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Allergy and Asthma Care of Brooklyn

A blog written by Dr. Cascya Charlot and the staff at Allergy and Asthma Care of Brooklyn, New York.

Controlling Asthma - A Breath of Fresh Air

Dr. Cascya Charlot - Controlling Asthma Attacks

Dr. Cascya Charlot of Allergy and Asthma Care of Brooklyn, NY was recently featured in an article which talks about "What is Asthma" including why asthma attacks us at certain times of the year, its symptoms, and what we can do to control asthma attacks.  

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Infants & Peanut Proteins

Peanut allergies in infants

Dr. Cascya Charlot of Allergy and Asthma Care of Brooklyn was recently featured in an article discussing new findings in peanut allergies and new guidelines in the way we should introduce infants to peanuts.  

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Attacking Allergies in Seniors

Do allergies have you in agony? Arm yourself against attacks with a little knowledge and simple steps that can help.  Dr. Cascya Charlot discusses these steps and also reminds us that we can develop new food allergies as we age.

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Urticaria (hives) Seminar

The Allergy and Asthma Care of Brooklyn is happy to announce a free educational session for patients:

Urticaria: what is it, how to treat it, and what’s new? 

Speaker: Dr. Cascya Charlot

When: Wednesday February 15, 2017 at 1 pm

Where: 10 Plaza Street East, Suite 1E, Brooklyn, NY 11217 To RSVP please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Peanut are back!

What's all this talk about peanut allergies? Read about why early introduction of peanuts may actually decrease the incidence of peanut allergies: https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/nih-sponsored-expert-panel-issues-clinical-guidelines-prevent-peanut-allergy
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Advances in Allergen Immunotherapy at NYM

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To call allergen immunotherapy time-tested is an understatement. Commonly known as "allergy shots," the introduction of allergen immunotherapy predates Prohibition, and has been an effective treatment for patients living with severe allergies since Herbert Hoover sat in the White House.

Almost a century later, there is an ever-expanding array of effective, once-a-day medication available to treat allergy symptoms. But immunotherapy remains the only treatment that can alter the natural course of an allergic Cascya Charlot, M.D., was recently appointed director of NYM's Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. disease like chronic rhinitis (hay fever) or allergic asthma, and permanently reduce the frequency and severity of allergy symptoms such as severe congestion, sinus pressure, grogginess and sleeplessness. Furthermore, ongoing research and refinement of immunotherapy guidelines have made immunotherapy treatments for outdoor and indoor allergies more effective than ever before. Perhaps this is why, more and more, Brooklynites are requesting allergen immunotherapy for their children, says Cascya Charlot, M.D., who was recently appointed director of NYM's Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology.

"Children can start immunotherapy as early as age five, and many children living in Brooklyn are just reaching that age," says Dr. Charlot. "A full course of allergen immunotherapy takes time—usually three to five years, starting with weekly visits for injections for the first six months, and then monthly visits for the remainder. However the benefits of immunotherapy can last a lifetime, particularly for children living in New York City, where pollen, mold spores and dust mites can be found around every corner. In addition, the first FDA-approved oral, injection-free immunotherapy (specifically, for grass pollen allergies) became available in 2014. More are sure to come."

For those with milder allergy symptoms that occur seasonally, over-the-counter treatments and lifestyle adjustments may be all that is necessary. Dr. Charlot is quick to point out that a common problem is that many of these patients do not even know that their springtime cold or upper respiratory infections have, in fact, been caused by a seasonal allergy.

"A simple 'scratch test,' performed by an immunologist, would likely have been able to identify that allergy in less than 30 minutes, and get the patient on the road to effective relief of symptoms," says Dr. Charlot. "What matters most is getting started, and finding the right treatment for each individual patient. Many parents of my patients tell me that they wish they had known about allergen immunotherapy when they were growing up, or that they had found out that they were allergic to pollen when they were younger. I tell them that there is no time like the present!"

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Allergies Without Insurance a Financial Burden

By RADHA CHITALE
ABC News Medical Unit

Compared to other chronic conditions like heart disease or diabetes, treating allergies may be relatively inexpensive. But for those without health insurance, personal circumstances and medical costs can quickly add up to a price that is simply out of reach.

And as more allergy medicines transitioned to over-the-counter status beginning in 2001, even some allergy sufferers with health insurance began having trouble affording their treatments.

In these situations, the only choice left for someone with allergies may be to soldier on, miserable, before ending up in the ER.

Quantifying the cost of having an allergy is difficult because of the range of types and severities.

For example, allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, could require two or three visits to a doctor each year plus a supply of over-the-counter antihistamine medication, which can cost about $1,000 yearly, according to a report from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

"It's doable, but it's not free," said Dr. Jonathan Bernstein, a professor of medicine in the University of Cincinnati's Division of Immunology and Allergy. "It depends on proper diagnosis and proper treatment, but the cost to manage a patient with seasonal allergic rhinitis is not that expensive."

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4 Types of Allergy Medications: Which Is Right for You?

By Jessica Ryen Doyle  - FoxNews.com

Sneezing. Itchy, watery eyes. Nasal congestion. Sinus pressure.

It may sound like the worst cold ever, but if you are one of the millions of Americans living with allergies, you know these symptoms can last for weeks, months or even year-round.

Sure, there are simple tasks a person can do to lessen their allergic symptoms. For example, washing your hair before you go to bed to rinse the allergens out of it may be helpful. Severe allergy sufferers are sure to keep their house super-clean, not a speck of dust in sight.

However, the only real way to prevent or stop an allergy attack, is by taking medicine, Dr. Cascya Charlot of The Allergy and Asthma Care of Brooklyn, N.Y., told FOXNews.com.

But with all the medicines advertised on television and in magazines, how do you know which one does what?

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  • Allergy and Asthma Care of Brooklyn
  •  10 Plaza Street # 1E
    Brooklyn, NY 11238
  •  (347) 564-3211