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Peanut Oral Immunotherapy Update

Peanut Oral Immunotherapy Update

Our first patient safely ate an entire peanut in the office this week! Austin Family Allergy and Asthma is happy to report that we currently have four patients enrolled in active therapy. – Patient #1 has advanced to ingesting a whole peanut – Patient #2 is advancing to the peanut flour capsule phase next week.…

Austin Fall allergies explained

Austin Fall allergies explained

Fall is the best time to be outdoors in Austin. There are so many things to see and do. But it is also the terrible time for allergy sufferers because 3 important allergens dominate the air, sometimes on the same day. If you suffer one or more of these allergies, you already know how miserable…

Flu vaccine now available!

Flu vaccine now available!

The flu vaccine is now available for all our patients. “The Flu” is caused by influenza virus, a winter-time respiratory virus. The flu season typically is from October through March, but sometimes can run as late as May. People who have asthma (and other chronic medical conditions), or are under age 5 or over 65,…

Doctors discuss food allergy and epinephrine use

Doctors discuss food allergy and epinephrine use

Dr. Lieberman spoke yesterday to the nurses of Round Rock ISD. It was a great opportunity to discuss food allergy awareness and safety to a group of excellent, dedicated professionals. They reviewed safety models, emergency care plans and the early use of epinephrine in the advent of a food allergy emergency. Parents should take comfort…

Delayed use of epinephrine auto-injectors

Delayed use of epinephrine auto-injectors

Important news article from the New York Times. Our thoughts after reading it, and reviewing the study: Despite the dramatic rise in food allergy in America, we know that epinephrine auto-injectors are often not used or their use is delayed. In this study, food was the allergen in 84% of the cases, with peanut or…

School forms and fall allergy season

School forms and fall allergy season

Now is the time to get those back to school forms ready; don’t wait until the first week of school. Emergency food allergy action plans, asthma care plans, authorization to administer medications at school — we can usually complete and return to you within 24 hours if submitted early. Now is also the time to…

Allergy Training for School Staff

Allergy Training for School Staff

Does your child have a potentially life threatening food allergy? Is your child’s school properly prepared for an allergy emergency? Now is the time to see the following measures are in place to ensure your child’s safety: – An up-to-date emergency care plan detailing step-by-step instructions to recognize and treat an allergic reaction. – A…

1st Peanut OIT patient enrolled!

1st Peanut OIT patient enrolled!

We are very excited to announce enrollment of our first peanut OIT patient! We successfully completed the initial day long visit in about 6 hours today. Today’s visit involved consuming a series of gradually increasing doses of diluted peanut solution under close monitoring. He will now go home and take a daily dose of his…

Two Allergy & Epinephrine Bills Passed!

Two Allergy & Epinephrine Bills Passed!

The 85th Texas Legislature has wrapped up, and we are happy to see two bills that Dr. Lieberman and Dr. Parekh personally went to the Capitol to advocate for have passed! SB579: This bill is similar to SB66 which passed two years ago for public schools. It allows private schools to stock epinephrine auto-injectors for…

We now offer OIT to our patients!

We now offer OIT to our patients!

Dr. Lieberman and Dr. Parekh of Austin Family Allergy & Asthma are very pleased to announce that we are now offering oral immunotherapy (OIT) to our peanut allergic patients. OIT is a new and exciting treatment option for those battling food allergies. Current management of food allergies involves careful, strict avoidance of the allergic food,…