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Allergic asthma: How sublingual immunotherapy treatment can impact asthma

April 19, 2017

According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 25 million Americans suffer from asthma and 56.3% of patients have asthma caused by allergy. How can you tell when asthma may be a problem, and how can treating your allergies with sublingual immunotherapy help? Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease, and the most common chronic…

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Can treating allergies alleviate migraine symptoms?

April 5, 2017

Migraines can make even your simplest daily tasks extremely difficult and painful, and more than three million Americans experience migraines each year. While over-the-counter medications can make your migraines more tolerable, treating your allergies may help to alleviate your migraine symptoms when an underlying allergy is a factor. Symptoms of migraines can vary from dull…

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Food allergies!?! Now what do I eat?

March 22, 2017

Once diagnosed with a food allergy, you might be asked to eliminate the allergic food or foods from your diet if you have had a severe reaction in the past. If your allergy is milder in nature, your allergist may want you to reduce your exposure to the allergic food to decrease symptoms. However, eliminating…

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Pet Allergy? No need to say goodbye to furry family members

March 8, 2017

For some people, welcoming a new pet into their home may mean never ending symptoms of allergic reactions; others may not have even considered living with a pet because of the unknown consequences of allergy to dogs, cats and more. While millions of pet owners struggle with the sensitivities of pet allergy, sublingual immunotherapy can…

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Beating Seasonal Allergies Before they Start

February 22, 2017

Each spring, pollen allergic people brace for the upcoming blast that will have them sniffling, sneezing, itching and suffering. You can take symptom relievers to take away the bite – but the resulting relief will be temporary. That’s why, for patients who suffer from strong symptoms of seasonal allergies including trees, grass, ragweed, and dust…

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In Praise of Pioneers: In Memoriam – David L. Morris MD, 1929-2017

February 8, 2017

My husband grew up highly allergic. Spending time on his grandparent’s farm, a visit to the chicken coop would send him into a tailspin. An accidental brush with a horsehair blanket resulted in head-to-toe hives, wheezing and a quick visit to the local ER. Years of shots, inhalers, Tedral and other various prescription and over-the-counter…

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Epinephrine and education: Perspectives using the La Crosse Method

January 25, 2017

With the recent controversy over skyrocketing EpiPen prices, more patients and providers are scrutinizing when — or whether — the life-saving epinephrine device is needed for use with sublingual immunotherapy using the La Crosse Method Protocol. In the experience of the La Crosse Method Protocol authors, the safety of sublingual immunotherapy following the La Crosse…

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Cold urticaria: What is it and how can it be treated?

January 11, 2017

Can you be allergic to the cold? Yes! Cold urticaria (ur-tih-KAR-e-uh) is common in colder climates and is often called “cold hives.” It can develop soon after the skin is exposed to cold temperatures. These itchy, red hives or welts can have various symptoms, but often the hands and feet also become itchy and swollen.…

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Vitamin D Important in Allergy Treatment and Disease Prevention

December 28, 2016

Vitamin D is essential for the management of overall health, but also may assist with successful allergy treatment. When Dr. Mary Morris, Allergychoices Medical Advisor, was asked about the role of vitamin D in immunotherapy, she stated, “The role it plays is complex, but in general, its aids in the proper functioning of the immune…

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