What is Vocal Cord Dysfunction?

Vocal cord dysfunction (VCD) is a condition where the vocal cords “close” when they should be opening, specifically with inspiration.  When this occurs, a person may experience shortness of breath, throat and chest tightness, coughing, intermittent hoarseness, and a wheezing sound from the throat called stridor.  These symptoms can lead to a person feeling anxious,… Read more »

Lung Function Testing-Breathe Better, Live Better

Sometimes, despite seemingly good medical treatment for your asthma, your airway function just isn’t up to par. Or how about the opposite:  Maybe you feel your breathing is actually pretty good, but your breathing test reads like that of someone who is decades older.  Perhaps you don’t smoke but your health care providers keep telling… Read more »

Food Allergy Prevention-Update

As of the writing of this article (October 2018), there is approximately a 400% increase in incidence of infants with severe food allergy in the past decade. Concerning as that is, there has been much advancement in food allergy research and education. In the past, the recommendation was to delay introduction to peanut until after… Read more »

Halloween Food Allergy Safety

  Halloween is typically a time for kids to dress up in their favorite costume, trick-or-treat, and eat way too much candy.  However, for others it is a time of increased stress and anxiety.  Many of the candies we come to love during the Halloween season contain the top allergens:  milk, egg, peanut and tree… Read more »

Vaccine Myths

With Influenza season just around the corner, let’s revisit some of the VACCINE MYTHS that still exist today. MYTH #1: Vaccines Cause Autism This myth came about in 1998 after a study was published in a reputable medical journal by British surgeon, Andrew Wakefield. The study suggested that the MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, and rubella)… Read more »

What’s New with the Flu Shot for the 2018-2019 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 of… Read more »

Relationship of Asthma and Allergies

Asthma and allergies often go hand-in-hand and there can be a clear relationship between these two conditions. Asthma-The Low Down Asthma is a disease of the branches of the windpipe (bronchial tubes), which carry air in and out of the lungs. Asthma is a chronic disease involving the airways in the lungs and affects up… Read more »

Difficulty swallowing when eating? You may have EoE.

Do you need to eat slowly and chew carefully to prevent food getting stuck?  Do you have continuing heartburn or difficulty swallowing despite treatment with prescription strength proton pump inhibitors, such as omeprazole? You may have a condition called eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), a chronic allergic inflammation of the esophagus, which can lead to narrowing of… Read more »

Medscape Medical News: FDA Extends EpiPen Expiration Dates

From Medscape Medical News via Medscape.com: FDA Extends Some EpiPen Expiration Dates to Fight Shortages Megan Brooks DISCLOSURES August 21, 2018 In a move meant to help ease shortages of EpiPen (epinephrine) autoinjectors, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended by 4 months the expiration date of specific lots of 0.3-mg products marketed by Mylan and… Read more »