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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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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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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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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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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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Dealing With Winter Allergies

Dealing With Winter Allergies

Dr. Talreja explains in this video that while pollen and other outdoor allergy triggers may subside in winter, indoor allergies can run rampant. Dust mites, mold and more can lead to problems, and can also worsen asthma issues. Watch the video to learn how to better control winter allergies.
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Is early introduction of peanut advisable? Learn what LEAP study has to say!

Is early introduction of peanut advisable? Learn what LEAP study has to say!

Early introduction of peanuts have long been a debate. Nevertheless, in the United States, the prevalence of peanut allergy has become four times rising from 0.4% in 1997 to more than 2% in 2010. Various theories on correct timing of peanut introduction to a infant's diet have emerged over the last decade. In 2000, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the biggest organization of pediatricians in United States, recommended that introduction of peanuts should be avoided till 3 years of ag...
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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 sourc e is mold. Mold is a fungus tha...
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