December 31, 2008
by Dr. John Overholt
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Blood Testing for Allergies

Traditional allergy testing is done via skin tests, where a small device often resembling a plastic toothpick is dipped in a well containing an allergen, like ragweed pollen.  The skin is then scratched or pricked and observed to see if … Continue reading

December 29, 2008
by Dr. John Overholt
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Nut so bad…….

I’ll apologize straight away for the groan-inducing headline.  Nut allergy is a serious subject and as allergists, we must walk a fine line between imparting the potential seriousness of a reaction and scaring parents into a fear-induced paralysis.  A recent … Continue reading

December 15, 2008
by Dr. John Overholt
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LABAs and Safety

A few weeks ago, I posted on the recent meta-analysis examining the safety of long acting beta-agonists, LABAs.  Going by the names salmeterol (Serevent) and formoterol (Fordil), these medications are components of Advair and Symbicort, which also contain inhaled corticosteroids.  … Continue reading

December 10, 2008
by Dr. John Overholt
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Local Honey and Allergies

This week’s installment of bogus allergy treatment will focus on the commonly touted remedy of local bee honey.  The theory goes something like this: Bees collect nectar to make honey and along the way carry local pollens with them which … Continue reading

December 4, 2008
by Dr. John Overholt
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Allergy-Safe Cupcakes and Cookies

Who doesn’t like a good cupcake?  For kids with food allergies, though, cupcakes can be a no-no.  Fortunately for Nashville parents, two businesswomen have opened Kateelayne carefree treats, a bakery offering allergen-free cupcakes and cookies.  They’re kosher and vegan,too.  Check … Continue reading

December 4, 2008
by Dr. John Overholt
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A bit about cats

“I love cats.  They keep me in business.”-  Anonymous allergist Cat dander is probably the single most potent sensitizer of the airways.  Felis domesticus, the common house cat, secretes a protein in its saliva and skin glands that is very … Continue reading