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Help us make Thanksgiving wonderful for elderly families in Owensboro who don’t have enough food for a special meal. We are partnering with Intrepid Home Health to bring Thanksgiving meals to 20 elderly families. The needed items are on the menu below (click to enlarge). You can drop off your donations to Bluegrass Family Allergy.…
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Our office will be closed on Friday and Saturday, October 13-14. Dr. Brauer has been invited to sit on the National Advisory Board for pharmaceuticals meeting this weekend. She hates to close the office on short notice, but feels that she can ultimately help her patients and the allergy community greatly by attending this meeting.
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We’ve been seeing a quite a lot of exercise induced breathing symptoms with the dry fall weather, the onset of cooler air, and the coinciding fall cross-country and soccer seasons. You could have exercise asthma if you have coughing, wheezing, or a tight chest when you exercise, or within 5-20 minutes after exercise. The American…
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Boo! It’s Halloween time again—time for costumes, trick or treating, and going door to door. It’s one of my favorite times of the year, and the office staff plans on dressing up in celebration of the holiday. For those with food allergies, however, Halloween can be a trying time. Most smaller packaged candies don’t come…
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I get the question frequently from parents of babies and toddlers with wheezing—“Is this a sign of asthma? Is there any way to predict if the wheezing will go away? How long will we have to stay on medication?” Known risk factors for the development of asthma are Having a parent who has asthma A…
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Over the past 2 years, there have been some significant advances in the research on food allergies. With every 1 in 13 school-aged children having a food allergy, we need some answers! There are several different trials ongoing with peanut dust and peanut flour, mostly being done in New York and at Duke University, where…
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Is fall your allergy season? Did you know that where you live can have a major impact on your allergies? The Allergy Capitals is an annual research project of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) to identify “the 100 most challenging places to live with allergies” during spring and fall. The Top Cities…
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Influenza vaccination (the “flu shot”) is recommended yearly by primary care physicians for at-risk patients, namely children, older adults, anyone with respiratory diseases, and anyone exposed to these persons. So, essentially, EVERYBODY. There are several forms available, but the most notable difference is the well-known “shot” or the “mist,” which is sniffed into the nose.…
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It’s backpack time again, with most schools in our area starting either this week or the next.  Everyone (me included) is scrambling to get those last items on the supply list.  Don’t forget to get your medications and school nursing forms ready too! For food allergy parents, this can be a very anxiety-provoking time, especially…
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