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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

USP Update

Final Standards for Allergen Extract Compounding under USP Chapter 797 The long-awaited new USP Chapter…

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Impact OF 2019 Physician Fee Schedule on Allergy and Sinus Services

Specialty Impact The conversion factor for 2019 will be $36.0391 and remains essentially flat.  The changes…

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Your AAOA at the AMA

I want to urge you to consider membership in the AMA because your membership in…

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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

07/31/19: Membership Application Deadline to be voted in at the 2019 Annual Meeting and to be eligible for AAOA Member Rate (FREE) for the 2019 Annual Meeting
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12/01/19: Research Grant Cycle
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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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06/01/20: Call For Scientific Abstracts Deadline
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06/7/20: Membership Application Deadline to be eligible for AAOA Member rate for the 2020 Basic Course

EDUCATION

New Orleans: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Much like the Clash song lyrics, many of you will flip through this AAOA Today issue trying to assess whether it is worth the cost to get on a plane to participate in the AAOA’s Annual Meeting. We recognize you have lots of CME options, some are even competing with our meeting in New Orleans. Read More

IFAR

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 AAOA Annual Meeting
September 13-15 | New Orleans, LA
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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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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

New Orleans: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Much like the Clash song lyrics, many of you will flip through this AAOA Today…

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International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology Top Articles 2018-2019

Read top articles published in the International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology 2018-2019. Most Cited International Consensus…

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CEO Update – Re·im·ag·ine

re·im·ag·ineverb reinterpret (an event, work of art, etc) imaginatively; rethink Reimagined, Reinvented, Reinvigorated….these are all…

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Living With Allergies

Allergy Management Tips & Myths

  1. Seasonal symptoms does not necessarily mean you have seasonal allergies.

    To really understand your symptoms and their causes, it is best to undergo allergy testing to both determine the cause and the best treatment modality. Spring allergy symptoms could be tree pollen or they could just as easily be mold allergies, which can be a year-round trigger.

  2. Manage your medications.

    Not all the over-the-counter allergy medications are the same. Some are straight antihistamines intended to block histamine receptors. Some combine antihistamines with decongestants, which tend to dry up block nasal and respiratory passages. Some are intranasal steroids intended to reduce the inflammation associated with congestion. Know what you are taking and how it acts. Sometimes, using the same medication over and over can result in a tolerance build up. You may find you need to change up which antihistamine you use. Working with your physician to find a allergy treatment regimen that works is a good plan.

  3. Know what you are taking with natural cures.

    There are lots of theories, postulates, and recommendations on how best to treat allergies and their symptoms. Keep in mind, many so-called “natural cures” are not regulated by the FDA. It is always wise to know what you are taking, what its claims and risks are, and if it interacts with any other medications (not just allergy) you may be taking. You should always share this list with your physician as well. In the list of natural cures, the data has yet to confirm local honey has an effect (although eating honey on your yogurt or morning toast cannot hurt). A Neti pot or sinus rinse kit, is old fashioned but does help wash allergens out of the nose. Supplements or teas made with butterbur and nettle root have been shown to help reduce symptoms. Additionally, European studies seem to support a diet rich in omega-3-fatty acids found in fish and walnuts can help reduce allergy symptoms. Again, a discussion with your physician can help navigate your path of treatment options.

  4. Be aware of cross-reactivities.

    There are classic examples of pollen-and-food pairs that exacerbate symptoms — ragweed and melon and birch trees and apple are two well-known pairs. The reason behind this pairing is that certain foods have similar proteins to the pollens, so they cause or augment allergy symptoms or irritations such as an itchy mouth or throat. This tends to occur primarily during high season for these pollens. Cooking the offending food can help break down the proteins and improve tolerability.

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NEWS and BLOG

Nasal Sprays

Nasal Sprays can be an effective treatment options for many allergy sufferers. Read More

Allergy Testing

Allergy Testing is important to identify the allergens that impact you.
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Allergy Map

Recent Blog Articles

Off to College: Tips for Managing Allergies in a New Environment

Heading to college is an exciting time.  Many new…

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Proper Way to Use a Nasal Spray

For most nasal sprays, tilt your head slightly forward.…

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