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Cold Urticaria And Cold Allergy: Not A Joke!

I’ve often joked around with my patients during this brutally cold northeast winter that “I’m allergic to the cold!” The dark, cold winter days are tough can be hard to get through both mentally and physically. However, I don’t want to belittle the existence of cold allergy, because it does really exist!
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Cold Urticaria

The medical term, cold urticaria, refers to the condition where a patient that is exposed to cold air or water develops hives (urticarial) and even swelling (angioedema).

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Sublingual Allergy Drops Training for Physicians: Expert Advice from an Allergist with Experience

It’s been over one hundred years and now (finally!) the field of allergy has a new form of immunotherapy to desensitize patients to environmental allergens. Welcome to the treatment of sublingual allergy drops.

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Sublingual Allergy Drops

Dr. Dean has been practicing sublingual immunotherapy for 16 years. He wrote about his experience, how he learned about this relatively new treatment and how it transformed his medical practice in his book, Dr. Dean Mitchell’s Allergy and Asthma Solution (De Capo, 2006).

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The Sinus Headache Mistake: Migraine or Sinus Headache?

“Sinus Headaches”: One of the true mysteries of clinical medicine

Patients regularly come into our offices complaining of pain in the area around their eyes. This pain usually also circles around their forehead and, without fail, these patients always ask for antibiotics to make the pain go away. However, all too often antibiotics are prescribed for sinus headaches that are not caused by a sinus infection. It is for this reason that we make sure we always carry out a careful history check when treating patients who complain of a sinus headache. This may all sound a little confusing, but let us explain.

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True Sinus Infections

The main symptom of a true bacterial sinus infection tends to be pressure over a particular sinus area: this can commonly take place over the cheeks or sometimes behind the bridge of the nose, close to the eyes. A true sinus infection is usually preceded by symptoms such as a low-grade fever and the subsequent development of mucus discharge. This discharge can be filled with various colors ranging from white, yellow or green pus.

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Latex Allergy: A Potentially Dangerous Allergen

Latex allergy is an allergy the medical world has been aware of for many years.

Latex is a natural rubber and latex products are primarily made from the rubber tree Hevea brasiliensis. Latex Rubber AllergyLatex is commonly thought of as being a contact allergen, which causes rashes (see our previous post on Allergic Rashes), however it can also have more serious health implications.

The Serious Side Of Latex Allergy

In the 1990’s a more serious symptom of latex allergy emerged. Dr. Dennis Ownby, at Henry Ford Hospital, had several cases of patients who went into anaphylaxis (allergic shock) after exposure to latex medical products. Several of the cases occurred after patients were having GI (gastrointestinal) tests for intestinal problems.

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Allergic Rashes From Products We Touch In Our Daily Lives

Allergy RashesAllergic Rashes and Everyday Products

Allergic rashes are often caused by products we use on a daily basis. When a medical professional identifies a chemical allergy we call it contact dermatitis because contact with the chemical often causes an allergic reaction in the form of a skin rash.

The list of contact allergens a person can get from having contact with substances range in the thousands since so many of today’s products are filled with preservatives and oils. However, only about two dozen of these are the main contact allergens that effect patients. As an allergy specialist, I can easily test these specific allergens using a special tape (no needles necessary!) to determine if a contact allergen is the cause of a person’s rash.

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Allergic Eczema: Treatment That Goes More Than Skin Deep

Winter SkinAllergic Eczema Skin Treatment

Winter can be an eczema sufferer’s worst nightmare. The harsh weather that hits most of the country can cause our skin to become dry and chafed, and patients that suffer from eczema are especially at risk for skin flares. In the past, typical treatments have relied on lathering on sticky creams to try to relieve the symptoms. However, this may not be enough. What we have learned through treating eczema patients is that for the best results you need to go deeper than just treating the skin. Our approach involves balancing out the immune system to stop the inflammation from reeking havoc on the surface of the skin.

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Chronic Cough Relief: Treating the Cause Can Lead to the Cure

chronic-cough-curesA noisy, chronic cough is not only uncomfortable, it’s unbearable for those around you such as family and co-workers.

We mostly tend to think of a cough related to an infection, which would respond to an antibiotic.  In many cases, this is erroneous thinking. It is easy to fall into this trap whether you are a patient or a physician. But I’ve learned in my over 20 years of practice to be especially careful in evaluating a chronic cough because there are so many underlying causes that can be at the root of the problem.

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Winter Sinus Pain: Do’s and Don’t’s for Sinus Relief!

woman-blowing-her-nose-in-cold-weatherIt’s hard not to see a million television ads for sinus, cold and flu relief on a daily basis. The winter seems to be a time when the nose takes the blows!

The reason is that the nasal tissue and sinuses play an important role in helping our respiratory system accommodate to the  brutally cold weather in most parts of the country. The dry air quality, and the fact that we spend most of our days indoors doesn’t help either. The most important thing you can do to protect yourself from sinus pain and other problems is maintaining good sinus hygiene and avoiding medications which can make the problem worse.

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Allergy Eye Symptoms: Not a Sight for Sore Eyes

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The spring allergy season is in full force. The tree pollen counts last week were in the 3,000 range(low counts are under 50). The pollen has a devastating effect on the eyes. A new patient of mine, a young boy, was in the emergency room for five hours waiting to be treated for his inflammation, and left with a Benadryl recommendation. Read the rest of this entry »

FDA Approves Immunotherapy Allergy Tablets…Finally

FDA-approves-immunotherapyThe most exciting news in 100 years has just happened in the field of allergy:

The FDA approved the use of sublingual tablets for the treatment of environmental allergies.

I’m not kidding. It’s been a hundred years since a new form of allergen immunotherapy has been approved. Actually, subcutaneous allergy immunotherapy, or allergy shots, was actually grandfathered into acceptance by the FDA because it was around before there was even the existence of the FDA! Read the rest of this entry »

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Cold Urticaria And Cold Allergy: Not A Joke!

I’ve often joked around with my patients during this brutally cold northeast winter that “I’m allergic to the cold!” The dark, cold winter days are […]

Sublingual Allergy Drops Training for Physicians: Expert Advice from an Allergist with Experience

It’s been over one hundred years and now (finally!) the field of allergy has a new form of immunotherapy to desensitize patients to environmental allergens. Welcome […]

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