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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 »


It’s no secret: Allergy and asthma families embrace solutions that offer freedom from symptoms, eliminate needless hardships and reduce wasteful spending.

 

In fact, we don’t accept bland very well. We are motivated to use whatever tools we can in order to get where we want to be when we want to be there. That’s exactly what “My Personal Allergy & Asthma Guide” delivers. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot

Published January - 16 - 2013

There is still time to protect your children and yourself from the flu in what remains of a severe influenza season.

“Everyone seems to know that the elderly are particularly vulnerable, but so too are children,” says William Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D., a pediatrician at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “Severe complications are most common in children under age 2, and all children ages 6 months and older should be immunized.”

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Ask the Allergist: Measuring Inflammation

Published January - 4 - 2013

By David M. Lang, MD

What is exhaled nitric oxide testing?

Asthma symptoms – coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath – are driven by underlying inflammation in the airways. When we want to assess a person’s asthma, we can observe symptoms and test lung function with spirometry, 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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Going The Distance

Published October - 11 - 2012

About one in 10 people experience bronchospasm during physical activity, whether it’s running a marathon, bicycling a few miles or swimming laps in a pool. Many don’t recognize the problem and simply avoid strenuous exercise.

Healthcare professionals call it EIB – exercise-induced bronchospasm. Read the rest of this entry »

Every Breath Tells a Story

Published October - 2 - 2012

Most of us know that the air we breathe affects our lungs. What you may not know is that the air you breathe out can tell us how.

For instance: We all exhale a little nitric oxide (NO). But too much nitric oxide is an indicator of lung inflammation, the underlying condition of asthma. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »
By Stanley Fineman, MD
Q: I get a lot of allergy symptoms during pollen season. How can an allergist help me?
A: It’s definitely helpful to understand what triggers your symptoms, especially if you’re having difficulty controlling them with over-the-counter medications, Read the rest of this entry »

Ask the Allergist: From Diagnosis to Touchdown

Published September - 29 - 2011

Q: My boy has asthma but loves playing sports. Can kids with asthma grow up to be sports heroes?

Absolutely yes! To do that, though, you’ll need to get and keep asthma symptoms under control.

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