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Tips to Help Make Going Back to School a Success

August 10, 2016

The start of another school year is filled with joy and excitement. And when planning the school year for an allergic child, it can be a bit nerve wracking too. Make this school year a bit less stressful with planning and education for the allergic child and school staff. The goal for parents and educators…

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The Cost of Allergy – A Business Case for Treating the Cause with SLIT

July 27, 2016

Allergic disease affects nearly 60 million Americans (20% of the population) and this number continues to grow. With the startling numbers of Americans affected by allergic disease, it should not be a shock that allergies are the leading medical related cause of productivity loss for businesses. According to the Harvard Business Review, a 2004 study…

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Oral Allergy Syndrome: When food reactions come and go

July 13, 2016

After a long, cold winter, you are ready to go outside and enjoy the fresh, warm air. Then it hits you, seasonal allergy symptoms! Your nose is stuffy, your eyes itch, and you cannot stop sneezing. The trees outside of your house are making you miserable. So you come to terms with having to hide…

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The Total Allergen Load: An Explanation for Spontaneous Allergies

June 29, 2016

When I recently asked Dr. George Kroker, an allergist with Allergy Associates of La Crosse, about the importance of the phenomenon called the Total Allergen Load, he responded with, “Never have so few words had such a great impact on my day-to-day practice.” Dr. Kroker further explained the concept with a patient who was confused…

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Hindsight on childhood allergies

June 15, 2016

There are so many memories from my childhood about ear infections, sinus infections, migraines, hives, stomach aches, and the list goes on. I had friends and cousins with severe allergies who had “traditional” allergy symptoms – itchy eyes, stuffy nose, rashes, etc. But me? No way could my health problems have been allergies. Or so…

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Dining out with Food Allergies: A Beginner’s Guide

June 1, 2016

As anyone with food allergies knows, dining out with food allergies can be a chore! Finding a restaurant that not only offers allergy-free meals, but also is watchful for cross contamination issues is essential to a successful dining experience. Below are some tips to help you and your family enjoy the dining experience. First, do…

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You’ve Been Diagnosed With a Food Allergy. Now What?!?

May 18, 2016

So you or your child has recently been diagnosed with a food allergy. Feeling overwhelmed? Learning you or a family member will need to eliminate or decrease your favorite foods – or continue to wreak havoc on your body – is life changing for everyone involved. Where do you start and how can you make…

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Can Allergy Drops Stop the Allergic March?

May 4, 2016

Understanding allergies is a complicated process – they affect each person differently, at various times of the year, or throughout his or her lifetime. Along with allergies, there are life-long conditions that may tag along, progress, and develop over time. This progression is known as the allergic march. The allergic march is also referred to…

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The Importance of Treating Atopic Dermatitis Early

April 20, 2016

You may have noticed your child’s symptoms before – their skin is dry, itchy, red, and swollen. Scratching only seems to make it worse and them more miserable as a result. You’ve tried topical creams, ointments, and lotions but for some reason the symptoms keep coming and going, leaving you stumped. It probably hasn’t even…

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