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Asthma Control: Seven Survival Tips for This Summer

Outdoor allergy season got off to a running start for many regions in the U.S. this year. The mild and shortened winter combined with the unseasonably hot early spring and summer has resulted in an escalation of allergy problems for millions of peopl...

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Seasonal Allergies: Can You Avoid the Knock-out Punch That May Come Next?

Many allergy sufferers have experienced an early start to their 2012 outdoor allergy symptoms. The unusually warm and shortened winter ushered in a wave of late winter pollen and mold. Although spring officially started March 20th this year, allergy ...

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8 Tips to Improve Asthma Control

Doctors often have short segments of time (much too short in my opinion) to interview, examine and discuss treatment on follow-up visits which on average are 10 to 20 minute intervals. Many times your doctor has certain benchmarks she/he wants you to ...

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Asthma Management: Have You Winterized Yet?

Minimizing the influence of outdoor triggers (cold air, drafts, pollution, etc.) and reducing the level of exposure to indoor triggers may pave the way to good asthma control. Here are eight tips on how to proceed: Winter proof your home in order to ...

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Don't Avoid Getting Your Flu Shot For the Wrong Reasons

There is plenty of flu vaccine available for protecting the populace against flu syndrome this year. Many clinics and pharmacies around the U.S. began giving flu shots several weeks ago. Have you had yours? Recommendations by health officials on who ...

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Ragweed Season: Do Allergy Medications Stop Working?

We are almost through ragweed season but some of my patients are wondering what made this year’s season so bad. Actually, a certain number of allergy sufferers experience a peak in their nasal symptoms every spring and/or fall season which may be wor...

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The Skinny on Common Skin Allergies

Did you know the largest internal organ of the body is the liver? But the overall largest organ of the body is the skin. It’s no wonder the skin is involved with so many aspects of diseases: rash, itching, fever, external bleeding, swelling, pallor (...

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Q & A on Drug Reactions: Was it an Allergic or Non-Allergic Type of Reaction?

I’ve been asked a multitude of questions about drug allergies over the past 20 years. Most people do not get through life without having a side effect from a prescription drug or over the counter (OTC) medication. Adverse drug reactions occur when a ...

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Hereditary Angioedema : New Therapies for Rare but Potentially Fatal Disease

“Doc, I’ve had swelling off and on for more than 15 years. The medications my doctor has been giving me don’t seem to work as well. It seems like when I get upset or stressed, my feet or hands start to swell. Sometimes my face swells. I have taken ma...

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Combination Inhalers for Asthma Control: A New Kid on the Block

Although asthma death rates have declined, it continues to be a leading cause of missed work and school in the United States. The National Institute of Health (NIH) revised their asthma diagnosis and management guidelines in 2007. This over 600 page ...