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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."

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CMS Extends the MIPS 2017 Data Submission Deadline from March 31 to April 3 at 8 PM EDT

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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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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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Updated Advanced Course

Drs. Damask and Parker will lead the faculty for our annual Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology that builds on the Basic Course and delves further into allergy diagnosis, management, and treatment.
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Interactive Allergy & Rhinology Course

Course directors, Christine Franzese and Sarah Wise, are excited to announce the 2018 AAOA Interactive Allergy and Rhinology Course.
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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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2018 Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology
July 5-7 | Hollywood, FL
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September 14-16 | Philadelphia, PA
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December 6-8 | Atlanta, GA
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The first most basic treatment step, once an allergen has been identified, is to eliminate or avoid contact with it, if possible. Unfortunately, avoiding some allergens (such as dust, molds, and animals) is often difficult and thus allergen avoidance alone may not be effective.

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Allergy Testing: Types and What to Expect 2017

By Kevin Wilson MD

So you’re thinking about allergy testing. Many people wonder what this entails and what to expect. First let’s review when to do testing:

  • When the diagnosis of allergies is uncertain.
  • When you would like to identify the offending triggers to help with avoidance measures and environmental control.
  • When allergy or asthma symptoms are not controlled despite appropriate medications.
  • When considering immunotherapy (allergy shots).
  • When other related ENT problems exist that could be related to allergies. These can include chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, fluid in the middle ear, chronic ear infections, voice disturbances, asthma, or enlarged adenoids.
  • When the symptoms and complications of allergies or asthma are affecting your quality of life.

When you decide with your ENT Allergist to proceed with allergy testing, you must decide on what type of testing to do. There are two basic types, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. These are skin testing and “in vitro” blood testing.

Skin testing involves placing allergen extracts on or just under the skin and then measuring the response to each allergen. The advantage of this method is that the results can be read immediately and treatment started promptly.

Some studies also show a greater sensitivity in picking up low-level allergies compared to blood testing. The disadvantages are that certain medications, such as antihistamines, must be discontinued before testing as they can interfere with the validity or safety of the tests. There is also some mild discomfort (such as itching) with this method.

The other form of testing is “in vitro” or blood testing. This involves taking a blood sample and sending it to the lab to be tested for each allergen. The advantage here is that it requires only one needle stick to draw the blood and isn’t affected by any medications the patient is taking.

The disadvantage is that the results aren’t immediately available and so can require a follow-up visit to formulate the treatment plan.

The method you and your ENT allergist choose depends on the availability of tests, what medications you might be taking, and personal preference. You can discuss these options with your doctor.

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