Entries by Michael Park

Don’t Blame The Cotton!

In late May to early June, we often start to see the cottonwood trees shed their seeds. White, fluffy, cotton-like material can be seen floating all over the place. Some people get itchy and sneeze right around this same time of the year. Naturally, they blame the cotton. Their symptoms must be due to cottonwood […]

Peanut allergies can be deadly. This treatment might do more harm than good, study says

Brett Molina, USA Today, 2019 Oral treatment for peanut allergies dramatically increase allergic reactions compared to avoiding the treatment altogether, a study published Thursday revealed. The study published in The Lancet pulled together results from 12 randomized, controlled trials, including more than 1,000 patients, to compare how participants fared using oral immunotherapy, a treatment where a […]

ABCs of over-the-counter allergy medications – Part 2

In Part 1, I discussed oral antihistamines.  In this post, I will review OTC allergy nasal sprays.  The main OTC options are Nasacort (triamcinolone), Flonase (fluticasone propionate), Rhinocort (budesonide), and Flonase Sensimist (fluticasone furoate).  These allergy nasal sprays are far more effective compared to oral antihistamines when it comes to treating classic allergy symptoms.  So, […]

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New research shows 73 percent of allergists prescribe under-the-tongue allergy tablets

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL – (APRIL 2, 2019) – Allergy shots (subcutaneous immunotherapy or SCIT) have been available for more than 100 years. Allergy tablets (sublingual immunotherapy or SLIT) have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the United States for four years. A new study in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the […]

Seasonal Allergies – Trees start pollenating at the end of March in southwest Michigan

Common Seasonal Allergy Triggers If you sneeze and cough during certain times of the year, you may have seasonal allergies. However, occasional allergies aren’t something you just have to live with. An allergist can pinpoint the cause and help you find relief. In many areas of the United States, spring allergies begin in February and last until […]

What Does An Allergist Treat?

Allergists treat two of the nation’s most common chronic health problems – allergies and asthma. Although symptoms may not always be severe, allergies and asthma are diseases and should be treated that way. Many people with allergies and asthma simply don’t realize how much better they can feel. Allergists are specially trained to help you […]

Generic Advair Finally Approved

  FDA OKs 1st generic version of popular Advair asthma inhaler By LINDA A. JOHNSON  January 30, 2019 The first generic version of the popular Advair asthma inhaler has been approved by U.S. regulators. The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved Mylan’s version in three strengths for ages 4 and up. The inhalers are used […]