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Early-life Exposure to Allergens—the Farm Effect Visits the City

By Dr. Larry Chiaramonte One subset of the hygiene hypothesis is called the “farm effect.” It refers to the lower incidence of allergies among rural populations such as the Amish than among city dwellers. The thought is that exposure to a greater variety of microbes from hanging around the barn jumpstarts immune activity in the […]

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Fewer Allergy Shots in Your Future?

By Dr. Larry Chiaramonte Allergy shots or subcutaneous immunotherapy [SCIT] have been given for over a century or so. Everyone who has ever gotten a shot of any kind wishes there were alternatives. Allergy shots are exceptionally annoying. The patient, or patient and mom or dad, waits for the doctor or nurse, gets stuck, and […]

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