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Dealing with food allergies

About our Food Allergy Doctors Since 1951 the food allergy doctors at Allergy & Asthma Specialists have been successfully treating children in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and throughout Hampton Roads who suffer from a food allergy or severe food allergies caused by peanuts, milk, shellfish and other foods.

Bee Sting Allergy

Local pain and swelling Local pain and swelling are expected after a bee sting and not a cause for concern. Also large local reactions, while painful, are not dangerous as long as they do not involve the airway. Neither of these two reactions identifies patients at increased risk for anaphylactic reactions to bee stings other Continue Reading

The Diagnosis of Asthma

  Of course, many patients will attribute their poor exercise tolerance to their age, their weight, or their sedentary lifestyle, and certainly these contribute significantly to their underlying condition. Asthma needs to be included in the differential diagnosis (along with heart disease). Once you suspect asthma, pulmonary function testing (spirometry) by an asthma doctor can Continue Reading

Allergy & Asthma Specialists provides asthma training to Chesapeake Public Schools K-12 nurses

The seminar covered: • How to recognize Exercise Induced Asthma and what to do. • Activities that put student-athletes at greater risk for developing asthma. • Approximately 70% of asthmatics suffer from allergies. • Treating allergies results in improved asthma control. • Albuterol may become weight-based because of our child obesity problem. • The consequences Continue Reading

Food Allergies

Some even develop tolerances to peanuts. Oral Allergy Syndrome is an interesting subclass of Food Allergies in which patients develop mild oral and perioral pruritis, tingling, and angioedema to certain raw fruits and vegetables because the fruits and vegetables share allergenic proteins with unrelated plant pollens. For instance, patients with birch pollen allergy may develop Continue Reading

Clinic provides asthma training to Virginia Beach PE Teachers & Nurses

A community partnership between Virginia Beach City Public Schools and Allergy & Asthma Specialists is helping educate PE Teachers and nurses at all grade levels about Exercise Induced Asthma and mimic Exercise Induced Asthma. The in-service training consisted of six seminars at various Virginia Beach public schools from August – October. The seminars were conducted Continue Reading

What is Allergic Rhinitis?

Allergic Rhinitis is an inflammation of the mucus membranes of the nose/upper respiratory tract, and is induced by a variety of substances known as allergens. Seasonal allergens include tree, grass, and ragweed pollens. Perennial allergens include dust, dust mites, cockroaches, cats and dogs. If you have allergies, these allergens will cause sneezing; itchy nose, roof Continue Reading

Exposure to certain airborne chemicals linked to immune system effects and asthma diagnosis in children

By Megan Brown, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology – 11/6/2013 Outside air pollutants are a known trigger of asthma, the most common chronic disease in children according to the World Health Organization, but whether these pollutants actually cause new cases of asthma is still being investigated. Research from the 2013 Annual Meeting of Continue Reading

Allergy & Asthma Specialists provides asthma training to Chesapeake Public Schools K-12 nurses

The seminar covered: • How to recognize Exercise Induced Asthma and what to do. • Activities that put student-athletes at greater risk for developing asthma. • Approximately 70% of asthmatics suffer from allergies. • Treating allergies results in improved asthma control. • Albuterol may become weight-based because of our child obesity problem. • The consequences Continue Reading

Treating vaginal candida infections through immunotherapy

December 2010 Many women have a problem with recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis, which consists of recurrent or persistent vaginal candida infections that are unresponsive to standard therapies. To make matters worse, once every therapy offered fails, most of these women stop reporting vaginal infections to their doctors. Fortunately, a number of studies have demonstrated that C. Continue Reading

News & Allergy Shot Update

Allergy Shot Update
All treatment is by appointment only at our three offices.

There are no changes to Allergy Shot hours at this time.

FDA Update on Zantac/Ranitidine
SEPTEMBER 13, 2019 - The FDA has learned that some ranitidine medicines, including Zantac, contain a nitrosamine impurity called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) at low levels. NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen (a substance that could cause cancer) based on results from laboratory tests.

The FDA has NOT issued a recall and is not calling for individuals to stop taking Zantac at this time. However, patients with questions or patients who would like some alternative options should call our office at (757) 481-4383. Click here for more details: Zantac/Ranitidine