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Are you comfortable talking about food allergy?

Are you comfortable talking about food allergy?

Time and again, we read food-related life threatening reaction especially in adolescent agr group, because they felt uncomfortable or awkward to communicate about their food allergy to their peers. As an allergist, I am devastated to hear about these fatal reactions which could be easily prevented. Based on my experience with my food allergy patients, I have compiled a list of ways to help food allergy patients with these difficult conversations and helping them feel accepted and respected for t...
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Steps to Make Your Home Asthma Friendly

Steps to Make Your Home Asthma Friendly

Cover mattresses and pillows with dust-proof coversDust mites are among the most common triggers for asthma, especially indoors. Along with covering padding, wash bedding regularly, and dust regularly in bedrooms.Be mindful of moistureReducing the excess moisture in your home is a good way to prevent mold and dust mites. Fans and open windows should be used when showering, and bad plumbing should be dealt with.Monitor air quality in your areaSome days are better than others for playing in the ba...
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Nasal Polyps

Nasal Polyps

“Nasal polyps” may not be a familiar word, but it is a bodily growth that can happen to anyone. These growths occur inside nasal passages and they hang like teardrops. Nasal polyps, which can present in groups, occur from asthma, infection, allergies, drug sensitivity or immune disorders, though the exact cause isn’t known.
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ALCAT and IgG testing for food allergy, intolerance and other disorders: The Reality!!

ALCAT and IgG testing for food allergy, intolerance and other disorders: The Reality!!

As an allergy practice in the valley, we are always asked about the reliability and appropriateness of the ALCAT and IgG food allergy tests. Infact, we see at least, one patient a week bringing this detailed food testing to our office and wondering if they should be practicing this diet of “mild”, “moderate”, “severe” or better yet, “red”, “yellow”, “green” diets. Most recently, I saw a frustrated father who has put his chil...
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Asthma and Heartburn- Are they connected?

Asthma and Heartburn- Are they connected?

Research shows a significant connection between asthma and heartburn (also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or acid reflux). Infact, results of these studies show that up to 60-80% adults and 50-60% children with asthma also complain of heartburn, compared with 10% of the general population. The link has been recognized for more than 2,000 years but has not been appreciated until recently. Treating acid reflux helps better control of asthma as well as rhinosinusitis, hence, one of the im...
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Another call from school for your child’s shortness of breath?– We can help!

Another call from school for your child’s shortness of breath?– We can help!

How many times have you been called from school for your sick child? It’s a constant struggle – balancing home and work commitments- for working as well as stay-at-home parents. One of the common reasons for the call could be uncontrolled asthma. More than 10 million missed school days are attributed to asthma. However, controlling your child’s asthma can decrease absenteeism and increase their academic performance. This will also allow parents to remain at work. The best way t...
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Preparing for Spring Allergies

Preparing for Spring Allergies

Springtime is at the doorstep, and with it a host of new things that could trigger your allergies. Different pollens will become abundant, which can be a significant trigger for many people. How can you prepare? It’s going to be impossible to avoid pollens altogether, but there are many things that one can do to lessen the effects of springtime allergies.Know what you’re allergic to. It’s very easy to think that one thing is causing your allergy symptoms when really it is anoth...
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5 Tips for Controlling Asthma

5 Tips for Controlling Asthma

Here is the article reviewed by me for Healthy Idaho Magazine. Useful tips to control asthma. Asthma attacks are often quite debilitating. The wheezing, coughing, tightness in the chest, and shortness of breath can be difficult to deal with, and they can give the asthma patient a scare. Asthma attacks cannot be completely avoided, but there are strategies to reduce the risk of experiencing an asthma attack. Here are five tips for controlling asthma: 1. Stay alert to changing weather conditi...
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Early Allergy Season- Lets stay sneeze-free this year!

Early Allergy Season- Lets stay sneeze-free this year!

It’s soon going to be that time of the year where you would see pollen pollen everywhere in Treasure Valley. Trees in bloom, pollen in air, warm weather- Allergy season is already here. Some of you must be thinking of buying stocks in Kleenex- it’s that time of year that car wash companies make great money and hayfever patients are annoyed with runny noses, itchy eyes and headaches! If you greet the spring season every year with a runny nose, itchy eyes and cough instead of a happy h...
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What to Expect From an Allergy Evaluation?

What to Expect From an Allergy Evaluation?

There are approximately 50 million Americans that have asthma, hay fever or other allergy-related conditions. Allergic conditions can range from mild to life threatening reactions. Having an allergy evaluation performed by a board certified allergist is the first step to help prevent allergy symptoms and improve your quality of life. Allergy tests can help identify the specific triggers of your allergy symptoms. Avoidance of the specific allergen can help you lead a happy and healthy life. What ...
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