved into a sinus infection, and even this is usually low grade. And know that a decreased sense of smell and taste can occur with either condition.
On one of the morning news shows Dayton was in it's usual prominent place, listed 13th on the 'Most challenging cities for people with allergies' list. We're taking steps to keep our patients and staff safe as we stay open to meet your needs.
What Patients Need to Know About Coronavirus
Currently All Offices Are Open And Operating During Their Regularly Scheduled Hours
Is it okay to keep my appointment?
Yes. Our team is taking extra precautions to protect those in our waiting rooms and clinic area. If you have an appointment and no fever, then it is safe to keep your appointment.
Is it okay to get my allergy shot?
Yes. As long as you do not have a fever or have not had a fever in the past 72 hours , it is safe to get an allergy shot. Our shot rooms are open and taking additional steps to ensure you can safely continue your shot schedule.
The following procedures are in place to protect all patients and staff:
Social Distancing: In our waiting rooms, we have changed and limited our seating to meet the social distancing recommendations.
Shot patients, after receiving your shot, you may return to your car to wait 30 minutes, instead of waiting inside our waiting rooms.
We ask that you limit the number of family members present for any appointments and allergy shots.
Cleaning: Our team has begun taking additional cleaning measures for waiting rooms and shot rooms. We will remove all books and magazines
If you have an appointment but have or have had a fever in the past 72 hours please call to reschedule or, if you are due for an allergy shot, please postpone your shot.
We are committed to protecting the health of all patients!
Allergy and Asthma Associates
For those of you concerned about your symptoms, hopefully this helps
[03/13/20] These are challenging times, and I felt the need to reach out to all our patients. The nature of our practice is such that many of you will occasionally have shortness of breath and cough. But for now, when these symptoms are accompanied by fever, please reschedule any appointments and seek advice from your preferred Urgent Care or Emergency Room options, or of course your primary care provider. It has always been our policy that patients with a fever should not receive their allergy shot. We do not have the ability to test for Covid-19 or influenza A/B. There are no changes to our appointment schedule or allergy shot hours. Stay well, cover your cough, and wash your hands!
Join us outside of busy office hours to meet with your asthma care team. Call our office to RSVP 937-431-0721
[02/10/20] Dayton has a new area code so you must dial 937 before calling any of our offices!
FDA Approves First Peanut Allergy Treatment
As of today, we can officially say there is a food allergy treatment approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA announced its final decision to approve Palforzia, a standardized oral immunotherapy (OIT) product for peanut allergy that is manufactured by Aimmune Therapeutics, Inc. This is a development that patients and their families have been awaiting for years.
The approved indication for Palforzia is for treatment to mitigate the risk of allergic reactions that may occur, including anaphylaxis, after accidental exposure to peanut in patients aged 4 to 17 years with a confirmed diagnosis of peanut allergy.
Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy Details
The FDA is requiring a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) to mitigate the risk of anaphylaxis with Palforzia. Visit the FDA news release for more details.
Key Moment for Educating Patients and Families
Since this is the first treatment for any type of food allergy to be approved by the FDA, we expect there will be a great deal of media coverage and patients may have questions. The AAAAI is again issuing a press release to provide important details about the current state of OIT.
If your patients come to you with questions, the AAAAI has an article that explains what OIT is and answers key questions including what patients and their families should be aware of when considering it.
Shared Decision Making between Patients, Families and Physicians is Crucial
An important point for all of us to consider is that while having a first generation of FDA approved food allergy treatments will bring a great deal of attention and excitement, it will also bring a number of challenges. For example, the enthusiasm surrounding this innovation could make it easy for patients to think there is a cure for food allergy. However, as you all know that's not where we are yet.
Patients and their families will need to be educated about the realities of these new therapies. As with other therapeutic interventions we prescribe, this is not a "one size fits all" situation. It will be important for each of us in managing our patients with peanut allergy to invest the time to explain the potential for benefit compared with the potential for harm/burden, and permit patients and families to express their values and preferences, participating in the medical decision making process to determine whether they desire to proceed with food OIT.
David M. Lang, MD, FAAAAI
You may have seen the news this weekend about the product Palforzia, a peanut protein pill for treating peanut allergy. I have attached a letter from the president of the Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology to its
members that includes some links you may find informative. More information to come about how this product may appropriate for your child.
[11/20/19] The Kettering office will be closed Monday December 9. We apologize for any inconvenience.
[10/16/19] I frequently hear patients tell me that their allergy medicine is not working anymore, that 'my body has gotten used to it'. Somehow there's a perception that we can become tolerant to antihistamines, a concept that doesn't seem to apply to our cholesterol or blood pressure medicines. The reality is that all antihistamines block H1 receptors on a number of tissues, much the same way that Pepcid or Zantac block H2 receptors in the GI tract. Your perception of how your allergy medicine is working is more likely affected by changes in the levels of your allergen exposure. Sometimes your symptoms are due to environmental irritants, weather changes, or infections, conditions that are not going to respond as well to allergy medicines. If your symptoms are on the rise talk to your provider about the best way to adjust your treatment plan and get you feeling better!
Just a reminder for our Huber patients. The
Huber location will be closed this Friday, Sept. 27 and Monday Sept. 30. We apologize for any inconvenience.
I just finished watching the NBC Nightly News - and if you watched as well - you saw a piece on FDA approval of a tablet for treatment/desensitization of peanut allergy. I wanted to clarify a few points about this news story. The pill in question is not "new" but has now been given a commercial name and has been anticipated for approval as a treatment for peanut allergy. This oral tablet, as well as a skin patch, have been previously reviewed favorably by the FDA and I hope will reach the market in the next 6-12 months.
I also feel compelled to comment on the information presented regarding the family and patient interviewed in the story. The suggestion that patients with peanut allergy can't safely fly on commercial airlines or are in danger from microscopic residue on tables at school is disputed by most food allergy experts. If you have questions about your child's risk have a discussion with your provider about the realities of exposure and whether the pending treatment options may be right for your family.
[09/11/19] The Kettering office will be closed October 21, 2019 - Monday
[09/11/19] The Huber Heights office will be closed September 27, 2019 - Friday
[08/15/19] The dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping are getting attention recently, and those issues are even more relevant to asthma sufferers. A survey of almost 12,000 teenagers found 45% reported exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke and 33% to e-cigarette aerosols. Asthma exacerbations were reported in more 25% of those exposed to e-cigarettes compared to less than 20% without exposure. Nicotine, propylene glycol, and flavoring agents aerosolized at high temperatures are potential lung irritants!
[08/09/19] Our Kettering office will be closed Thursday August 29. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
[06/10/19] Our Kettering office will be closed July 3,4 and 31. We apologize for any inconvenience.
[06/10/19] Our Huber Heights office will be closed July 22 and 26. We apologize for any inconvenience.
[06/10/19] Our Beavercreek office will be closed July 3, 4 and 5. We apologize for any inconvenience.
It's been gratifying to see the different ways the people of the Miami Valley have supported those in need since the tornado outbreak last week. I want to personally thank our patients for their patience and understanding as we dealt with getting our Beavercreek office back on line. Please take a moment to thank our staff as they worked very hard to minimize the impact on your care. More to come!
[06/05/19] Our Beavercreek office has power! We are open again and will be giving shots this Wednesday June 5 during our regular hours. Thank you all for your patience!
Our Beavercreek office is still without power. Our thoughts are with the families affected by these terrible storms. Please call our Kettering office for appointments or updates.
wlwt.com Officials with the National Weather Service have upgraded a Dayton-area tornado to an EF4, making it the most powerful storm in the state of Ohio in more than 10 years
[05/30/19] Due to tornado damage our Beavercreek office is closed for a few days. If you get shots or need an appointment we can take care of that in the Kettering office. We will be giving shots on Friday 8:30-11:30 and on Monday 8:30-11:30, 1:00 - 5:30. Please call 434-4611. The Kettering address is 5250 Far Hills Ave., Suite 150. We are sorry for the inconvenience .
[05/29/19] Due to tornado damage, our Beavercreek office is closed today. We hope to be open on Friday. Our thoughts are with all our patients and families that were affected by this event.
Note from Dr. Parker:
I was watching a segment of Good Morning America that featured information about sublingual (under the tongue) tablets for allergies that work like allergy shots. The information was generally accurate and highlighted a relatively new treatment option for our allergy patients. There were a few points that require some clarification:
-These FDA approved tablets are very different than an unstandardized preparation of sublingual drops that are sometimes used to treat allergies
-There are tablets for only 3 specific allergies; Grass, Ragweed, and House Dust Mite. No currently available tablet for dog, cat, trees, or molds
-For grass and ragweed the tablets can be started any time but should be at least 3 months prior to the season being treated
-The first dose is given in our office to insure tolerance and it is recommended that you have an epinephrine auto-injector at home
If you have questions or think these tablets might be right for you let's get together and talk about all available treatment options.
All offices will be closed on May 27, 2019 - Monday
[04/11/19] If you or someone in your family suffer from asthma, then an immunologist can help make your life a lot safer. Research has found asthma patients who receive treatment from an immunologist are less likely to visit an emergency room or be hospitalized.
[04/09/19] One asthma diagnostics test is the lung function test. This diagnostic uses a spirometry to check how your lungs work and how much air you can breathe in and out, and also how fast you can blow the air out.
[04/04/19] Does your child have symptoms such as a runny nose, itchy and watery eyes and maybe a little bit of a cough? Well maybe it’s not your common cold, but a case of allergy induced hay fever, which is not uncommon at all. In 2012, 6.6 million kids had cases of hay fever, which is easily treatable so you and your child can breathe easy.
[04/02/19] Because bronchitis is inflammation of the air passages, there are certain things that can make it more difficult to breathe. These include allergens, pollution and infections.
[03/26/19] Exposure at work to things like dust, gases and odors accounted for 11 percent of all asthma cases worldwide, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
[03/23/19] Tree pollen season is right around the corner! Many of you currently suffering may be reacting to the fluctuating temperature and humidity that always precedes and extends into tree pollen season, or still be fighting a viral illness. The first trees to pollinate in our area are typically Maple/box elder, Juniper/cedar, Elm, and Cottonwood (yes, Cottonwood!). More to come on mid to late season trees, and look for our logo as the sponsor of the pollen counts on the local ABC/Fox22 news and weather.
[03/21/19] According to many experts, the time of day you choose for outdoor activities matters, if you suffer from allergies. Most pollens reach peak levels around noon or early afternoon, so it’s best to exercise in the morning or late in the evening.
[03/19/19] Numerous studies have found a correlation between higher than average weight and asthma. If you are currently overweight, losing a few pounds may be one of the fastest ways to improve your asthma symptoms and long-term prognosis.
[03/14/19] Even if you have similar allergies to someone else, that doesn’t mean that you’ll get the same treatment as someone else. Everyone’s allergies are unique, and an immunologist will perform thorough tests to make sure that the treatment you receive will fit your individual allergies.
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