2015 Fall Allergy Tips – Halloween

With October quickly drawing to a close, there are a few news and notes worth mentioning. For people with allergies and asthma, ragweed is wreaking havoc, particularly in the south. Drier conditions have helped to create an ideal situation for…

Breast Cancer Awareness: Allergies and Cancer

From ads in magazines and on television to even NFL games, November’s color is pink. Over the last several years, Breast Cancer Awareness month (November) has been synonymous with pink ribbons and pink in all types of ads and even…

Check Your Filters – Spring To-Do List

Spring allergy season is in full swing. How do I know this, you ask? Easy. When the sneezing around the office sounds like a veritable spring symphony. When the tissue box is always empty. When the gunk coming out of…

Spring Allergies Arrive… Just in Time for Easter!

As the weather begins to warm again, that most joyous time of year is nearly upon us – spring! Sunshine, warm temperatures, daffodils, and blooming plants of all varieties. It’s official, spring allergies arrive… and just in time for Easter!…

Ask an Allergist – Dr. Mardiney – Spring 2015

Though we’ve taken a bit of a hiatus, our favorite allergist, Dr. Mardiney, is back to answer some of your allergy and asthma related questions. Up today for Ask an Allergist are some questions regarding hidden allergens and triggers in…

New Year’s, Cedar Allergies, and Resolutions

New Year's, Cedar Allergies, and Resolutions _A new year is a fresh start, a clean slate, so why didn't old problems get the memo? For many, the new year kicks off a new struggle with allergies. The colder temperatures usually…

Tis The Season: Nuts & Alcohol

As the season of family get togethers and office parties draws nearer, now is a great time to go over a few things regarding foods allergies and two things that commonly appear at these types of gatherings – alcohol and…

Common Cold vs. Allergies: Three Round Slugfest

Every year a question most people struggle with at some point is, ‘Do I have a cold or is it allergies?’. For most people, it's not a terribly difficult question to answer. People who cope with allergies are familiar with…

Allergy-Free R & R

As the travel and hospitality industries grow to meet the needs of a more and more diverse clientele, you might notice how they are becoming more accommodating to travelers with allergies and chemical sensitivities. Earlier I wrote a blog about…

Studies Reinforce Link Between Corticosteroids & Height

Back in 2012, I highlighted a study that was presented at the European Respiratory Society conference that focused on the link between the use of common asthma treatments and a child's height. In this study, researchers examined the use of…

Aww Man… My iPad’s Making Me Itch?

A recently published case report in the journal Pediatrics takes aim at some of our most commonly used devices as a potential source for skin problems. While it can be argued that a lot of us spend too much time…

No Peanuts On This Airline

Once in a while our customer service department receives calls asking what we suggest for traveling with allergies, most often, peanut allergies. As of now there is not much we can say aside from informing your airline of your allergies,…

April Showers Bring May… Allergies?

We have had gorgeous weekends here in Atlanta recently. Everyone and their kids and dogs have been out celebrating the Dogwood Festival and spending time at Piedmont Park. In between all this good weather have been bouts of heavy rain…

Oralair Approved as First Oral SLIT Medication

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the thumbs up for Oralair (Stallergenes, Inc.) to be on the market as the US

Worst Cities for Spring Allergies (and some pretty pictures!)

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Block Spring Pollen Tips & HEPA Air Purifier Giveaway

Spring allergy season is fully upon us in many parts of the country. Locally, Atlanta has seen an average pollen count of 2,624 for each of the last nine days! As usual tree pollen is the primary culprit early in…

Off to Costa Rica! Allergy & Asthma Travel Tips

I am headed off to enjoy the sunshine, beach and rainforests of Costa Rica! We will be traveling to the Guanacaste region where it will be dry with little rain during this time of year. This is also means I…

Out With the Snow, In With the Pollen!

Despite the wind and snow that has continually harassed much of the country this winter, for many areas of the country, spring is here! Personally, every year I definitively mark the start of spring here in Atlanta, and that day…

Ask An Allergist – Dr. Mardiney

We are constantly trying to bring you the most up-to-date and relevant information available. To help in doing so, we've begunn partnering with board certified doctors to answer some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about allergies and…

Best Plants for Gardening with Allergies

Now is the time to start planning your gardens, whether they are in your backyard, in pots on your porch or planters on your window sill! It

CATALYST – Clinical Trials, Cat Vaccine

This is a topic we've mentioned before throughout the years and originally back in 2011, a novel treatment for cat allergies that is less invasive, less time consuming and as effective as more traditional allergy shots. British drug maker, Circassia…

Tax Time!

Cedar Allergies – Back with a Vengeance

It's winter time, and while many of us are struggling with bouts of bitter cold and snow, for some this is prime allergy season. It may seem counterintuitive for allergies, especially any type of pollen allergies, to be worse during…

Dogs and Asthma – Man’s Best Friend, Yet Again?

Owning a dog changes a lot of things for people, but one thing you might not think about is how it changes the dust inside your home. It's true, the composition of the dust in dog owner's home is actually…

Ask an Allergist – Round Three Allergy FAQ’s

As our most recent installment of Ask An Allergist, our partner, Dr. Frank Lichtenberger, answers questions about latex allergies as well as morning time coughing and sneezing for smokers. Take a look, and if you have questions you'd like us…

Tips for Coping with Pet Allergies

Pets are amazing friends to have in life. These trusted companions can increase serotonin and dopamine levels (the ‘feel good’ neurotransmitters), provide more structure in your daily routine and make you smile more! These are a few of the reasons…

Five Helpful Food Allergy Halloween Tips

Morning frost, warm afternoons, fall foliage, and specials on candy all add up to one thing – me loving this time of year. As one of my favorite times, the only downside for me is those oaks in the front…

Fall Leaves and Allergies – How to Place Nice With the Neighbors

Over seven years ago, I decided it was time for a change. So, after spending two weeks on a road trip through the South and up the Atlantic coast I came to the conclusion that Atlanta seemed like a good…

Simple Way to Block Fall Allergens

With a noticeable chill in the air, fall is upon us, and soon many of us will be buried under that annual ritual called ‘falling leaves’.

Ask an Allergist – Round Two Allergy FAQ’s

As our second installment of Ask An Allergist, we answer questions about food desensitization, avoiding asthma triggers and bird dander allergies. Take a look, and if you have questions you'd like us to answer, send them along via the methods…

AchooAllergy Releases 2013 Holiday Gift Guide

We've recently released our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. Different from years past, this year's Guide is shorter, and more concise. It offers a few great products that would work well for the loved one dealing with allergies, asthma or MCS,…

New Feature – Ask the Allergist

We are constantly trying to bring you the most up-to-date and relevant information available. To help in doing so, we've began partnering with board certified doctors to answer some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about allergies and…

Self-Diagnosing vs. Logging Symptoms – The Dilemma!

As people, we often like to self-diagnose many of the everyday ailments, aches and pains we experience. Sites like WebMD and others, have given us neat little lists of symptoms that we compare ours to and ta-da, we're officially board…

Fatty Acids Linked to Increase Risk of Allergies

An article recently published by a group of Swedish researchers calls into question some of the zeal over fatty acids in our diet. With the seemingly endless parade of ads for supplements rich in antioxidants and fatty acids, this latest…

Wedding Day – Nothing to Sneeze At!

I came across an article that, this week, particularly resonated with me. While I am not getting married, my roommate is. After nearly a year of planning, she and her fianc

Pacifiers: Not Just for Kids to Enjoy?

I came across this on the drive in to work yesterday morning, and it reminded me of just a few short years ago.

May is Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month

May is Asthma Awareness Month, as designated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and with this comes a renewed focus on asthma and how it impacts not only individuals but the larger community as a whole. In addition to this,…

Nature’s Solution to Pollen

Pollen, pollen everywhere! It's like Christmas, except instead of snow, it's yellow pollen, and instead of receiving gifts, all you get is sneezing, congestion, a runny nose, allergic rhinitis or sinusitis. Though pollen levels are traditionally very high during the…

Pollen, Pollen, Go Away…

Well, it's time for Atlanta's annual rite of passage – spring pollen, and particularly pine pollen.

Study Tightens Link Between Asthma and Allergies in Adults

One aspect of my job here at Achoo puts me in touch with people with little to no knowledge of environmental control, allergy bedding or how specific things inside the house can be causing certain symptoms. One piece of information…

While Allergies Bite, Maybe This Year, Not So Bad…

With Easter and Passover now behind us, the spring allergy season is set to begin making millions across the U.S. miserable. And while there is no shortage of weather forecasters and others singing ‘doom and gloom’ for this allergy season,…

Easter – The Hunt for A Good Egg

With Good Friday and Easter just around the corner, most of us are finishing the final preparations for either dinner, Easter egg hunt or some type of family activity. In my household, my parents would put together Easter baskets then…

Cross Reactivity – Unrelated Links

When it comes to allergies, rarely are they isolated or singular. Often there are groupings, like allergen punches in bunches, that can affect the body. Peanut allergy sufferers are often allergic to other types of tree nuts, or those allergic…

Searching for a Local Allergist?

We often get questions from allergy sufferers who are looking for allergists or immunologists in their specific city or state. While we do partner with many different allergists throughout the country (you may have come across our catalogs or single…

Ford Launches SYNC AllergyApp

As a long time early riser, I am typically up and reading the news before the sun ever begins to peek over the Atlanta skyline. There's the typical hubbub – Congress is lazy, politicians trading their usual election year barbs,…

Link Between Antibacterial Soaps and Food Allergies?

For several years, one hypothesis behind the increase in allergies has been the ‘hygiene theory.’ This suggests that in western societies, children are exposed to fewer germs and bacteria, and that this lack of exposure can actually lead to a…

To Ban or Not to Ban? Aww Nuts!

I've been waiting to see something along these lines for quite some time now. In the midst of this feisty election year, PeanutAllergy.com partnered with OpposingViews.com to run a poll. Should peanuts be banned from schools? While the breadth of…

Dr. Redding on Weather.com and Home Allergies

Back in April of this year, we interviewed local allergist Dr. David Redding. Recently he was featured in a couple videos on the Weather Channel. In these, he goes over some in-home tips on how to reduce allergens. From using…

Studies Support ‘Hygiene Hypothesis’ on Allergies

As the prevalence of asthma and allergies continues to climb in most Western societies, the causes of these chronic conditions are still not known. Though, with a collection of news stories, research pieces, and press releases coming in over the…

Choosing Wisely – Tips for Allergies & Asthma Treatment

In an effort to reduce waste and needless testing in healthcare, ‘Choose Wisely’ is a public health initiative recently launched by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Using ‘top five’ lists, the ‘Choose Wisely’ series presents some of the most…