This FAQ page is designed to help clarify and provide accurate information regarding asthma and allergies. We will continue to update this list as new information becomes available.
Do I need to get the COVID-19 booster?
Please see the CDC website for recommendations on who should receive an additional dose of the vaccine: Please see more information here.
What do I need to know about the COVID-19 Vaccination?
Please see the CDC website for the most recent information regarding the vaccine: Please see more information here.
The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) also provides helpful information regarding the vaccine: Please see more information here.
What if I’m worried I will have an allergic reaction to the vaccine?
The ACAAI provides helpful guidance regarding the risk of allergic reactions to COVID-19 vaccines: Please see more information here.
Please also see this helpful graphic on risk categories published by the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology here. Note that “severe allergic reaction” means anaphylaxis.
Can I get my allergy injection, Xolair, other biologic, or gamma globulin infusion the same day as the COVID vaccine?
According to the ACAAI, administration of the vaccine with other immunizations or biologics has not been studied. Do not get a COVID-19 vaccine on the same day as your allergy shot or biologic administration.
Should I be concerned about using my inhaled and/or intranasal corticosteroids during the pandemic?
The ACAAI states it is important to keep your allergy and asthma symptoms well controlled. There is no data that continuing these medications will have any effect on increasing your risk of getting the COVID-19 infection or if you get the infection, lead to a worse outcome.
If I have underlying inflammation, such as an allergic condition, will I experience a cytokine storm if I become ill with COVID-19?
There is no evidence to suggest their allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis, chronic urticaria, food allergies, history of anaphylaxis, etc., places them at risk for severe outcomes should they become sick with COVID-19.
I read online that some treatments for COVID-19 include essential oils, supplements, colloidal silver, Vitamin C, elderberry, and chiropractic adjustments–is this true?
These are false medical claims that are often spread through social media. When reading information on COVID-19 please consider the qualifications of the person making the claim, what evidence they have behind their claim, and if the person making the claim is directly profiting from the services/products.
I am seeing and receiving ads for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) online, what should I do?
Be very careful about these ads. Some may be legitimate, but some may be scams that will either charge at exorbitant costs or take your money and not provide the goods.
There is a lot of information circulating the internet about COVID-19, what are some of the most common conspiracy theories that I should know about?
Some top conspiracy theories about the virus include: COVID-19 being a media hoax or a political party hoax, doctors lying about sick patients, and 5G radio waves causing the pandemic. Please see more information on rumor control here.
What is hydroxychloroquine and does it cure COVID-19?
Hydroxychloroquine is a medication prescribed for certain autoimmune and skin conditions.
This drug has shown promise in certain lab studies on inhibiting the growth of the COVID-19 virus, but this has NOT been investigated or confirmed in randomized double-blinded placebo-controlled clinical trials.
Uncontrolled trials using this this drug in patients with severe COVID-19 infection have been small, uncontrolled, and methodologically flawed.
Use or hoarding of this drug causes shortages for proven treatment for patients with autoimmune disease. Read more here.
My child tested positive for an egg allergy, is it safe for them to get the flu shot?
Recent studies have shown that individuals with confirmed egg allergy can safely receive the flu vaccine, please review the full article from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology here.
Is it okay to get my flu shot on the same day as my immunotherapy shot, Xolair shot, or COVID shot?
Yes, you can safely receive the influenza vaccine on the same day as other immunizations or biologic therapies. Please see further information from the CDC here