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As printed in the Wall Street Journal – Pet Allergies No Deterrent for Determined Owners Many endure wheezing, hives and more for the sake of puppy love By Heidi Mitchell, Nov. 19, 2013 7:19 p.m. ET When Jennifer Richter learned that her 2-year-old daughter was allergic to Jack, the family cat, there was only one option. Her daughter got a prescription for daily doses of eye drops and the allergy medicine Zyrtec. Pets for Allergic People Paige, 11, standing, and Cameron Richter, 8, of Colorado Spring s, Colo., with Rocket, one of their family’s two Devon rex cats. Cameron takes ey e drops and allergy pills daily. Morgan Rachel Levy for The Wall “No way I was getting rid of that cat,” says Ms. Richter, of Colo rado Springs, Colo. When a fish is just not enough…an industry of breeders, veterinarians and pet stores has cropped up to help allergic Read More
By Dr. Doug Lotz Published in The Voice-Tribune For the six million children with food allergies, haunted houses and spooky costumes aren’t the only scary parts of Halloween. An allergic reaction from sweet treats can be rather frightening for kids and their parents alike. That’s because food allergies are on the rise and traditional Halloween candy often contains peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, egg, and soy. These are all common triggers of a serious reaction known medically as “anaphylaxis.” The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says symptoms can include: flushed skin, rash, swelling of the tongue, lips or throat, chest tightness, wheezing, shortness of breath, nausea, abdominal cramps and dizziness.These reactions are often rapid in onset. If untreated, a severe anaphylaxis can result in death. For many kids, ingesting or even touching treats containing certain foods can prompt a frantic trip to the emergency room. Fortunately, a lightweight and portable Read More
by Darla Carter, The Courier-Journal Fall allergy season has arrived in the Ohio Valley, along with pesky symptoms like itchy, watery eyes, nasal congestion and sneezing. Various strategies, ranging from over-the-counter and prescription drugs to allergy shots and avoidance of allergy triggers, can help sufferers to cope, doctors say. But there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. “With a lot of these medications, it’s kind of trial and error,” said Dr. Joe Turbyville, an allergist with Family Allergy & Asthma. “What works well with one person doesn’t necessarily work as well with another.” Louisville was No. 4 on this year’s list of Fall Allergy Capitals, an improvement from last year’s No. 1 ranking. Cities high on that list, which is put out by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, are thought to be the most challenging places in the country to live with fall allergies. The usual culprit at this time of Read More
Last week several members from our practice were in Washington D.C. to accept the Freedom Award from the Department of Defense. The Freedom Award winners are honored for their support of their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserves. We are fortunate to have two doctors on staff who are active duty with both the Guard and Reserve: Dr. Joe Turbyville and Dr. Hans Otto. They, along with our CEO, Kay Tyler, and Managing Partner, Dr. Jim Sublett, accepted the award on our behalf. We appreciate the service our doctors devote not only to their country, but also our patients.
Dr. Jim Sublett spoke with WHAS 11′s Rachel Platt and Claudia Coffey about fall allergies and provided some tips for relief.
‘Lone star’ tick bites are tied to red meat, pork allergies Sep. 5, 2013 | Red-meat allergy from ticks: Dr. Wes Sublett describes a meat allergy believed to come from ticks. Written by Darla Carter,The Courier-Journal Robby Bryant grew up on a farm in Taylor County, so eating various kinds of meat, from steak to country ham, was central to his diet. “That’s all we used to eat,” said Bryant, 37, who carried his love affair with meat into adulthood. “We killed our own beef and killed our own hogs.” So Bryant, who still lives in Taylor County, was taken aback when he learned that he had developed a serious allergy to red meat and pork that appears to have come from tick bites. “I didn’t have no idea what was causing it,” said Bryant, who was diagnosed by an allergist. “I was trying to narrow it down to different Read More
Dr Jim Sublett joined WHAS 11′s Rene Murphy to talk about going back to school with food allergies. House Bill 172 was signed into law this summer and it allows schools to administer epinephrine to children without a prescription.
Experts list key topics to discuss for optimum care Children, not their parents, should do most of the talking about their asthma symptoms when seeing an allergist, according to a new study. Researchers looked at about 80 children with asthma and their parents. Although parents can provide useful information, it’s important for allergists to ask both parents and children about symptoms, activity limitations and use of medications to better understand and treat the child’s asthma, the researchers found. The importance of listening to children with asthma is highlighted by the fact that they report having a better quality of life in terms of activity limitations than their parents believe, according to the study, which was published in the July issue of the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. “Our research shows that physicians should ask parents and children about the effects asthma is having on the child’s daily Read More
Family Allergy is proud to be one of the sponsors of the upcoming Louisville Food Allergy Walk on August 10th. Dr. Jim Sublett, along with food allergy sufferer Cameron, joined Terry Meiners on WHAS Great Day Live to discuss living with food allergies. Sign up today to participate in the Louisville Food Allergy Walk, sponsored nationally by FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education).
The Department of Defense (DoD) recently released a listing of companies selected as finalists for the 2013 Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the DoD’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve. Three of the 14 doctors of Family Allergy and Asthma are currently in the National Guard or are veterans. Family Allergy was selected as one of 30 finalists from a pool of 2,899 nominations from across the country. According to a press release by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), selections were based on “company policies and informal initiatives that go above and beyond in assisting and encouraging National Guard and Reserve service.” The 2013 recipients of the Freedom Award will be honored at the 18th annual Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award ceremony in Washington, D.C. in September.