• Hives: The Allergist’s role in helping patients

    This summer I have been seeing a number of cases ofhives, or urticaria (medical term). In some cases it is just annoying but at other times it can be incapacitating. Hives can appear anywhere on the body or face and typically are very itchy. They look like small or giant mosquito bites and usually will […]

  • Bee or Wasp Stings: A NYC Allergist Tells you When to Seek Help

    The summer is the best time in New York to be outside playing sports: softball, tennis, biking or even going on walks in the park. It’s even great for outdoor picnics if you can find a shady spot without to many annoying insects. I do see more insect stings to bees, wasps and hornets during […]

  • Bio Identical Hormones and Cancer- Part 2

    The first question most patients as is: Do bio identical hormones cause cancer? The answer is no. But many doctors and patients simply do not understand the difference between bio identical and synthetic hormones. It is time they do. It is now known that synthetic estrogens like Premarin and progestins like Provera, increase the risk […]

  • Chronic Rashes Need Allergy Detective Work

    In my 20 year career as an NYC allergist, I am used to seeing difficult and frustrating rashes that drive patients to tears. Usually, my dermatology colleagues have seen these patients first and prescribe cortisone creams and antihistamines. When this doesn’t work, it’s off to see the allergist. Rashes fit into 2 broad categories: rashes […]

  • Forbidden Fruit in the Spring Allergy Season

    I saw several youngsters this past week in my office, ages 5 to 13, really getting pounded with allergies. One boy’s face was swollen and his eyes were red and tearing. Another girl couldn’t stop sneezing and her nose was bleeding from constantly blowing “to get out the snot” as she put it. Another boy […]

  • Spaghetti Squash Recipe – Gluten-Free & Vegan

    Spaghetti squash is a melon-shaped winter squash which is named for its flesh, which separates into spaghetti-like strands when pulled out with a fork after being cooked. So if you’ve been hankering for pasta, but cannot tolerate gluten, spaghetti squash is not only gluten-free, it’s FLOUR-free — because it’s a vegetable, pure and simple. At […]

  • Allergy Alert for Hampton Goers: Watch out for Red Meat Allergy (hint: it’s not in the meat)

    The old saying:” There is nothing new under the sun…” Well, in medicine new developments happen right under our noses every day. Since 2007, allergy researchers at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville reported cases of an unusual allergy in patients eating red meat from areas along the east coast from Virginia, Eastern Long Island […]

  • Sunscreen Allergy and New FDA Labeling

    A lot of attention has been focused over the past week on the new guidelines of sunscreen labeling. Current SPF ratings for sunscreens only reflect the protection against UVB light, which determines how long a person can be in the sun before burning. The higher the rating, the longer a person can stay in the […]

  • Do Antibiotics Cause Asthma in Children? What Parents Need to Know

    Do antibiotics makeallergy symptoms worse? Antibiotics and Asthma There is a growing body of literature supporting the concept that the overuse of antibiotics among children is related to the increase in allergic asthma. Frequently, a medical research article seems to contradict everything that is logical about medical care. It is important to not let one or even […]

  • Winter Sinus Pain: Do’s and Don’ts for Sinus Relief!

    It’s hard not to see a million television ads for sinus, cold and flu relief on a daily basis. The winter seems to be a time when the nose takes the blows! The reason is that the nasal tissue and sinuses play an important role in helping our respiratory system accommodate to the brutally cold […]

  • Dangerous Sinus Infections you Need to Know About

    The past month I have diagnosed two patients with sinus infections due to Methicillin-resistent Staphylococcus Aureus. The medical lingo for these type of infections is MRSA (pronounced Mur-cer). In the past, physicians tended to only see MRSA in hospitalized patients because these bacteria were mainly carried by hospital personnel – doctors and nurses or other […]