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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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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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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

How To Treat Allergies At Home

By Dr. Kevin F. Wilson

Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist

If you suffer from allergies, you’ve got lots of company. Nearly 50 million people nationwide battle allergies of some kind, including pollens, pets, molds, and foods. Allergies can manifest as a variety of problems, including hay fever, asthma, eczema, recurrent ear infections, and chronic hoarseness. Symptoms may include itchy-watery eyes, sneezing, nasal stuffiness and drainage, scratchy throats, and wheezing.

Some allergy sufferers experience symptoms all year. Others may only have problems during certain seasons or with specific exposures. Minimizing exposure to allergens, managing symptoms with medications, and desensitization with allergy shots or drops are all methods that can be useful in con- trolling allergic symptoms.

The best way to avoid allergic symptoms is to avoid the allergen that causes them. Unfortunately, many people don’t know what they’re actually allergic to, and depending on the allergen, it can be impossible to avoid. Still, simple things like wearing a mask when mowing the lawn, changing air filters regularly, and not letting the cat in the bedroom can make a significant difference for some people.

Medications such as nasal steroid sprays or antihistamines can be very helpful to control symptoms. Both over-the-counter and prescription medications are available, each with their advantages and drawbacks.

Immunotherapy, or allergy shots or drops, provides the only treatment method that can offer lasting relief or cure from allergies. This is because immunotherapy shifts the body’s response from an allergic to a non-allergic response. Rather than masking the symptoms of allergy as with medication, it can minimize the symptoms from occurring in the first place.

Allergy shots have been in use for decades. Although effective, shots can be a bit of a hassle. Allergy shots can only be administered in a doctor’s office; physicians also usually monitor patients for about 30 minutes after the shot is administered to make sure there are no adverse effects from the treatment.

Many adults and most children have an understandable aversion to needles. For grown-ups getting the shot, the anticipation every week of a jab in the arm can be emotional torture. Adults who must watch their children endure the pain, albeit quick, of that weekly sting may find it equally as difficult to watch. And the time spent driving to and from the doctor’s office for the weekly shot, then waiting the 30 minutes, can cause significant disruption to the daily routine

That’s why a different approach, known as sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT), has seen a dramatic increase in recent years. Instead of an allergy shot, a patient simply puts a few drops of the solution under their tongue. Patients (or parents) can administer the sublingual drops themselves at home.

Many doctors believe sublingual therapy is safer than allergy shots be- cause the drops under the tongue are absorbed into the system at a slower rate than the traditional allergy shots, thereby reducing the possibility of an adverse reaction.

Sublingual therapy is not new—it has been around since the 1970s and heavily used in Europe for years. In the United States, SLIT has not taken hold as quickly, partially because the treatment is still awaiting approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Without the go ahead from the FDA, insurance companies will not pay for the therapy. Allergy shots have had approval for years, and most insurance companies reimburse patients for their use.

Although sublingual therapy has not been approved by the FDA, that does not prohibit its prescription by doctors. In addition, numerous studies show the treatment is effective and safe for patient use.

And, it turns out, the cost can be quite comparable, even without insurance coverage.

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