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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...

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The Never Ending Cough: Is Cough Medication the Answer?

We have almost made it through the last of outdoor allergy season. Ragweed has run its course in most of the U.S. while mold spores try to survive the declining temperatures of the Midwest and Northeast. Currently outdoor mold, weather changes and sh...

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Fall Allergy Season is Coming: Are You Ready For Ragweed?

The middle of summer is often a good time for those who have outdoor seasonal allergy problems. In the upper half of the U.S., tree and grass pollen season is over. The hot weather forces many people to more consistently run their air conditioning (w...

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The Use and Misuse of Over the Counter Antihistamines and Decongestants

More than 40 million people suffer from nasal allergy symptoms in the United States. Over-the-counter (OTC) medications for allergy relief fill the shelves of retail pharmacies and there always seem to be new ones coming to the market. Choosing the r...

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Update on Pulmicort : From Turbuhaler to Flexhaler

According to the recently revised National Institute of Health asthma guidelines, inhaled corticosteroids are the preferred class of controller medications for treating persistent asthma in all ages. Pulmicort Turbuhaler, a brand of budesonide, was a...