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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,…

Allergies and academic performance

Allergies and academic performance

A recent New York Times article discussed the link between allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and cognitive performance. I am so happy to see this issue get more public attention. For several years now, I’ve been telling my patients that an unexpected (but very welcome benefit!) from getting really your allergies under control, will be a…

2017 Food Allergy Awareness Week

2017 Food Allergy Awareness Week

Watch Dr. Lieberman on KVUE discussing Food Allergy Awareness Week, as well as the status of several bills related to access to epinephrine auto-injectors in schools that are currently pending in the Texas Legislature. You can watch the video on KVUE’s website.

Dr. Parekh advocates for more epinephrine access

Dr. Parekh advocates for more epinephrine access

Dr. Hetu Parekh spent the day at the Texas State Capitol with Dr. Louise Bethea, President of the Texas Allergy, Asthma & Immunology society, to support and advocate for various Senate and House Bills to expand access to stock epinephrine auto-injectors in day cares, private schools, and public colleges and universities. Also on the agenda…