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Outdoor Allergens: Tips to Remember

Seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever) affects more than 35 million Americans. If you suffer from it, you may experience 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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Allergic Reactions: Tips to Remember

Allergies often bring to mind sneezing, runny nose or watery eyes. While these are symptoms of some types of allergic disease, an allergic reaction is actually a result of a chain reaction that begins in your genes and is expressed by your immune system. What is happening inside your body when you have an allergic […]

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Increasing Rates of Allergies and Asthma

This article has been reviewed by Thanai Pongdee, MD, FAAAAI A leading theory behind the rising allergy and asthma diagnosis rates is the “hygiene hypothesis.” This theory suggests that living conditions in much of the world might be too clean and that kids aren’t being exposed to germs that train their immune systems to tell […]

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Is Your Asthma Allergic?

This article has been reviewed by Thanai Pongdee, MD, FAAAAI Many of the symptoms of allergic and non-allergic asthma are the same but the triggers may be different. Allergic Asthma Triggers Allergic asthma, or allergy-induced asthma, is the most common form of asthma. If your asthma is allergic, your symptoms are most often triggered by […]

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Summer Skin Rashes and Reactions

Summertime is one of the best times of the year. The kids are all out of school and more active than ever. With summertime also comes the risk of a wide range of allergic reactions. Skin based allergies are incredibly common-especially in the summer. Summer is a common time for skin rash flare-ups, including atopic dermatitis […]

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Make Sure You Receive the Epinephrine Autoinjector You Were Prescribed

This article has been reviewed by Thanai Pongdee, MD, FAAAAIAn epinephrine autoinjector is used to treat a severe allergic reaction or to prevent anaphylactic shock caused by stinging insects, foods, latex, medications or other allergens.If you have a severe allergy and carry epinephrine, it is important to know that each brand functions a little differently. […]

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Chlorine Sensitivity versus Allergy

by: Dr. Grace Ryu Now that summer is in full swing exposure to chlorine increases due to swimming pool use.  You may notice trouble breathing, rash or runny nose when swimming.  You may wonder are you allergic to chlorine?  The answer is no, but you could be sensitive to chlorine. Chlorine sensitivity can manifest as […]

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Getting the Facts on Food Allergy Testing

This article has been reviewed by Thanai Pongdee, MD, FAAAAI If you have ever experienced red, itchy skin, swelling, vomiting or trouble breathing after eating or coming into contact with a certain food, you may wonder if you have a food allergy. While diagnosing food allergies can be tricky, an allergist has the training and […]

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Ragweed plants packed with pollen

Summer fun can turn to fall misery for millions of people who suffer from seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever). Sneezing, stuffy or runny nose, itchy eyes, nose and throat, or worsening of asthma symptoms are common in people with undiagnosed or poorly managed hay fever. The primary culprit of fall allergies is ragweed pollen. A ragweed plant […]

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