3 Populations Allergy Drops Reach That Allergy Shots Do Not
One of the most important hallmarks of the La Crosse Method™ Protocol is the custom, patient-tailored approach to treating allergy. Each sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) prescription is created based on specific test results, exam and patient history. No two patients are the same, and neither are the allergy drops following this protocol. Because of this personalized…Read More
Brain Health and the MIND Diet
As a society, we’re on the never-ending journey to stay young in mind and body. We do many things to maintain our youth. Exercise, eating right, limiting alcohol intake and avoiding smoking are all factors commonly known to support a better aging process. Though wrinkles and graying hair may be a bother to some, they…Read More
What’s keeping you up at night? It could be allergy.
Sleep: It’s an essential part of life. In fact, we spend one third of our lives sleeping. Our circadian rhythm, also known as the sleep-wake cycle, is the internal 24 hour cycle which tells our bodies when to sleep, wake and eat. This cycle regulates many biological processes and if disrupted, our sleeping and eating…Read More
Kick Dust Mite Allergy to the Curb this Winter
As soon as the weather cools off and activities shift indoors, dust mites smile. Okay, maybe they don’t smile, but they start to populate. It’s their favorite time! As clean as you think you may be, they’re everywhere. Dust Mite Facts Dust mites are eight legged, microscopic creatures. They live in warm areas with high…Read More
Top 3 Characteristics to Look for in an Allergist
Dr. George Kroker is a partner at Allergy Associates of La Crosse, a co-author of the La Crosse Method™ Protocol, and has been practicing allergy for 38 years. During his time as an allergist, he’s not only helped thousands of people overcome their allergies, but has done so while practicing kindness and compassion along the…Read More
Decrease Allergies and Increase Productivity in the Classroom
“Are you ready to go back to school?” Depending on whom you ask — and, maybe, the age of the student — you’ll likely get a different response. Younger kids may squeal with excitement while the teens groan, wishing for an endless summer. With the rise of allergy, both environmental and food, students and parents…Read More
What Does “May Contain” Really Mean for Food Labeling?
Somewhere between vague and confusing is a food label stating “may contain.” For people with food allergy, knowing if those crackers or that cake contain their allergen is nonnegotiable. So what’s up with the indistinct labels and confusing language? Emily Melby, RDN, at Allergy Associates of La Crosse, explains where this label came from, what…Read More
Allergy Can Take the Beauty Out of Beauty Products
The products we use to beautify ourselves cause reactions for many people, leaving them with red, raised skin – a bit counteractive, if you ask me. Beauty products such as shampoo, mascara, lotion, perfume, and eye shadow can all contribute to itching, scratching and even sneezing for people who are “allergic to makeup.” While some…Read More
Hypoallergenic pets—is that really a thing?
Hypoallergenic has been defined as “designed to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response; as by containing relatively few or no potentially irritating substances.” In some products, like fragrances or make up, this label is easily understood, but it’s not as easy to comprehend when it comes to animals. Can a dog be…Read More
Uncovering Allergy Testing Part 2: IgE and You
In our previous blog, we introduced the concept of blood testing (see Uncovering Allergy Testing Part 1: What Tests do I Need?). Before learning more about blood testing, I thought it was something that could easily be discussed in one paragraph, but, I was definitely wrong. It turns out blood testing is more complicated than…Read More