Back to School Allergy and Asthma Tips

Pediatric Allergist, Peachtree City, Fayetteville, Georgia

ACAAI Back to School Tips

With the new school year now underway, you may consider these back-to-school allergy and asthma tips from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. These simple tools can help set up you and your child for success in this exciting new school year!

Teacher Teacher – While your child’s teacher is the first line of defense at school in helping reduce sniffing, wheezing and sneezing, the right systems must be established at home before they get on the bus. If your child takes an allergy or asthma medication, make sure they take them at home, and that good avoidance measures are set up to keep their triggers under control. If your child’s teacher knows your child’s triggers, she may be able to help them steer clear in the classroom as well.

Too cool for school? Nah. – Discuss how to handle emergencies with the school principal and school nurse. Since 2010, all 50 states have laws protecting students’ rights to carry and use asthma and anaphylaxis medications at school. Children who are at risk for a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) from certain foods or insect stings should have epinephrine auto-injectors immediately available for treatment.  Be sure your child and school staff know how to use emergency medications. Continue reading

Back to School with Food Allergies

Pediatric Food Allergy Doctor, Peachtree City, Fayetteville, Georgia

Back to School

School is right around the corner, and along with the excitement of new clothes, bright supplies, and fresh possibilities, your child may also have a few butterflies in the stomach. For a parent of a child with a severe food allergy, you may have some butterflies of your own. Many parents worry their child will accidentally eat a food they’re allergic to while at school, and suffer a severe reaction. Setting your child up at school with an epinephrine auto-injector (EAI) is important, but this also requires staff and personnel who can recognize an anaphylactic reaction and can correctly use the EAI.

Children need help from adults in managing their food allergies. One survey out of Mississippi schools revealed 97% had at least one child with a food allergy, but only 30% had action plans for these students. Schools were more likely to have action plans when the school nurse had received appropriate information from a physician. If you need refreshing on how to use your EAI, or would like assistance in educating personnel at your child’s school on recognizing and treating anaphylaxis, call our office today. Anaphylaxis action plans can also be written by physicians and distributed in daycares and schools.

Reference: O’Keefe AW, De Schryver S, Mill J, et al. Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergies: New and Emerging Options: A Systematic Review. Journal of Asthma and Allergy. 2014;7:141-164.

Freedom Allergy: Specializing in Pediatric Asthma

Freedom Allergy, Pediatric Asthma, Peachtree City, Atlanta, Georgia
Pediatric Asthma Doctor, Atlanta, Georgia

Pediatric Asthma Specialist

 My child has asthma – shouldn’t I take him/her to a pediatric pulmonologist?

Parents of children with asthma often have to schedule appointments months down the road, or travel long distances to visit a pediatric pulmonologist.  As a pediatric allergist, Dr. Agrawal also specializes in pediatric asthma.  Not all types of asthma are the same, and allergists are trained to look at the whole picture of a child’s asthma.  Allergic (extrinsic) asthma requires one type of treatment, and non-allergic (intrinsic) asthma requires a different type of treatment.  Wheezing can also be the result of other problems besides asthma, such as acid reflux or an infection.  Dr. Agrawal is an expert in recognizing and treating both allergic and non-allergic asthma, and can help develop the best management plan for your child.

Non-Surgical Treatment for Chronic Sinusitis

Allergy Doctor, Peachtree City, Atlanta, Georgia
Freedom Allergy, Chronic Sinusitis, Atlanta, Georgia

Frontal and Maxillary Sinuses

Chronic sinusitis describes inflammation of the nasal sinuses lasting 12 or more weeks, and is one of the most common chronic conditions in the United States. When these ongoing sinus infections occur four or more times per year, this is called recurrent chronic sinusitis. We have four sets of hollow cavities inside our heads, called the frontal, maxillary, ethmoid and sphenoid sinuses.   These sinuses are lined with mucosa and help keep our noses clear of pollen, dust, mold, germs and pollutants. When sinusitis occurs, the sinuses become inflamed and unable to drain mucus effectively. Colds, allergies, deviated nasal septum, nasal polyps, environmental pollutants, cystic fibrosis, and gastroesophageal reflux can all cause blocked sinuses. This can result in fever, nasal congestion, postnasal drip, discolored nasal drainage, mouth breathing, facial pain, headaches, and malaise. Continue reading

Allergist Versus Ear, Nose, and Throat Doctor

Allergy Doctor, Peachtree City, Atlanta, Georgia

Freedom Allergy, Ruchir Agrawal, Peachtree City, Fayetteville, Georgia

Why Choose an Allergist for your Allergy and Asthma?

Allergies and asthma are both chronic conditions, and warrant visiting a specialist for the best management. However, with so many specialists out there, how do you know which one to choose?  Read the FAQ below.

My allergies bother my ears, nose and throat – doesn’t this mean I should see an ear, nose and throat doctor?

Many times, patients go directly to an ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor for their allergy symptoms. After all, don’t allergies bother your ears, nose and throat?

Ear, Nose and Throat doctors are surgeons who specialize mainly in structural problems that can be corrected with surgery. But many of these problems, such as difficulty breathing through the nose, or having a raspy voice or having trouble hearing, are actually due to allergies.  Allergies, eczema, and asthma are all chronic conditions that fall under the same umbrella of allergy medicine, and more than 50% of sinus problems are caused by allergies.  The other 50% are often caused by a combination of both allergy and non-allergy related problems. Continue reading

Georgia Spring Allergies

Seasonal Allergies, Allergy Doctor, Atlanta, Peachtree City, Georgia

Atlanta jumped 12 spots last year on the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America’s (AAFA) list of Top 100 Most Challenging Places to Live with Spring Allergies.  Atlanta rose from #72 in 2013 to #60 in 2014 on this AAFA Allergy Capitals list.  As trees blossom and grasses sprout this year, it helps to know which plants peak during which months (see the chart below).  Talk to your allergist today to plan your best method of defense against these allergens!

Allergy Doctor Atlanta Peachtree City Georgia

Spring Allergies

Spring Allergies, Allergy Doctor, Peachtree City, Georgia

Allergy Doctor Ruchir Agrawal Peachtree City Georgia

Spring is right around the corner, and now is the time to schedule a visit with your allergist.  The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) suggests five things you should know about spring allergies.  Click Here to read more!

  1. Allergies are on the rise.

Studies show pollen counts have been gradually increasing over time, and even if you’ve never had allergies before, you could start developing them.  You can track Peachtree City pollen counts Here.

  1. It matters when you medicate!

If you suffer spring allergies, ACAAI recommends starting your medication two weeks before your symptoms typically begin.

  1. No “cure” exists for spring allergies…

…but allergy shots (immunotherapy) can help your symptoms in a big way.

  1. Allergies can trigger or worsen asthma.

If you are coughing, wheezing, or having trouble breathing, this could be asthma that is triggered by your allergies.  Be sure to talk to your allergist about these symptoms.

  1. “When in doubt, get checked out.”

If you have been suffering symptoms for more than two weeks, such as coughing, ongoing colds, nasal congestion, or trouble breathing, it would be a good idea to see an allergist for allergy testing and potential treatment.

Conditions & Procedures

Allergy & Asthma Doctor, Peachtree City, Marietta , Georgia

Conditions We Treat

  • Adverse Drug Reactions
  • Angioedema
  • Asthma
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Allergies (Seasonal, Food, Environmental)
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Aspirin Allergy and Desensitization
  • Chronic Cough
  • Cough from Allergies
  • Dry Eyes from Allergic Rhinitis
  • Dry Throat and Runny Nose
  • Eczema
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Eosinophilic Disorders
  • Food Allergy
  • Food Intolerance (Comprehensive Diagnosis and Management)
  • Environmental Allergies
  • Functional Medicine
  • Headaches, Fatigue and Cold Symptoms
  • Hives/Urticaria
  • Immunodeficiency
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Recurrent Infections
  • Sinus and Nasal Infections
  • Sinusitis (Acute)
  • Sinusitis (Chronic)
  • Skin Rashes
  • Sneezing (Frequent and Prolonged)
  • Stuffy Nose
  • Vocal Cord Dysfunction
  • Wheezing

Procedures We Offer

Conditions We Treat

  • Adverse Drug Reactions
  • Angioedema
  • Asthma
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Allergies (Seasonal, Food, Environmental)
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Aspirin Allergy and Desensitization
  • Chronic Cough
  • Cough from Allergies
  • Dry Eyes from Allergic Rhinitis
  • Dry Throat and Runny Nose
  • Eczema
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Eosinophilic Disorders
  • Food Allergy
  • Food Intolerance (Comprehensive Diagnosis and Management)
  • Environmental Allergies
  • Functional Medicine
  • Headaches, Fatigue and Cold Symptoms
  • Hives/Urticaria
  • Immunodeficiency
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Recurrent Infections
  • Sinus and Nasal Infections
  • Sinusitis (Acute)
  • Sinusitis (Chronic)
  • Skin Rashes
  • Sneezing (Frequent and Prolonged)
  • Stuffy Nose
  • Vocal Cord Dysfunction
  • Wheezing

Allergies

Allergy Doctor, Atlanta, Peachtree City, Georgia 

An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system responds to a harmless substance (allergen) similarly to how it would attack a germ or pathogen.  In the presence of an allergen, your immune system releases an antibody called Immunoglobulin E (IgE), which causes cells to release chemicals that can irritate the skin, nose, sinuses, throat, lungs, and sometimes stomach.   Symptoms can range from something as small as a stuffy nose, to something as large as a whole-body reaction called anaphylaxis.  The most common allergens include pollen, dust, food, insect stings, animal dander, mold, medications and latex.    Read More.

Allergy Facts

  • Allergic rhinitis, often called hay fever, is a common condition that causes symptoms such as sneezing, stuffy nose, runny nose, watery eyes and itching of the nose, eyes or the roof of the mouth.
  • Allergic diseases, which include asthma, are the fifth most prevalent chronic diseases in all ages, and the third most common in children.
  • 8.3 million American children have respiratory allergies.
  • An estimated 9.5 million American children have skin allergies.
  • Food allergies in children are on the rise, affecting nearly 6 million or 8% of children.

Learn More!

Source: American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.  Allergy Facts.  2014.  http://www.acaai.org/allergist/news/Pages/Allergy_Facts.aspx.
Video #1 Courtesy of American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology
Video #2 Courtesy of PBS