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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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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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When Should You Use Epinephrine?

Epinephrine should be administered at onset of anaphylaxis (life threatening allergic reactions). But when the time comes, parents or guardians may wonder if the situation actually warrants an injection. After all, it seems like a dramatic thing to do. For example, maybe symptoms don’t seem especially severe, or maybe there are no symptoms at all, you just know that the person or child consumed a certain allergen, or was stung by a bee.As a general rule, when in doubt, use the epipen.Commo...
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Why should you be comfortable seeing a Physician Assistant?

Why should you be comfortable seeing a Physician Assistant?

If you haven’t already received medical care from a physician assistant, chances are that someday you will. More and more, PAs are becoming familiar players on the health care team. Don’t be thrown by the “assistant” in their title. Physician assistants undergo intensive medical training and provide many of the same services as doctors.
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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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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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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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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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"Under-the-Tongue" Allergy Drops or Tablets - The Truth Unfolded!

"Under-the-Tongue" Allergy Drops or Tablets - The Truth Unfolded!

The truth about Sublingual ImmunotherapyTime and again, I am asked by my patients if sublingual or under-the tongue” allergy drops” are an option for their allergy and asthma treatment. Allergen immunotherapy has been a long term relief option for patients who have severe symptoms, when medications fail OR when patients do not like dependence on medications and are looking for a “natural” cure. There are several ways to administer immunotherapy. Subcutaneous allergen immu...
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