Interesting Updates from the Annual Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

Dr. June Zhang recently attended the ACAAI meeting in San Antonio and we’d like to share a few takeaways from the studies presented.

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Most Allergy Sufferers Not Getting Relief from Over-the-Counter Meds-Researchers found that 51 percent of adults who took a prescription allergy pill said they were very or extremely satisfied with the drug's effectiveness, while only 33 percent of adults who take an allergy pill sold over-the-counter reported this same degree of satisfaction with their treatment. Despite not being thrilled with the results, 62 percent of the adults surveyed said they use over-the-counter allergy products to manage their symptoms. Seasonal allergies are often underdiagnosed, undertreated and undercontrolled, said study author Dr. Eli Meltzer.

Many people may self-treat their seasonal allergies without consulting their doctor, or choose a product they saw advertised on TV or one that was recommended by a friend. People do not need to suffer with allergy symptoms that frequently affect their sleep, work, social lives and quality of life.

There are ways for most allergy sufferers to control their symptoms, but patients have to be properly treated. Medications can ease symptoms and allergy shots, also known as immunotherapy, can provide long-term relief.

Over-the-counter products may help, but if symptoms are still bothersome, an allergy specialist should be consulted to help manage and monitor treatment.

Kids with Asthma can Avoid the ER by Avoiding the ER-Asthma is the most common chronic disease in children, and one of the most difficult to manage, which is one of the reasons there are so many emergency department visits for asthma sufferers in the U.S. A new study has determined that the probability of future acute care visits increased from 30 percent with one historical acute care visit to 87 percent with more than five acute care visits.

The study looked at the records for more than 10,000 children seen for asthma in a three-year period. It focused on acute care visits which included emergency departments, urgent care centers and inpatient admissions at hospitals.

“The historical count of acute care visits was predictive of future acute care visits,” said allergist Jill Hanson, MD, study author. “And a significant increase in the probability of future acute care visits was observed with each additional historical visit. While the number of patients with five or more historical visits was relatively small, this group of patients accounted for a disproportionate number of future acute care visits.”

Research shows that when asthma is caught early and controlled with the specialized treatment available through an allergist, patients breathe better, have fewer asthma attacks and spend less money on “quick relief” rescue medications.

Contact us so we can help you evaluate your allergy or asthma symptoms and help you choose the best treatment option for you.

All of us at The Allergy & Asthma Clinic wish you and your loved ones a Happy Healthy Holiday Season!

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