2020 Practice News

December

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 2021!

November

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.

2020 Allergy Extract Order Deadline: 12/22/20

If you would like to reorder your allergy extract, and have it billed to insurance in this calendar year, you must do so by Tuesday, December 22nd. Any orders placed after that date will not be filled, or billed, until 2021.

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.

Holiday Closing Dates

All Atlanta Allergy & Asthma offices will be closed on the following days during the holiday season.

October

How to Have an Allergy-Friendly, Socially Distanced Halloween

Although Halloween may look a little different this year, you can still make the most of it for your little ghosts and goblins! Be sure to follow safe, socially distanced trick-or-treating guidelines, and join us in participating in FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project.

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.

Why You Really Need to Get Your Flu Shot During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Although the flu shot will not directly prevent illness from COVID-19, it will reduce the potential for hospitalization/illness due to influenza and reduce the chance of contracting both viruses.

August

40 years of Service and Counting Pollen

This week, Marie McFalls celebrates 40 years with Atlanta Allergy & Asthma!

Atlanta Allergy & Asthma’s Dr. Kathleen Sheerin Appeared on “The Weekly Check-Up” on WSB Radio

On Sunday, August 9th, Dr. Kathleen Sheerin joined The Weekly Check-Up Atlanta radio show to discuss back-to-school and fall allergies.

What Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Patients Need to Know During the COVID-19 Pandemic

For the safety of ALL our patients and staff, and in keeping with current CDC guidelines, we ask that anyone entering our offices wear a mask or face covering. These may be made of cloth (including scarf or bandanna) and should cover your mouth and nose. Keep reading for more information on this and other COVID-19 safety procedures.

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.

Using Biologics to Treat Asthma and Certain Skin Conditions

For years, allergists have managed and controlled asthma with long-term control medicines to avoid asthma attacks, and quick-relief, or rescue, medicines to treat symptoms once they start. Allergists can now use a group of prescription drugs, called biologics, developed to treat difficult to control asthma and some skin conditions.

July

What People with Nasal Allergies and/or Asthma Need to Know During the COVID-19 Pandemic

With the coronavirus still impacting our area, those with allergies and allergic asthma may continue to be concerned when experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Although there may be symptom overlap, there are also distinct differences.

Back-to-School Preparation in the COVID-19 Era

Schools are facing major challenges for the 2020-2021 school year. If your child has nasal allergies, food allergies, or asthma, now is the time to schedule an appointment with your allergist.

The First FDA-Approved Treatment for Peanut Allergy Available at Atlanta Allergy & Asthma

Atlanta Allergy & Asthma is now offering PALFORZIA, the first FDA-approved treatment for pediatric patients with peanut allergy.

No Excuses - Why Masks Are Critical for Allergy and Asthma Patients

Mounting evidence supports the value of wearing a face covering to help slow the spread of coronavirus, COVID-19. It is especially important for those with allergies and asthma to wear a mask.

Returning to Work Safely During COVID-19

Are you returning to the workplace with concerns about managing your respiratory health? It is important to be familiar with the CDC's safety recommendations for your specific industry.

June

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

More than half of Atlanta Allergy & Asthma physicians rank among metro Atlanta’s Top Doctors in Atlanta magazine’s July issue. More than half of the physicians in the publication’s allergy and immunology category come from this one practice.

Atlanta Allergy & Asthma's Statement on Racial Injustice

The tragic events of the past several weeks have saddened us, but it has renewed our commitment to not only seek diversity and inclusion in our own workplace but to root out racism and injustice wherever it may live.

May

Let Our Experts Help You Stay Healthy During the COVID-19 Crisis

The past several months have been difficult for everyone, and an accurate diagnosis has never been more important. Learn more about the services we offer, and read what our patients have been saying about us during the COVID-19 crisis.

All COVID-19 Patient Communications

The team at Atlanta Allergy & Asthma continues to monitor daily for new information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). For your convenience, we have gathered our past Patient Updates in one place.

Atlanta Allergy & Asthma’s Safety Procedures During the COVID-19 Pandemic

For almost 50 years the specialists at Atlanta Allergy & Asthma have served the people of Atlanta and North Georgia and we will be here for you, our patients, through this public health crisis. We have closely monitored the rapidly evolving pandemic and implemented safety measures while still providing care to those who need it. 

April

Lunch Hour Closures at All AAA Offices, Effective 4/14

We are committed to staying open and delivering care to our patients in need during this period. However, we now find it necessary to adjust shot hours during this time. Effective Tuesday April 14th, all Atlanta Allergy & Asthma offices will be closed between noon and 1 pm.

How to Reset Your Patient Portal Username and Password

For patients who do not know their username and/or password, you can reset login information through our website.

March

Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Announces Telehealth Visits and Additional Safety Measures

Starting Monday, 3/23, we are rolling out telehealth visits with the goal of greatly reducing the number of patients coming to our offices. We continue to take precautions to promote social distancing and minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure while still providing care to those that need it.

COVID-19 Update - March 17, 2020

We have promised to keep you updated during this unprecedented time. One thing has proven true — this is a rapidly evolving public health crisis.

Important Update Regarding Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19 - March 13, 2020

While the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is a rapidly changing and fluid situation from a public health perspective, we are committed to keeping you informed and to taking care of you, our patients.

Health & Safety Notice: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - March 5, 2020

The physicians at Atlanta Allergy & Asthma are closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), and the World Health Organization (WHO). As the virus and protocols around the outbreak are evolving, we are working to protect our patients, providers, and staff.

February

Glimpse of Spring? Trees Release Pollen Early

As often occurs in Atlanta 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?

FDA Approves First Peanut Allergy Drug for Children

On Friday, January 31st the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug for treatment of peanut allergy for children. Palforzia is indicated for children with peanut allergy to reduce the risk of severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, that may occur with accidental exposure to peanuts.