July 2017Happy 4th July!
The grass pollen season is here (usually starts around May,through July). If you experience pollen allergies you may have bothersome eye and nasal symptoms. If you have asthma you may also note increased asthma symptoms. Dr. Christie can help to evaluate and provide an allergy management plan so you can enjoy the summer months and outdoors. Call now to make an appointment 206 623 2181
July Office and Allergy shot hours
The Seattle and Issaquah Offices will be closed July 3,4,5,6,7. No allergy shots will be given during this time
Its not too late to get your flu shot. Call to make an appointment 206 623 2181
Grass Pollen Allergy patients
For patients who only experience symptoms due to grass pollen, a new oral form of immunotherapy treatment has become available (grass pollen pill). This form of immunotherapy will not be safe for all patients and you will need to schedule an appointment to provide an updated medical history and clinical examination with Dr. Christie. In some patients, repeat skin prick testing for inhalant allergens will be needed.If you start grass pollen pill immunotherapy the initial dose will be taken in Dr. Christies’ office with monitoring over 30 minutes in case of a significant allergic reaction. The grass pollen pill will then need to be taken daily and started at least 12 weeks prior to the grass pollen season and continued throughout the grass pollen season. Very rarely the grass pollen pill can be associated with a severe allergic reaction and patients are required to have auto injectable epinephrine on hand in case of a severe allergic reaction (EPI PEN).In order to provide benefit for the grass pollen season patients should start the grass pollen pill around February.
Do you have a childhood history of penicillin "allergy"
Many patients report being told they cannot take penicillin. Often there is no specific history. There is testing available to determine whether you are allergic to penicillin. Dr. Christie can review whether this testing is appropriate for you. At your appointment a full history and examination will be performed. If appropriate, a follow p appointment wil be made to evaluate for penicillin sensitivity
Allergy Shot Patients
This is a reminder to allergy shot patients that an allergy shot can be associated with a severe allergic reaction. Such a reaction can occur even if you have been on shots for a few years. Most reactions occur immediately after a shot. For this reason you need to remain in the clinic under observation for at least 20- 30 minutes after each injection so that an adverse reaction can be treated immediately. Symptoms can occur very rapidly and be life threatening