Epipens in schools and fall allergies

Epipens and Senate Bill 66

Dr. Scott Oberhoff gives an overview of Senate Bill 66.  The bill was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott and allows trained personnel in schools access to epinephrine for students undergoing anaphylactic shock.   Many school age children, and their parents, may not know they have severe allergic reactions to food, insect stings or other anaphylactic triggers.   Although the law does not require schools to have the epipens on campus, it gives them the option to have them available along with trained personnel.

Fall Allergies

Blame it on the elm – and ragweed!  With no rain over the past few weeks, fall elm and ragweed has been hanging in the air for the past 3-4 weeks.  Dr. Oberhoff has seen many patients over the past few months with these fall allergies.  Although it is too late to begin shots for fall allergies, those who have severe cedar allergies should begin their cedar allergy medications soon to offset symptoms, which typically begin in mid-December.

Finally, to keep track of allergies year-round download the ADC Allergy Calendar and stay ahead of the allergens that make you miserable.

Dr. Oberhoff practices at ADC’s North Clinic and at ADC Steiner Ranch.   Call 512-901-4052 for appointments or visit ADC Allergy, Asthma and Immunology section.