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Allergies

Allergies and the Voice

by Dr. Reena Gupta
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Most people associate allergies with the classic symptoms seen on commercials: itchy, watery eyes; runny nose; and sneezing. However, far more often, allergies present subtly, and in a way that is quite sinister when it comes to voice: postnasal drip. What is postnasal drip? Postnasal drip is the term for mucous that drips down the […]

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New Sublingual Allergy Tablets

by Dr. Belinda Mantle
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In April, 2014, the FDA approved the first three sublingual (under the tongue) tablets for specific allergens. Patients with specific allergies to grasses and/or ragweed may consider this sublingual alternative for treatment. Patients are candidates for this therapy if they have a confirmed allergy to one of the grasses or ragweed and have symptoms. Typical […]

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Allergies versus Viruses in Children

by Dr. Belinda Mantle
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Question: My son always seems to have a runny nose. We have been seen by our pediatrician many times for this issue, and she keeps telling us that he has a virus. He never seems to get that much better. Can he possibly have a virus for such a long time? Is it okay for […]

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“Dog Dust” Protects Children from Allergies

by Dr. Belinda Mantle
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It is not yet clear how and why allergies develop in some children and not in others. There is a known genetic influence; however it is not uncommon for a child with non-allergic parents to have allergies. Studies have repeatedly confirmed the impact of environment on the development of allergies. The Hygiene Hypothesis has asserted […]

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Nasal Saline Irrigation

by Dr. Belinda Mantle
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Doctor, I always have sinus congestion and post nasal drip. People keep telling me to try using nasal saline irrigation. Will it help me? Salt water nasal washes have been used for centuries but recently have been popularized as an alternative to allergy/sinus medications and antibiotics. Nasal congestion and post nasal drainage can result from allergies, […]

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Doctor, I am Allergic to Dust. What Can I do?

by Dr. Belinda Mantle
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If you develop stuffy nose, sneezing, or itchy eyes when you are exposed to dust, you are likely allergic to things in the dust such as pet dander, molds, cockroach or dust mites. Dust mites are small microscopic insects that eat shed skin. They are often found in matrasses, pillows, carpeting, sofas and stuffed animals. […]

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Infants Exposed to Dust Mites Less Likely to Develop Allergies

by Dr. Belinda Mantle
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  Can you believe exposing your baby to this creature may actually decrease their risk of developing allergies! Counterintuitive but possibly true. Infants purposefully exposed to dust mites were 1/3 as likely to develop allergies. These findings from a UK study were presented today at the European Academy of Allery and Clinical Immunology. In this […]

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Treat Allergies Before it’s Too Late

by Viridiana Hernandez
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  What is turbinate hypertrophy? Question: I have had allergies for as long as I can remember and over the years I have used both prescription and over the counter nasal sprays to help with congestion. The sprays were only used when necessary but over the years I have just tolerated the symptoms associated with […]

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Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) for Allergies – The No-Shot Approach

by Dr. Belinda Mantle
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  Allergies are on the rise, with more children developing allergies than ever before.  While we do not understand why this is happening, we do have an understanding of how allergies work.  This helped the design of a revolutionary system of allergy desensitization, called sublingual immunotherapy (allergy drops), to make your child less (or not) […]

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Pediatric Allergy Testing

by Dr. Belinda Mantle
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  Question: My child always has a runny nose. Can my child be tested for allergies? I recently brought my 3 year old daughter to the pediatrician because she has had a runny nose for months.  She is not sick, but almost always has mucous coming out of her nose.  She sometimes develops a cough […]

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Peanut Allergies on the Rise: What Parents and Patients Need to Know

by Dr. Belinda Mantle
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  It is no longer rare to hear that a child suffers from a peanut allergy. The story of 13-year old Natalie Giorgi, who died after going into anaphylactic shock after contact with peanut butter, is a tragic example of this. Her reaction was severe, and was triggered by a bite that she promptly spit […]

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