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 »

Ozone: What is it?

What is it? Ozone, or trioxygen (O3), is a gas that is concentrated in the atmosphere to absorb most of the sun’s harmful (UV) rays. If you could see it, it would be a pale blue gas that smells like chlorine. It has industrial and consumer applications related to oxidation. This same oxidizing potential causes… Read more »

Back to School – Food Allergy Updates

Hellooo, August (already?)! It’s back to school time and as you prepare your child for the academic year ahead, it is also important to re-visit food allergies so he or she is educated about his diagnosis and can stay safe. Four things to get the conversation rolling include: 1. Empowerment – keep talking to your… Read more »

Why Do My Eyes Itch?

Do you have watery, red, puffy or itchy eyes? You may have allergic conjunctivitis, a very common inflammation of the “conjunctiva” – the clear thin membrane which covers the eyeball and the inner side of the eyelids. Seasonal symptoms can be caused by pollens from trees, grasses and weeds. Year-round allergens include dander, which is… Read more »

Mosquito Bites 101

Summer time is a time to enjoy the outdoors. However, when one has allergies that can be difficult, at times. Many helpful blogs have been posted to help in this regard. Besides allergies, there’s another pesky problem which can spoil our summertime, outdoor, fun – mosquitoes! In addition to transmitting diseases such as Zika, West… Read more »