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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

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

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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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2020 AAOA Annual Meeting
October 24-29, 2020
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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

President Message

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Socio-Economic Committee Update May 2017

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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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Vials Of Allergens

How long Will I Be On Allergy Shots?

By Robert Stachler, MD, FAAOA

Allergy shots are given every week in the very beginning.  This is referred to as the escalation phase. The time the doctor is building up the dose.

At some point in the immunotherapy process, the immune system will start to respond and start working to help you fight against the allergen (whatever you are allergic to).  The body will start to feel better and you will have an improvement of your symptoms.  This is called the symptom relieving dose.  You will require fewer allergy medications to keep you from having the swollen face, the watery eyes, and the runny nose. 

As time goes on, there will be a point when the patient has no noticeable response.  This is called the maintenance dose.  The shots will start to be spaced out to every 2 or 3 weeks.

During the process of building up to a maintenance dose, or with maintenance dosing, there may be times where it will take patients longer to build up based on their reaction to the presenting allergen. Missed shots, large local reactions, and systemic reactions can all add time to the immunotherapy process.  This impacts how long it will take to eventually get to a maintenance dose. 

Over all, it will take about 2.5 to 3 years to reach a state where a patient can stop the allergy shots. It takes that long for the body to build up the immune system to recognize the allergens as foreign and make memory cells that will make antibodies against the allergy.  After this time you are “theoretically immune” to the allergen and may never have an allergic reaction to that substance for the rest of your life. 

There are always exceptions to this rule. There are instances where patients have finished immunotherapy and their allergy profile changes over time. Sometimes it is necessary to retest or restart shots later in life (usually after 7-10 years) due to this change.