Allergy Alert for Hampton Goers:
Watch out for Red Meat Allergy (hint: it’s not in the meat)
The old saying: ” There is nothing new under the sun…”
Well, in medicine new developments happen right under our noses every day. Since 2007, allergy researchers at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville reported cases of an unusual allergy in patients eating red meat from areas along the east coast from Virginia, Eastern Long Island and as far north as Nantucket. Read the rest of this entry »
Pollen Plague: What is Your Best Defense?
Offense (Global warming) vs. Defense (Allergy drops)
The recent cover of USA Today’s weekend edition on May 31st, 2013 read:
Pollen plague: How Climate change is Affecting Every Breath You Take.
The reporter chose to focus on Chicago as the location where Dr. Joseph Leija has been recording pollen counts for 24 years on the roof of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. Dr. Leija and other pollen counting stations are reporting rises in the pollen counts over the past decade. The reason seems to be fairly clear: global warming has been causing increasing carbon dioxide in the air, which influences the pollen released by nature. Dr. Leonard Bielory, a well-known allergist at Rutgers University’s Center for Environmental Prediction, noted that the pollen count has doubled in the past five years, with the highest levels reported this year. Read the rest of this entry »
Avoid the “D” in Allergy Treatment
The past few weeks the spring allergy season has been in full force. I’m seeing adults and children coming in with severe nasal congestion and sneezing. If you have ever experienced this or even a severe cold, you know how uncomfortable these symptoms can be. Today, many allergy medications are available over-the-counter without a prescription. This can be good and bad. The good is that you don’t have to make a doctor’s appointment to get medicine for relief of your allergy symptoms. The bad is that some of these medicines have side-effects which, if you are using them regularly, you should be aware of. Read the rest of this entry »
Forbidden Fruit in the Spring Allergy Season
I saw several youngsters this past week in my office, ages 5 to 13, really getting pounded with allergies. One boy’s face was swollen and his eyes were red and tearing. Another girl couldn’t stop sneezing and her nose was bleeding from constantly blowing to ” get out the snot” as she put it. Another boy said his throat was itching him a lot, and he wished he could reach down his throat to scratch it. I think you get the picture: it was a tough week if you are allergic to tree pollen. Read the rest of this entry »
Dr. Oz and Dr. Dean Agree: Sublingual Allergy Drops Can Help Allergy Patients!
I watched with excitement last Tuesday as Dr. Oz presented his show:
The Worst Allergy Season Ever!
I was curious if he was just going to make his viewers aware that pollen allergies can be severe this year, or whether he was going to introduce a new remedy. I watched with amazement as he asked the allergist on the show, “what about all this talk on Allergy Drops?” My colleague, Dr. Bassett, mentioned that he was aware that allergy drops are now being used to help children and adults with all types of airborne allergies. I was so excited to see this happen on national television. Finally, Allergy Drops are getting the attention they deserve! Read the rest of this entry »
Doctors Thinking About You
We’d like to invite you to sample our newly designed newsletter Doctors Thinking About You… The name is inspired by a joke we often share with patients:
“When you make an appointment with one of us, you are actually getting 2 doctors thinking about your case.”
Even when you’re not here, we are thinking about you. You see, we always confer on cases as a team, and this collaboration gives us more successful outcomes. Read the rest of this entry »
The Worst Allergy Season Ever! Don’t Worry, My Tips Will Keep You Protected
The Worst Allergy Season Ever seems to be the headline every spring. It alarms those that typically suffer with pollen allergies, and it worries others who think it’s contagious. The real secret to getting through a bad allergy season is to take some precautions before the season ever begins. The other key is to use the correct medicines when certain symptoms begin, and to not let allergic inflammation get too advanced. Some unfortunate individuals suffer from both tree pollen AND grass pollen allergies. Read the rest of this entry »
Food Allergy Treatment: “Failure is Not an Option!”
Today’s New York Times Magazine (March 10, 2013) has a lead story on the work of Dr. Kari Nadeau at Stanford and her ground-breaking research on food allergy. I had the pleasure to hear Dr. Nadeau lecture at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology meeting in Orlando in 2012. I met with her after the lecture and got the sense she was determined to treat children with food allergies and give them hope. Until now, the party line in medicine for food allergies is avoidance. This is obvious, and you don’t need a doctor to tell you that. But now, there is clear evidence that children can be desensitized to food either by oral or sublingual allergy immunotherapy. Read the rest of this entry »
New Food Allergy Device that will Save Lives!
I was reading the New York Times Business section on Saturday and learned something I hadn’t seen in a medical journal: a new breakthrough device to help children and adults treat a severe allergic reaction from a food or insect sting with more peace of mind. The device, called Auvi-Q, is an epinephrine injection with automated voice instructions. Read the rest of this entry »
Don’t Be Flu-ish: Allergies and Immunity regarding the Flu Vaccine
I meant to say, “Don’t be foolish!” The influenza virus is spreading at alarming speed, and only recently are New Yorkers and other states taking it seriously. There is almost no good reason to not get an influenza shot or nasal mist. Unless a child has asthma, the flu mist is a must to prevent the more severe symptoms that can accompany this virus. Children and adults with asthma are advised to get the flu shot which for them is considered safer. The only relative contraindication to the influenza vaccine is a severe egg allergy, in individuals that have had anaphylaxis. Read the rest of this entry »