UAMS Offers Free Seminar on Allergies March 6

By todd

The seminar will be from 10 a.m. to noon in John Pauly Auditorium (Room G/219) in the College of Public Health at UAMS. Free parking for seminar participants will be available on the top level of the UAMS parking deck accessible from the intersection of Markham Street and Hooper Drive.

To register, call (501) 686-8181 by Tuesday, March 2.

Seminar topics will be “What Are Allergies and How Do We Diagnose Them?” and “Treatment Options for Allergies.” Samuel B. Welch, M.D., Ph.D., and Bryan D. Leatherman, M.D., assistant professors in the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery in the UAMS College of Medicine, will be the speakers. Both physicians diagnose and treat patients in the UAMS Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Allergy Clinic, which is one of only a few such specialized allergy clinics at teaching hospitals in the United States. Welch is also assistant chief of surgery in the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.

More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. Allergies that cause ENT symptoms are inhalant allergies – such as those from pollens, mold and mildew spores, pet dander and saliva, and dust mites – and food allergies. Some chemical and environmental exposures, such as tobacco smoke, contribute to the severity of symptoms.