Atlanta Allergy & Asthma will be CLOSED on the following days during the 2022 Holiday Season:
Thanksgiving Day (11/24), Day After Thanksgiving (11/25), Monday after Christmas (12/26), and Monday After New Year’s (1/2).

2022 Practice News

December

Dr. Michael Halwig to Retire At End of Year

After 37 years of practicing medicine, most of that time with Atlanta Allergy & Asthma, Dr. Michael Halwig is retiring at the end of the year.

November

ACAAI 2022 Meeting Reveals Most up to Date Research on Allergies and Asthma

Atlanta Allergy & Asthma physicians recently attended the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting where the most up-to-date research on allergy and asthma was unveiled.

Holiday Closing Dates

Atlanta Allergy & Asthma will be closed on the following days during the 2022 Holiday Season:

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 the holiday meals, it’s important for individuals with these conditions to be aware of potential risks they might face.

Dr. Linda Guydon to Retire After 28 Years with Atlanta Allergy & Asthma

After 39 years of practicing medicine, 28 of those with Atlanta Allergy & Asthma, Dr. Linda Guydon is retiring at the end of November.

October

2022 Allergy Extract Reorder Deadline

If you would like to order your allergy extract and have it billed to insurance in this calendar year, you must do so by Friday, December 16th. Any orders placed after that date will be processed in 2023.

Halloween Tips for Safe Trick or Treating with Food Allergies

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

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.

The Connection Between Eczema and Other Allergic Diseases

Researchers are continually learning more about the underlying causes and triggers of eczema. Even today, the root cause remains a bit of a mystery.

Why You Really Need to Get Your Flu Shot

By getting the flu vaccine, we can hope to decrease the utilization of our healthcare system preserving resources for those that need it most.

September

National Penicillin Allergy Day — Are You Allergic?

September 28th is National Penicillin Allergy Day. Up to 10 percent of the population report being allergic to penicillin, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, most of those may actually be able to safely use penicillin, either because they never were truly allergic or because they have lost sensitivity over time.

Tips for Surviving Fall Pollen Season

Ragweed is the most allergenic of all pollens and can cause annoying symptoms that can last from late August until the first frost. Here are some tips for surviving those high pollen count days.

When Does Fall Allergy Season Start in Georgia? Earlier Than You Would Think!

When we think of the fall season in Georgia, cooler temperatures, a change of foliage colors, and football may come to mind. But if your runny nose and watery eyes seem to start before autumn’s official arrival, you’re not alone.

August

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.

Fall Allergy Season and Virus Season — Are You Prepared?

What's causing those fall allergy symptoms, and which overlap with COVID-19 symptoms? Learn about fall allergy triggers and treatments from the experts at Atlanta Allergy & Asthma.

Are You Allergic to Mold?

Molds can be found outdoors, in your home, and in other buildings you visit. Learn more about mold allergy symptoms and when mold activity is the highest.

July

Summer Asthma Management

Asthma has many known triggers, and for some people, they’re worse during the summer months. Although factors such as poor air quality don’t directly cause asthma, they can exacerbate symptoms. Fortunately, it’s still possible to enjoy the warm weather with the following considerations.

Heading Off To College? Here's Your Allergy & Asthma Checklist

The summer before your teen heads off to college is full of checklists. However, if your child has environmental allergies, asthma, and/or a food allergy, there are important items that should be on the list.

Back to School with Allergies and Asthma

It’s that time again – ensure that your child has a safe, healthy, and successful school year. If your child has a food allergy, asthma and/or nasal allergies, here are some important things to add to your summer to-do list.

June

Nine Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Physicians Receive Top Doctors Honors in Atlanta Magazine

Nine physicians from Atlanta Allergy & Asthma — the largest allergy practice in Georgia — rank among metro Atlanta’s Top Doctors in Atlanta magazine’s July issue. Atlanta Allergy & Asthma allergists consistently appear on the list, which annually honors notable physicians among the area’s healthcare landscape.

Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Honored as Best Allergy/Immunology Practice in Atlanta

Atlanta Allergy & Asthma has been named Best Allergy and Immunology Practice in Atlanta by The Atlantan magazine. Our practice appears on the Best of the City list in the publication’s July/August issue. We would like to thank and recognize the members of our practice for their tireless efforts to provide quality patient care in a compassionate and innovative manner.

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 be aware of triggers and potentially dangerous situations specific to summertime. To help keep you and your family safe and symptom-free this summer, we’re sharing a few general safety tips to keep in mind.

May

Four AA&A Physicians Recognized as 2022 Top Doctors by Georgia Trend

Four Atlanta Allergy & Asthma physicians have been selected by their peers as Georgia’s finest doctors and were included in Georgia Trend magazine’s Top Doctors issue in May 2022. Congratulations to Drs. Fineman, Gardner, Hwang, and Nam!

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, which makes this a perfect time to educate patients, friends, family, and co-workers about these diseases.

March

New Study Reveals Pollen Season Will Last Longer, Be More Severe

According to a new study published in the journal Nature Communications, allergy season will last longer, and pollen counts will be higher in the coming years. As the planet’s temperature rises, and carbon dioxide concentrations increase, the study suggests by the year 2100 pollen season could start as many as 20 days earlier in the spring and be delayed in the fall.

Spring ’22 – Update on Safety Protocols

As we prepare to support our patients who need us during the spring season, we want to remind you of our ongoing commitment to safety protocols. We continue to follow CDC guidelines for medical practices, which still include the wearing of masks by staff, patients, and guests.

Pollen Count Available On Weekends beginning 3/19

The #AtlantaAllergyPollenCount will be available on the weekends starting Saturday, March 19, and continue through peak pollen season.

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.

What Does the Pollen Count Really Mean?

Patients with allergies have symptoms triggered by a variety of factors. One of the major culprits here in metro Atlanta is pollen. Allergists need to know what pollens are in the air and how they may impact their patients in order to effectively treat them.

Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Opens New Office in Athens

In March '22, Atlanta Allergy & Asthma opened a new office that will serve Athens and the surrounding areas. This expansion allows greater access to specialty care for people with nasal and eye allergies, food allergies, asthma, skin allergies, medication allergies, and insect sting allergies.

February

Glimpse of Spring? Trees Release Pollen Early

As often occurs in Georgia and the southeast, we begin to get spurts of warmer temperatures leading up to Spring. These warmer temps encourage trees like Juniper, Elm, Birch, and Maple to release pollens that we normally do not see until the spring months. What does that mean for you?

January

Championship Level Allergy and Asthma Care Comes to Athens

Tonight, we’ll be watching as the University of Georgia Bulldogs play the University of Alabama Crimson Tide for the National Championship. Should be a great game! We thought this was a good time to announce...

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.

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 2022!