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 it 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 »

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 »

Top 5 Health Insurance Myths

Continuing our Understanding Your Insurance series, we thought it might be time to debunk some common healthcare myths. Myth 1: I’m young and healthy, why would I need health insurance? Fact: Oh how we all wish this was true, but alas, it is not. No one is immune to accidents or unexpected diagnoses or conditions…. Read more »

Penicillin Allergy? Check Again.

By: Kelly M. Hersh, NP Penicillin Allergy Double Check Are you an adult who has been told to avoid penicillin due to an allergic reaction in childhood? Are you unclear if your child should avoid penicillin because he or she developed a rash the last time they took it? Do you have multiple antibiotic allergies and… Read more »