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Junior Member News - September 2015

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Asthma flares and trips to the emergency department peak during the third week of September, statistics show. When children with asthma go back to school in the fall, they carry more than just a new backpack and trendy lunchbox! Several risk factors tag along with the new school year: ragweed pollen and mold in the air that play havoc with nasal allergies and asthma; crowded classrooms, shared books and pencils that ease the spread of cold and flu germs; emotional stress and anxiety; seasonal changes in temperature variations that can set off asthma symptoms; indoor allergens such as dust mites and mold in the classroom that become a concern as children spend more time at school; new seasons of sports that can affect exercise-induced asthma. It is crucial to Schedule appointment to review and prepare an updated asthma therapy plan to provide patients at this time of the year. It is important to provide them an individualized plan of prevention and treatment that lays out exactly what to do when symptoms arise. Many schools require it to be on file.

Going back to school also means for some patients to be potentially exposed to foods to which they are allergic. Teenagers and young adults are the highest-risk group, with a tendency to follow the crowd, and embarrassment that prevent them from seeking help if symptoms develop. In any case, experts agree it’s best to use epinephrine in all emergency situations even if severe allergic reaction is in doubt, as recently published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. It was agreed that epinephrine should be given to patients at risk of an anaphylactic reaction based on a) a previous severe reaction or b) those who have had a known or suspected exposure to their allergic trigger with or without the development of symptoms.

Patients with allergic rhinitis may also note exacerbations in the fall. Ragweed season typically starts in August and lasts into September and October. Most people who are allergic to spring plants also react to ragweed. In many countries, dust mites are also critical triggers at this time of the year.

The WAO Junior Members Steering Group welcomes you to participate in the WAO Congress 2015, scheduled for next month in Seoul. Delegates may count on a stimulating and varied scientific program, highly relevant to both the theory and practice of allergy, asthma and clinical immunology. Practical Course for WAC 2015 are as follows:

1: Ear, Nose and Throat At-A-Glance: Rhinoscopy, Radiology, Nitric Oxide, Rhinomanometry, Endoscopy
2: Lung Function and Bronchial Hyperreactivity Tests
3: Challenge Tests and Desensitization in Drug Allergy
4: Skin Testing for Allergy Diagnosis: Prick Test, Intradermal and Patch Test
5: Conjunctival and Nasal Allergen Challenges: When and How
6: Allergy Immunotherapy: How to Be Effective and Safe
7: Practical Management of Anaphylaxis
8: Practical Approach to Urticaria

We would like also to remind you to attend the JMA Symposium.

The WAO Junior Members Steering Group is also delighted to invite you to our social event organized during WAO Congress 2015, in Seoul. The WAO JM reception will be a great chance to exchange experience and network, and to get to know JM from all around the world. While you enjoy light appetizers and beverages in a friendly atmosphere, selected posters will be presented. The best poster winners will be announced at the end of the presentation. No additional fee is required to attend the reception and we welcome all WAO JM. Don’t miss this opportunity! We look forward to meeting you there!

Finally, I would recommend all WAO juniors to interact and become actively involved in WAO JM activities. We strongly encourage junior members to visit our twitter account (@WAOJM) and get access to news from the groups, photos from meetings and further resources.

Mariana Couto
WAO JM Steering Group