Is Allergy Season Getting Worse?

It’s true, allergy season really is getting worse each year! Research has shown that since 2016, allergy season has gotten increasingly worse each year and the trend is continuing in 2020. But what’s behind the surge in pollen production? Many experts are pointing to climate change as the cause. As temperatures rise, allergy season increases in duration which means pollen producing plants stick around for much longer than in years’ past, especially Ragweed which is one of the biggest culprits of allergy symptoms. Additionally, scientists have discovered that when plants are exposed to increased levels of carbon dioxide (CO2), they…
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Topics: Allergy & Asthma, Blog

ASC's COVID-19 Practice & Patient Safety Measures

Advanced Specialty Care's COVID-19 Practice & Patient Safety Measures The coronavirus crisis has touched upon most everyone in our world and at Advanced Specialty Care we have both been monitoring recommendations and proactively implementing protective measures for our patients and our staff. Your well being is our top priority and we are dedicated to ensuring you have access to specialty healthcare services including including ENT, Allergy, Dermatology, Plastic Surgery and Audiology care when you need them. We have remained open to continue to service our community and to help reduce the strain on hospitals and Emergency Rooms during this time…
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Topics: Allergy & Asthma, Audiology, Blog, Cosmetic Surgery, Dermatology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Hand Surgery, News & Events, Plastic Surgery, Skincare & Laser

Now Offering Telehealth Appointments

Now Offering Telehealth Appointments at Advanced Specialty Care See a Specialist without leaving your home with Telehealth Appointments Your health and well being are our number one priority and in order to better serve you, we are pleased to announce that we are now offering Telehealth Appointments where appropriate at Advanced Specialty Care. Advanced Specialty Care is providing televisits, where appropriate, for routine and urgent appointments for both new and existing patients. Telehealth appointments are available for new and existing patients by video and by phone. Click here to schedule your telehealth appointment today! What is a Telehealth Appointment? A Telehealth…
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Topics: Allergy & Asthma, Blog, Cosmetic Surgery, Dermatology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Hand Surgery, News & Events, Plastic Surgery, Skincare & Laser

Hand Washing 101

Hand Washing 101 Hand washing is one of the most important and effective steps you can take to reduce your chances of getting sick and to reduce the spread of germs to others. Here's a brief refresher on proper hand washing and the use of hand sanitizers, courtesy of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Germs can get into the body through our eyes, nose, and mouth and make us sick. Hand washing with soap removes germs from hands and helps prevent sickness. Studies have shown that hand washing can prevent 1 in 5 respiratory infections, such as…
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Topics: Allergy & Asthma, Audiology, Blog, Cosmetic Surgery, Dermatology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Hand Surgery, News & Events, Plastic Surgery, Skincare & Laser

FDA Approved Peanut Allergy Treatment

FDA Approved Peanut Allergy Treatment The FDA recently approved Palforzia, a drug developed by biopharmaceutical company Aimmune Therapeutics, to treat peanut allergies. Though this is the first FDA-approved drug of its kind, the science and methodology behind it is nothing new. In fact, several practices, including Advanced Specialty Care, have been successfully offering food allergy desensitization, or Oral Immunotherapy, for many years but that doesn’t make the FDA approval any less significant. The approval of an Oral Immunotherapy product is exciting news for Allergists and Immunologists as this further validates and recognizes the success and benefits of this treatment and…
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Topics: Allergy & Asthma, Blog

Can you receive the flu shot if you have an egg allergy?

Many individuals with egg allergies are still following the outdated protocol of not receiving a flu vaccine due to their egg allergy. Based on the 2018-2019 recommendations from the CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, individuals with a known egg allergy may receive the flu vaccine shot or nasal spray and those recommendations have not changed for the current 2019-2020 flu season. The Link Between Flu Vaccines and Eggs For over 70 years, the most common method of manufacturing flu vaccines has been through the process of incubating and “growing” the flu…
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Tips for Staying Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

It's the start of a new year and a new cold and flu season. Here are some preventative measures you can take to reduce your chance of getting sick and reduce spreading germs: Get Your Flu Shot The best way to limit the spread of the flu is to get the flu vaccine. Although the vaccine will not cover every strain every year, it can prevent you from getting sick from the flu. It has been shown to reduce hospitalizations and deaths related to the flu. Even in those who get sick from the flu, the vaccine often reduces the…
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Topics: Allergy & Asthma, Blog, Ear, Nose & Throat

Advanced Specialty Care Fall 2019 Newsletter

In this newsletter, get Fall allergy tips, RSVP for a free open house and complimentary cosmetic consultation, learn about treatments for thinning hair, take advantage of a spider vein treatment special and more! Free Cosmetic Open House $300 Spider Vein Treatment Special Fall Allergy Tips Hearing Loss & Developmental Delays in Children Does Your Child Suffer From Chronic Sore Throats? Treat Thinning Hair with PRP Same-Day Dermatology Appointments Accomplished Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Stacey June, Joins Advanced Specialty Care Free Cosmetic Open House: November 7th in Ridgefield | 4-8 pm Mix, Mingle & Experience the Latest in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, Dermatology…
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Topics: Allergy & Asthma, Allergy & Asthma, Audiology, Blog, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, Dermatology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Hand Surgery, News & Events, Skincare & Laser

A Potential New Drug to Treat Peanut Allergy

Food allergy affects a very large number of people and has a significantly negative effect on the quality of life for these individuals and their families. Each year peanut allergic reactions are associated with more deaths from a food allergy than any other food. For many years the mainstay of treatment for food allergy has been an avoidance of the food and prescription of emergency medicine such as an epinephrine auto-injector (examples include the EpiPen or AUVI-Q) to treat accidental consumption of the food. Several years ago our practice began a program to treat peanut-allergic individuals in order to increase…
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Topics: Allergy & Asthma, Blog

What is Eosinophilic Esophagitis?

Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is an allergic reaction of the food tube to either foods or inhalants. The allergic reaction causes swelling, inflammation and long term scarring of the esophagus, the food tube connecting the mouth and stomach. According to the American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders, eosinophilic esophagitis is a rare disease, but increasing in prevalence with an estimated 1 out of 2,000 people affected. What are the Symptoms of Eosinophilic Esophagitis? Initially, eosinophilic esophagitis was most often see in infants, but more recently, it's been seen with increasing frequency in adults. In the early stages of this condition, patients often…
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Topics: Allergy & Asthma, Blog, Dr. Richard Lee
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