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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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Living With Allergies

Allergies: Not Just for Summer Anymore

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By Kevin Wilson

Nearly 50 million people battle allergies of some kind, including pollen, animal and food allergies. And when summer is over, it doesn’t mean allergy season is behind us. Some of us suffer from allergies triggered by our everyday surroundings all year round.

As seasons change, we can find ourselves spending more time indoors and we expose ourselves to a host of irritants that don’t go away.

What some may think is a seasonal cold might be allergies set off by dust mites, insects, mold or dander from pets, such as cats or dogs. When we are indoors fighting “cabin fever” we are also fighting allergens that can range from mild to severe, depending on our tolerance.

To date, nasal steroids and antihistamines are the typical course for minor allergies. Those with more serious allergies are candidates for allergy shots, or immunotherapy.

Shots have been used successfully for many years and have proven to be the most effective long- term solution for people suffering from allergies.

The Treatment

Allergy shots may be a good treatment choice for you if:

  • You are unable to avoid the things that cause your allergic reactions, and allergy medications don’t control your symptoms
  • Allergy medications cause bothersome side effects or interactions with othermedications you need to take
  • You wish to reduce your long- term use of allergy medication
  • You are allergic to insect stings

Even though immunotherapy has been proven to be extremely effective, allergy symptoms don’t disappear overnight. Patients usually improve during the first year of treatment, but more noticeable improvement comes during the second year. By the third year, most people are desensitized to the allergens contained in the shots and no longer have significant allergic reactions to those substances.

After a few years of successful treatment, some people don’t have significant allergy problems even after allergy shots are stopped. Other people need ongoing shots to keep symptoms under control.

Immunotherapy is currently one of the most effective FDA-approved methods of getting those problematic allergies under control, but there is good news on the horizon for those who find shot therapy an inconvenience.

An investigational approach to shot therapy is being symptoms triggered by:

  • Seasonal allergies. If you have seasonal allergic asthma or hay fever symptoms, you may be allergic to pollens released by trees, grasses or
  • Indoor If you have year-round symptoms, you may be sensitive to indoor allergens, such as dust mites, cockroaches, mold or dander from pets, such as cats or dogs.
  • Insect stings. Bees, wasps, hornets or yellow jackets can trigger allergic reactions to insect

Whether you have a cold or an allergy, it just makes sense to visit your local allergist. Start living your life free of sneezing, sniffling, watery eyes, aches and pains—and more.

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