Food Allergy vs. Food Intolerance

Food allergy is an immune system reaction that occurs soon after eating a certain food. Even a tiny amount of the allergy-causing food can trigger signs and symptoms such as digestive problems, hives or swollen airways. Those reactions are also referred to as IgE mediated reactions. Whereas food intolerance can be due to not having enough of an enzyme to break… Read more »

Can a tick bite really cause a meat allergy?!

By: Lacey Sanchez, NP-C Have you heard about the rare meat allergy that can cause anaphylaxis? Here are the facts. Tick Bite Allergy It’s called Alpha-gal allergy or Mammalian Meat Allergy (MMA) and it’s an unusual meat allergy condition. The allergy develops after a bite from the Lone Star tick. This tick is typically found… Read more »

5 Things to Know About Allergy Shots

By: Nicole Rae, PA-C Personal Experience Not only do I currently get to work at Colorado Allergy and Asthma Centers, but I can attest to the great care I received as an elementary student. As a former allergy shot patient myself, I can declare that allergy shots changed my life! I was able to go… Read more »

Understanding your Health Insurance-Top 11 Things You Need to Know

Over the last 11 months, we have dissected health insurance plans and issues to enable you to make better healthcare decisions. We have decided as a final post, we would compile those topics. 1. Understand how having health insurance benefits you. If you don’t already have health insurance coverage and are debating if you should… Read more »

Should I get the pneumonia vaccine?

By: Kelly Hersh, N.P. Give if your best shot We are now officially into cold and flu season, and many of us will be getting the flu vaccine at a flu clinic, pharmacy or doctor’s office. While this recommendation to get a booster vaccine yearly is pretty straight forward, many people are confused about the… Read more »

How do I Select a Doctor?

If you have health insurance, hopefully you better understand it as a result of the other installments in our Understanding Your Insurance Series. We now want to take a look at what you need to do to find your doctor if you don’t already have one. How do you go about doing that? We will… Read more »

What’s New with the Flu Shot for the 2017-2018 Season?

By: Katherine Tsai, MD and Lacey Sanchez, NP-C Even though seasonal influenza (flu) viruses can be detected all year long in the United States, they are most common during the fall and winter. The height of the flu season is October through March. Now is the time to receive your Flu shot before the end… Read more »

2 Things to Know when Changing Health Insurance Plans

Time for another installment from our Understanding your Insurance series! As we gear up for Open Enrollment, we thought it might be good to know what to consider when changing health insurance plans or carriers. Can you afford your new deductible? When reviewing plan options, it may be enticing to go for a plan with a… Read more »

Specialists & Referrals: When do I need them?

Now that we’ve covered the basics of health insurance in our eight prior installments of our Understanding Your Insurance Series, we thought it might be time to dig a little deeper. What is a specialist, and why would I need to see one as opposed to my regular doctor? To understand what a specialist is,… Read more »

Epinephrine Injector Breakdown

By: Andrea Jones, MD Epi 101 Epinephrine is the emergency treatment for anaphylaxis, and is available as an on-hand injector for patients with the potential for severe allergic reactions. Recently, new epinephrine injectors have become available for patients. At Colorado Allergy & Asthma Centers, we know there is value in having choices and we want… Read more »