August 12, 2015
by Dr. Megan Stauffer
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Nasal sprays

Nasal sprays are commonly used to treat sinus and allergy issues, and they generally fall into one of three categories. The most commonly used nasal spray to treat nasal allergies is the intranasal steroid. It works over several days to … Continue reading

August 27, 2014
by Dr. Megan Stauffer
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Back to School with Food Allergies

It’s that time of year again, when we pack our children’s backpacks and start a new school year. For parents of children with food allergies it can be a particularly stressful time, as they worry about their children having a … Continue reading

January 14, 2014
by Dr. Megan Stauffer
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Preventing Food Allergy During Pregnancy

Can a pregnant woman do something to prevent her child from having food allergies? There has been much debate surrounding this question over the years. In the past, allergists recommended pregnant women try to avoid nuts during pregnancy; however, current recommendations are that … Continue reading

December 18, 2013
by Dr. John Overholt
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FDA Advisory Committee Supports Two New Sublingual Grass Tablets

The FDA advisory committee has recommended approval of two new sublingual tablets for the treatment of grass allergy.  The FDA is not bound to follow the recommendation of the advisory committee, but it usually does. So, what does this mean … Continue reading

November 13, 2013
by Dr. John Overholt
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The Post-Antibiotic Era: Adult Upper Respiratory Infections

It’s no secret that antibiotics are becoming less and less effective. The Centers for Disease Control has launched a campaign to educate both doctors and the general public about antibiotic use and to cajole them into actually doing the right … Continue reading

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 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

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