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Release: April 24, 2001

Public invited to May 7 seminar on seasonal allergies

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Area residents are invited to join University of Iowa Health Care experts for a presentation on seasonal allergies at 7 p.m. Monday, May 7 at the Clarion Conference Center in Coralville.

Barbara A. Muller, M.D., and Richard C. Ahrens, M.D., will present "Treating Allergies: What Really Works?" as part of the "Health For Your Lifetime" series presented by University of Iowa Health Care.

An estimated 36 million Americans suffer from the sniffles, sneezes and itchiness of seasonal allergic rhinitis. Seasonal allergies are often thought of as a spring or fall phenomenon, but they can and do occur in different parts of the country at different times of the year.

Topics to be discussed at this community presentation include the main triggers of seasonal allergies, signs and symptoms of seasonal allergies, diagnosis and management, treatment (including drug therapy and immunotherapy), and children and seasonal allergies

Muller is an associate professor of clinical medicine, with clinical expertise in internal medicine, allergy/immunology, asthma, allergic rhinitis, and latex hypersensitivity. Ahrens is an associate professor of pediatrics, with clinical expertise in asthma, cystic fibrosis and pediatric allergy.

Pre-registration for this free community program is encouraged. For more information, or to register, please call (319) 384-8442 or toll-free at (800) 777-8442.

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