Local Allergy Expert Dr. James DeAngelo Discusses New Food Allergy Recommendations on TV News
Pittsburgh, PA – Dr. James DeAngelo, a board-certified allergist with Allergy and Clinical Immunology Associates, was featured on a recent Pittsburgh KDKA newscast about new recommendations to reduce the risk of developing peanut allergies in babies.
Peanut allergies, which are life long, affect 1-2% of children. Additionally, since 1997, the number of children with peanut allergies has tripled. The American Academy of Pediatrics has just endorsed new guidelines to help prevent these allergies that recommend an early introduction of peanuts (or peanut protein) for children. The guidelines have been divided into three separate methods that depend on each infant’s various levels of risk.
Dr. DeAngelo talked to KDKA about these findings, telling viewers that researchers have noticed fewer children develop peanut allergies when they are introduced to this food at an earlier age.
“Peanut allergies are severe, and require parents of allergic children, as well as allergic adults, to be extremely vigilant at all times to avoid reactions. These guidelines focus on the risk levels of each child to ensure the introduction of foods containing peanuts is performed at the correct time. By following these recommendations, we hope to reduce the number of those patients who develop peanut allergies,” said Dr. DeAngelo.
Dr. DeAngelo also spoke to KDKA-TV about the recently released authorized generic of the Adrenaclick epinephrine auto-injector, a new medication device available at CVS drug stores. This epinephrine-containing device is used to stop life-threatening allergic reactions. However, it is significantly less in cost than the EpiPen, a similar medical device containing the lifesaving medication epinephrine, whose costs have greatly increased in the past few years. Dr. DeAngelo talked about the differences between Adrenaclick and the EpiPen devices and suggested that anyone who may need either of these medications should be trained in their proper use.
Dr. DeAngelo is board certified by both the American Board of Allergy & Immunology and the
American Osteopathic Board of Allergy & Immunology. He is a Certified Physician Investigator of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Physicians and Investigators. He also serves as a clinical associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
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Allergy & Clinical Immunology Associates places a great emphasis on educating our patients and their families. Our expert physicians and physician assistants are unique in their commitment to ensuring patients have a strong knowledge base and clear understanding of their conditions. Additionally, our trained nursing staff provides extensive teaching regarding asthma and allergies. Our offices are located in Pittsburgh’s South Hills and Washington, PA.