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‘Allergy Basics’

Allergy-Safe On Halloween? Happy Haunting

Published October - 30 - 2014

HappyHauntingYour child is no doubt eager to scare up a memorable Halloween costume and go trick-or-treating. Unfortunately, Halloween can be hazardous for kids – and grown-ups, too – who are at risk for an asthma flare-up or anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction.

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What’s Your Emergency Plan?

Published August - 26 - 2014

EmergencyplanHurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires tornadoes, flooding – natural disasters can happen anytime, anywhere. Their suddenness shouldn’t catch asthma and allergy patients off guard.

When natural disasters happen, you may have only precious minutes to grab what you need for a few days, weeks, or longer. Read the rest of this entry »

OfficeVIENNA, VA, JUNE 2, 2014 – You’re back at work after a relaxing vacation, and by noon your head aches and the nagging cough returns. Is it stress? A virus? Or could you be allergic to something in the office?

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Deception And Fraud In Allergy Care

Published April - 23 - 2014

FraudAllergy testing and immunotherapy schemes continue to pop up in primary care practices across the country, exposing patients and families to substandard diagnosis and treatment as well as raising the potential for fraud.

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The Allergy-Eczema Connection

Published March - 4 - 2014

EczemaLotionBy John Lee, MD

If your child has ever had a severe eczema flare-up, you are familiar with the inflamed, dry, thickened skin and constant, intense itching and scratching. Fortunately there are ways to ease symptoms.

An estimated 30 percent of the U.S. population experience eczema symptoms, according to the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Read the rest of this entry »

Dating Tips For People With Food Allergies

Published February - 7 - 2014

Dating_FoodAllergyVIENNA, VA, FEB. 6, 2014 – First dates bring excitement, anticipation, a few nervous butterflies – maybe even a first kiss – but for people with food allergies, date planning requires more than deciding when to meet or what to wear.

“Since dating so often revolves around eating, it’s important that people with food allergies Read the rest of this entry »

Is It Food Allergies?

Published February - 6 - 2014

Approximately 12 million Americans have a food allergy, including 4 million children.

Eight foods account for 90 percent of all reactions in the United States: cow’s milk, hen’s eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish. Other food allergies range from avocados to yams.

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Shots to Drops?

Published April - 24 - 2013
Traditional immunotherapy – allergy shots – are effective against numerous pollens, dust mites, animal dander, insect venom, and more. Another therapy – sublingual immunotherapy, or SLIT – which uses drops under the tongue instead of shots, shows promise, according to JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. Read the rest of this entry »

Halloween: Allergy-Safe

Published October - 18 - 2012

Trick or Treating can be fun, yet spooky for parents of children with allergies and asthma. Triggers hide like ghosts everywhere, and not only in treats.

 

Deviled Make-Up

Like all the invisible ingredients in a deviled egg, inexpensive makeup can contain ghostly allergens. Test the products in a small area of skin days before to avoid unpleasant surprises or unwanted reactions.

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Ask the Allergist: Little Ears, Big Infections

Published August - 27 - 2012
By Talal Nsouli, MD
Q: Why does my baby get so many ear infections?
A: Nasal inflammation and congestion spreads easily to the middle ear, causing fluid to accumulate behind the eardrum. Read the rest of this entry »