2021 Practice News

April

Peanut Allergy – How a Novel Therapy is Helping a Patient Find New Freedom

Palforzia is the only FDA approved treatment for peanut allergy and is approved for patients ages 4 through 17. It is a prescription medication derived from peanuts, and is used to minimize the risk of severe allergic reaction in the event of an accidental peanut exposure.

March

Spring Is Here and We Are Here for You!

We are trying to help as many allergy sufferers as possible this spring season! Because high demand makes our phone schedulers very busy this time of year, we provide additional options for your convenience.

Can High Pollen Levels Increase Your Coronavirus Infection Susceptibility?

A recent study suggests a link between high pollen levels and increased infection rates for COVID-19. The study utilized pollen data from 130 collection sites, including the Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Pollen Count Station. Learn more…

Tips for Surviving High Pollen Days

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

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.

Buckhead Valet Operation Temporary Relocation 3/22-3/28

Building management has informed us that during the week of March 22-26, a utility company will be performing work around the 2045 building. During this time, valet parking will temporarily relocate to the surface lot in front of the former Darlington (now The Lofts at Twenty25) as shown in the diagram.

Vaccine Eligibility Expanded to Include Asthma – Proof of Diagnosis Questions

Many Atlanta Allergy & Asthma patients have inquired about proof of diagnosis to receive the vaccine. According to the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) registrants (online or via phone) must complete a brief questionnaire to determine eligibility. Obtaining a printout of your last office visit from your Patient Portal should provide the necessary information to complete DPH’s questionnaire. No physician letter is required.

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.

February

Who Is at Risk for Allergic Reactions to the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines and How to Proceed

As the COVID-19 vaccines become more widely available, many people with a history of allergic reactions will need to determine their level of risk in receiving these two vaccines and any new ones that may become available.

January

National Asthma Guidelines Updated - First Update Since 2007

In December of 2020, The National Institutes of Health (NIH) released updated guidelines for diagnosis, management and treatment of asthma. This is the first update to federal asthma guidelines since 2007. As a “focused update,” it is limited to nineteen recommendations in six key areas.

Guidance on Risk of Allergic Reactions to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

Some of our patients have expressed concern over recent media reports about allergic reactions in patients considered “highly allergic” after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The physicians at Atlanta Allergy & Asthma are closely monitoring the literature for any new information but wanted to share the latest guidance from the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology about the use of the vaccine in our allergic patients.

New Food Allergy Guidance Included in 2020 Dietary Guidelines

The 2020-2025 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans includes more comprehensive dietary guidance around the early introduction of egg and peanut for infants and toddlers.

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

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.

Tools to Manage Your Health

Atlanta Allergy & Asthma offers a number of convenient features designed to help you manage your health.

Allergic to Grass Pollen? Now Is the Time to Discuss Treatment Options

If you are allergic to grass pollen, you might be a candidate for sublingual grass pollen tablets. January is the perfect time to start this therapy in advance of the spring/summer grass pollen season.

Penicillin Allergy — Who Should Be Tested and Why?

Unverified penicillin allergy is recognized as a significant public health problem. 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.