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2010 Fight for Air Run/Walk – American Lung Association

Written on October 13, 2010 at 2:59 pm, by Neil Gershman, MD

We had a great day at this year’s American Lung Association’s Fught for Air Run/Walk. The purpose of the Run/Walk is to raise awareness about lung diseases and support many of the programs the ALA provides. The weather, the food, the camaraderie, and the activities were fantastic.  Close to $80,000 was raised.

This year, like every year, Asthma & Allergy Associates of Florida was a major sponsor of the event. Our practice has worked closely with the  American Lung Association – Dr. Miller and I are Advisory Board members for two of the South Florida Chapters. The next major event is the Fight for Air Climb in downtown Ft. Lauderdale on December 11th.

Neil Gershman, MD

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We were up bright and early for the Fight for Air Run/Walk

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Prevention of Food Allergy?

Written on September 29, 2010 at 1:02 am, by Neil Gershman, MD

Should we be telling moms to avoid common allergy-causing foods for the first few years of life?

 Conventional wisdom among pediatricians was to tell moms to hold off on feeding kids certain foods until the children were “old enough.” This came from allergy researchers who thought avoiding these foods would make the child less likely to develop an allergy to peanut, for instance. Unfortunately, it looks like this advice to parents is probably folklore.  That is, there was no real hard science behind this advice. It turns out that the opposite advice is might be better. Researchers are starting to feel that children should be exposed to allergenic foods (peanut, shrimp, tree nuts, for example) early and often.

 Studies looking at the effectiveness of government-based guidelines seeking to decrease peanut allergy by later introduction of peanuts found them at the very least to be ineffective, and possibly detrimental.  Early feeding of allergenic foods may lead to tolerance. Tolerance is the response where the immune system learns to ignore a substance – or to not react in an allergic way.

 I must clarify one important point. If a person is already allergic to a food, the only current recommended treatment is strict avoidance and that the patient should carry a self-injectable epinephrine device in case of accidental ingestion. What I am talking about here is trying to prevent children from becoming allergic to a food in the first place.

 Food allergy continues to be a problem which seems to be on the increase despite the measures we take. We as doctors and parents must take the recommendations of the past with “a grain of salt.”

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West Kendall Opening for Asthma & Allergy Associates of Florida

Written on July 13, 2010 at 12:00 pm, by Neil Gershman, MD

shopping and restaurantsGreetings,

Asthma and Allergy Associates is pleased and proud to announce the official opening of the West Kendall Office on July 23, 2010. We are very excited and have worked very hard to make this office as beautiful and successful as all of our other offices. Please feel free to stop by and visitour newest home in the West Kendall location. We will be having a grand opening celebration that will be announced soon. We look forward in seeing all of you there.

13550 SW 120th Street

          Suite 520

    Miami, FL 33186

www.allergyweb.com

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New Office Location in West Kendall

Written on July 4, 2010 at 1:34 pm, by Neil Gershman, MD

Our West Kendall Office at London SquareMid-July will be our Grand Opening for our West Kendall office at London Square.  London Square is conveniently located at  SW 137th Avenue and SW 120th Street, and has a wide variety of shopping and eating establishments.

We are already making appointments for this location. At this new office we will continue to provide state-of-the-art care in the treatment of Allergic Rhinitis, Asthma, Food Allergies, Chronic Cough, Urticaria, Drug Allergy & Insect Allergy.

Dr. Gershman

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Was This the Worst Pollen Season Ever?

Written on May 22, 2010 at 10:48 pm, by Neil Gershman, MD

Hello again from the allergyweb.com blog. The future topics of this blog will obviously include the typical allergy topics: allergic rhinitis, asthma, urticaria, food allergies, insect allergies, medication allergies as well as contact dermatitis.

 We encourage any reader of this blog to suggest any particular topics for us to comment on. I will be writing the majority of the blog entries (Dr. Neil Gershman), however, we will also be getting contributions from our other physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.

 I will mention one small bit of business regarding the most recent pollen season.  Starting about two months ago, and ending just in the past week or so, we had a particularly severe run of patients coming in with severe allergic symptoms, most particularly eye symptoms.  This was most likely due to oak tree pollen that was pollinating at a later time than usual. It seems that every year there is a newspaper article stating that this is the worst pollen season ever.  I think this is probably because when people are in the middle of suffering, they believe this is the worst season they have ever experienced. However, I do believe this year was different. Perhaps the cold weather this winter contributed to a prolonged and delayed oak tree season.

 Unfortunately, we have no way to tell for sure how much pollen was present.  There currently is no active official pollen counting station in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area.  When I mean official, I am referring to the National Allergy Bureau (NAB), which is part of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. There are approximately 78 counting stations throughout the United States, but the closest official station is in Orlando, Florida.  Therefore, any reports of pollen that may be seen in the local papers may be based on the counts from Orlando or other areas of Florida.  Obviously, there are important environmental differences between Orlando and Coastal South Florida, so any one reading “South Florida” pollen counts should take this information with a grain of salt.

 In any case, this was a particularly severe season based on how busy our practice was over the past month or two.  We are hoping next pollen season won’t be as severe as this one, but we will have to see what happens.

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Just the Beginning

Written on May 18, 2010 at 7:14 pm, by Neil Gershman, MD

seattle 2007 canon 087Hello Allergyweb.com Blog visitors. We’ve just started, so there’s not much to see yet. Please check back soon. You can contact Asthma & Allergy Associates of Florida through our website or by phone at 305-595-0109. We have offices in Kendall, Miami Lakes, Aventura, Coral Gables, Coral Springs, Plantation, East Ft. Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, and both East and West Boca. 

We are a group of Allergy/Immunologists who specialize in the treatment of asthma, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, food allergy, drug allergy, insect allergy, anaphylaxis, and various types of allergic skin rashes (e.g. urticaria). Please call or use our website for an appointment.

Dr. Neil Gershman, MD

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