September 4, 2014
by Dr. John Overholt
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Ragweed Allergy and the New Ragweed Tablet

Fall in Tennessee means ragweed pollen season is upon us. Next to tree pollen in the springtime, ragweed is the outdoor allergen that causes the most acute misery in our area. Treatment options for ragweed allergy, just like other allergies, … Continue reading

April 16, 2014
by Dr. Megan Stauffer
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Stress and Allergies

We all know stress isn’t good for our health. It increases the risk of developing high blood pressure and diabetes and contributes to increased levels of anxiety and depression. Now a study in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology shows … Continue reading

March 13, 2014
by Dr. John Overholt
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Allergies are Universal in the U.S.

No matter where you go, there you are. – Buckaroo Banzai Spring allergy season is upon us, and in Middle Tennessee it’s the time of year with the most acute allergy misery. All the sneezy, itchy, runny noses drive many … Continue reading

March 5, 2014
by Dr. John Overholt
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Allergy Shots Reduce Sinus Infections, Sore Throats

Allergies are much more than just a runny nose. We all know they can cause  the acute misery of sneezing, itchy eyes and nasal congestion, but they affect people in numerous other ways. One of the most common complications of … 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 3, 2013
by Dr. John Overholt
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The Post-Antibiotic Era: Sinusitis

Part III of the appropriate antibiotic use series will deal with one of the most common diagnoses seen by allergists: sinusitis. Here are some staggering statistics. Sinusitis remains one of the top reasons for seeing a doctor in the U.S., … 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 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