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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.
Being diagnosed with allergies is never any fun, but at least there are steps you can take medically to help treat your symptoms. But imagine being told you were allergic to something, an item that if touched could make you break out in hives or if eaten could make your throat swell shut. This is what it is like for someone with a severe food allergy, and the only treatment is avoidance of the offending foods. 14 year-old Cameron describes what it is like to live with several food allergies, including peanuts and chocolate.
May 13 – 18 is Food Allergy Awareness Week! Our goal during this particular week is educate the public on recognizing a food allergy, as well as understanding what it is like to live with a food allergy. Dr Jim Sublett joined 4 year-old peanut allergic Claire and mother, Tami, on WHAS’s Great Day Live to talk about food allergies. Food allergy is a serious medical condition affecting up to 15 million people in the United States, including 1 in 13 children. An allergic reaction to food can affect the skin, the gastrointestinal tract, the respiratory tract, and, in the most serious cases, the cardiovascular system. Reactions can range from mild to severe, including the potentially life-threatening condition known as anaphylaxis. In the U.S., food allergy symptoms send someone to the emergency room every three minutes. Symptoms typically appear within minutes to several hours after eating the food to which Read More
WHAS 11′s Michelle Arnold has suffered from allergies her entire life. Without medication, her allergies have gotten out of control – so she decided to pay a visit to our offices for an on-air testing. Dr Doug Lotz talked to Michelle about spring allergy triggers while the test was being administered. What were the results of Michelle’s test? Continue on to our YouTube page to find out.
There is no doubt about it — spring allergy season is here! Just look out your windows for confirmation — trees are blooming, flowers are budding, grass needs cutting and temperatures are warmer. All of combined means more time spent outdoors and more time to inhale the offending allergens. Louisville allergy specialist Dr Jim Sublett discusses the upcoming spring allergy season and what to expect.
Allergy Myth #16: Children outgrow their allergies. While some children’s symptoms may improve as they get older, you cannot outgrow them. The only true way to fight allergies to first find out what you are allergic to through allergy skin testing and then work with your doctors to find the best course of treatment. Don’t keep suffering – call Family Allergy and Asthma today (800-999-1249).
For the almost 50 million Americans who suffer from allergies, the arrival of spring is not always greeted warmly. Spring brings with it the arrival of trees and flowers blooming, grass growing and allergies on the rise. Spring is the start of allergy season. Even with the unusual warm/cold pattern this winter, flowers and trees continue to bloom. This pattern of weather can prime a person’s allergic reaction, so when the allergens reappear as the weather gets warm again, allergy symptoms are worse than ever. Pollen counts for trees and molds have already registered on the moderate scale. While it’s difficult to detect the severity this spring sneezing season our allergy doctors are bracing for a spring allergy season as bad as last year, if not worse. Allergies can strike at any age, so even if someone has never had seasonal allergy symptoms, they can start at any stage in life. Read More
Dr Wes Sublett discusses proposed House Bill 172 that would allow schools to administer epinephrine autoinjectors without a prescription when a child is experiencing an anaphylactic reaction. UPDATE:February 21, 2013 –Today, the Kentucky House Education Committee unanimously voted to approve HB 172. Now it is on to the full House and Senate for vote.
Op-Ed Feature published in the February 16 edition of: Autoinjectors in schools In January 2012, a 7-year-old child died in Virginia after a severe allergic reaction, called anaphylaxis, occurred at school. Unfortunately, the death likely could have been prevented if the school had been allowed to administer an epinephrine autoinjector, a device that is simple to administer and can help slow down or reverse the anaphylactic reaction. At that time, it was against the law for a Virginia school to administer epinephrine without a prescription. However, in April 2012, the state passed legislation allowing school officials to administer epinephrine to students having an allergic reaction. Kentucky is now trying to enact the same legislation. House Bill 172, sponsored by Rep. Addia Wuchner, a Burlington Republican, would allow schools to keep epinephrine autoinjectors on hand and administer them without a prescription. This bill went before the House during the 2012 Read More
Courier-Journal reporter James Bruggers examined ways global warming may already be having an impact on the Louisville community. Just in the past year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recorded 14 U.S. weather and climate disasters, each causing more than $1 billion in damages. The article went on to say the Louisville area likely won’t be able to escape more excessive heat, summer drought, bigger storms, the spread of certain diseases like West Nile virus and worsening asthma from more air pollution and pollen. The air pollution and pollen pose trouble for the estimated 100,000 area residents who suffer from asthma, including Cecilia Anglin, a Family Allergy and Asthma clinic patient. “I am concerned, and I am really hoping they are wrong,” said Anglin, of Louisville, who manages her condition with allergy and asthma shots, pills, inhalers and staying indoors on the worse days or making sure all errands are done by midmorning. “Even with all Read More