2013 Fight for Air Walk
APRIL 20, 2013
WESTERN MALL • SIOUX FALLS, SD
Every step you take and every dollar you raise in the Fight for Air Walk helps the millions of people who are affected by lung disease. Walk with us for healthy lungs and clean air!
Valentino's Silent Auction Info (.pdf)
Do I Have To Be Allergic Forever?
Allergies can make life miserable. Even worse, for most patients, they last most of our life. Allergy Immunotherapy can change how allergic a patient is. Imagine less allergy and asthma symptoms for decades! Immunotherapy is mainly done with allergy shots but new information is giving us evidence of help with some types of allergy drops, too. It is nice to know allergy patients have real options for relief. Talk with your allergist about what is right for you and your allergies!
The hard freeze has hit, snow fell, and yet the allergy season is not over for many! The mold spores continue to cause the allergy eyes, noses, and a lot of allergic asthma problems. Snow will help! Allergy medication and allergy shots can, too. Remember to keep the house closed up. And--keep having fun this fall!!
Hayfever Season is here!
Welcome Mrs. Peterson, CNP
Our practice has added Lindsey Peterson, CNP to our staff! She can help with your allergy and asthma problems and will assist us with more timely access to appointments.
We act as a team at Dakota Allergy & Asthma to get your allergies under the best control possible.
It is now ragweed season. The itchy eyes; itchy, runny, and sneezy nose that has just gone crazy likely is due to ragweed pollen (or one of the other weeds, perhaps mold, or even continued grass). Be sure to get on top of your allergies!
We are getting some new and improved sidewalks at the building. This is happening on the north side. It will be easier to come into the office from the WEST side of the building. Enjoy your summer!
Grass is starting to pollinate here in South Dakota! June and July are the peak months but we don't stop until a hard freeze. Be ready to treat your allergies. If you are to use the preventative nasal steroids for grass allergy--start it now as directed. The Allegra, Claritin, and Zyrtec are all over the counter and available as generics now.
It is tree allergy season in South Dakota. Our winds are blowing the pollen for at least 50 miles and mixing them with the mold spores.
Asthma Walk 2011
The 2011 Fight For Air Walk is April 2, 2011. We are proud to be sponsors and hope many of you can participate!
The American Lung Association works hard to help improve lung conditions such as asthma & COPD, as well as decreasing the harmful effects of air pollution and secondhand smoke.
For more information go to: http://www.FightForAirWALK.org
Brookings Outreach Cancelled 1-11-11
Due to road and weather conditions, we have cancelled appointments in Brookings 1-11-11. Stay warm and safe!
January 2011 marks our 10th Anniversary as Dakota Allergy & Asthma. We are excited to continue treating our patient's allergies and asthma for many years to come!
We added back allergy shot hours on Thursday, November 11th and part of Friday, November 12th's am hours.
2010 Fall Symposium
This weekend Br. Bubuak attended the 2010 Fall Symposium of the Los Angeles Society of Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology. The topics included Non-Allergic Rhinopathy, New Developments in the Long-Acting Beta-Agonist Safety Controversy, Global Warming, and Food Allergy. The concept of allergy control was stressed!
Our Parking Lot
The parking lot is being repaired. Parking is being adjusted to allow the work. Parking is still available but you may need to use the driveway just west of us between Ethan Allen and the Hauge Building. Thanks for your patients! This will be done this week.
Dr. Bubak on the SDPB program "On Call" Thursday
Dr. Bubak will be featured on the "On Call" show, Thursday August 19th, at 7 pm. Dr. Bubak will talk with Dr. Holm and Mrs. Watson about allergies and asthma. This is on South Dakota Public Broadcasting TV.
Ragweed season has started in South Dakota!
The itchy eyes; itchy, sneezy, plugged, and runny nose from weed allergy is here. Be sure to be on your Allergy Relief Program.
Spring Allergies Are Here!
The trees are heavily pollenating this spring. The mold spores are being blown for many, many miles. An allergy prevention program is keeping many patients comfortable despite all Mother Nature is throwing us. If you're not one of them, be sure to come in for some allergy relief!
Allergy Testing Issues
Allergy testing can be very helpful to identify what is causing your symptoms. Realize that the testing needs to be correctly ordered, performed, and interpreted to maximize your improvement. Just like other tests, false positive and false negatives occur. All tests must be interpreted with the patient's unique history and findings. An allergist certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology has proven knowledge and skill with all types of allergy testing and is a great person to care for your allergies!
We now have wireless access for our patients.
Bring your laptop and ask about logging in during your allergy shot waiting times or during your evaluation.
Generic And Over The Counter Medications
Both Allegra (fexofenadine) pills and Flonase (fluticasone) Nasal Spray are available as generics. If you are able to use the generics for a lower cost, be sure to check with us if a new prescription is needed. Both Claritin (loratadine) and Zyrtec (cetirizine) are now over the counter and do not need a prescription to obtain.
Xolair News--July 2009.
The FDA on 7-16-09 informed physicians that they were reviewing reports of an increased number of patients having heart, lung, and cerebrovascular disorders in the Xolair treated patients in the EXCELS trial. They have recommended not changing treatment patterns and haven't made any label changes at this point. If you are our patient on Xolair and have questions, do call or make an appointment.
Be Sure To See A Board Certified Allergist
Allergists are specialists in the treatment of allergic and immunologic diseases such as asthma, allergic rhinitis (hayfever), hives, eczema, and anaphylaxis. The American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI) certifies allergists. An allergist first becomes an internal medicine or pediatric physician, then completes 2 years of adult and pediatric allergy subspecialty training, and finally is required to successfully pass the ABAI certification examination. Be sure to have your allergy problems cared for by an Allergist certified by the ABAI.
Unproven Allergy Evalutations and Treatments
1) Sublingual Allergy Drops: The US Food and Drug Administration has continued to classify allergy drops as experimental in the treatment of allergies and asthma. Nationwide studies are underway to give us a better understanding of what to expect with drop therapy. At this time they appear to be significantly less effective than allergy shots and likely will be more expensive. Systemic reactions from the drops are being reported more and more. The effective dose, frequency of administration, and duration of treatment are not known at this time. We are happy to discuss what is best in your individual circumstances.
2) Serial End Point Titration Allergy Testing (SET): With SET, multiple intradermal tests are done with every allergen. SET was common years ago. Studies have shown that the less invasive, less costly, and less painful prick skin tests are preferred for most allergy testing situations. Prick skin tests are also preferred over the blood allergy tests due to the better sensitivity of the test and the markedly lower price. Your allergist can help pick the correct test to find out your allergies.
New Asthma Guidelines:
Updated asthma guidelines from the NHLBI were released late in 2007. The big changes are first a push to look more at the allergies causing the asthma to be worse and secondly to really see if the patient’s asthma is under control. Your allergist will be sure to address both changes with you at your appointment.
We are happy for the introduction of a C1 inhibitor replacement product for patinets with Hereditary Angioedema. Cinryze was approved by the FDA and is now available. This is the first new therapy for this very difficult disease in years!