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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...

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Gluten Allergy, Gluten Hypersensitivity and Celiac Disease: Are They All the Same?

“Doc I think I am allergic to gluten. I stopped eating wheat and dairy products last month. Now I feel much better. Can you test me to gluten?” More than a few times a year a patient or parent asks about gluten allergy and whether I can do skin testi...

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Asthma: Why Do Women Have Higher Severity Levels Than Men?

Many articles have identified the disproportionate level of severe and fatal asthma in subgroups of people in this country (such as African Americans and Hispanics of Puerto Rican descent). Were you aware that adult women have higher severity levels ...

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Will You Be Prepared For Tree Pollen Allergy Season?

This link provides more detail about the proper use of prescribed nasal sprays: How Good Is Your Nasal Spray Technique?

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How to Relieve Nasal Congestion

"Doc, it seems like I can’t ever breathe out my nose. The pills help my sneezing but I always feel congested" Many people identify with the above complaint. Nasal congestion is one of the most common symptoms of allergic and non-allergic rh...

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Three Allergy Medications That May Solve Your Runny Nose Problem

Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever) affects about 30 million people in America and has increased in prevalence over the last 25 years. Allergy medications have dominated the shelves in many pharmacies as a result of the increasing brands of antihistamines, ...

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"When Can I Stop My Asthma Medication?"

This is a common question in my office and invariably leads to several minutes of discussion with asthma patients and parents. There is no cure for asthma and, contrary to widely held belief, people do not “outgrow” asthma. It took a long time for me ...