Frederic Little, M.D., Health Professional

Frederic Little is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Boston University. He attends on the Allergy Consultation Service as well as the Medical Intensive Care Unit and Pulmonary Consultation Service at Boston Medical Center. He wrote for HealthCentral as a health professional for Asthma and Allergy.

Allergen of the Month: Sulfa-Containing Medications

Allergy to sulfa-containing medications is very common; these are typically antibiotics. However, not all antibiotics are pills. Doctors will sometimes prescribe antibiotic eye drops or ointments for ‘pink eye’. Several eye drop preparations contain ...
Frederic Little, M.D.

Should People With Asthma Get the Pneumonia Vaccine?

In this entry, I would like to review the impact that severe infections from a common pneumonia bacterium can have on asthmatics and discuss some recent research on how this has changed immunization schedules for asthmatics. This new research has cha...
Frederic Little, M.D.

When Asthma Isn't Causing Your Shortness of Breath

In this entry, I would like to comment on how the fact that asthma is such a common disease can in some cases lead to individuals being told they have “asthma,” yet on detailed review with specialized tests, are found not to have asthma. I know that ...
Frederic Little, M.D.

Asthma Triggers During the Fall and Winter

In this entry, I would like to discuss how individuals with asthma are affected in the cold months of the year. While most of this applies to those who live in temperate climates with cold winters, the indoor triggers that can lead to more asthma sym...
Frederic Little, M.D.

Bronchial Thermoplasty: Surgery To Keep Your Airways Open

A new “anatomic” treatment for severe asthma In this entry, I would like to provide a little background on a new treatment for severe asthma. Most asthma treatments are directed at avoiding triggers and taking medications that decrease inflammation a...
Frederic Little, M.D.

Asthma and the September Epidemic

In this entry, I would like to discuss some things to think about as families go back to school in terms of asthma. One is the increase in asthma exacerbations during this period, and the other some thoughts about asthma control as kids go back to sc...
Frederic Little, M.D.

Keeping Your Asthma in The Green and not the Red

Asthma action plans In this entry, I would like to discuss the role of ‘action plans’ in the care of patients with asthma. Since asthma affects so many people, and is cared for by a range of providers, action plans are a way for patients and provider...
Frederic Little, M.D.