• 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 own health, got the attention of the whole country. The colonoscopy seen all over the country showed […]

  • 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 inThe New England Journal of Medicine on May 19, 2011,Anaphylaxis from Passive Transfer of Peanut Allergen in a Blood Product, describes how a 6 year-old boy with Leukemia developed a severe allergic reaction after a […]

  • 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 allergist and dermatologist (one of a handful in the entire country.) In a room full of young allergists, Dr. Beltrani roared in his Brooklyn accent: “Just […]

  • Doctors Thinking About You

    We’d like to invite you to sample our newly designed newsletterDoctors Thinking AboutYou… The name is inspired by a joke we often share with patients: “When you make an appointment with one of us, you are actually getting 2 doctors thinking about your case.” Even when you’re not here, we are thinking about you. You […]

  • Ladies Home Journal: Allergies Suck!

    Fight back! I just picked up theMay issue ofLadies Home Journal off the newsstand. The title of the article on page 152:Allergies Suck! The picture shows a woman vacuuming in a bright orange Hazmat suit… My response: Fight back with proper treatment! The writer, Laurie Tarkin, interviewed me a few weeks before about why so […]

  • 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 respond to an antibiotic. In many cases, this is erroneous thinking. It is easy to fall into this trap whether you are […]

  • 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 pollenallergy symptoms. You can try to run and hide by going indoors, but eventually you will have to go outside and face the pollen. Avoiding Pollen This […]

  • 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 that have ahistory of a childhood reaction to Penicillin, and have avoided using this antibiotic for decades because they […]

  • 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, headaches and fatigue for several months. I was concerned at first that she was allergic to her cat, and that […]

  • 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 of Vitamin D protect us against depression, breast cancer, bone loss…. and yes, allergies. How Does Vitamin D Do All of These Things? Vitamin […]

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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 Benadryl is not the best choice when it comes to treating angiodema. Why? Angioedema involves the swelling of the deeper soft tissue […]

  • 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 of. The exciting news (which I was aware of), is that Dr. Wesley Burks at Duke University has successfully desensitized children […]

  • Asthma Can Be Fatal: Please Go for Annual Check-ups

    An unusual case I read a disturbing story inNewsday 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 friends. The details are scant at this time as to the exact cause of death, but he did have a known […]