American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Conference

Drs Ly and Windom attended the  2017 AAAAI Annual Meeting.

This years meeting was March 3-6, 2017 in Atlanta.  While this years theme was Expanding Practice: Diagnosis & Treatment of Drug Hypersensitivity, the big news for Windom Allergy is the progress made in food allergy prevention.

Based primarily on the results of the 2015 UK study LEAP (Learning Early About Peanut allergy), national guidelines have been released from the NIH and international allergy organizations.

From the NIH Directors Blog:

“A group representing 26 professional organizations, advocacy groups, and federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has just issued new clinical guidelines aimed at preventing peanut allergy [1]. The guidelines suggest that parents should introduce most babies to peanut-containing foods around the time they begin eating other solid foods, typically 4 to 6 months of age. While early introduction is especially important for kids at particular risk for developing allergies, it is also recommended that high-risk infants—those with a history of severe eczema and/or egg allergy—undergo a blood or skin-prick test before being given foods containing peanuts. The test results can help to determine how, or even if, peanuts should be introduced in the youngsters’ diets.

This recommendation is turning older guidelines on their head.” You can read more here.