November 21, 2013
by Dr. John Overholt
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The Post-Antibiotic Era: Bronchitis

Part II of the when-not-to-use-antibiotics post will deal with another common ailment: ┬áBronchitis. We’ll be dealing with acute bronchitis, not chronic bronchitis due to long-term smoking, which is a different animal altogether. The term bronchitis is fairly non-specific. It simply … 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 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