Allergy and Asthma

| Posted On Nov 12, 2015 | By:

Have Trouble Swallowing? It Could Be Allergies

Eosinophilic esophagitis (e-o-sin-o-FILL-ik uh-sof-uh-JIE-tis), or EoE, is a relatively new diagnosis for a chronic, allergic inflammatory condition of the esophagus. Because the symptoms of EoE can mimic those of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), it can go undiagnosed.

Patients with EoE have a large number of eosinophils (a type of white blood cells) in the tissue of the esophagus. Eosinophils are common in the digestive tract, but an excessive buildup of these cells in the esophagus may be caused by a reaction to foods,

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| Posted On Apr 29, 2014 | By:

What to do about Seasonal Allergies

The month of April marks the beginning of seasonal allergies and the telltale sneezing, watery eyes, nasal congestion or pressure, and general malaise that start for millions of Americans.  Many people do not know what they’re allergic to and wonder if they should get tested to find out.  My general answer is that it depends on how severe your allergy symptoms are and what has or has not helped you to manage them in the past. 

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| Posted On Apr 10, 2014 | By:

Allergy tests: When you need them and when you don’t

Skin or blood tests, when combined with a doctor’s examination and your medical history, can help determine if you’re truly allergic to something you inhaled, touched, or ate. But if you don’t have symptoms or a medical evaluation that points to an allergy, you should think twice about testing. Here’s why:

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| Posted On Feb 27, 2014 | By:

Treating sinusitis: Don’t rush to antibiotics

Millions of people are prescribed antibiotics each year for sinusitis, a frequent complication of the common cold, hay fever, and other respiratory allergies. In fact, 15 to 21 percent of all antibiotic prescriptions for adults in outpatient care are for treating sinusitis. Unfortunately, most of those people probably don’t need the drugs. Here’s why:

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| Posted On Jul 17, 2013 | By:

Pediatric Asthma SMAs begin in centrally-located Somerville

On Saturday, June 8th, our Pediatric Asthma Shared Medical Appointments (SMA) officially began in Somerville!  This SMA includes symptom evaluation, pulmonary function testing (PFT), individual examination, follow-up planning and providing the participants with their own Asthma Action Plan.

Children and parents came together to discuss what asthma is and to learn about the differences in their medications and about how to use a spacer. Families also learned strategies to remember medications. They learned a lot and they loved it!

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| Posted On Jun 14, 2013 | By:

Living Confidently with Food Allergy

If you have been told that your child has a food allergy, it can be overwhelming and you probably have a lot of questions running through your mind about what your child can and cannot eat, what other caregivers should and need to know to keep your child safe, what you do if your child has a food reaction, and what will life look and feel like for your child and your family as you try to adjust to this new reality.

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| Posted On Jun 06, 2013 | By:

How to Use an Inhaler

If you’ve been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or asthma, your doctor may have prescribed an inhaler as part of your treatment plan. An inhaler is a handheld device that delivers medicine in a measured dose while a person inhales. Inhalers are used for respiratory conditions such as asthma and COPD.

Inhaled medicine may work faster than oral medicines to relieve symptoms such as wheezing and spasms in the bronchial tubes,

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| Posted On Jul 20, 2012 | By:

A supportive approach for children with food allergies

My son was 4 when he had a severe allergic reaction to a chocolate bar with walnuts in it.  Around that time, I was completing my second year of training as a pediatric allergist and was already very interested in how to teach families about managing their children’s food allergies. My wife and I found that the first few months after his reaction were surprisingly difficult.  We were quickly faced with the challenges that so many families face when dealing with food allergies. 

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| Posted On Jul 09, 2012 | By:

Summer Camp and Food Allergies

With summer officially here, camp season is also in full swing, and families everywhere are sending their children to summer camp. According to the American Camp Association, more than 11 million children and adults attend summer camps. Camps present wonderful experiences to build self-esteem and self-confidence, develop friendships, and work on social skills in a safe environment.

Children with food allergies have the same emotional and developmental needs as children without food allergies.

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| Posted On May 01, 2012 | By:

Asthma Action Plans

Because asthma varies over time (sometimes symptoms are absent, sometimes symptoms are minimal, and at other times, asthma symptoms are bad), asthma action plans are very important.  When a child has an asthma action plan, he or his parents and care givers are able to increase or decrease his treatment based on his symptoms with the guidance of that plan.  Studies indicate that when children with asthma have an asthma action plan, they and their parents are better able to manage the ups and downs of their asthma.

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