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ACAAI

is a professional association of 6,000 allergist/immunologists and allied health professionals. Established in 1942, the College is dedicated to improving the quality of patient care in allergy and immunology through research, advocacy and professional and public education.


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Board Relevant Review 2nd Edition for the ABAI Exam Available to Download

New! Full-color and spiral-bound printed version now available
Limited copies of the book are available for purchase.

The second edition (2013) of the ACAAI Review for the Allergy and Immunology Boards is available for download. Please click the title above to access the file.

This text for the ABAI certification and recertification examinations features:

  • Concise topic summaries ideal for quick review
  • Hundreds of color images and tables that enhance study
  • Key facts and mnemonics for easy memorization
  • Embedded flashcards to test critical concepts

 ACAAI Job Source

The ACAAI Job Source  connects members with new employment opportunities, and also lets members post available positions. The Job Source includes all categories of allergy, asthma and immunology personnel. 

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 ACAAI Initiatives and Resources

Learn more about allergies and asthma, read about people who found relief and locate an ACAAI member allergists.

 ACAAI News

Despite What You’ve Heard, Kids with Egg Allergies Should get the Flu Shot

If you have a child with egg allergies, you may have been told they shouldn’t get the shot because of a possible reaction to the trace amounts of egg in the vaccine. But recent research has shown that administration of the flu vaccine is safe for kids with egg allergies.

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For Kids with Both Asthma and Obesity, which Came First?

A new study suggests it is more probable that childhood obesity contributes to asthma, rather than the other way around.

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 Ask the Allergist

Ask Dr. Michael Foggs, ACAAI president, and ACAAI Experts your questions on allergies and asthma!

Allergic to Milk?

Q: Recently I discovered I might have an allergy to milk.  After drinking milk, I have some irritation and a few hives.  A friend of mine suggested I try Lactaid, soy or organic milk.  Was he correct?  What are my options? Should I avoid food that has milk ingredients listed?

A:We are sorry to hear you are having difficulty with cow’s milk. Certainly, symptoms of hives after drinking milk might indicate a milk allergy. Before you restrict your diet excessively it would be a good idea to see a board-certified allergist to determine the cause of your symptoms, since hives are not always caused by a food allergy. Read more

Link to Archived Questions and Answers

Disclaimer: This advice is not intended to diagnose or treat, but concerns general recommendations; the archived questions and answers may not reflect all of the current knowledge in our field. As always, consult with your own physician.

 In the News

Study: Adults poor at identifying stinging insects

Adults are poor at identifying stinging insects and their nests, except for the honeybee, according to a study in Annals of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology. Men were more accurate than women in the picture-based survey, and subjects who had been stung by at least four insects were more accurate overall. Read More.

FDA approves OTC Flonase for nasal, eye symptoms

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved over-the-counter (OTC) fluticasone propionate 50 mcg nasal spray, called Flonase Allergy Relief, indicated for relief of all nasal and eye-related allergy symptoms. It will be available OTC in early 2015, according to a company news release.

 ACAAI Announcements

Do you know how to manage acute loss of asthma control in the yellow zone?

A new practice parameter, “Management of Acute Loss of Asthma Control in the Yellow Zone: A Practice Parameter,” can be found in the August issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
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ACAAI Webinar - Physician Payment Sunshine Act: 
What Allergists Need To Know

The Physician Payment Sunshine Act is part of the U.S. Affordable Care Act which requires manufacturers of drugs, medical devices and biologicals that participate in U.S. federal health care programs to report certain payments and items of value given to all licensed physicians and select teaching hospitals. Beginning Aug. 1, 2013, manufacturers are required to collect and track payments, transfers and ownership information for reporting to the government in early 2014.

Get answers to these and other important questions by viewing the archived July 17 complimentary webinar available to ACAAI Members.

Vaccines as Tools in the Evaluation of Primary Immune Deficiencies

Not for Credit. Physicians need educational initiatives to help identify patients with possible immune deficiency. A valuable instrument in this process is the use of vaccine to determine adequate specific antibody responses. This program will provide a synopsis of the guidelines for the use of vaccine responses in evaluation of patients with recurrent infections and review the most current literature on the use of Ig replacement therapy.

 CME / MOC

ACAAI awarded ACCME Accreditation with Commendation

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology has been resurveyed by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and awarded Accreditation with Commendation for six years as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians.

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 Certified CME Activities

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 Letters to the Web Editor

Medicare/Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and the Allergist: Some Third Person Decides Your Fate

We all agree that with the escalating healthcare costs in the US, we must start to deliver healthcare in a more cost effective manner. However, I am NOT convinced that the ACO model as it is currently structured is THE answer or even a viable alternative. Read more

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 Conferences on Line Allergy (COLA)

October 3
10:00 am An Update on ABPA, Neha Patel, MD
11:00 am Asthma & COPD: Similarities and Differences with Treatment Options, Mike DePietro, MD

October 6
08:00 am Patient Management Conference, David Jara, MD
10:00 am Immunology Jeopardy, Christina Ciaccio, MD & Fellows

October 10
10:00 am Chemotaxis and Adhesion, Marcia Chan, PhD
11:00 am Aerosol Drug Delivery in Obstructive Lung Disease, Scott Jones, DPT, MHA, MS

October 13
10:00 am Basic Concepts in Immunology, Christina Ciaccio, MD

October 24
09:00 am Allergy Journal Club, Jill Hanson, MD

October 27
10:00 am Innate Immunity: The first line of defense, Christina Ciaccio, M

 Ask the Expert

"Hypoallergenic" Vs. Feather Bedding: Which Is Better?

Q. Which is preferable as a recommendation for a person with allergies - "hypoallergenic" synthetic bedding or bedding made with natural down/feathers?Read more.

A. Feathers have long been blamed as potential allergens in worsening nasal allergies and asthma. Much of this thinking is a result of case reports showing improvement in symptoms when people limited exposure to feather bedding, rather than any data from controlled clinical trials. Read more.

Ask our expert panel about your challenging allergy/immunology case!

Venom Allergy in Children

Q. I have two questions related to the possibility of stinging insect hypersensitivity in a 2-year old toddler:
1. Can a child of this age be treated with hymenoptera venom immunotherapy?
2. Is hymenoptera venom skin testing indicated in this patient? Read more

A. Young children who have experienced systemic adverse reactions to hymenoptera stings should be treated with hymenoptera venom immunotherapy (VIT). Anaphylactic reactions to stings can occur decades apart, with or without interval stings. Read answers

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