October 31, 2013
by Dr. John Overholt
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Rapid Oral Peanut Desensitization Using Omalizumab

I don’t need to tell you, dear reader, that peanut allergy is a big problem. It’s incidence is increasing for unclear reasons, avoidance is difficult, reactions can be severe, even life-threatening, and there is no treatment available for general clinical … Continue reading

October 30, 2013
by Dr. Megan Stauffer
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Asthma in Tennessee

Asthma can affect people at any time of year, but the fall seems to be an especially bad time of year for patients. The combination of respiratory viruses, fall pollen, and cooler weather can all trigger asthma. In fact, children … Continue reading

October 22, 2013
by Dr. John Overholt
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Breast Milk Caveat Emptor, Sleep and Alzheimer’s

Apparently buying someone else’s breast milk over the internet is a real thing. I had no idea. The folks at the journal Pediatrics are more on the ball than I and just published a study analyzing human breast milk samples … Continue reading

October 15, 2013
by Dr. John Overholt
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FDA Approves OTC Nasal Steroid

Intranasal Steroids (INS) have long been the most effective therapy for nasal allergies, and their use is part of the guidelines for the treatment of both allergic rhinitis and asthma. They’ve been in use since I was a child and … Continue reading

October 14, 2013
by Dr. John Overholt
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Asthma Medication Costs

The lead article in the Sunday’s New York Times is ostensibly about medication costs in general, but it focuses on allergy and asthma medication costs. I’ve blogged about this before, several years ago in fact, but the problem persists. Allergy … Continue reading

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October 10, 2013
by Dr. Megan Stauffer
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Halloween Can Be Extra Scary for Kids with Food Allergies

This is my first blog! I am excited to share some of my thoughts and opinions on allergies with you and hope the topics will be of interest. So, it’s the time of year our children start planning their Halloween … Continue reading

October 9, 2013
by Dr. John Overholt
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Mouses in Houses, More Vaccines

Cockroach has long been considered to be the primary allergic trigger for inner-city asthmatics. In that setting, it’s a difficult allergen to avoid, and trials of cockroach immunotherapy in inner-city asthmatics have been disappointing. New data suggests that mouse allergen … Continue reading

October 8, 2013
by Dr. John Overholt
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On The Safety of Allergy Shots or Why Can’t I Do This At Home

Primum non nocere– First, do no harm- Hippocrates Most treatments in medicine are a balance of safety and effectiveness, risk and benefit. Allergy shots are no different. When done properly, they can be life-changing. They do, however, carry some risk, … Continue reading

October 1, 2013
by Dr. John Overholt
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Egg Allergy and Influenza Vaccination

It’s that time of year again. The weather is cooling, football season is a month old, and the leaves are starting to turn. It can only mean one thing. You need your flu shot. I’m sure that’s the first thing … Continue reading