Blog Posts in August, 2015

Dr. Oz and Being Proactive with Your Health

As a physician, I am so impressed with Dr. Mehmet Oz. He is truly a great surgeon, and I have patients that have used him. He is also an incredible communicator on health issues. The latest issue, his ...
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Peanut Allergy and a Transfusion Reaction

Important news for anyone giving the gift of life: food allergens can affect blood transfusions. The letter to the editor in The New England Journal of Medicine on May 19, 2011, Anaphylaxis from ...
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Stop & Read: #1 Lesson for Preventing Allergies

During one of the first lectures I ever attended in allergy fellowship training was from esteemed Professor Vincent Beltrani, from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, a double-boarded ...
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Doctors Thinking About You

We’d like to invite you to sample our newly designed newsletter Doctors Thinking About You … The name is inspired by a joke we often share with patients: “When you make an ...
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Ladies Home Journal: Allergies Suck!

Fight back! Photo from LHJ I just picked up the May issue of Ladies Home Journal off the newsstand. The title of the article on page 152: Allergies Suck! The picture shows a woman vacuuming in a ...
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Chronic Cough Relief: Treating the Cause Can Lead to the Cure

A noisy, chronic cough is not only uncomfortable, it’s unbearable for those around you such as family and co-workers. We mostly tend to think of a cough related to an infection, which would ...
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Tree Pollen Allergy: The Ultimate Survival Guide

The famous boxer, Joe Louis, was once quoted saying his opponent ‘He can run, but he can’t hide.’ The same might be said for patients with spring tree pollen allergy symptoms. You ...
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Am I Really Allergic to Penicillin? Can I Be Tested? Does it Matter? Yes or No, Yes and Yes!

When I take a medical history on patients that come to my office in New York or Long Island for various allergic problems, I always review their drug allergy history. A large portion of my patients ...
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Your Cat Can Save Your Life

I never thought I would write the heading: Your Cat Can Save Your Life! But I just had a patient that told me her recent experience. My patient had been suffering with chronic sinus pressure, ...
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Vitamin D & Allergies

Vitamin D has been aptly called “The Sunshine Vitamin,” because one of the best sources of this vitamin comes from above. Researchers have been pouring out studies showing that good levels ...
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Why Benadryl isn't the Optimal Choice for Allergic Swelling

I have been seeing a lot more cases of swelling, or angioedema to use the medical term, over the past month. Angioedema can be easily treated and reversed with the proper medication – but ...
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Is the Peanut Allergy Cure Here?

I was watching ABC News on Sunday when I heard the words: “Peanut allergy cure is found”. Of course, I immediately stayed tuned to hear if there was a new breakthrough I wasn’t aware ...
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Asthma Can Be Fatal: Please Go for Annual Check-ups

An unusual case I read a disturbing story in Newsday last week about a teenage boy playing basketball in Long Beach, N.Y. (my hometown) who collapsed and died while playing a basketball game with his ...
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