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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 ...

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Three Reasons Your Hay Fever Treatment May Be Failing

  1. Your medication may not be targeting the right symptoms. Some patients enter my office frustrated because of the failure of their antihistamine pills (e.g. Claritin (loratadine), Zyrtec (cetirizine) and Allegra (fexofenadine) to relieve symptoms o...
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Grass Pollen Season: Some Common Misconceptions

“Doc, I think I’m allergic to cottonwood tree. Every summer I start sneezing my head off when those “cotton things” start floating around in the air.” Every year in May or June a few people ask me about cottonwood allergy after noticing their eye and ...

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Third-Hand Tobacco Smoke: What's Left After The Tobacco Smoke Clears?

There are more than 400,000 tobacco-related deaths annually in the U.S. Health statistics estimate about 3,000 teenagers try and then regularly smoke cigarettes on a daily basis. It’s been well documented that passive exposure to tobacco smoke increa...

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Battling Dry Skin in the Winter

Seasonal allergy sufferers are still enjoying the absence of outdoor allergy triggers as the days of winter come and go. If you are fortunate enough to have avoided severe colds, sinus infection and flu symptoms up to now, the outlook is good. On the ...