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

November 22, 2013
by Dr. Megan Stauffer
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Epinephrine in Schools

Last week President Obama signed into law the “School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act,” which was passed by the House and Senate at the end of October. This is definitely a step in the right direction in addressing the growing epidemic … 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 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

May 11, 2009
by Dr. Michael Norvell
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Asthma Control Test

During Spring, many people find that their asthma gets worse.  They experience tightness in their chest, shortness of breath, and an increased cough.  Albuterol use increases.  Patients experience this secondary to the increased tree and grass pollen. If you think your asthma … Continue reading