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

Allergy Friendly Halloween Candy

Allergy Friendly Halloween Candy

Halloween is a fun time of year and shouldn't have to be a bummer just because of food allergies. Whether you're buying for a party, a classroom, or sorting the nights bounty, Dr. Cascya Charlot and the staff at Allergy and Asthma Care of Brooklyn have come up with a number of treats that are "allergy friendly". .All options are gluten, peanut, tree nut, soy, egg and milk free.

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Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease

Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease

Allergy and Asthma Care of Brooklyn along with Dr. Cascya Charlot discuss Aspirin-Exacerbated Respiratory Disease (AERD) including what it consists of as well as treatment methods to control it in the article below.  For additional information about AERD or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Charlot, please contact our offices at (347) 564-3211.

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Peanut Allergies

Peanut Allergy

Dr. Cascya Charlot and Allergy and Asthma Care of Brooklyn are following new recommendations when it comes to infants and peanut allergies. Please review the following article for the latest peanut allergy information.

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Ruling Out Penicillin Allergies

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Did you know that as many as 90 percent of patients with a penicillin allergy are incorrectly diagnosed?  In the folowing article, Dr. Cascya Charlot explains that it is possible that you may not be allergic to this common antibiotic after all.

Follow this link to read the article which was featured on the New York Presbyterian Hospital website (http://www.nyp.org/brooklyn).

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Proper Inhaler Technique

Proper Inhaler Technique - Brooklyn Allergy Dr.

Studies show that many patients are using their inhalers incorrectly, resulting in only 7%-40% of the medication being delivered to the lungs. Improper technique can result in poor asthma control resulting in stronger medications prescribed. Below are the steps for proper technique when using your metered-dose inhaler (i.e. ProAir, Proventil, Ventolin, Flovent …)

Take off cap. Shake the inhaler. Prime (spray or pump) the inhaler as needed according to manufacturer’s instructions (each brand is different).If you use a spacer or valved holding chamber (VHC), remove the cap and look into the mouthpiece to make sure nothing is in it. Place the inhaler in the rubber ring on the end of the spacer/VHC.Stand up or sit up straight.Take a deep breath in. Tilt head back slightly and blow out completely to empty your lungs.Place the mouthpiece of the inhaler or spacer/VHC in your mouth and close your lips around it to form a tight seal.As you start to breathe in, press down firmly on the top of the medicine canister to release one “puff” of medicine. Breathe in slowly (gently) and as deeply as you can for 3 to 5 seconds.Hold your breath and count to 10.Take the inhaler or spacer/VHC out of your mouth. Breathe out slowly.If you are supposed to take 2 puffs of medicine per dose, wait 1 minute and repeat steps 3 through 8.If using an inhaled corticosteroid, rinse out your mouth with water and spit it out. Rinsing will help to prevent an infection in the mouth.

If you use a different inhaler please click the link below to review proper technique:

https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/files/docs/public/lung/asthma_tipsheets.pdf

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Am I Allergic To Penicillin?

Am I allergic to Penicillin? 

Dr. Cascya Charlot of Allergy & Asthma Care of  Brooklyn explains that the answer is "Probably Not".

Penicillin allergies are the most documented drug allergy in the United States, reported to affect over 10 percent of the population.  However, recent reports have found that 9 out of 10 patients (90%) who report as penicillin allergic are incorrectly diagnosed.

Symptoms of rash and stomach problems are commonly mistaken as allergic reactions to antibiotics, though the majority are unrelated.

Why get tested?

Incorrect labeling of patients as "Penicillin allergic" is a leading cause for the overuse of broad-spectrum antibiotics which are more expensive and increased side effects.  This overuse of broad-spectrum antibiotics has directly resulted in the growing antibiotic resistance.

Overuse of broad-spectrum antibiotics for penicillin allergies has led to an increase in drug-resistant bacteria such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).  Broad-spectrum antibiotics also significantly increase the final cost of treatment for patients to use alternative medications.

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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.  

Please click here to read the complete article.

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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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What's behind the "pollen tsunami"

Dr. Charlot was recently featured on CBS Evening News discussing the Spring allergy season. Pollen counts have been so high that many have dubbed it a "pollen tsunami." In the video below, CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook explains what's behind the surge.

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Dr Charlot on Martha Stewart Show

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Dr. Cascya Charlot of Allergy and Asthma care of Brooklyn was recently featured on the Martha Stewart Show airing on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio.

The show was mostly a question and answer session about food allergies. Below are a couple pictures of the session!

 

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Have Allergies? It Could Really Be Non-Allergic Rhinitis

Dr. Cascya Charlot of Allergy and Asthma Care of Brooklyn is featured in this CBS News piece talking about Rhinitis, its symptoms and what you should do about this condition.

Click this link to see the video and read the article from CBS New York.

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Dr. Charlot Awarded "Patients' Choice Award"

b2ap3_thumbnail_Patients_Choice_Award.jpgDr. Cascya Charlot was awarded the Patients' Choice Award as tabulated by MDx Medical , Inc.

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Effect of Pollution on Asthma

Dr. Charlot was recently featured on BCAT Television roundtable forum "Working For You".

The topic of the discussion is "The Effect of Pollution on Asthma". 

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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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  •  10 Plaza Street # 1E
    Brooklyn, NY 11238
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