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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.

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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Children's Allergies - A Video Series Featuring Dr. Cascya Charlot

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In the following video series, Dr. Cascya Charlot of Allergy and Asthma Care of Brooklyn as well as parents discuss children's allergies.  Topics include identifying the allergy, what to do once you do identify the allergy, when to see an allergist, making your house allergy safe and dealing with the food allergy on a long-termed basis.

To view the complete video series, please click here.

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Does your child have oral allergy syndrome?

Story by Denise Dador

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Some children do whatever they can to avoid eating fruits and vegetables. But if your child swears that those carrots at dinner are making their tongue tingle and they have hay fever, it may be time to call an allergist - however, it may not be a food allergy.

Pollen food allergy syndrome, an allergic reaction that affects the mouth, lips and throat, is also known as oral allergy syndrome. Dr. Cascya Charlot with the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says most parents are surprised to learn how common it is. Click for full story.

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How to Help Children with Severe Allergies Live Happy Lives

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Children with severe allergies may experience negative emotions, such as stress and anxiety. Get tips for empowering your child and not letting their allergies define them.

Get real life advice from three mothers of children with severe allergies plus expert input from Dr. Cascya Charlot on keeping your child safe and happy.

Click here to view the series of videos on EverydayHealth.com.

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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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Advice From Parents on Managing Children's Severe Allergies

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When your child has a severe allergy, you and your family can still go out and live a normal life, but it's important to prepare in advance. Find out what steps Jill, Beth and Gina take to protect their children from food allergies.

Dr. charlot discusses what the first steps are when a child has an allergic reaction to a food.

To view the video "Advice From Parents on Managing Children's Severe Allergies" as well as other outstanding videos dealing with children with food allergies, click here.

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Smart Strategies for Parenting Children With Severe Allergies

Knowing how to identify an allergic reaction and what steps to take in case of an emergency is essential when your child has severe allergies. Get tips to help you be prepared in any situation.

Dr. Charlot and parents discuss what you can do as a parent to identify an allergic reaction and what you should do once you identify an allergic reaction in the video "Smart Strategies for Parenting Children With Severe Allergies".  

You can see this video as well as other videos dealing with allergies in this series. 

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What All Children with Severe Allergies Should Know

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It's important for your children with severe allergies to know how serious their condition is and that they have to avoid certain allergens. Gina, Beth and Jill discuss how they taught their children about their allergies.

Click here to view the video entitled "What All Children with Severe Allergies Should Know" which features Dr. Cascya Charlot discussing food allergies and how children can be involved and be a partner in food choices.

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Give Your Home an Allergy-Free Makeover

Having Children with food allergies doesn't stop parents Beth, Gina or Jill from keeping "trigger" foods in their kitchens.  The video entitled "Give Your Home An allergy Friendly Makeover"  shows how they avoid cross-contamination and accidental exposure to allergens in their home.  

Click here to view the series of videos on EverydayHealth.com which features Dr. Charlot speaking on the subject.

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Surviving Spring Allergies

In this video, Dr. Charlot speaks about surviving Spring allergies and what you can do to combat the allergy season.

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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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Do you have allergies? If so, how do you cope with them?

Allergies: More than a spring cold? If it's allergies, how can you combat the runny nose & itchy eyes that will turn a lovely spring day into a 30-tissue weeper? In this video, Dr. Cascya Charlor talks about the symptoms of allergies, allergy testing, and the difference between allergies and colds. Dr. Charlot also discusses when to use allergy shots or over the counter medications.

From Brooklyn Independent Television's Healthbeat Brooklyn, episode 40.

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Dr. Charlot Awarded "Patients' Choice Award"

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Reduce the Effects of Seasonal Allergies

Dr. Charlot interviewed by Brooklyn News 12 about what you can do to reduce the effects of seasonal allergies.

The news segment and interview can be seen below.

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The Rising Costs of Asthma Inhalers

Dr. Charlot was a guest speaker on the News 12 segment "The rising cost of asthma inhalers and what this means to asthma sufferers"

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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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Managing Allergies at Work

Do you space out at work due to allergy symptoms or medication?

By Gina Shaw
WebMD Feature Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD

It's hard enough to cope with allergies on the weekend, but dealing with allergies at work is even more challenging.

Ask anyone who's ever dozed off in the middle of an important meeting because of allergy symptoms or medications.

"Allergy symptoms are the No. 2 reason adults miss work," says James Sublett, MD, a board-certified asthma and allergy specialist in Louisville, Ky.

The average worker with allergies misses about one hour per week over the course of a year. But that sick time is often concentrated during peak allergy periods. An Ohio State University study showed that allergy sufferers can miss up to 32 hours of work in a week when allergens are at their peak. And with 20 to 50 million Americans suffering from some form of seasonal allergies, all that lost work really adds up.

The effect of allergies at work has been called "presenteeism" -- being at work, but out of it. A 2001 study in a telephone call center found a significant correlation between spiking pollen counts and decreased productivity -- about 10% -- for workers with allergies.

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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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