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Sagebrush season is about to start! Are you prepared?

Sagebrush season is about to start! Are you prepared?

Summer fun is soon going to change to misery of Fall for millions of people who suffer from seasonal allergic rhinitis (hayfever) and asthma. If you notice in the fall that you’re sneezing more, your eyes are tearing up and you’re overusing the Kleenex tissue, you’re not alone.
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Get Asthma and Allergy Ready Before You Arrive On Campus!

Get Asthma and Allergy Ready Before You Arrive On Campus!

Moving from high school to college can be a big transition for students. Going away to college can be nerve wracking, but more so, for those with allergies and asthma – these individuals need a different kind of preparation. Dorm food, dorm environment, different climate and pollen all need to be considered! The Allergy Group will like help college student stay safe and have a stress- free college year. Below are some tips:Before you leave:- Start prepping well – know your allergy an...
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Over the counter Nasocort and Flonase: What’s in-store?

Over the counter Nasocort and Flonase: What’s in-store?

Topical nasal corticosteroids like Nasocort and Flonase are commonly used medications to treat hayfever(allergic rhinitis). Previously, only physicians could prescribe these medications however, FDA has recently approved Flonase and Nasocort to be available over the counter without prescription or need for physician monitoring. Nasal corticosteroid sprays are very helpful in reducing nasal inflammation, swelling and reduce nasal secretions. These medications also help with eye itching, redness a...
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Are you allergic to your sunscreen lotion?

Are you allergic to your sunscreen lotion?

The number of skin cancers cases are increasing rapidly with the higher level of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. This makes it very important to protect ourselves from the UV rays of the sun. Wearing sunscreen is, hence, very important especially during these recent bright sunny days in the Treasure Valley. However, the important question is if you are causing more harm than good with sunscreen lotion- Important yet, are you allergic to your sunscreen lotion?Reactions with sunscreen lotions:T...
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Itchy after eating fresh apple, berries or cantaloupes? Pollen- food allergy syndrome!

Itchy after eating fresh apple, berries or cantaloupes? Pollen- food allergy syndrome!

For some people who have hay fever, fresh fruits, vegetables and certain nuts can trigger an allergic reaction that causes the lips/mouth to tingle or itch. It can also cause throat swelling or itching all over the body. This is also known as “oral allergy syndrome.” What causes this immune reaction? This reaction occurs because the structure of proteins found in some fruits and vegetables are identical to those found in pollen. These identical proteins confuse the immune system and ...
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Can you be allergic to your cellphone?

Can you be allergic to your cellphone?

Yes, it’s possible to get an “allergic phone call” or  “be allergic to your cell phone” – In fact, Up to 17 percent of women and 3 percent of men can have allergies to their cellphones due to the metal nickel commonly found on phone trim and faceplates.
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Stuffed Toys – A Trigger Of Allergies and Asthma.

Stuffed Toys – A Trigger Of Allergies and Asthma.

Stuffed toys collect plenty of dust and germs while they are being carried everywhere by your kids. These toys could hence be a source of infection and allergies for your child. Here are some tips on how to sanitize your kid’s stuffed toys!!For Machine-Washable Toys Wash your child’s stuffed toys in hot water every other week You can place them in a pillowcase or lingerie bag during the wash cycle. Dry the toy in dryer on high heat for at least 45 minutes. Hot water and heat drying s...
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Can local honey help pollen allergies?

Can local honey help pollen allergies?

As an allergist, I am often asked if local honey can be an all-natural remedy for seasonal allergies.  It is very difficult to break people’s myth that local honey will not desensitize them from the pollen causing their allergic symptoms. The basic principle, as understood by folks who believe in honey curing their allergic symptoms, is that honey from local bee hives contains pollen. Pollen is responsible for initiating the immune response causing allergic symptoms. People believe th...
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Fifty Shades Of Summer Air!!

Fifty Shades Of Summer Air!!

Allergens do not have boundaries – its difficult to separate a particular season as being the worst for allergies. The allergens extend even after the grass pollen go down by June end. There are several other reasons for allergy and asthma symptoms like outdoor molds.
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Common Southwest Idaho Allergy Triggers

Common Southwest Idaho Allergy Triggers

Southwest Idaho is located in the northern aspect of the Great Basin of North America. The Great Basin is an arid region consisting of grasslands and sagebrush, with trees such as cottonwood and willows in the river corridors and conifers in the mountains. With agriculture with extensive irrigation, the flora of this region has changed drastically over the last 100 years, introducing new trees, weeds, and crops that have significant allergic potential. Through pollen sampling during the spring (...
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