We take this opportunity to THANK every single one of you who participated in this contest and contributed to its success.
For all of you who didn’t win this time, remember our logo has 4 icons and we still have 2 more to go.
Just stick around.
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In continuation of our “get to know the icons of our logo” series that we began back in our November post where we explained that our bee icon stands for allergy to insect bites and venom, this month we are talking about the strawberry. Read on to learn what this red icon stands for, and make sure to enter our Strawberry Challenge below for a chance to win an iPad Mini !
There are eight foods that account for 90% of all food allergy reactions in the U.S.
While 3.3 million Americans are allergic to peanuts or tree nuts, 6.9 million are allergic to seafood.
Combined, food allergies cause 30,000 annual cases of anaphylaxis, 2,000 hospitalizations, and approximately 150 deaths.
Children with multiple food allergies have a three-fold increased risk of a severe reaction.
Children with food allergies and asthma tend to have more severe reactions.
For some, the reaction might be a mild case of stomach cramps, itchy mouth or hives.
For others it might go from shortness of breath, wheezing, swollen lips to as severe as going into anaphylactic shock – which can result in death if not treated in time.
After being tested by an allergist, avoid the food allergen that is the protein that triggers your reaction.
Know the S.A.F.E. Action Guide
S.eek immediate medical assistance = Call 911
Identify the A.llergen
F.ollow up with the allergist
Carry E.pinephrine autoinjectors for emergencies at all times
For a chance to win an iPad Mini
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The USPTO (United States Patent & Trademark Office) has published our logo in the “Official Gazette Publication Confirmation”. In other words, effective March 6, 2012 another terrific Milestone (thanks to Facebook for the lexicon) has been set in FCAAC’s history; our logo is officially trademarked!
By definition, a trademark or service mark is “a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods or services of one party from those of others.” (ref. www.uspto.gov). We went through a meticulous and diligent legal process that started for us with the transitional ℠ service mark, and culminated this past month with the official federal registration for “medical services and physician services” (R) symbol.
FCAAC didn’t decide to undertake this venture for a mere ego trip, although we already know we are the BEST (some self-confidence *insert smirk here*). In fact, federal registration has several advantages including a notice to the public of the registrant’s claim of ownership of the mark, a legal presumption of ownership nationwide, and the exclusive right to use the mark on or in connection with the goods or services set forth in the registration. So from here on any time we choose to use our FCAAC logo, we now do it with unique rights of distinctiveness in our industry. And that makes us happy and proud! 🙂
In honor of National Peanut Month, we decided to forget for a moment about the peanut’s allergic attributes and celebrate it through the life and discoveries of George Washington Carver. This American scientist, educator, botanist and inventor was born into slavery in Missouri in the middle of the 19th century.
With his own merits, honors and dedication he acquired the best college education you could possibly achieve in those times. His main goal as a researcher was to find alternate crops from cotton for farming families to have different forms of nutrition and personal sustainability. His techniques were intended to replenish soils depleted by continuous planting of cotton. Among the most commonly known “cotton substitutes” are corn, soy, sweet potatoes and peanuts. With the implementation of new crops, his research laboratory promoted applications and recipes of them to stimulate the farm-based economy of the South.
George Washington Carver published 44 practical bulletins for farmers with 100 food recipes containing peanuts.
100 are the accounted for products born from his research that were useful for the survival of farming families during the famine of the early 1920’s, when cotton crops where destroyed by an epidemic.
He was accepted as a member of the Royal Society of Arts in England; met with three American presidents (T. Roosevelt, C. Coolidge and F.D. Roosevelt) who recognized his results; studied with the Crown Prince of Sweden, and had a dedicated newspaper column called “Professor Carver’s Advice”.
At Florida Center For Allergy & Asthma Care we are serious about our patients’ well-being and education of all things allergy and asthma; however, taking into account that February was Black History Month and March is National Peanut Month we thought it appropriate to feature George Washington Carver and recognize his amazing efforts and contributions to our nations’ history.
March is the apex of tree pollinating time in South Florida. Believe it or not, the first trees in South Florida start pollinating in December while other varieties don’t until April or May. We think of pollen as that yellow powder usually found on the windshield that reminds us of spring and blooming flowers. However the pollen that causes allergies is much smaller. Although invisible to the eye, it causes major discomfort to the eyes, nose and throats. That is one of the reasons that knowing the daily pollen count is paramount for anybody suffering of environmental allergies, particularly in the early morning hours.
To “break the spell” of the pollen as primary culprit of a variety of allergy related cases, let’s see some of its positive qualities. Scientifically speaking, it relates to numerous terms: coarse powder, gametes, stamens and pistils, flowers, tube, spores and pollination to say the most pronounceable.
Pollen associates to bees and the production of honey. When the plants bloom in the spring, the pollen of the flower is the best source of protein for the baby bees. So yes indeed, pollen is a good provider.
The concept of the Pollinizer and the Pollinator is very bucolic. The first is the bee and the latter is the plant. The bee collects and distributes the pollen facilitating the process of reproduction, a more technically terminology called cross pollination. We may imagine pollen as a step to procreation.
Honey bees, orchid bees, sting-less bees, bumblebees they all have the pollen basket. After a series of mechanic movements and the help of a long protruding tongue, the bees push the pollen and the spores collected around their body while flying through the flowers into the basket. At the end of one of their “trip”, their basket looks like one of those old fashioned picnic ones decorated with fringed gingham fabric.
To isolate pollen as the cause of allergy symptoms such as wheezing, watery eyes and itchy nose, brings joy to any Allergist. Adults and children under immunotherapy treatment are more likely to keep episodes under control. Spring has officially begun and with it over 30 million people started experiencing seasonal Rhinitis. South Florida is not included in the list of the worst 10 places for Spring Allergy sufferers; however the Allergist is the most reliable doctor to be consulted should any of the symptoms arise.
If you are a parent of a child with food allergies you know how important and how tough it is to properly educate family, friends and teachers on this subject. Children who suffer from food allergies need to feel they are protected by their families, but also they must fully understand themselves the seriousness of their condition to properly navigate their food surroundings: birthday parties, school cafeteria, sleepovers, movie theaters, vacations, etc.
At Florida Center For Allergy & Asthma Care we are committed to our patients’ well-being and thorough education in order to avert dangerous circumstances for allergy and asthma sufferers. We proudly announce we are now the exclusive host of Support Group for Parents of Kids with Food Allergy, in both Miami-Dade and Broward counties, in collaboration with Baptist Health Outpatient Services. These support groups will be held the 1st Saturday of every month beginning on March 3rd, 2012 in the Baptist Children’s Diagnostic Center @ Country Walk (Miami-Dade); and beginning April 7th in the Baptist Medical Plaza @ Pembroke Pines (Broward). ** NOTE: please be advised these support groups are no longer available as of December 31,2012.
This is a free service to the community so come and spend an hour with our own Dr. Ileana Rodicio and Dr. Sharlene Llanes to receive vital information, tips, suggestions and exchange ideas with other food allergy families. Everyone is invited, so spread the word!
Contact us for any additional information at
It happened overnight, but the opening of office #17, North Miami Beach, feels like the blissful, nurtured birth of a newborn. The official birth-date is Monday February 13, 2012 and we can honestly say it’s been love at first sight for all of us at Florida Center For Allergy & Asthma Care.
We are honored to have been chosen by Dr. Krayanek, one of our former associates, to lead his office upon his retirement. We very much look forward to meeting his patients and helping them… Breathe Easy Once Again!
Despite the challenges of today’s economy, Florida Center For Allergy & Asthma Care continues its strategic growth and authoritative presence throughout South Florida. Our goal is to continue offering the best quality and friendly care to address the health needs of our community neighbors. Florida Center For Allergy & Asthma Care is the largest practice of its kind serving South Florida for the past 38 years!
Address: 16401 NW 2nd Avenue | Suite 201 | North Miami Beach, FL 33169
Phone: (305) 945-4131
Temperatures drop, wind picks up and there we are (insert loud sneeze) again!
We’ve been very lucky as winter this year in South Florida has been very mild. Only a couple of chilly weeks to show for it, really. Nonetheless, we’ve still had our good share of runny noses and frequent sneezes.
If your stuffy nose and cough lasts more than one or two weeks you most likely have more than just a cold or flu. Even though winter is many times overlooked by allergic rhinitis sufferers (aka hay fever – which means you’re allergic to dust, mold, pollen, mites or insect parts that linger in the air), you’d be surprised to know that winter can be just as bad or even worse than spring. With the arrival of low temperatures home heating systems kick-in, which stir all the dust settled in carpets, underneath beds and sofas, bookshelves, etc. And with all that flying around the air, and frosty weather keeping you indoors, those bothersome allergy symptoms (coughing, watery and itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing) become more of a problem.
Allergic rhinitis puts you at higher risk of developing sinusitis. This is due to the fact that allergies can cause your sinuses and nasal passages to swell. This swelling prevents the sinus cavities from draining properly, therefore increasing your chances of developing sinusitis or sinus infection.
True! Cold, dry air can be responsible for the onset of asthma symptoms like: wheezing, cough, chest tightness and shortness of breath. Viral and bacterial infections such as common colds and sinusitis, very frequent during winter time, can also trigger asthma symptoms and even severe asthma attacks. Asthma is caused by different factors in different people, which is why the smartest thing to do is to seek professional help and get personalized therapy and treatment.
False! Asthma patients must always consult their allergist/immunologist before deciding to use medications other than those prescribed by their doctor, including OTC cold medicine. Many drugs have contra indicatory reactions when combined, so asthma patients must use extra precaution. For example, decongestants can cause palpitations when used with standard asthma medications such as, bronchodilators.
If you have never been tested for allergies but suspect you might be showing symptoms of an allergy, it is time to make an appointment with one of our board certified allergists. Let us improve your quality of life with customized treatment plans, so you can breathe easy once again!