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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 ...

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Allergic Rhinitis: Five Mid-Winter Survival Tips

The “dog days” of winter means more than bone-chilling cold weather and snow. Although people with seasonal allergy problems tend to favor this time of the year, perennial allergy sufferers and those with non-allergic rhinitis are currently singing t...

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Asthma: Advances in Medications this Decade

A cure for asthma is not likely. That’s the bad news. The good news is that asthma deaths have decreased and advances in medications over this decade offer a chance for improvement in prevention and control of this disease that affects more than 20 m...

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5 Tips on What to Ask Your Allergist on Follow-Up

There are days when it seems no matter what you do allergy symptoms take over your life. This is especially frustrating when you have already gone through the series of skin testing, locked the dog out of the bedroom and spent some hard earned dollar...

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Advair and Symbicort: "Benefits Outweigh Risk" says an FDA Advisory Committee

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) listened to presentations and comments from several members of an expert FDA advisory committee regarding the benefit-to-risk ratio of Long Acting Beta-agonist drugs (LABAs) – namely Serevent (salmete...

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Christmas Trees May Make You Sneezy and Wheezy

Is your Christmas tree making you wheeze? Find out if artificial trees would work better for you or if you can make your natural Christmas tree more asthma friendly. Doc, I get sick every Christmas and end up missing a few days of work. I take my fam...

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Antibiotics: Not Always the Answer for Upper Respiratory Tract Infections

Cough, cold and flu season has arrived for most of the northern half of America. Doctor’s offices are busier trying to squeeze patients in for sick visits. Emergency departments and Urgent Care Centers are shuffling patients in and out of examining r...