Blog Posts in 2015

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The Allergist's Role in Treating Chronic Cough - Part 3

The prior two segments I discussed the nasal and chest causes of chronic cough. As an allergist, I am always searching for underlying causes with an allergic basis- because there are so many triggers ...
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Food Allergy Advice for Pregnant Mothers

It would be nice for once if the advice doctors gave their patients made sense and didn’t seem to change all the time! I admit as a food allergy specialist I am as guilty as my colleagues in ...
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Anaphylaxis (Allergic Shock): What Anyone With a Food Allergy Needs to Know

The medical name for allergic shock is anaphylaxis (ana-filaxis) and it can be a deadly form of allergic reaction. Anaphylaxis used to be most commonly associated with bee stings but today, food ...
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Dr. Oz and Dr. Dean Agree: Sublingual Allergy Drops Can Help Allergy Patients!

I watched with excitement last Tuesday as Dr. Oz presented his show: The Worst Allergy Season Ever! I was curious if he was just going to make his viewers aware that pollen allergies can be severe ...
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Cat or Dog Allergies Don't Have to End Badly... Allergy Drops Can Help!

This past week the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology had their annual meeting in Boston. The Academy estimates that 40 to 50 million Americans suffer from asthma or allergic diseases. ...
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Over-the-Counter Allergy Medications: The Complete Guide

The majority of allergy medications are now available without a prescription. This is obviously a good thing if you are an allergy sufferer, as you do not have to see your doctor to get a prescription ...
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Peanut Allergy Prevention: Is Conventional Thinking by Doctors All Wrong?

Allergies are on the rise – especially peanut allergies I just read a great article in The New Yorker magazine by one of my favorite science writers, Dr. Jerome Groopman. The February 7th issue, ...
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Are you Using your Asthma Inhaler Correctly? You and Venus Williams May Want a Review

The weather in New York and much of the country has been frigid. We are hitting new records for snow and cold temperatures. I see this affecting the health of my allergic and asthma patients. For ...
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Scott Walker's Dog Allergy and Presidential Race

The headline on the front page of The New York Times on April 1st, 2015 read: Governor, Allergic to Dogs, May Run Against Political History. Believe it or not, this was not an April Fool’s joke! ...
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Are My Allergy Drops Working?

I have been treating patients suffering from environmental allergies and allergic asthma with sublingual allergy drops for over 15 years. The track record of success has been quite high. I have seen ...
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The Sinus Headache Mistake: Migraine or Sinus Headache?

“Sinus Headaches”: One of the true mysteries of clinical medicine Patients regularly come into our offices complaining of pain in the area around their eyes. This pain usually also circles ...
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NYC Allergist's Alternative to Allergy shots...Simple drops

As we head into August, the heat and humidity are slightly subsiding. However, the Ragweed pollen-better known as Hay Fever- starts pollinating by early next week. I strongly advise my patients that ...
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Bio Identical Hormones - An Alternative Choice - Part 1

The latest buzz word in the medical arena is bio identical hormones. Patients are reading and learning about “natural” vs. synthetic hormone replacement therapy. Suzanne Somers, in her ...
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The Answer to Allergies: Live on a Farm?

Every day, we can find a reason why urban living has its downside: overcrowded subways in New York, high rents, and high taxes…lots of stress. Now, a study in this week’s New England ...
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Avoid the "D" in Allergy Treatment

The past few weeks the spring allergy season has been in full force. I’m seeing adults and children coming in with severe nasal congestion and sneezing. If you have ever experienced this or even ...
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Think You Have a Food Allergy? It's Time to See an Allergist

The Tuesday Science Times recently featured an article by Jane Brody. She is the finest science journalist in the country and I have followed her articles before there was even a Science Times ...
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FDA Approves Immunotherapy Allergy Tablets...Finally

The most exciting news in 100 years has just happened in the field of allergy: The FDA approved the use of sublingual tablets for the treatment of environmental allergies. I’m not kidding. ...
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Halloween and Candy Allergies: We are Ready to Help you Take the Fear Out this Fun Holiday

CBS News ran a story today about problems children have with food allergies, particularly tree nuts and peanuts, when they go trick-or-treating on Halloween, and how to take precautions against a ...
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Athletic Asthma: the role of the Allergist/Asthma Specialist

I just had a patient come in to my office who is an avid biker. She can ride 100 miles in a day- that’s about 90 more than I can do. She is in terrific shape, but she is keenly aware that into ...
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Ouch! I Just Got my Flu Shot.... But Here's 5 Reasons I'm Glad I Did:

In my New York City office, I’ve noticed several patients are developing upper respiratory infections – nothing severe, as this is common in October and November with the change in ...
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Peanut Allergy: Exciting Breakthroughs in Diagnostic Testing and Treatment!

During my last 20 years as an allergist, the only advice I could offer to patients with a history of peanut allergies was to avoid peanuts and peanut products. Now, some new research has come out that ...
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Frog Allergy: Leapin' Lizards, My First Case in 25 Years!

After 25 years of practicing allergy, I have diagnosed and treated patients with allergies from many creatures that roam our beautiful earth. I have: Successfully treated hundreds of children and ...
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Allergy Eye Symptoms: Not a Sight for Sore Eyes

The spring allergy season is in full force. The tree pollen counts last week were in the 3,000 range (low counts are under 50). The pollen has a devastating effect on the eyes. A new patient of mine, ...
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My Martha Stewart Experience: Dust Mites, Special Treats for Food Allergy Sufferers and Joan Rivers

Dr Mitchell on Martha Stewart—click here to view the video Two weeks ago I was in a whirlwind of activity. My office was moving to its new location on 57 West 57th street and I was contacted by ...
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A Successful Treatment for Peanut Allergy: Sublingual Allergy Drops Work!

There may be a brighter future for peanut allergy sufferers I received my allergy medical journal a little late this month, but it has a special surprise: a great article showing that sublingual ...
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