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Celebrating Over 80 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.

"Advance the comprehensive management of allergy and inflammatory disease in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery through training, education, and advocacy."

AAOA Member Benefits

  • Up to 60% discount for CME programs and free Annual Meeting. All AAOA’s CME programs meet ABOTOHNS Continuing Certification.
  • AAOA US ENT Affinity program, where AAOA members can gain savings on antigen, allergy supplies, and any of the other 5 service lines US ENT offers. For more email
  • Tools and resources to comply with US General Chapter 797 and practice management tools.
  • Advocacy support.
  • And much more! Learn More


As part of our on-going member support, we are introducing a new website feature to help with common practice management challenges. We welcome your input with questions or challenges you would like to address. Read More


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Physicians Urge MedPAC To Recommend Inflation-Based Medicare Payment Update To Replace Current Law

From the AMA Advocacy Update Newsletter, May 17, 2024 In a letter (PDF) to the Medicare Payment…

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CMS Updates Conversion Factor for Physician Services

In early March, Congress adopted legislation that updated the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) conversion factor for…

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Upcoming Dates

04/01/24: Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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06/01/24: Research Grant Cycle
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08/02/24: Scientific Abstract Submission Deadline
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12/01/24: Research Grant Cycle
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AAOA Basic Course

Join us from July 25-27 at the hybrid 2024 AAOA Basic Course. As a hybrid course, we are excited to offer both live in-person and virtual participation. The course content will be accessible for over 90 days to help you maximize value. Register Today 


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IFAR Featured Content: COVID-19 - Free Access
Endonasal instrumentation and aerosolization risk in the era of COVID‐19: simulation, literature review, and proposed mitigation strategies . Read More

Changes in Managing Practices

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

2024 AAOA Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology - Hybrid
July 25-27, 2024
The Diplomat, Hollywood, Florida
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2024 AAOA Annual Meeting - Hybrid
November 8-10, 2024
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
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2025 AAOA Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology - Hybrid
March 27-29, 2025
The Hythe, Vail, CO
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USP 797 Online Module
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AAOA Educational Stacks
Next Release October 1, 2024

News and Updates

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AAOA Practice Resource Tool Kit

The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA) Practice Resource Tool Kit is intended as a guide to help AAOA members integrate allergy into their otolaryngology practice and to continually improve on this integration as new information, regulations, and resources become available.

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AAOA has launched a Partner Resource Center to bring you partner resources that can assist your practice and patient care.

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How Does One Test for Allergies?

By Jodi Zuckerman MD, FAAOA

Allergy testing can be used to confirm that specific antigen triggers (grass, ragweed, dust mite, cat) produce a body response that triggers a histamine release and allergy cascade. Identifying these triggers can be helpful in treatment options of avoidance, medical management, and  immunotherapy. 

There are two main ways to test for allergies.  Both are measuring the response of the body to an allergen presentation.  The first possible way is through skin testing.  There are different methods of skin testing.  In skin prick testing, an antigen is presented to the skin with a small prick device at a very superficial level.  A response is measured by a resultant wheel that indicates how reactive or allergic you are to that allergen after waiting an allocated amount of time. 

The other form of skin testing is with a needle presenting the antigen to a deeper layer of skin.  This is called intradermal testing.  The response is also measured by the size of the wheel after presentation to the dermis of the skin.  Skin prick and intradermal testing can be used alone or in a combined fashion known as the modified quantitative testing where the response by skin prick will determine the concentration of antigen used to be applied to the dermis of the skin and this resultant reactivity is used as a safe endpoint of concentration of antigen for further immunotherapy. 

There are certain situations in which skin testing cannot be performed. Patients may be on medications that inhibit the response like tricyclic antidepressants, antihistamines, or medications that could interfere with emergency response of a severe reaction such as Beta-Blockers.  Skin disorders such as dermatographism and glycerine sensitivity may also require alternative testing. 

Allergy response can also be measured by a blood test looking specifically for antibodies that have been made in the blood that play a role in the allergic response when the specific allergen is encountered. This is commonly referred to as RAST (Radioallergoabsorbant Testing) and looks for the number of IgE antibiodies in the blood for a presumed antigen.  

Once the physician is able to review the results of the testing a guided treatment plan can be devised.  A positive test is not always significant and is taken in consideration with elements of the patient’s symptoms such as seasonality, exposures, and severity of symptoms.

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