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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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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

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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

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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
Now Virtual
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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

Today in ENT Allergy: AAOA’s Podcast. Episode 2 – A Brief Overview of the Otolarygnic Allergy

In the second episode of the AAOA's NEW podcast series Today in ENT Allergy: AAOA's…

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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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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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When Should I Give My Baby Peanut Containing Foods?

by Dana Crosby, MD

Why Is It Important?

  • Peanuts are the number one cause of death from food induced anaphylaxis, or severe allergic reaction of the body, in the United States.
  • Peanut allergy is typically a lifelong problem.
  • Risk of death related to peanut allergies leads to significant stress and anxiety for the patient and their family.
  • The rate of peanut allergy has been increasing. In 1999 peanut allergy affected only 0.4% of children, but by 2010 this increased to 2% of children. 

Why Is There Confusion?

  • In the late 1990s the recommendation from multiple medical societies was to avoid peanut containing foods in infants thought to be at risk of developing food allergies.
  • As recent as 2010 medical societies guidelines still recommended avoidance of peanut containing foods until the toddler years.
  • Recommendations have now changed dramatically!

Why Have The Recommendations Changed?

  • A very important research study was published in 2015, called the Learning Early about Peanut Allergy (LEAP) trial.
  • This study showed over an 80% decrease in risk of developing peanut allergy when peanut containing foods were given early in infants who were at high risk of food allergy.
  • The LEAP trial showed that introducing peanut containing foods early was safe and protective for most infants.

Current Recommendations

  1. If an infant has no eczema (red, itchy skin) and no known food allergy, parents should introduce peanut containing foods early at a time that is right for the family, typically between ages 6 to 8 months.
  2. If an infant has mild to moderate eczema (red, itchy skin), introduce peanut containing foods around 6 months of age.
  3. If an infant has severe eczema (red, itchy skin) or egg allergy, discuss giving peanut containing foods to infant with pediatrician and/or allergist.

Pearls

  • Give other solid foods first to ensure your child is able to eat solid foods.
  • All peanut butter should be avoided in children under 4 years of age.
  • Do not feed whole peanuts or chunky peanut butter to children under 5 years of age as it could cause choking.
  • Peanut butter can be introduced in multiple ways. Peanut butter containing recipes and food products suitable for infants are available online.
  • Introduce peanut containing foods only when your child is healthy. If they are experiencing a cold, vomiting, diarrhea, or other illness wait until they have recovered.
  • Give first peanut containing food at home when your child can be supervised directly for at least 2 hours to watch for signs of a reaction.
  • Common signs of food allergy are rash, swollen lips or tongue, itching, vomiting, coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing.
  • If you are concerned that your child is having a reaction, seek medical attention immediately. Call 911.