Archive for July, 2012

Zetonna on the Market

The maker of Lunesta launched a new medication Zetonna, a dry, once-a-day nasal aerosol for allergies.  Approved by the  FDA in January the release to the public was delayed due to negotiations with the company’s partner, a company spokesperson said.

Materials suggest Zetonna is appropriate for patients with either seasonal or perennial allergic rhinitis that are at least 12 years old.  The recommended dosage is one blast per nostril, per day.

It is estimated that Allergic Rhinitis affects approximately 60 million people in the United States. Symptoms can include nasal stuffiness, runny nose, sneezing, itching, and breathing difficulty.  If you suffer from nasal allergies and live in the NYC area, call my office for a consultation.  There are solutions to ease your symptoms and improve the quality of your life.



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Adrian Peterson Suffers Allergic Reaction

Seems that Adrian Peterson ended up in the hospital with an allergic reaction to seafood he ate at the team lunch.

The Minnesota halfback, who is normally a regular seafood eater suffered a reaction to the shrimp served in the jambalaya from the cafeteria at Minnesota State University.

Peterson experienced shortness of breath and swelling in his face. The medical staff believes that Peterson should be back to the normal rehabilitation work  on his knee on Tuesday.

Asked if Peterson had any known food allergy Minnesota staff replied, “I’m not certain of that. I know he had mentioned that there was a time early in his life where he had an allergic reaction, maybe not quite as severe as this. So, I’m not sure if he knew when he was eating that food that it would create what it did.  I don’t think he would have eaten it if he’d known.”

If you suffer from an unusual reaction to food, seek immediate help. If you would like a consultation regarding a potential allergy to food, call my office at 866-632-5537.

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15 States Adopt Food Allergy Safety Policies

Much to the chagrin of many students, school is right around the corner. And as food allergies are in the forefront of parents minds,  15 states now require public schools to put in place strategies for the special care of students with food allergies. These special strategies include mandatory food allergy training for all school staffs, as well as easy access to epinephrine in case of an allergic reaction.

Experts estimate two students in every classroom have food allergies, a condition in which the immune system incorrectly identifies a food protein as a threat and attempts to protect the body against it by releasing chemicals into the blood.

The release of these chemicals result in symptoms of an allergic reaction. And, of all allergic reactions, 40 percent are severe or life threatening, according to Michael Lade, vice chairman of the nonprofit organization, Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), which is pushing for the expansion of safety measures in all states.

“This is mission-critical,” Lade said. “We are going to save lives.”

Arm your child affected by food allergies with a comprehensive treatment  plan. If you live in the NYC area, call my office for a consultation at 866-632-5537.  Together we can prepare your child for a healthy, successful school year.


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Egg Allergy Study

An interesting study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests some children who suffer from egg allergy issues, may eventually become desensitized by eating egg protein.

We know that allergies occur when the body’s immune system generates antibodies against normally harmless compounds — like pollen or dust. In some cases, the body reacts this way in response to food. In this study, researchers observed two groups of children with egg allergies. One group was used as a control, and was given a placebo, and the second group was treated with an oral immunotherapy.  At the end of the 2-year study, the children treated with the egg immunotherapy were able to eat 5 grams of powdered egg-whites with little or no reaction; the placebo group all showed significant allergic reactions when exposed to the same amount of egg protein.

It is important to note that researchers warn not all the children showed improvement.

If you need help managing a food allergy that affects you or your family and live in he NYC area, please call my office for a consultation, 866-632-5537.

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Lone Star Tick Bite and Meat Allergy

A recently completed study by Virginia Commonwealth University has determined that the delayed allergic reaction to meat may be due to tick bites. The study exposes a link between eating meat and severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis.

Drs. Susan Wolver, Diane Sun and colleagues published their findings in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.    3 patients exhibited symptoms consisting of  hives, swelling, and trouble breathing, approximately three to six hours after eating meat. It is determined that the bite of the Lone Star tick, endemic in the southeastern United States, is the catalyst behind this allergic to red meat.

“In response to the tick bite, patients developed antibodies to a carbohydrate called alpha-gal, which is also present in meat. Later ingestion of meat caused allergic symptoms. This is the first documentation of a food-induced allergy in response to carbohydrates instead of proteins, and also the first time delayed instead of immediate anaphylaxis has been observed.”


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Olympic Athletes and Asthma

All eyes will be on London in a few days.  And as we watch elite athletes performing at their physical peak, here is something to consider –

Asthma is more common among elite athletes than in the general population, especially in endurance sports. Common symptoms—wheezing and shortness of breath—afflict perhaps up to 20% of elite athletes, because they spend so much time training outside and in the case of swimmers, they suffer from suffer from breathing air with chlorine.

Acute asthma attacks – exercise induced bronchoconstriction (EIB)  – affects up to 33% of swimmers, even those without chronic asthma.  EIB may occur  when these top athletes breathe in more than 150 liters of air per minute through their mouths instead of their noses.

Swimmers breathe through their mouths - resulting in EIB

Our physiological makeup is such that we are meant to breathe through our noses.  Nasal hairs act as a filter for dust particles, bacteria and other foreign bodies. Obviously, this filtering system is not available when breathing through the mouth. But in the midst of extreme physical output – the elite athletic body’s demand for oxygen circumvents the nasal filtering system.

By the time the air reaches the airways, it is also irritatingly dry. In response, the airway membranes inflame, muscles tighten, and mucus accumulates—all quickly constricting the passageways in the lungs and making it hard to breathe.

EIB is impossible to prevent entirely, but inhaled corticosteroids and Beta 2 agonists, a type of bronchodilator,  can help. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) allows these drugs, given medical proof of asthma.

These drugs could potentially give medicated asthmatics an advantage over other athletes in terms of averting an attack.

The Olympic Athlete serves as a motivator to the rest of us that aren’t as dedicated to extreme physical activity.  So, if your drive is rekindled and you opt to begin a new training plan – have a physical first and listen to your body, heed its call for modertaion, and arm yourself with the symptoms of exercise induced bronchoconstriction.

We can’t all be Olympians, but we can certainly benefit from increased physical activity.

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If you have questions regarding the treatment of asthma, please call my office for a consultation at 866-632-5537.  For over 25 years, I’ve successfully assisted NYC Asthma sufferers breathe easier.

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