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Are You Prepared For Treasure Valley's 2017 Spring Allergies?

Are You Prepared For Treasure Valley's 2017 Spring Allergies?

Springtime is here, Treasure Valley! While there are many wonderful things to enjoy about this season, Boise allergies are at their worst during these months. Making sure that you are prepared for your spring allergies will help you to fully enjoy all of your favorite spring activities.
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Rhinitis Medicamentosa

Rhinitis Medicamentosa

Have you ever used a nasal decongestant spray like Afrin? If you have, you may have noticed the warning on the labels or from a physician stating that you should not use this product for more than 3-5 days at a time. That is because it can cause a rebound nasal congestion that can complicate your troubles more and be difficult to resolve. The active ingredients in nasal sprays that you should look out for are: Oxymetazoline, phenylephrine, xylometazoline and naphazoline. You have to look out for...
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ORAL ALLERGY SYNDROME (OAS)

ORAL ALLERGY SYNDROME (OAS)

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, your mouth or throat may become itchy after eating certain raw fruits, vegetables or other plant-based foods. This reaction occurs because the proteins found in these plant-based foods are very similar to those found in pollen. This confuses the immune system and can cause a cross-reaction resulting in oral allergy syndrome. This is a form of contact allergic reaction causing itchiness or swelling of the mouth, face, lip, tongue and throat usually immediate...
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Sinus Problems: Antibiotics Useful or Harmful?

Sinus Problems: Antibiotics Useful or Harmful?

In this article, discover what’s the truth Data about Antibiotics and Sinus infections Is Sinus Infection Viral or Bacterial? What is the Appropriate use of Antibiotics?Data about Antibiotics and Sinus infectionsPatients with painful sinus problems often plead with me to give them an antibiotic for sinus pressure. About 90% of adults seen in the U.S. by a primary care provider do end up getting an antibiotic for acute sinusitis. Acute sinusitis is a sinus infection that last...
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Facial flushing may not be food allergy in infants

Facial flushing may not be food allergy in infants

Auriculotemporal syndrome (Frey's syndrome, gustatory flushing syndrome) results in facial flushing and sweating after eating. It is commonly mistaken for food allergy. It is a benign harmless condition mainly affecting young infants and children.
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Which trees are currently pollinating in the Treasure Valley?

Which trees are currently pollinating in the Treasure Valley?

Many of you have realized, weather from checking pollen counts, seeing blooming trees or having an increase in allergy symptoms, that spring is here and pollen in in the air!If you have tree allergies, it is helpful to know when the trees you are allergic to are pollinating so you can do the best you can to avoid heavy exposure of that particular pollen. Here at The Allergy Group, we have an excellent pollen counter, Brian Ayers who provides a thorough, meticulous pollen count for you. We update...
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Dealing With Spring Allergies

Dealing With Spring Allergies

When spring rolls around do you get itchy or runny eyes or nose? Do you sneeze or cough more than usual? If so, you may be suffering from seasonal allergies. These develop when your body’s immune system becomes sensitive and then overreacts to something in the environment. Generally, spring allergies last from February to June but can continue longer due to excessive rainfall leading to rapid plant growth and higher pollen counts. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and I...
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Spring is Here

Spring is Here

Spring is here and so is the sneezing and runny nose! It's only the middle of March, but spring allergies are already on the rise… and are real! Over at our office at The Allergy Group, I am already seeing an increase in the phone calls of people complaining of allergies. Symptoms of runny nose, itchy eyes, watery eyes and intense sneezing… and so on. Do you wonder if the mild winter the cause of early sneezing and runny nose… Well, you may be right! Mild winters have gi...
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A new tool for measuring asthma severity

A new tool for measuring asthma severity

Fractional Exhaled Nitric Oxide- A tool for measuring asthma severity There is a new tool that is showing to be very helpful in measuring asthma called Fractional Exhaled Nitric Oxide (FeNO). This is a machine that you breathe into and it gives you a number based on inflammation in the lungs. This value can help you and your doctor understand if your asthma is well controlled. It significantly correlates to hyperactive airways and allergic triggers. It is helpful to: Measure response to steroid ...
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Suffering from Mold Allergy Symptoms?

Suffering from Mold Allergy Symptoms?

Mold allergies exist year-round and the symptoms are similar to seasonal allergies. Hence, the people struggling with year-round allergy symptoms will be amazed to learn that the origin of their problems could be inside their house. Allergy symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, runny nose and itchy, watery eyes, and asthma symptoms, like wheezing and tightness of chest, that extend beyond the traditional spring and fall allergy seasons might indicate that the source is mold. Mold is a fungus that...
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