Common Allergy Myths

We’ve found there are a lot of allergy misconceptions out there. We wanted to dispel the most common allergy myths we hear in our clinics. MYTH #1:  A shellfish allergy means I’m allergic to iodine and therefore, I can’t get films with contrast. FACT:  The truth is that allergic reactions to shellfish are caused by… Read more »

Nut Allergy – FAQs

By: Kelly M. Hersh, FNP-BC So you or a family member was just diagnosed with a peanut or tree nut allergy. You understand the importance of strict avoidance, including careful label reading, and a treatment plan for what to do in case of an accidental ingestion, but now what? Days or weeks after leaving the… Read more »

COVID-19 Activity Risk Assessment

It seems there is little to vague direction on what is considered a “safe” activity during this COVID-19 pandemic. Thankfully, physicians within the Texas Medical Association Task Force worked together to create an Activity Risk Assessment Guide. This guide ranks everyday activities on a scale of 1-10 on how risky that activity proves to be… Read more »

Montelukast (Singulair): Risks and Benefits

By: Nicole Rae, PA-C The Benefits Montelukast (Singulair) is a drug that has been used to treat allergies and asthma for years.  It helps to treat sneezing, nasal congestion and eye symptoms in patients with allergies.  It also helps to treat inflammation in some patients with asthma. Montelukast is a pill taken once daily and… Read more »

COVID-19: Common Sense Thinking

By: Jerald W. Koepke, MD This pandemic will not be over for many months. All the stay at home orders were successful in stemming the tide, but common sense says that they have left a large number of vulnerable people ready to be infected. So, another surge, or 2, or 3 is inevitable. Some interesting… Read more »

Appointments During COVID-19

By: Kara Crosby, DO The last few months we have all been focused on the novel coronavirus and reducing its spread by social distancing.  Colorado Allergy and Asthma Centers is proud to have adapted to these changes by adding telehealth visits to assist in these efforts.  While we are still offering telehealth visits, we recognize… Read more »

What is Coronavirus Antibody Testing?

By: Martha Steffen, PA-C Coronavirus antibody tests have been recently made available to patients. These tests were thought to enable detection of previous infection with the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19). The goal in testing was to determine prior infection and potential immunity from re-exposure to the virus. Businesses and governments were optimistic that this… Read more »

COVID-19 and Asthma: What Patients Need to Know

By: John James, MD One of the more common questions medical providers at CAAC have been receiving from our patients with asthma is how will the current COVID-19 pandemic affect symptoms of asthma and what, if anything, should be done about management. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is scary for all people, but for… Read more »

Help for Dry Hands During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By: Erin Kempe, DO As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC has recommended increased handwashing as well as the use of hand sanitizer whenever handwashing is not feasible.  This can certainly help prevent the spread of disease, but can also result in dry, irritated hands.  Here are some tips for keeping your hands… Read more »