Category Archives: allergies

Tales from the hospital newborn rounds… how to educate about breastfeeding?

Tales from the hospital newborn rounds… how to educate about breastfeeding? I love breastfeeding questions.  I helped educate both medical students and new mothers this week about breastfeeding while on newborn hospital rounds.  Here are some of the questions (and … Continue reading

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Peanut allergies in infants

Peanut allergies in infants.  The New England Journal of Medicine published an update on peanut allergies in infants and what to do to decrease them. Did you know? 2% of US children have a peanut allergy Peanut allergy is the … Continue reading

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It’s HIVES season!

Poison ivy, oak and sumac are notorious for causing hives.  I’ve seen this a few times this week in my office.  The allergic reaction is due to urushiol, colorless oil in the leaves, stem, root and sap of the plant. … Continue reading

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Face pain? Sinuses acting up?

The sinuses are four pairs of hollow spaces in the bones of your face.   The hollow spaces are lined with tissue that makes thin, watery mucus.  The sinuses connect to each other and drain through the nose.  Can you tell … Continue reading

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Hives. What causes them? How to make them go away?

I love to see hives.  So treatable.  So temporary.  And, to avoid them in the future is . . . so rewarding. What are hives? Raised bumps in the upper layers of the skin. Red or pink or pale (almost … Continue reading

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Anaphylaxis. The worst-of-the-worst allergic reactions.

One question I ask every new patient is “Are you allergic to anything?”   I need to know.  The goal is to avoid an allergic reaction, especially anaphylaxis.  Anaphylaxis is a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction.  Frequently it is not anticipated and … Continue reading

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Got an itch? Your doctor should be asking some of the following questions. . .

If you are itching, there is more to the story.  There are other parts to the history and physical to investigate. Any new cosmetics or creams? They can cause allergic contact dermatitis, hives or even sensitivity to the sun. New … Continue reading

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