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The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA) represents over 2,700 Board-certified otolaryngologists and health care providers. Otolaryngology, frequently referred to as Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT), uniquely combines medical and surgical expertise to care for patients with a variety of conditions affecting the ears, nose, and throat, as well as commonly related conditions. AAOA members devote part of their practice to the diagnosis and treatment of allergic disease. The AAOA actively supports its membership through education, research, and advocacy in the care of allergic patients.

"Advance the comprehensive management of allergy and inflammatory disease in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery through training, education, and advocacy."

ADVOCACY UPDATES

Congress and Administration Take Aggressive Action to Address COVID-19 Pandemic but Providers Continue to Struggle

Congress has passed four pieces of legislation and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services…

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USP General Chapter <797> News. Media Fill Test Kit

Implementation of the new USP General Chapter <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding — Sterile Preparations is still…

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HHS Attestation Update

As AMA reported in the AMA Advocacy Update of May 22, HHS announced that providers need to…

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Changes in MACRA

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Before the close of 2017, all physicians must take action to avoid the 4 percent cut that will be assessed in 2019 for not participating in the new Quality Payment Program (QPP) authorized by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).  Read More

CMS Announces Changes in MACRA Implementation Timeline. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced major changes to the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization (MACRA).
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Upcoming Dates

07/15/20: Call for Scientific Papers
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09/11/20: Membership Application Deadline to be voted in at the 2020 Annual Meeting and to be eligible for AAOA Member Rate (FREE) for the 2020 Annual Meeting Learn more

12/01/20: Research Grant Cycle
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04/01/21: Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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06/01/21: Research Grant Cycle
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06/26/21: Membership Application Deadline to be eligible for AAOA Member rate for the 2021 Basic Course

EDUCATION

On Demand Content!

Register now  for the Core Allergy & Rhinology Concepts: Age of Pandemics and Beyond that is still available on demand! It is a great value for rebooting and training returning or new staff. Core Allergy offers what you need to help refresh or add allergy to your practice — everything from the clinical science to the basics of allergy from a better understanding of testing techniques, vial prep, and dose calculations to other practical implications. Core Rhinology encompassed the highly sought after rhinology content from our former IAR program.  Read More

IFAR

IFAR Impact Factor: 2.454

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IFAR Featured Content: COVID-19 - Free Access
Endonasal instrumentation and aerosolization risk in the era of COVID‐19: simulation, literature review, and proposed mitigation strategies . Read More

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Changes in Managing Practices

Mission

Working together with AAOA staff, volunteer leadership and members will enable us to have a positive impact on our members’ practices.

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Live and Online CME

NOW ON DEMAND!!! Core Allergy and Rhinology Concepts: Age of Pandemics and Beyond
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Registrants! Use the access button below to Log in and click My Account at the top of the link page to get into the course event page.

2020 AAOA Annual Meeting
Now Virtual
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2020 Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology
December 9-12 | Vail, CO
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AAOA Clinical Insights
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USP 797 Online Module
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2021 Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology
July 15-17 | Seattle, WA

News and Updates

Earn CME Credit in Upcoming Activity Titled: The Role Of Biologics for the Treatment of Chronic Rhinosinusitis with Nasal Polyps

Release Date: August 2020; Expiration Date: August 2021 Nasal polyps impact an estimated 13 million…

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The New AAOA Mission Statement

From the AAOA President, Aplen Patel, MD, FAAOAI hope this message finds you healthy and…

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College Allergy Symptoms Treatment Back to Shcool

PRACTICE RESOURCES

AAOA Practice Resource Tool Kit

The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA) Practice Resource Tool Kit is intended as a guide to help AAOA members integrate allergy into their otolaryngology practice and to continually improve on this integration as new information, regulations, and resources become available.

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PATIENT CORNER

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My allergy testing is negative but I still have symptoms.

What should I do?

My allergy testing is negative but I still have symptoms. What should I do?
You suffer through every spring, sneezing and coughing, with pressure in your ears and your eyes are so itchy you’d rather keep them closed!

Your allergist did a blood test, including up to 40 ‘common’ allergens in your region and it was NEGATIVE!!

“Unbelievable!” Your Doctor tells you that you don’t have allergies, but you know that something is wrong. What can you do?

Explore your history: what triggers your symptoms? Think about whether they are worse indoors or outdoors, which seasons, foods, and exposures (pets, mold, dust, etc). Try environmental controls: take measures to reduce exposure to the most common offenders. A few recommended actions include reducing exposure to pet dander, use of HEPA air purifier, wash bed linens in hot water weekly to address dust mites. Avoid foods that seem to trigger your symptoms. For additional measures, discuss with your allergist.

Can I take allergy medicine anyway?

Some patients do not have allergy that will show up on a blood test, even though they experience symptoms when exposed to certain triggers. Sometimes the allergic response is limited to the eyes, ears, and/or nasal and sinus membranes. Despite negative testing, it is a true allergic response and may respond to allergy medications as well as immunotherapy.

The most commonly used medications for allergy are antihistamines, because histamine is released in the body in response to allergic triggers. Speak with your doctor about what might be appropriate for you to treat your symptoms.

Should I get retested?

Two years between allergy tests is reasonable – there are no limitations to the frequency of testing. Skin tests may be more sensitive than blood tests, though both methods are considered accurate for diagnosing allergies. You can talk with your allergist about whether retesting is necessary.

Most importantly, don’t give up just because you have negative testing. Speak with your provider about how to potentially address the symptoms you are still having.