Allergy Testing is Offered in Our Office!

I have been so impressed and pleased with the response we are having with many patients who have been allergy tested and are using the sublingual (under the tongue) drops.  It is not a short term or quick response to allergies, but for the long term, it will make a big difference.

Allergy immunotherapy (or sublingual drops) has been helping people live allergy-free for decades.  It is a process that desensitizes your body to allergens.  Our formula safely introduces small amounts of allergens to your body over a period of time.  This allows your body to build up immunity to the things you are allergic to without all the negative side effects of medications.  With allergy immunotherapy, you will increase your allergic threshold so you no longer experience allergy symptoms.  Allergy immunotherapy is safe and effective for patients of all ages.

We can test for 70 environmental region-specific allergens and an additional 54 allergen food panels looking for food allergies.  Prior to testing, all allergy medications need to be stopped for three full days.  Contact the office for more information.

Allergy symptoms for food include:  itchy mouth, lip swelling, tongue swelling, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rash/hives, abdominal pain, sneezing, stuffy nose, congestion, coughing, throat tightening, wheezing, trouble breathing, drop in blood pressure, feeling faint, anaphylaxis.

Allergy symptoms in general:  runny nose, sneezing, sniffling, nasal congestion, sinus congestion, sinus headache, post nasal drip, watery eyes, itchy eyes, red eyes, teary eyes, hives, itchiness, eczema, asthma, wheezing, ear infections, migraine headaches.

Missing TV Segments from Past Weeks:

In case you didn’t know, I am on WINK TV’s XCW every Thursday morning between 7:45 – 7:50.  I try to report on the current research publications on topics related to Pediatrics and also current diseases we are seeing.  I also try to post them weekly, but sometimes the website does not cooperate.

Viral video sparks debate about furniture danger for children

Healthy Kids: New studies on smell, vision and choking

Healthy Kids: Pain relievers for infant vaccinations

Phone Troubles

I must apologize to all my wonderful patients.  We are having some issues with our carrier.  If you ever have trouble contacting us, always go to our answering service.  They have all the information if there is an issue.  Their direct number is 239-210-6042.

You can also go to your patient portal and send us a message at any time.

Another option is to fax us:  239-415-1136.

Lastly, you can email us:

We are working as quickly as possible to fix this, but always use any of the above options.

Annette St. Pierre-MacKoul, MD

Tomorrow is the Day!

The Energy for Life Walk to raise awareness and resources for research that will benefit Mitochondrial Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Autism, Diabetes, Cancer and Premature Aging. Join us tomorrow, December 3, 2016, at The Estero Recreation Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd, Estero, FL 33928. Registration is at 8:30 and the walk is at 10 am. We have so much for you and your family to do! Too Tall Tori, Faces by Joelle, Pictures with Santa! Please join us, sponsor, donate … just help this great cause!

Energy for Life Walk Is This Saturday

It will be a great event for the family. We’ll have Santa, Too Tall Tory, Faces by Joelle, lots of food and beverages and the most important thing is you will be supporting Mitochondrial Disease and Research.

In case you missed it, I was on WINK TV’s XCW discussing the Walk and Mitochondrial Disease:

Healthy Kids: Mitochondrial disease

Energy for Life Walk CORRECTION

This Saturday is the Energy for Life Walk to help raise awareness and funds for research and treatment for Mitochondrial Disease. Your dollars will also help research for Diabetes, Autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Cancer. My hero, Drew Andersen was on TV this morning discussing the upcoming Walk. I’ll be on tomorrow doing the same thing! THREE DAYS AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In the segment below, WINK TV made a terrible error! Drew Andersen is not ‘recently diagnosed with Mitochondrial Disease.’ He is the surviving sibling of three children in the Andersen Family. Two have died from the disease. Drew does not have Mitochondrial Disease. The outcries that occurred after this segment aired lets Drew and his parents know how much he is loved. He is trying to raise awareness and raise funds to fight Mitochondrial Disease.

Free Youth EKG Screening

To provide peace of mind to young students and their families, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida offers free EKG testing to middle and high school-aged athletes. Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death among young athletes and often provides no advance signs or symptoms. Electrocardiogram is a tool that may detect a child’s risk for sudden cardiac arrest. Students get one free EKG per their lifetime and no appointment is necessary.

When: Saturday, December 3, 2016, from 10 am to 1 pm
Where: Coconut Point Healthy Life Center
23190 Fashion Drive, Suite #105
Fort Myers, FL 33928
Call 239-495-4475 for more information
*Parental consent needed for anyone under 18.

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours Reminder!

To allow my staff to spend this wonderful holiday with their loved ones, we will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday, November 25, 2016.

Should you have any questions or problems with your children, please call our office number for instructions of what to do. Our office number is 239-415-1131.

I would like to wish you and your family a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving Holiday.

Dr. Annette St. Pierre-MacKoul

The Energy for Life Walk is on December 3, 2016

Three weeks away from The Energy for Life Walk! Mitochondrial Disease affects 1 in 4 people and the research you will be funding also supports research to support Autism, Parkinson’s Disease, Diabetes and Cancer. I have taken care of several children with Mitochondrial Disease in my career as a Pediatrician. One family that I love, has lost two children to this terrible disease. Their surviving child and his friend, who also has a brother with Mitochondrial Disease (and I take care of), have banded together to raise a Million Dollars to assure that no other family has to go through their struggles. Help me to help these ‘tweens’ to make a difference! Any contribution will help!

Autism and Mitochondrial Disease!

In case you missed it, I was on WINK TV’s XCW this morning discussing two new research papers out this week linking Autism and Mitochondrial Disease, and a separate article on Early Intervention with Autism and parents. I apologize for a ‘poor performance’ by me, but the message is important! It is also a month away from the Mitochondrial Disease Energy for Life Walk coming up on December 3, 2016.

Healthy Kids: Two new studies on Autism

Energy for Life Walk

We are a little over a month away from this year’s Energy for Life Walk! On December 3, 2016, we will be walking to help raise a million dollars for a cure!

Please help in any way. Donate or sponsor! Join us and form a team to walk!

Mitochondrial Disease affects 1 in 4 people, that means that every 15 minutes a child is born who will develop a mitochondrial disease by the age of 10. Being a Pediatrician for over 25 years, I have cared for children with Mitochondrial Disease. I have one family that has lost two children to this disease and I have pledged to help their surviving child raise a million dollars for a cure. His hope is that no other family has to go through the pain and suffering that his family has endured. Supporting this research not only helps in finding a cure for Mitochondrial Disease, but also helps with other related diseases like: Autism, Diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease and some cancers.