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2016 Practice News


Recall on Lot of Montelukast Sodium Tablets

Camber Pharmaceuticals is recalling one lot of Montelukast sodium tablets because the bottles are labeled "montelukast sodium tablets, 10-mg, 30-count" but actually contain 90 tablets of losartan potassium, 50 mg.


Offices Closed on Monday, September 3 in Observance of Labor Day

All Atlanta Allergy & Asthma offices will be closed on Monday, September 3rd, in observance of Labor Day.

EpiPen Expiration Dates Extended on Specific Lots

In an effort to mitigate the EpiPen shortage during back-to-school season, the FDA has extended the expiration date on certain lots of EpiPens.

Fall Allergy Season — Are You Ready?

The temperatures outside tell us that fall isn’t quite here, but allergy seasons do not exactly follow the calendar. You might not be feeling your allergy symptoms yet, but if you want to enjoy this beautiful season you will want to start preparing in advance.

Life Saving Injectable Epinephrine — Options Available

Anaphylaxis is a severe, potentially fatal allergic reaction. Patients with life threatening allergies need immediate access to epinephrine, the only medication that can quickly reverse the symptoms of anaphylaxis. Due to reported difficulties in filling prescriptions for some of the epinephrine devices, it is important for patients at risk for anaphylaxis to know their options:


How Do Allergies and Asthma Impact Your Child’s Performance in School?

We are about to start another school year and if your child has allergies or asthma, there is more to think about than just school supplies and new shoes.

Back to School with Allergies and Asthma

Back-to-school season is a very busy time for all families, but if your child has allergies or asthma, it can feel even more hectic. Here are some tips for those families to keep in mind as they get back into the school routine.


Seven Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Physicians Receive Top Doctors Honors in Atlanta

Seven physicians from Atlanta Allergy & Asthma — the largest allergy practice in Georgia — rank among metro Atlanta’s Top Doctors in Atlanta magazine’s July issue. In all, more than half of the physicians in the publication’s allergy and immunology category come from this one practice.

Offices Closed Wednesday July 4th for Independence Day

Food Allergy Conference at Emory – 6/23

Dr. Kip Cole to Retire

After nearly 34 years caring for patients with allergic disease and asthma, Dr. Kip Cole is retiring this month. Dr. Cole has been treating families in North Fulton and Marietta for years, often helping multiple generations breathe easier.

Tips for Protecting Yourself Against Harmful Air Quality

As we move into the summer months, it is important to understand the connection between asthma and air quality. While air pollution does not cause asthma, it can definitely trigger asthma symptoms or an asthma attack if you already have this condition.


Summertime Safety Tips for Individuals with Allergies and Asthma

The best part of summer is the time spent having fun outdoors; however, individuals with asthma and allergies must also be aware of triggers and potentially dangerous situations specific to summertime.

Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Offices Closed on Memorial Day

All 17 Atlanta Allergy offices will be closed on Monday, May 28th, in observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen on Tuesday morning.

NOW ENROLLING: Pediatric Seasonal Allergy Study

Does your child suffer from sneezing, runny or itchy nose, red, itchy or watering eyes, and nasal congestion?

Update on Shortage of Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

If you have trouble filling your prescription, please contact your Atlanta Allergy & Asthma office for options.

Allergic to Ragweed Pollen? Now is the Time to Discuss Treatment Options

If you suffer from fall allergy symptoms, you are most likely reacting to ragweed pollen.


Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Closed Memorial Day, May 28

Prevent Peanut Allergy with This Guide

FARE Food Allergy Awareness Week: May 13-19

Researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies. This potentially deadly disease affects one in every 13 children in the U.S. That’s roughly two in every classroom.

Asthma Camp in Georgia, July 15-20

World Allergy Week: April 22-28, 2018

World Allergy Week is an annual initiative of the World Allergy Organization (WAO.) The WAO established this initiative with the goal of bringing together different groups for an integrated approach to addressing the needs of patients who suffer from allergic diseases and asthma and those who provide care for them.

Join Us At FARE's Food Allergy Hero's Walk May 6


Regular Clinic Hours on Fri, 3/30 and Monday, 4/2

Now Offering New Patient Consultations within 24 hours

We are offering new patient consultations with an allergy expert within 24 hours at many of our 17 locations.

Dr. Silk to Speak at IDF Education Meeting on 4/14

Pollen Count Available On Weekends beginning 3/24

Glimpse of Spring? Tree Pollens Hit Early, What Does This Mean For You?

As often occurs in Atlanta and southeast, we begin to get spurts of warmer temperature leading us to Spring. These warmer temps often trick the trees into releasing pollens that we normally do not see until the spring months. What does that mean for you?

Atlanta Allergy Offers Free Asthma Screenings at Atlanta Dogwood Festival

Join us at the 82nd Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival from April 13-15 in beautiful Piedmont Park! We will provide FREE asthma screenings Saturday and Sunday.


Common Mistakes in Treating Spring Allergies

Some of the most common ways people combat their spring allergy symptoms may not be providing relief at all. Here are five common mistakes and advice on how to better control the sneezing and wheezing that comes with pollen season.

Atlanta Allergy Participates in American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb

Join us for American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb-Saturday, April 21st.

Penicillin Allergy — Who Should Be Tested and Why?

Treatment Options for Dust Mite Allergy

Our Sandy Springs Office Has Moved

Tips for Surviving High Pollen Days

Spring pollen got you down? Check out our tips for surviving high pollen days.


It's a New Year — Commit to Better Breathing

With the new year comes new opportunities for health goals and resolutions. For allergy and asthma sufferers, it's the perfect time to get the wheezing and sneezing under control and commit to better breathing in 2018!


Dr. Lily Hwang Begins Seeing Patients in Lawrenceville

Allergy & Asthma Tips for a Happy Holiday Season

The holiday and winter season can be a tough time for individuals with allergies or asthma. From the cold weather to all the holiday family meals, it’s important for individuals with these conditions to be aware of potential risks they might face.

Tips for Combating Winter Allergies

If you are perpetually stuffy, have itchy eyes, and pressure in your head during winter, you might suffer from what is often called “winter allergies.” Because you are indoors more during the colder months often with little ventilation, you are exposed to indoor allergens like mold, dust mites, and animal dander.


Have You Met Your Deductible? Good Time to Schedule an Allergy Test

The end of the year is a good time to think about how to get the most from your health insurance, including scheduling an appointment for an allergy test. Both allergy testing and treatments are covered by most insurance plans, so if you’ve met your deductible for the year, your out-of-pocket costs could be minimal, or possibly zero.

2017 Allergy Extract Order Deadline

Lawrenceville Office is Relocating — 12/4

Latest News and Research on Allergy and Asthma

The latest news and research on allergic diseases and asthma were unveiled at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) held in Boston at the end of October. More information on the most noteworthy studies presented are available here.

Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Voted "Best Allergy Care" by Atlanta community

We are proud to announce we have been voted "Best Allergy Care" by the Atlanta community through Best Self Magazine's “Best of 2017” contest.


Halloween with Food Allergies – Keep the Fun without the Fear

Learn about the Teal Pumpkin Project and the best tips for dealing with food allergies during the Halloween season.

IDF Walk for Primary Immunodeficiency – 10/28

Atlanta Allergy & Asthma is proud to support the Immune Deficiency Foundation and their Annual IDF Walk for Primary Immunodeficiency, Saturday October 28th at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody.

Tips for Safe Trick or Treating

Make sure your family is well protected this Halloween season and check out our tips for your favorite trick-or-treaters.

Join us in supporting FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project

Learn where to get your teal pumpkin and ideas for non-food treats!

Primary Immunodeficiency Patient Dinner - 11/9

Shire is sponsoring a dinner program to help Primary Immunodeficiency patients and their caregivers navigate insurance coverage and reimbursement.

The September Asthma Peak - What is It?

Fall is one of the most dangerous times for people with asthma, especially children. Asthmatics often enjoy a reprieve from symptoms during the summer months, but ER visits for asthma increase during September and October.


Avoid the wait - request an appointment online

Have you gotten your flu shot yet?

Schedule your flu vaccine appointment today at Atlanta Allergy & Asthma.

National Penicillin Allergy Day – Are you Allergic?

September 28th is National Penicillin Allergy Day! Learn about the symptoms and how you can get tested to see if you have a penicillin allergy.


Our Alpharetta Office has Moved

To better serve the Alpharetta community, Atlanta Allergy & Asthma’s Alpharetta office has relocated.


Atlanta's FARE Food Allergy Heroes Walk - Sunday, September 10


Suffer from fall allergy symptoms? Now is the time to discuss treatment options.

Seven Atlanta Allergy & Asthma physicians receive Top Doctors honors in Atlanta

Drs. Stanley M. Fineman, Erinn T. Gardner, Linda D. Guydon, Kevin L. Schaffer, Kathleen A. Sheerin, David D. Tanner, John A. Zora appear in Atlanta magazine’s July issue

Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) Patients - Free educational dinner event


Douglasville office wins "Best Allergy Care" community award

Show Us Your Epi!


Dr. Stanley Fineman Heads to Capitol Hill for Allergy & Asthma Day

The 20th Allergy & Asthma Network Day on Capitol Hill (AADCH) is taking place Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

EpiPen recall expanded, EpiPen users please read.

Atlanta Allergy & Asthma patients who have EpiPens, please be aware the recall has expanded to include lots distributed in the U.S.

Important recall information for EpiPen and Ventolin Asthma Inhalers

Mylan has announced its manufacturing partner Meridian Medical Technologies expanded a voluntary recall of select lots of EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr.® epinephrine auto-injectors to the United States.

Need an Appointment? Options for scheduling

Join the Atlanta Allergy Team!


Join us for the Fight For Air Climb on April 22nd


New Guidelines for When and How to Introduce Peanut-Containing Foods to Infants

On Jan. 5, updated guidelines from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) defined high-, moderate- and low-risk infants for developing peanut allergy, and how to proceed with the introduction of peanut-containing foods based on risk.

Allergic to grass pollen? Now is the time to discuss treatment options.

Rome Office relocating this month


December Holiday Hours

All 18 Atlanta Allergy & Asthma locations will be closed on Friday, December 23 and Monday, December 26 as our staff spends time with their families for the holiday.


Tips for protecting yourself against harmful air quality

Recent wildfires in North Georgia have caused the air quality in metro-Atlanta to reach code orange and red levels on the Air Quality Index (AQI) over the past few days. At these high levels everyone may begin to experience adverse health effects and members of the sensitive groups may experience more serious effects. Sensitive groups include older adults, children, and those with lung diseases including asthma.

New Study Finds Reducing Indoor Allergens May Be As Effective As Medication For Treating Childhood Asthma

A study recently released by the American Academy of Pediatrics. reports that reducing indoor allergens and pollutants can be as effective as medicines in controlling childhood asthma.

Free Screenings at Fayetteville Health Fair - Nov 12

Southeastern Primary Care is sponsoring a health fair on Saturday November 12th from 9 am till 12 noon.

Have you met your deductible? Schedule your appointment before end of year.

Have you met your deductible? Need to use your Flexible Spending Account before the end of the year? Schedule an appointment now and see your Atlanta Allergy provider before the end of 2016!


Join the Atlanta Allergy Team!

As the largest allergy practice in Georgia, Atlanta Allergy & Asthma is looking for qualified, experienced, and service-oriented people to help provide exemplary care for our patients.

Congratulations to Dr. Kalish, Voted Best Allergist

Congratulations to Dr. Louis Kalish on being named “Best Allergist” in Best Self Magazine’s Best of 2016 Contest.

Recent study finds unusual new trigger for fall allergy symptoms

Fall allergy season in Atlanta and the Southeast has historically been characterized by weed pollen, particularly ragweed. But in a study conducted using data from the Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Pollen Counting Station, an interesting trend was uncovered.

Teal Pumpkin Project - Teal is the New Orange

Atlanta Allergy & Asthma supports FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project. Join the movement that helps make sure all children will come home on Halloween night with something they can enjoy.

Safe Halloween for Food Allergy Families

The Halloween season is filled with school parties, trick-or-treating, and other food-centric celebrations that put children with food allergies at a higher risk of exposure to allergens than usual.

Atlanta's FARE Walk for Food Allergy - Sun Oct. 23

The 2016 FARE Walk for Food Allergy is on Sunday, October 23rd at Chastain Park. Event festivities begin at 1 pm. Join Atlanta Allergy & Asthma as we walk on this day to support our patients and their families that live with food allergies every day!

Hereditary Angioedema Documentary "Special Blood" will be screened in Atlanta

IDF Walk for Primary Immunodeficiency - Sat Oct. 29, Dunwoody

Atlanta Allergy & Asthma is proud to support the Immune Deficiency Foundation and their 1st Annual IDF Walk for Primary Immunodeficiency, Saturday October 29th at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody.

Hereditary Angioedema

The documentary film "Special Blood" will present an informative perspective on the rare, life-threatening condition of Hereditary Angioedema. The film premiere in Atlanta is on Monday, October 24th at the Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 16 & IMAX.

Fall Allergy Season - Are You Ready?

The temperatures outside tell us that fall isn’t quite here, but allergy seasons do not exactly follow the calendar. You might not be feeling your allergy symptoms yet, but if you want to enjoy this beautiful season you will want to start preparing in advance.


What's really causing your fall allergy symptoms - may not be what you think.

Dr. Stanley Fineman recently spoke with WSB-TV about a new trend in the pollen counts.

It's time...have you gotten your flu shot yet?

Although the flu vaccine is recommended for most children and adults, it is especially important that our patients with asthma and chronic sinusitis receive their yearly flu shot.


If you are someone who suffers from fall allergy symptoms, you might feel like they last longer than they used to. Some theories blame global warming. Research suggests that because of our extended warm seasons, nasal allergy during the ragweed pollen season – also called hay fever or seasonal allergic rhinitis – lasts up to three weeks longer than it used to, and the further north you live, the longer you have to wait for relief.

Vote for Dr. Kalish - Best Allergist, Best Self Magazine's "Best of 2016"

Our very own Dr. Louis B. Kalish has been nominated for Best Self's "Best Allergist" award as part of their Best of 2016 contest!


Ensuring Patient Access to Medication

Every day we work with our patients to help them get access to the medications they need, including injectable epinephrine.

Free asthma screening Saturday 9/3 at Celebrate Freedom festival

Join us this Saturday, September 3rd, at Celebrate Freedom - a family-friendly festival at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta.

Details on EpiPen Expanded Discount Program

On August 25, 2016 the drug company, Mylan, announced details of an expanded discount program they say will further enhance access to EpiPen Auto-Injector.

Backyard Allergy & Asthma Dangers: Dr. Hwang Talks to CBS46 About How to Avoid

Labor Day weekend Bar-B-Q's are coming up! Our own Dr. Lily Hwang visited the set of CBS46's Atlanta Plugged In to discuss allergy and asthma dangers right in our backyards.

Tips for Safe Flying with Food Allergies

Last week Delta announced that they were testing new in-flight snack options. One of those options included offering cashews instead of peanuts (link to blog.) We discussed why this change is not a significant improvement for their customers with peanut allergy, but we also wanted to provide you with some tips for flying with food allergies.

Primary Immunodeficiency Disease Education Meeting - 9/10


Stay Safe From Insect Stings This Summer

For many of us, summer brings increased time outdoors and therefore increased exposure to insects. Everyone will react in some way to the venom of stinging insects, but it is estimated that as many as 13 million people in the U.S. may be at risk of anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction that spreads quickly through the body.

Webinar on Insect Sting Allergies, July 20th

Anxious about insect stings this summer? Learn how to avoid and treat stings, especially if you have a life-threatening allergy.

What to Do If You're Stung by an Insect


Seven Atlanta Allergy & Asthma physicians named Top Doctors in Atlanta

Seven physicians from Atlanta Allergy & Asthma — the largest allergy practice in Georgia — have been named as Top Doctors in metro Atlanta by Atlanta magazine in its July issue. In all, more than half of the physicians named by the publication in the allergy and immunology specialty came from this one practice.


Smog alert a warning to sensitive groups

Atlanta Allergy & Asthma May Newsletter

View the Atlanta Allergy & Asthma May Newsletter.

Download the Free healow App – Link Your Family’s Portal Accounts

Did you know you can link your family’s patient portal accounts through the healow app?

Asthma & Allergy Awareness in the Nation’s Capital

The Allergy & Asthma Network and the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology celebrated Allergy & Asthma Day on Capitol Hill recently. Our own Dr. Stanley Fineman was in Washington, D.C. to participate in this program that discusses relevant issues pertaining to the care of patients with allergies and asthma with our legislators.

Practice News

Offices Closed Monday July 4th for Independence Day

In observance of Independence Day, all 18 offices will be closed on Monday, July 4th. We hope you have a wonderful 3 day weekend with your friends and family.

Over The Counter Not Working? You Are Not Alone.

Anyone suffering with seasonal allergies knows the local pharmacy carries shelves full of over-the-counter medications to help manage symptoms. Unfortunately, most seasonal allergy sufferers take over-the counter (OTC) products rather than the treatments they actually prefer — prescription medications and allergen immunotherapy.

Participants Needed for a Seasonal Rhinitis Research Study

Atlanta Allergy & Asthma’s Research Department is currently recruiting participants for a Research Study for Seasonal Rhinitis. Participants must be 12 years of age or older, have a 2 year history of Seasonal Allergies and be able to attend 4 office visits.

Food Allergy & Asthma Friendly Camps

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

May is "National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month." It's peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers, and a perfect time to educate your patients, family, friends, and co-workers about these diseases. Most people know that allergists treat allergic conditions – but not everyone is aware that allergists are the medical professionals specially trained to identify the factors that trigger asthma.

Atlanta Allergy & Asthma offices closed on Memorial Day

All 18 Atlanta Allergy & Asthma offices will be closed on Monday, May 30th in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

Educational program on Hereditary Angioedema (HAE)

An educational lunch program is being offered by Shire for our patients, their families and friends. The event is Saturday, May 14th at Maggiano's Little Italy at Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody. The lunch program begins at 1pm and is free, however, you must register in advance.

Food Allergy Awareness Week: May 8-14

Researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies. This potentially deadly disease affects one in every 13 children in the U.S. That’s roughly two in every classroom. According to a study released in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children increased approximately 50 percent between 1997 and 2011.

Show Us Your Epi!


Recent Study Shows Major Side Effects From Certain Allergy Medications

Many allergy sufferers have noticed that some allergy medications can cause side effects. No one likes to take medications that cause fatigue, sleepiness, or difficulty concentrating. In fact some of these medications also carry warnings about operating heavy machinery or driving while taking them.

Growing evidence suggests introducing peanuts in infancy is beneficial in preventing peanut allergy

There is growing evidence that introducing peanuts in infancy – instead of delaying consumption – is beneficial in preventing peanut allergy.

World Allergy Week: Are warming trends contributing to pollen allergies?

The World Allergy Organization (WAO), an international umbrella organization whose members consist of 97 regional and national allergology and clinical immunology societies from around the world, will address the theme of “Pollen Allergies – Adapting to a Changing Climate” during World Allergy Week 2016 from April 4-10.


Error in the Pollen Count for March 16th

The pollen count was reported in error earlier this morning. The accurate number is 670, with tree pollens in the high range. People sensitive to tree pollens, especially Pine, Oak, Elm, Birch and Maple may experience symptoms at this elevated level. We apologize for the error.

Free asthma screenings at Atlanta Dogwood Festival

Looking for something fun to do the weekend of April 8th? Stop by the 80th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival at Piedmont Park. Atlanta Allergy & Asthma team will be there providing free asthma screenings for the public on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Join us for American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb - April 16th

Step up to the challenge! Atlanta Allergy & Asthma is proud to again sponsor the American Lung Association’s 10 Year Anniversary Fight for Air Climb, a vertical race to the top of One Ninety One Peachtree Tower in downtown Atlanta That’s 51 floors – 1,272 steps!

Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Spring Newsletter

View the Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Spring Newsletter.

Dr. David Tanner to speak about spring allergies this Thursday at Comprehensive Internal Medicine

Dr. David Tanner, allergist and Medical Director for Atlanta Allergy & Asthma, will talk about spring allergies and their impact on other health conditions this Thursday, March 31 at 12:30PM. This event will also mark the grand re-opening and open house of one of our partner health organizations, Comprehensive Internal Medicine.


Allergy Shot Reminders

Allergen Immunotherapy is a disease modifying treatment that can reduce your allergic sensitivities and provide long-term relief. When you adhere to your recommended injection schedule, over time, you will experience significant improvement in your allergic symptoms.

Warning: Traffic alert near our Sandy Springs Office this week

The film company, Bambino Films, LLC, will be filming scenes for the upcoming motion picture "Baby Driver" in the Perimeter area.

The filming dates are currently scheduled for Wednesday, 3/16, Thursday, 3/17 and Monday, 3/21, between the hours of 6:00 am and 8:00 pm.

Kennestone Office Changes Location

Atlanta Allergy & Asthma’s Kennestone office will be closed on Friday, March 4th as we prepare to move to our new location.


Allergic to grass pollen? New options available.

If you are allergic to grass pollen, you might be a candidate for sublingual grass pollen tablets.