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The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA) represents over 2,700 Board-certified otolaryngologists and health care providers. Otolaryngology, frequently referred to as Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT), uniquely combines medical and surgical expertise to care for patients with a variety of conditions affecting the ears, nose, and throat, as well as commonly related conditions. AAOA members devote part of their practice to the diagnosis and treatment of allergic disease. The AAOA actively supports its membership through education, research, and advocacy in the care of allergic patients.

"Dedicated to enhancing knowledge and skill in the care of the allergic patient."

ADVOCACY UPDATES

What you need to comply with the pending USP General Chapter <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding — Sterile Preparations

3 key compliance criteria While the implementation date of the new USP General Chapter <797>…

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2019 AAOA Advanced Course in Allergy & immunology Optional USP 797 Compliance Workshop

Cost: $125 for AAOA members and $300 for non-members* in addition to AAOA Advanced Course registration…

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NEWS! USP General Chapter <797> Implementation Postponed

The United States Pharmacopeia announced that, due to appeals underway, the previously announced implementation date…

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Changes in MACRA

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Before the close of 2017, all physicians must take action to avoid the 4 percent cut that will be assessed in 2019 for not participating in the new Quality Payment Program (QPP) authorized by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).  Read More

CMS Announces Changes in MACRA Implementation Timeline. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced major changes to the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization (MACRA).
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Upcoming Dates

12/01/19: Research Grant Cycle
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02/15/20: Crowdsourcing for 2020 Scottsdale
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02/15/20: Call for Proposals
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04/01/20: Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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06/01/20: Research Grant Cycle
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06/26/20: Membership Application Deadline to be eligible for AAOA Member rate for the 2020 Basic Course Learn more

09/11/20: Membership Application Deadline to be voted in at the 2020 Annual Meeting and to be eligible for AAOA Member Rate (FREE) for the 2020 Annual Meeting Learn more

EDUCATION

Here is What You Missed...

2019 New Orleans was an outstanding success?  With over 500 participants, our AAOA members left New Orleans re-energized, re-freshed, and re-engaged.  The program offered something for everyone — from cutting edge clinical content to every day how to’s for practice management efficiencies. Read More

AAOA in the Lone Star

Join us in the Lone Star State for the 2019 AAOA Advanced Course in Allergy and Immunology. This course builds on the basic clinical care of allergic patient concepts and techniques presented at the AAOA’s Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology. Read More

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IFAR Impact Factor: 2.454

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Changes in Managing Practices

Mission

Working together with AAOA staff, volunteer leadership and members will enable us to have a positive impact on our members’ practices.

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Live and Online CME

2019 Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology
December 12-14 | Austin, TX
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2020 Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology
July 9-11 | Orlando, FL
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2020 AAOA Annual Meeting
October 23-25| Scottsdale, AZ
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AAOA Clinical Insights
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NEW!!! USP 797 Online Module
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PATIENT CORNER

Off to College: Tips for Managing Allergies

Heading to college is an exciting time. What are the best ways for students to avoid exacerbation of their symptoms as they enter the hallowed halls of higher learning?

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College Allergy Symptoms Treatment Back to Shcool

News and Updates

Should I Go to Austin?

We get it.  You’ve been to the Advanced Course on Allergy & Immunology, so you…

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CEO September 2019 Update

by Jami Lucas, AAOA CEO/Executive Director Over 500 AAOA members were engaged, learning, and networking…

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Here is What You Missed…

2019 New Orleans was an outstanding success?  With over 500 participants, our AAOA members left…

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Allergy and Asthma

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory condition of the lungs. It causes the airways to become swollen and narrow, especially when something, like allergens or cigarette smoke, triggers the muscles to tighten.

This can lead to symptoms of asthma such as wheezing, chest tightness, coughing, and shortness of breath.

Most people with asthma have allergies, and many people with allergies develop asthma. Asthma, like allergies, is becoming more and more common worldwide, especially in industrialized nations.

Common allergens that can trigger asthma include dust mites, animal danders, cockroach, and molds. Pollens and molds can lead to seasonal asthma. Exercise is another common trigger, as are infections like RSV. Tobacco smoke, air pollution, and occupation chemicals can also set off the symptoms.

Sometimes asthma is just a mild nuisance, causing an annoying cough or uncomfortable feeling in the chest. At other times, it may severely limit your physical activity and quality of life, interfering with your desire to have an active lifestyle and maintain physical fitness. If untreated, long-standing asthma can even lead to permanent lung damage.

Most patients with asthma have never been diagnosed but just live with the symptoms, thinking they are normal or too mild to be treated.

Your ENT Allergist can discuss your symptoms with you to determine if treatment would be helpful. Your doctor may perform a breathing test to measure your lung function (pulmonary function test or PFT).

Depending on the severity of symptoms and test results, you may be given different treatment options, including inhalers, pills, or an allergy evaluation.

Since allergies are a leading trigger of asthma, you may want to do allergy testing to identify triggers that may be avoided. Immunotherapy has been proven to reduce asthma and allergy symptoms and provide better control of asthma and improved quality of life.

The goal of treatment is to allow you to participate in the activities you love without being restricted by your breathing.

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