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An Oral Immunotherapy Success Story as Shared by One Happy Parent

“My son has now completed the egg and peanut Oral Immunotherapy programs and we are so thrilled. It has affected everyone in our family and has made life for him so much easier! When he was 5-years old, we began with the egg desensitization. This was difficult to complete because he was so young and didn’t really understand the reasoning behind what he was doing. But together we persevered and it was well worth it.

The next stage was peanut Oral Immunotherapy. He started on the peanut desensitization and shortly after he completed the program, he had his 9th birthday. We ordered a birthday cake for him, which was very exciting. He now enjoys being able to go to birthday parties and to friends’ houses and not be worried about what he’s going to eat. When we go out to restaurants he orders whatever he wants, including dessert! He is so happy with his new freedom.” Jennifer S. #dallasallergist #foodallergy #oralimmunotherapy http://ow.ly/8YJb303EPGc
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Helping Children with Primary Immunodeficiency Understand the Disease

If your child is diagnosed with a primary immunodeficiency disease, an unexpected and challenging journey begins for the entire family. Schedules and priorities change and helping them understand is a step forward.

Early School Age Children (ages 5-10) are developing a stronger sense of control over their environment. They may have a greater understanding about their disease, but these reasons may not be entirely logical. You can help by making sure your child knows that their primary immunodeficiency disease is not their fault and that they did nothing to cause it. It may also be beneficial to allow children to participate in the management of their care.

Older School Age Children (age 11+) want to be more independent from their parents. Friends and social activities are exceptionally important at this age. Children may feel frustrated, angry and left out if they are forced to miss activities due to illness or restriction. Children of this age may also start to struggle with not wanting to take their medicine, especially if they are feeling better. You can help by explaining to your child how important medications can be in the management of primary immunodeficiency, even when they begin to feel better.
#primaryimmunodeficiency #kidswithimmunodeficiency #PIDD #dallasimmunologist #friscotximmunologist http://ow.ly/BAHz303EQp2

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Do You Have Asthma or Seasonal Allergies?

Whether you suffer from asthma or seasonal allergies, both conditions are linked by the same airway. When you breathe air through your nose it continues down the airway into your lungs. Asthma and seasonal allergies cause problems with your breathing by obstructing the free passage of air along this path.
With asthma, the breathlessness and wheezing is caused by a narrowing of the bronchioles (small branched airways in the lungs). Inflammation of the membranes of these small airways may cause an increase in the production of mucus, making the obstruction worse; the dry cough that develops is an attempt to clear irritants from the airways.

With seasonal allergies, the obstruction occurs in the nose. A blocked and runny nose occurs when the membranes of the nose become inflamed. In the same way as coughing is an attempt to clear the obstruction in the lower part of the airway, sneezing is an attempt to clear the mucus and irritants from the upper part. #dallasasthmadoctor #dallasallergist #asthma #seasonalallergies http://ow.ly/yvfh303EPL8

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People with cough-variant #asthma often do not have other ‘classic’ asthma symptoms such as wheezing.
http://www.dallasallergy.net/not-all-asthma-wheezes/

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Why are there spikes in asthma flares when students return to school in the fall?

Seasonal allergies spike during the early fall months and cool autumn air harbors irritants that can be just as unpleasant as pollen. The sudden coming together on the first day of school also promotes the rapid spread of viral infections. Before your child heads back to school, have a sit-down to discuss the importance of washing their hands, avoiding sharing water bottles or any drinks with other kids, staying away from things that trigger their asthma and being careful not to get overly tired on the playground or in sports.

Statistics show that approximately two weeks after Labor Day is the peak day for hospitalizations and ER visits due to asthma episodes. By preparing your child for this troublesome time of the year, you are helping them be more successful in self-managing their asthma, as well as gearing up for going back to school. #dallasallergist #friscotxallergist #texasallergies #seasonalallergies http://www.dallasallergy.net/the-weather-and-asthma-triggers-whats-the-link/

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Back to School Can Mean Beware of the Food Allergy Bullies for Some Kids!

Food allergy bullying has been experienced by as many as 40% of kids with food allergies. The problem worsens among kids in grades 6-9. Real cases of children with food allergies having milk spit in their face from a straw or having peanut butter rubbed on their arms is a sobering wake-up call.

What’s to be done in response to food bullies? Some say you handle it the same as you do any other form of bullying. For the child, they should tell an adult immediately, keep calm and make sure the bully does not get the desired effect. For the parent, make sure the school is aware of the problem and make certain that immediate action is taken.

Bullying of any kind is bad, but food allergy bullying can be lethal. Make sure your child knows what to do before heading back to school.#bullying #backtoschool #foodallergiesatschool #dallasfoodallergist #foodallergybullying http://ow.ly/w4wG303EPPa

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Beware of Food Allergy Bullying Especially in School

Bullying is a problem even for those without food allergies; however, kids with food allergies are more targeted than most, especially at school and on the playground. Emotional challenges are, unfortunately, an unhappy addition to managing food allergies for kids and their families.

Children with food allergies must cope with feeling different, being left out at school or birthday parties and feeling fearful when faced with unfamiliar surroundings. Families of food allergic children tend to avoid eating out at restaurants or away from home at friends or relatives’ homes. The fact is food allergy bullying becomes an even bigger problem for children in grades 6 through 10.

Help your food-allergic child learn how to recognize and deal with food allergy bullies. School is a place for learning and growth and everyone deserves to have a level playing field. #bullying #foodallergiesandbullying #backtoschoolwithfoodallergies #dallasfoodallergist http://ow.ly/gZpj303bvq5

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Why are there spikes in asthma flares when students return to school in the fall?

Seasonal allergies spike during the early fall months and cool autumn air harbors irritants that can be just as unpleasant as pollen. The sudden coming together on the first day of school also promotes the rapid spread of viral infections. Before your child heads back to school, have a sit-down to discuss the importance of washing their hands, avoiding sharing water bottles or any drinks with other kids, staying away from things that trigger their asthma and being careful not to get overly tired on the playground or in sports.

Statistics show that approximately two weeks after Labor Day is the peak day for hospitalizations and ER visits due to asthma episodes. By preparing your child for this troublesome time of the year, you are helping them be more successful in self-managing their asthma, as well as gearing up for going back to school. #asthmamanagement #backtoschoolwithasthma #dallasasthmadoctor #friscottxasthmadoctor #managingasthma http://ow.ly/J8hb303buWE
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#EoE affects all ages, genders & ethnicities. In some cases, there is a genetic tendency. People with EoE often have other allergic issues like #asthma or #eczema. #allergies #health
http://www.dallasallergy.net/eosinophilic-esophagitis-eoe/
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