Allergenuity Health Associates

Allergenuity Health Associates We are an allergy clinic that provides sublingual immunotherapy for food and environmental allergies.
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Allergenuity Health is an integrative allergy care clinic that provides comprehensive sublingual immunotherapy services for food and environmental allergy treatment.

If you're located in the Charlotte area and have someone in your family with food allergies, please come to the Feeding ...
01/19/2024

If you're located in the Charlotte area and have someone in your family with food allergies, please come to the Feeding Community Health" event in Mooresville on Tuesday, January 23rd from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm to learn from Dr. Schroeder and other healthcare experts. Register here (bit.ly/FCHRegister)

It is a FREE event and topics will include:
- food allergy treatments
- epinephrine access
- nutrition guidance
- importance of cofactors
- psychosocial impact
- food disparities
- food allergies in school
- and much more

We will be there for most of the day so if you want expert guidance, we'll be happy to chat with you.

One more week until Feeding Community Health!
Registration is free at: https://bit.ly/FCHRegister

Speaker Spotlight:
Dr. Nikhila Schroeder, Allergenuity Health Associates
Erin Malawer, AllergyStrong
Wendy Pake, FOODiversity


Allergy Shmallergy Erin Darcy Malawer Wendy Gordon Pake

Dr. Nikhila Schroeder and others will be at this event in Mooresville, NC to speak on food allergy topics and solutions....
01/10/2024

Dr. Nikhila Schroeder and others will be at this event in Mooresville, NC to speak on food allergy topics and solutions. Dr. Schroeder is discussing "Reducing Allergy Cofactors" at 11:15 AM but we'll be there throughout most of the day to answer questions. We hope to see you there!

Registration is free at: https://bit.ly/FCHRegister

If possible, register by/before January 12 (not required, though sure will be helpful as we finalize materials and venue arrangements!!)

Speaker Spotlight:
Edwin Kim, MD, MS
Emily Brown
Raquel Durban, MS, RD, LD/N

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An Inside Look at Sublingual Immunotherapy This is an interview Dr Schroeder had with Henry Ehrlich in 2019 to discuss s...
01/04/2024

An Inside Look at Sublingual Immunotherapy

This is an interview Dr Schroeder had with Henry Ehrlich in 2019 to discuss sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) and how it compares to someone looking to decide between SLIT and oral immunotherapy (OIT).

If you have any questions, post them below and we'll answer.

An Inside Look at Sublingual Immunotherapy Sub-Lingual Immunotherapy has so many benefits that go unmentioned in today's allergy conversation. It would be great to bring better education on the topic.

Listen to the latest podcast from ShandeeLand and her conversation with Dr. Nikhila Schroeder about her background, her ...
02/23/2022

Listen to the latest podcast from ShandeeLand and her conversation with Dr. Nikhila Schroeder about her background, her path to being an allergist, and her decision to pursue using SLIT in her own practice to help those with food and environmental allergies.

Listen to the podcast and tell us what you think. Do you have any questions about SLIT? Leave a comment below!

https://www.facebook.com/shandeeland1/posts/492067505965192

Dr. Nikhila Schroeder is certified in Allergy & Immunology, and Pediatrics. Dr. Schroeder and her husband James founded Allergenuity Health to build an ideal care community for people affected by a...

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Allergenuity Health! We are so thankful to all of our patients and everyone in t...
12/25/2021

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Allergenuity Health!

We are so thankful to all of our patients and everyone in the allergy community.

Have a safe, healthy, and (hopefully) restful end to 2021. We look forward to connecting with all of you in 2022!

Why did we become one of the only clinics in the US that uses sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) as our sole treatment opti...
11/08/2021

Why did we become one of the only clinics in the US that uses sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) as our sole treatment option for patients with food and environmental allergies?

Sublingual immunotherapy is "very simple to do,” says Edwin Kim, MD, director of the UNC Food Allergy Initiative at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, who led two recent trials in peanut-allergic children. “It’s a bunch of drops you put under your tongue, you hold it for a couple minutes, and then you're done for the day."

To guard against reactions from cross-contamination or accidental exposures, Kim says, sublingual immunotherapy "is pushing pretty close to what (low-dose oral immunotherapy) is able to provide but seemingly with a superior ease of administration and safety profile."

Oral immunotherapy can be unnerving. The treatment is also time-consuming, requiring rest periods after each day’s dose and in-office visits to raise the dose every few weeks. Plus, it raises a patient’s risk for allergic reactions.

More availability and access to SLIT would be ideal as parents would likely find this intervention more appealing. Click on the article to learn more.

Dosing and cost uncertainties keep customized liquid drops from reaching mainstream

When Halloween is your favorite holiday and you have a food allergy.A local news station talks about the   and how to pr...
10/31/2021

When Halloween is your favorite holiday and you have a food allergy.

A local news station talks about the and how to protect yourself and other families who have kiddos with food allergies.

To learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project and how you can participate, visit https://www.foodallergy.org/our-initiatives/awareness-campaigns/living-teal/teal-pumpkin-project.

We're going to have our teal pumpkin out with some allergy-friendly options. Are you participating this year? What goodies do you have for everyone?

Stay safe and have a very Happy Halloween!! 🎃

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Are you looking to share your food allergy story with the FDA? Register on the link provided in the post and let them kn...
09/03/2021

Are you looking to share your food allergy story with the FDA?

Register on the link provided in the post and let them know what food allergy treatment options you would like the FDA to look into some more.

Do you have food allergies? What treatments would you like to see developed that could improve the health and quality of life for those with food allergies?

Join us on September 9th for a virtual Patient Focused Drug Development meeting for food allergies. People living with food allergies and their caregivers will share their stories with the FDA. This is an opportunity to share your story as well. FDA representatives will be in attendance to learn what food allergy treatments are is important to patients and caregivers.

Register and tune in live on September 9th at 10 am ET.
https://foodallergycollaborative.org/register-for-the-patient-focused-drug-development-meeting/

There's a Much Safer Food Allergy Immunotherapy. Why Don't More Doctors Offer It?For the 32 million people in the United...
07/12/2021

There's a Much Safer Food Allergy Immunotherapy. Why Don't More Doctors Offer It?

For the 32 million people in the United States with , those who seek relief beyond constant vigilance and EpiPens face a confusing treatment landscape. In January 2020, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an oral immunotherapy product ( ) for peanut-allergic children. Yet the product's ill-timed release during a pandemic and its black-box warning about the risk for anaphylaxis has slowed uptake.

A small number of allergists offer home-grown oral immunotherapy ( ), which builds protection by exposing patients to increasing daily doses of commercial food products over months. However, as with Palforzia, allergic reactions are common during treatment, and the hard-earned protection can fade if not maintained with regular dosing.

An alternate approach, ( ), delivers food proteins through liquid drops held in the mouth — a site rich in tolerance-inducing immune cells. In a 2019 study of peanut-allergic children aged 1–11 years, SLIT offered a level of protection on par with Palforzia while causing considerably fewer adverse events. And at the 2021 annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology ( ), held virtually in February, researchers reported that SLIT produced stronger, more durable benefits in toddlers aged 1–4.

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/954302

Recent data on sublingual drops look promising, but the commercial path to approval is unclear.

Register for this weekend’s (April 23rd-25th) PAK Symposium that’s celebrating 15 years of incredible work to support fa...
04/24/2021

Register for this weekend’s (April 23rd-25th) PAK Symposium that’s celebrating 15 years of incredible work to support families who are learning and researching information on all things food allergies.

It’s a free virtual event. Register on the Pak Charlotte website or their social media accounts. The url for registration is https://forms.gle/XPGEbfsVD4EUZv3U9.

If you need any help registering, message me and I’ll connect you to the right people.

We recently received this amazing email and testimonial from one of our patients we see in the upper Midwest region of t...
01/05/2021

We recently received this amazing email and testimonial from one of our patients we see in the upper Midwest region of the US for food and environmental allergies.

It’s always great to see all of the hard work we put into improving the allergy journey for families has made a big difference and is changing the lives of young families like this one.

The effort this family has put in as well has been phenomenal and we love seeing how much things can change from the beginning of the journey.

Much love and appreciation to all of you.

12/28/2020
We wish you a very merry holiday 🎄 and a joyful new year.
12/26/2020

We wish you a very merry holiday 🎄 and a joyful new year.

IgE (Immunoglobulin E) is a protein produced by the immune system generally in response to allergen exposures, and it pl...
11/20/2020

IgE (Immunoglobulin E) is a protein produced by the immune system generally in response to allergen exposures, and it plays an important role in causing allergic reactions.

Once produced, IgE binds to receptors on your allergy cells and waits for the appropriate allergen to return. When allergen and the IgE bound to your allergy cells connect in a particular way, those allergy cells become activated and cause you to have allergy symptoms.

Though the more useful allergy test would provide direct information about the IgE bound to your allergy cells, there is no currently no test for this that is not too invasive. Therefore, measuring the amount of IgE in your blood instead is used as our best substitute for the information we really want.

Blood IgE test results alone do not diagnose or rule out allergy. Interpretation of your blood IgE test results in the context of your medical history, environmental factors, immune system status, and important test characteristics is essential in order to learn what your blood IgE levels are expressing about your allergies.

Read more about IgE testing on our website at https://allergenuityhealth.com/blood-serum-ige-testing/

Happy Halloween! 🎃👻Putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep means you have non-food treats available, such as glow sticks...
10/31/2020

Happy Halloween! 🎃👻

Putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep means you have non-food treats available, such as glow sticks or small toys. This simple act promotes inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions.

1. Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters

2. Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to indicate to passersby that you have non-food treats available

3. Spread the word! Share the Teal Pumpkin Project with your friends and family

If your neighborhood is participating in trick or treating this year, please be safe, practice safety measures for Covid, and have fun. We love seeing all the pictures of your kiddos in their costumes! 🎃👻

If you have any questions, please reach out and ask. We’re here to help! 💙

10/29/2020

Dr. Nikhila Schroeder and I spoke to the Married To Doctors podcast about marriage, kids, and working together to build Allergenuity Health.

It's a lot of hard work but everything is made easier when you respect each other, work towards a common goal, and know your "why".

We bring this work ethic, compassion, empathy, and drive to everything we do at our clinic. We'd love to hear what you think and always love to hear what works for you.

Dr. Schroeder had the pleasure of speaking with Truth Prescriptions with Dr. Errin Weisman and the Doctor Me First podca...
08/24/2020

Dr. Schroeder had the pleasure of speaking with Truth Prescriptions with Dr. Errin Weisman and the Doctor Me First podcast about Allergenuity Health and being patient-focused when designing and building her clinic.

Just because others think your way is wrong, doesn’t mean that’s true. Dr. Nikhila Schroeder and her husband opened their clinic, Allergenuity Health, with no lack of skepticism coming at them from all sides. They were determined, however, and now they have a loyal customer base and a business t...

Article from the Medical Professionals Charlotte Magazine - August 2020.The people of Charlotte are no strangers to alle...
08/14/2020

Article from the Medical Professionals Charlotte Magazine - August 2020.

The people of Charlotte are no strangers to allergies. With allergies of all forms on the rise, nearly every physician has to address allergies in some form regardless of their scope of practice. It is my honor to have the opportunity to highlight several clinically available allergy treatment options in our community along with when and how they may be useful.

AVOIDANCE
🖐 Traditional allergy treatment strategies have focused on identifying a patient’s allergens and subsequently avoiding them. Avoidance of allergens can provide useful symptom relief, but we have learned this should not be as quick trigger of an initial strategy as it has been in the past, especially in regard to foods.

MEDICATIONS
💊 Antihistamines, inhalers, and steroids provide symptom relief, and epinephrine can be lifesaving to those with anaphylaxis. Newer injected biologic medications, such as omalizumab and dupilumab, offer the ability to interfere with reactivity pathways to provide additional healing to those struggling with poorly controlled chronic allergic conditions. There are many types of medications that can offer useful allergy symptom relief, but each may also cause adverse effects and many cannot be used long-term.

ALLERGY SHOTS (SCIT)
💉 Allergy shots have been the mainstay of environmental allergen immunotherapy in the U.S. for decades. The treatment can begin to provide long-term symptom relief typically within a few months, with less need for medication over time as chronic disease improves. This treatment is usually considered for patients 5 years old and up, is delivered by injection, and requires frequent appointments for at least three to five years.

ORAL IMMUNOTHERAPY (OIT)
🥜🥚🥛 Oral Immunotherapy is a newer form of food allergen immunotherapy gaining popularity in the U.S. because it has demonstrated the potential to drastically increase a patient’s tolerance threshold to their food allergen over the course of months to a year. OIT dosing involves the patient eating their food allergen, a benefit for some, and a limiting factor for others. It is often used in ages 4 and up, though it is starting to become available for younger children due to studies supporting a benefit to treating earlier.

SUBLINGUAL IMMUNOTHERAPY (SLIT)
💧 Sublingual Immunotherapy (Allergy Drops or Tablets) is a non-invasive allergen immunotherapy option already prevalent in Europe and gaining traction recently in the U.S. due to its safety and growing evidence of its efficacy. Uniquely, it can be used for the treatment of both environmental and food allergies to raise a patient’s tolerance threshold leading to symptom relief, reduction in disease, protection, and quality of life improvement. SLIT drops can be tailored for use at any age, including infancy if appropriate which can utilize the early window of immunologic development. There are also four FDA-approved standardized high-dose single-allergen (environmental) SLIT tablets that can be prescribed, which are designed for older children or adult age ranges.

IN CONCLUSION
👩‍⚕️🧑‍⚕️ Allergy care is challenging because of the complexities of each patient’s immune system, psyche, and the treatment methods themselves. It becomes vital to understand each patient’s health and quality of life goals and how they feel about the risks, utility, and lifestyle requirements comprising each of the above available treatments. Knowing these details can help us effectively connect patients to their most successful treatment path, and we have many useful treatment options available right here in Charlotte.

Happy Birthday to our own Dr. Schroeder!!Here's a throwback photo for fun 🤩 Please leave Dr. Schroeder some birthday lov...
07/15/2020

Happy Birthday to our own Dr. Schroeder!!

Here's a throwback photo for fun 🤩 Please leave Dr. Schroeder some birthday love! 💞

During this challenging time for our entire world, we thought it would be nice to share some good news! This family rece...
06/24/2020

During this challenging time for our entire world, we thought it would be nice to share some good news!

This family recently underwent 2 much anticipated Graded Oral Food Challenges at Allergenuity Health and we're excited to share their joy. Please join us in congratulating this brave young man! 👏

"This has been so wonderful! Doing this with you has taken all the stress off of me, which I am so thankful for because right now I don't want to be thinking medically, I want to be Mom. We really appreciate you taking the time to answer all of our questions in detail and guide us on next steps. This has opened up so many more doors for our whole family."

**What is a Graded Oral Food Challenge (GOFC)?**

A Graded Oral Food Challenge procedure is a method of performing a direct ingestion test while also attempting to maximize patient comfort and safety. It involves the patient carefully eating the food in question under medical observation and supervision, beginning with small amounts and increasing stepwise as tolerated while being monitored. Allergy skin tests and blood IgE tests are surrogate markers for the evaluation of immunologic activity that can occur when a food is ingested. Therefore, a direct test of how the body handles ingestion of a particular food may provide valuable additional information for future decision making.

**When is a Graded Oral Food Challenge considered?**

A GOFC procedure is considered when it may help gather additional useful information for families, and when the benefits to this additional information are likely to outweigh the potential risks of the food challenge itself.

At Allergenuity Health, we offer many types of food challenges and can personalize the challenge set up to your specific questions and goals. Our clinic space is comfortable and home-like, making the long procedure feel less constricting. Our board-certified allergist, Dr. Schroeder is currently running the challenges herself, so you know you are in great hands. If you have any questions about food challenges at our clinic, please check our website and do not hesitate to call.

We hope everyone is remaining safe and healthy during these difficult times. Let's continue to help keep one another and our communities safe and cheer each other on as we adjust to life during this Pandemic.

- The Allergenuity Health Team

(Posted with permission)

Mission:Allergy is one of our favorite allergy organizations and they have created a new face covering using their dust ...
06/03/2020

Mission:Allergy is one of our favorite allergy organizations and they have created a new face covering using their dust mite casing technology. A note from Dr. Jeffery Miller, owner of Mission:Allergy.

To our patients:

In the view of the Covid-19 epidemic, the CDC is now "advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others." Specifically, "CDC recommends wearing a cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (eg grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission." (CDC website April 4 2020).

Mission:Allergy, Inc. has created "Public" facemasks for this purpose. They are lightweight, comfortable to wear, adjustable, and washable and reusable, and provide a better barrier than masks made of ordinary fabric. However they are not equivalent to N95 masks, and are not suitable for use by medical personnel in direct contact with infected patients.

These "Public" facemasks are individually sewn in the US, and are available at missionallergy.com

We also highly recommend Mission:Allergy for dust mite covers and other products to help keep your home allergy friendly. We personally have all of our beds and pillows covered with their dust mite encasings and we highly recommend them if you have a dust mite allergy. @ Charlotte, North Carolina

Can you get help with your food or environmental allergies safely during the coronavirus? YES!We spoke with Dilworth Lif...
05/29/2020

Can you get help with your food or environmental allergies safely during the coronavirus? YES!

We spoke with Dilworth Life Magazine about opening our clinic in Charlotte and why we decided to model our clinic after the Direct Care movement while providing sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT or allergy drops) as our main treatment option.

While most allergy treatments are relatively safe and effective, many people continue to be unhappy with the current treatment options (allergy shots and OIT). When we opened Allergenuity Health, we wanted to find a solution for everyone regardless of their age, allergic picture, lifestyle, or location.

As we grow, we’ll continue to innovate and provide high-quality care through our evidence-based treatment to all of our patients. We’re excited to expand even more in the Charlotte region and continue providing treatment to anyone in Charlotte and the US who needs our help.

Improving Quality of Life in the Queen City Article originally written for Dilworth Life Magazine by Andrea Powell Allergenuity Health provides a safer and easier way to treat environmental

We miss seeing you in person! But it's nice to talk to you over the video intercom when you stop by, and to see you on o...
05/20/2020

We miss seeing you in person! But it's nice to talk to you over the video intercom when you stop by, and to see you on our telehealth video consultations. Stay connected, stay safe, and keep supporting your family, friends, and communities.

Dr. Schroeder spoke with Killer Food Allergies to talk about her path to starting Allergenuity Health. Listen in and let...
05/13/2020

Dr. Schroeder spoke with Killer Food Allergies to talk about her path to starting Allergenuity Health. Listen in and let us know your thoughts.

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dr-nikhila-deo-schroeder-m-d-m-eng/id1467986352?i=1000474434874

EPISODE THIRTY-FIVE! 👏🏻
Dr. Nikhila Deo Schroeder, M.D., M.Eng., Founder, Allergenuity Health⭐️ ️
Join me for the ultimate house call, as Dr. Schroeder describes the model and method at Allergenuity Health. With an ear to exactly what it is her patients are asking for, Dr. Schroeder is one of very few, that offers sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) for the treatment of all kinds of allergies, from airborne to food and everything in between. Putting the patient first, customizing treatment plans, and working to end the isolation & anxiety experienced by so many with allergy issues, Dr. Schroeder is the perfect partner, who inspires hope and healing. ☀️
Enjoy today’s episode. Available now at , , etc. Also available on the & the Elijah-Alavi Foundation website. Listen in and please SUBSCRIBE & LEAVE A REVIEW. 🎤
www.allergenuityhealth.com 💙

To all the Superhero Moms in the Allergenuity Health community and everywhere, Happy Mother’s Day! 💐
05/11/2020

To all the Superhero Moms in the Allergenuity Health community and everywhere, Happy Mother’s Day! 💐

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