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The Risks and Benefits of Tapering Allergy and Asthma Medications

By: Dr. Deborah Ortega-Carr Although allergic rhinits and asthma are chronic illnesses, most patients are not symptomatic on a daily basis. Many patients have seasonal flares when symptoms are troublesome. Asthma patients are symptomatic a minority of the time, but they are frequently instructed to take a daily controller medication. Often a patient feels that […]

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Food Allergy Treatments Still Experimental

This article has been reviewed by Thanai Pongdee, MD, FAAAAI Unlike many allergic conditions, there currently are no proven treatments for food allergy. Management of food allergies remains dependent upon avoiding substances that trigger allergy symptoms. Allergic reactions to food normally occur within minutes of eating the trigger food, though they can sometimes appear a few […]

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Allergies, Asthma and Winter Holidays

This article has been reviewed by Thanai Pongdee, MD, FAAAAI With the arrival of winter, seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and asthma sufferers can breathe relief as most outdoor allergens disappear until spring. But holiday gatherings and spending more time indoors exposes many people to different allergen triggers. Food Allergies During the Holidays Food plays […]

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Egg Allergy and the Flu Vaccine

This article has been reviewed by Thanai Pongdee, MD, FAAAAI, AAAAI Website Medical Editor Flu season is here and so is the need to be protected by getting vaccinated. This vaccine contains a very small amount of egg protein, so before giving it health providers ask if you are allergic to eggs. But do you […]

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Handling the Holidays

This article was reviewed by Stuart A. Friedman, MD, FAAAAI, AAAAI Patients & Consumers Web Editor. Do asthma and allergies threaten to be the Grinch in your holidays? The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) offers these tips to help keep your season merry: The holidays are filled with hustle and bustle, but stress can trigger an […]

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Food Allergies 101: Back-to-School Safety

This article was reviewed by Stuart A. Friedman, MD, FAAAAI Heading back to school is an exciting time for most students and parents. But for families of children with food allergies, it can also be a time of anxiety and fear. For students with food allergies, potential dangers lurk throughout the school environment. Risks in […]

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What do a cancer drug, food allergies and tick bites have in common?

by: Dr. Phillip Rancitelli  In 2006, a drug called cetuximab (trade name Erbitux) entered the market for the treatment metastatic colorectal cancer and some head and neck cancers.  Soon after, allergic reactions, some very severe, were reported during the first administration.  An observation was made that these allergies occurred more commonly in the southern United […]

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Enterovirus and Seasonal Allergies

by: Dr. Jennifer Bullock Pollen Seasons Many pollen allergy sufferers are glad to know that this year’s pollen seasons are winding down!  Some who are having symptoms for the first time might be wondering  what has been happening to them since the Spring started.  Some people with allergies know that they have symptoms, but do […]

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