Frederic Little, M.D.

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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.

Latest by Frederic Little, M.D.

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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 ...

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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Serevent and Foradil carry more risks, and benefits, than other asthma medications

In this entry, I would like to discuss some recent findings on two similar medications that have significantly changed the landscape of asthma treatment (both from the clinician and patient perspectives). Salmeterol (brand name: Serevent) and formote...

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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...

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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...

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Can Asthma Medicines Be Used as "Performance Enchancers?"

Dara Torres has asthma, just like her father, says a story in the New York Times. But for years, she had been training and competing with coughing and difficulty breathing. When she finally started taking asthma medicine, “she realized how much, and ...

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Spacers and Holding Chambers: Inhaler Devices for Asthma Treament Part 2

Read Part I of this series here Inhaler devices for asthma treatment In this second entry of this two part-series, I would like to review devices that help optimize delivery of inhaled medications to the lungs from metered dose inhalers (MDIs), inclu...

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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...