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Celebrating Over 75 Years Of Service

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

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

President Message

Are lectures the best way to educate physicians?  What does it take for us to…

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Socio-Economic Committee Update May 2017

By AAOA Leadership Change is the only constant in life and medicine to borrow from…

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How to Prepare for Your Allergy Test

As you embark on your allergy testing, there are several important things to remember.  Your testing process may take 60-90 minutes but will result in information on which allergens you react to and how severely you react to each one.  Be sure and inform your physician and staff if you are not feeling well or have started taking any new medications or have developed any new medical problems prior to the testing.

The testing will involve needle pricks, usually done on the upper arm. Wear comfortable clothing that allows for easy exposure of this area.  It is best to avoid tight or restrictive clothing.  You may also have vital signs and breathing tests administered during this process.

Leave the lotions at home.  Identifying your allergic responses depends on a reaction between the inflammatory cells in the skin and the antigens.  In order to insure accurate test results, its best to avoid lotions or skin treatments that could interfere with the testing results. 

No strenuous physical activity immediately before the test.  Vigorous physical exercise could potentially increase the risk of an allergic reaction during the testing.  It’s best to delay exercise until at least 3 hours after your testing.

Discontinue antihistamines for 7 days prior to testing.  Antihistamines block the inflammatory cascade that results in the skin response which is being measured to determine your allergies.  Medications such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine), Claritin (loratidine), Allegra (fexofenadine), Zyrtec (Ceterizine), and Xyzal (levocetirizine) should be discontinued 7 days prior to testing.  Remember that many over the counter cough and cold medications also contains some of these drugs, so they should also be discontinued.  If you have a question about your medications, please ask the staff.