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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 ...

Beware of the "Goodnight Kiss"

Beware of the "Goodnight Kiss"

Even after brushing your teeth, kissing someone with a sensitive food allergy can still trigger a reaction. Here’s what to know.

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Avoid the Seasonal "Fall" in Asthma Control

There was a reason why one of my former partners and mentors referred to October as “Horrible October”. Something about the 10th month of the year, in our part of the country, brings out the worst in our asthma patients. My partner, Dr. Schwartz woul...

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Prepare Yourself for Ragweed Season

We have, so far, had much more sunny and hot weather than the last few years, but pollens and molds have spoiled the experience for many allergy sufferers. Those with nasal allergy and asthma have often appropriately taken refuge indoors, in air-cond...

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Summer Cold or Seasonal Allergy: How Can You Tell the Difference?

Summer colds can be very annoying but how do you determine whether you have a cold, or have seasonal allergy? Runny nose, postnasal drip (the feeling of drainage going down the back of the throat), nasal congestion and sneezing are frequent complaint...