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What happens when you visit an allergist?

By: Dr. Don McNeil A patient who chooses to visit one of our offices or is referred to our office by another physician may not be aware of the process. A patient who is well informed ahead of the visit will better understand the sequence of events and why. The following is a description of […]

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Common Eye Symptoms Could be an Allergy

Typical allergens affecting the eyes include pollen and mold spores, animal dander and dust mites. So if you have been diagnosed with any of these allergies, then symptoms may develop in your eyes. Most people suffering from eye allergies have problems in both eyes. Symptoms usually appear quickly, soon after the eyes come in contact […]

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Composting and Food Allergies: Take care of the environment and yourself

As we become more environmentally conscious, earth-friendly practices like composting are gaining popularity in homes and community settings. That poses an interesting question: Is composting food waste safe for people with food allergies? For a food to cause a significant allergic reaction, it must gain access inside the body. This can be through ingestion, contact […]

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Stinging Insect Allergy Update: Skin Reactions to Insect Stings

By: Dr. Deborah Ortega-Carr There are two types of allergic reactions that occur after an insect sting or bite. Local reactions typically cause itching, burning and swelling that subsides in hours. Systemic reactions cause symptoms distant to the sting site and can be very severe including hives, widespread swelling, shortness of breath,, nausea vomiting, dizziness […]

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Health Care Changes: Allergy and Immunology

  Cost of Allergist Still a Value at Midwest Allergy  Health care delivery is a rapidly evolving industry, and all specialties have been affected, including allergy and immunology. Practices like Midwest Allergy are continually trying to adhere to new guidelines mandated by our government, insurance companies, and allergy/immunology governing boards. Unfortunately, patients ultimately feel the […]

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Feel Better. Live Better. See an Allergist / Immunologist: Tips to Remember

Feel Better. Live Better. See an Allergist / Immunologist: Tips to Remember

Allergist / immunologists are specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies, asthma and other diseases of the immune system. Allergists practicing in the United States have completed medical school, at least three years of residency in pediatrics or internal medicine, then at least two years of specialized training in allergy and immunology. To be […]

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Spring Allergies

Spring is in the air, and so are billions of tiny pollens that trigger allergy symptoms in millions of people. This condition is called seasonal allergic rhinitis, commonly referred to as hay fever. Hay fever can affect your quality of life. It can lead to sinus infections, can disrupt your sleep and affect your ability […]

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Are Spring Allergies Different in the Midwest?

Allergies to tree pollen are in full bloom in the Midwest—and when spring allergy season begins, it comes on fast, according to allergists familiar with the area. “When the tree season comes on, patients go from feeling normal to just being miserable,” said Dr. Don McNeil, who specializes in allergy and immunology at Midwest Allergy […]

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Defeat Outdoor Allergies: Tips and Tricks

From the AAAAI: Seasonal allergic rhinitis, commonly referred to as hay fever, affects millions of people worldwide. Symptoms include sneezing, stuffiness, a runny nose and itchiness in your nose, the roof of your mouth, throat, eyes or ears. These allergic reactions are most commonly caused by pollen and mold spores in the air, which start […]

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Latex Allergy

By: Dr. Joseph Bullock The milky sap of the rubber tree ( Hevea brasiliensis) is the source of natural rubber latex (NLR) and is capable of causing allergic reactions, both contact dermatitis and contact systemic symptoms.  NLR materials were introduced into the health care field in 1840 with the advent of NLR surgical gloves.  In […]

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