Chronic Hives

Hives (urticaria) are red or skin colored itchy bumps that can come and go. Hives usually last from 30 minutes to 24 hours. Sudden hives are generally associated with an allergic reaction or illness. When hives occur on most days of the week for 6 weeks or greater it is called chronic hives. Chronic hives… Read more »

Skin Reaction to Scratching – What is it?

Dermatographism, also known as dermatographia, literally translates from Greek meaning “writing on skin.”  Dermatographism, is a condition where the skin becomes red, raised, inflamed, and itchy after the skin is scratched, rubbed, or under pressure.  The condition is similar to hives and is benign. Approximately 2-5% of the population has this condition. Causes and Prevention The… Read more »

Penicillin Allergy Testing

How many friends or family members do you know who have a penicillin allergy? Are you aware of the risks of having a penicillin allergy? All patients who have a history of penicillin allergy require allergy testing to confirm their diagnosis so that they do not unnecessarily avoid penicillin antibiotics. Penicillin allergy downside If a… Read more »

5 Ways to Improve your COPD

COPD is a term used to describe lung diseases that can worsen over time; these diseases include emphysema, chronic bronchitis and certain types of asthma. COPD often develops in patients who have a history of smoking. COPD symptoms tend to include shortness of breath, excess mucus production, coughing and wheezing. Here are 5 ways you… Read more »

Black Mold – Is it really toxic?

What is mold? Mold is a fungus that is found throughout nature and will grow anywhere there is moisture.  Over 100,000 species of mold have been identified, most of which are not harmful.  Mold is found in the air, water, soil and plants.  Molds are also very common in buildings and homes.  The most common… Read more »

Do Pets Really Reduce Kids’ Allergy Risk?

Is it possible to prevent allergies and asthma in children by having a pet? This is a million-dollar question!  There have been several studies that have been conducted world-wide trying to answer this difficult question.  So far, there is no clear answer.  The question is difficult to study. There are many factors, both genetic and… Read more »

Weather Delay – 3/14/19

Please be advised that all Colorado Allergy & Asthma Centers’ locations will be on a delayed start Thursday, 3/14. All locations will be opening at 9am.   We thank you for your patience during this time.   Please be safe!

Weather Closure – 3/13/19

Please be advised that all of Colorado Allergy & Asthma Centers locations will be closing at 12pm today due to the forecasted storm. If you haven’t been contacted to reschedule your appointment, please call the office after 9am tomorrow. We are planning on opening tomorrow per normal schedule but will inform you of any late… Read more »

Humidifiers, Moisturizers and Air Filters—do they really help?

Low relative humidity in an environment like ours causes a number of issues: dry eyes, skin, throats and noses. This dryness makes us prone to itching. Once the skin barrier is broken, it can become inflamed, bleed or become infected.  Localized or systemic infection can then occur. We’ve all had the wintertime cold, the runny… Read more »

Taking charge of your asthma in 2019

10 Tips for Keeping your Asthma on the Right Track 1) See your allergist regularly and as recommended 2) Make sure you understand what your medications are for and how to use them properly Asthma medications can be confusing with some inhalers or pills meant to be used regularly and others meant to be used… Read more »