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Summer

Often a slow time of year for allergists, summer makes the ideal season to schedule “extended” check-ups for medication and symptom review.  If medications can be safely weaned or discontinued, an extended appointment is the perfect time to discuss this with your doctor.

Camp participation and school physicals should also be scheduled early in the summer to avoid the bottleneck of procrastinators the week school starts. 

Patients suffering from eczema may find the heat, sun and water sports enjoyed during summer can trigger flare-ups.  If needing an increase in topical medications, be especially wary of the sun sensitivity that an increase in medications may cause. Many topical creams and ointments as well as oral medications such as antibiotics may increase your sensitivity to the sun’s damaging ultra-violet rays.

If traveling, call early for medication refills and keep your medicines out of the reach of children.  It is easy to “forget” medication during summer holidays when we feel better and symptoms are few.  Forgetting to take preventive allergy and asthma medications is our offices number one reason for emergency and work-in calls during late summer and early fall.  If you are on asthma medications for ANY degree of persistent asthma, taking a medication holiday increases your chance of severe and fatal asthma attacks.

DO NOT TAKE A HOLIDAY FROM YOUR ASTHMA MEDICATIONS UNLESS ADVISED TO DO SO BY AN ASTHMA SPECIALLIST.

Otherwise enjoy this time of year and be aware of how schedule changes affect your allergy and asthma therapy. 

 

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