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Why bother to see a specialist?

by: Dr. McNeil We face daily reminders of the rising cost of living, and health care is leading the way. In order to contain some of these costs, we still have the option of selecting the health care provider of our own choosing. Why, then, would someone choose to see a specialist as long as […]

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Allergy Immunotherapy Update

by: Dr. Deborah Ortega Allergy management has traditionally taken 3 forms, avoidance, medications to reduce symptoms and control illness and desensitization.  Desensitization can be successfully achieved with some medications, stinging insect venoms and airborne allergens such as grass pollen, ragweed pollen and mold spores.  The most common form of desensitization for airborne allergens used by […]

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Cleaning Tips for Allergy and Asthma Sufferers

Cleaning Tips for Allergy and Asthma Sufferers

This article has been reviewed by Thanai Pongdee, MD, FAAAAI These simple steps may reduce your risk of developing allergy and asthma symptoms when you clean: Kitchen Use an exhaust fan on a regular basis to remove cooking fumes and reduce moisture. Place garbage in a can with an insect-proof lid and empty trash daily. […]

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Allergen Avoidance

by Dr. Joseph Bullock Recently, there has been a marked increase in the occurrence of all allergic diseases which we believe may be due to changes in recent living conditions in modern Western civilization. We spend more time indoors in tight houses built to conserve energy. We have clean water and wear shoes. We have […]

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Immunotherapy can Provide Lasting Relief

Immunotherapy can Provide Lasting Relief

This article has been reviewed by Linda Cox, MD, FAAAAI Immunotherapy treatment (allergy shots) is based on a century-old concept that the immune system can be desensitized to specific allergens that trigger allergy symptoms. These symptoms may be caused by allergic respiratory conditions such as allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and asthma. While common allergy medications […]

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Allergies: Fact or Fiction

by Phil Rancitelli, M.D. There are many myths about allergies that have been around for years.  Many lead to unnecessary treatments and costly interventions.  Some things you hear about allergies might sound farfetched but are actually true.  Let’s try to separate fact from fiction. Hypoallergenic dogs and cats Unfortunately, there isn’t a breed of dog or cat […]

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Early Spring Allergies

Early Spring Allergies

By: Dr. Jennifer Bullock With Winter (hopefully!) winding down in the next few weeks, we will be facing the transition into early Spring, which can be a difficult time for some allergy sufferers. Many people with allergies experience a worsening of symptoms in the early Spring, before the pollen season begins. This is often due […]

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Rhinitis (Allergic and Non-Allergic): Tips to Remember

Rhinitis (Allergic and Non-Allergic): Tips to Remember

Do you suffer from frequent sneezing, congestion or stuffiness and an itchy or runny nose? If so, you may have a condition called rhinitis. There are two types of rhinitis: allergic rhinitis and non-allergic rhinitis. Let’s talk first about allergic rhinitis. Allergic Rhinitis Allergic rhinitis is caused by allergens like molds, pollen and animals. These […]

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