• animal allergy treatment

    The “Vet” Who WAS Allergic to Pets

    While you may think this story is about a military “vet” allergic to pets it’s actually about a veterinary student who is a patient of mine and who is allergic to pets. The Story of the Allergic Vet My patient, the allergic vet, was an honors student in high school and continued her success at […]

  • Mom’s Be Aware of the Allergic March

    When I was in medical school one of the most intimidating presences by the bedside of a young child in the hospital wasn’t my professors asking me questions –it was the patient’s mom asking me tough questions. Why? The moms seemed to know their child’s health and status better than I could ever imagine. I swore […]

  • Hillary Clinton’s Health Issue: Can Allergies Lead to Pneumonia?

    My good wishes for a speedy recovery for Mrs. Clinton as she recuperates from pneumonia. Pneumonia is a serious medical condition where the lungs can become inflamed and fill with fluid from an infection -viral or bacterial. Her campaign has not disclosed what type of pneumonia she has, but it was mentioned that it was […]

  • Mosquito Allergy: Sometimes More Than Just a Nuisance

    More Water Means More Mosquitoes I’ve noticed that everyone lately is complaining about mosquito bites. It seems Hurricane Irene brought with her more than just damaging floods. The excess water everywhere is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Normally, mosquitoes wouldn’t be a major topic of discussion, but with West Nile virus being reported in our area, […]

  • Asthma Prevention: Sublingual Allergy Drops Can Make An Impact

    Asthma by the Numbers, an article in yesterday’s New York Times, called attention to the fact that asthma continues to affect millions of Americans and costs about 56 billion dollars to control. The Times’ final line in the article speaks to the key issue: “Clearly, a lot more needs to be done to reduce the triggers and manage […]

  • Allergic to Your Car? A Not So Unusual Case

    I had an interesting case yesterday in the office. A patient I evaluated for dog allergy a year ago, who has been on my sublingual allergy drops for a year, though she was relapsing. I was worried too: it didn’t make sense that the patient, I’ll call Jill, was doing so well on her allergy drops for her […]

  • 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 in the air that affect the respiratory system. But once I rule out that a chronic cough is not due to […]

  • 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 being fooled by what seems obvious. In this case, nut food allergy is the canary in the […]

  • 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 allergies are a much more common cause of this serious reaction. One of my patients came to me with a story that is all too common: she […]

  • 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 this year, or whether he was going to introduce a new remedy. I watched with amazement as he asked the allergist […]

  • 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. Asthma rates alone have more than tripled in 25 years, now affecting 22 million people. A recent article USA Today article titled, “Allergies triggered by ‘things we […]

  • 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 for simple treatment. However, you should be careful. Over-the-counter allergy medications can be tricky if you don’t know all […]

  • 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 is titled: The Peanut Puzzle. The article discusses what has baffled Food Allergy researchers for the past twenty years: Why are food allergies, particularly […]

  • 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 starters, my patients with asthma are requiring increased use of their asthma inhalers because of the cold weather. This is understandable […]

  • 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! The article was about Governor Scott Walker, a Republican from Wisconsin, who is running for the presidency in 2016 and appears […]

  • 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 patients who couldn’t be in the same room with a cat or dog who are now able to live with one in their home! […]

  • Bio Identical Hormones – An Alternative Choice – Part 1

    The latest buzzword in the medical arena is bio-identical hormones. Patients are reading and learning about “natural” vs. synthetic hormone replacement therapy. Suzanne Somers, in her books, “Ageless”, “The Sexy Years”, and “Breakthrough” has raised public awareness to a new level. Whether for symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, and decreased libido, women […]

  • 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 Journal of Medicine confirms that a child growing up on a farm is less likely to develop asthma. Unfortunately, most city-dwelling families with asthmatic children […]

  • 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 severe cold, you know how uncomfortable these symptoms can be. Today, many allergy medications are available over-the-counter without a prescription. This […]

  • 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 section. Her article today is Have a Food Allergy? It’s Time to Recheck. The article references the recent National Institutes of Health Guidelines for […]