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Antibiotics and food allergy induction

The hygiene hypothesis is the most common theory for increased food allergy. It begins with a lack of  early childhood exposure to infections. Without proper stimuli the immune system does not receive necessary education. When presented with food proteins, the normal response (tolerance) is replaced by hypersensitivity. A recent article, in the early edition of Proceedings of the National […]

Allergic reactions without answers

Chronic hives are a common problem in the general population and in my practice. Children and adults can suffer daily itching and hives for months or years without explanation. However, symptoms often resolve spontaneously and most importantly, the risk of a severe reaction is very low. On the other hand, there is a separate condition […]

Food allergy resources

A new diagnosis of food allergy is life-changing. The questions are endless. I am putting together a new section on the website for parents and patients with food allergy, new and old. I will include links, recipes, diet sheets and school forms. If you have a valuable resource that you would like to share, please […]

Update: Oralair approved for grass pollen allergy

The FDA has approved the first product for oral immunotherapy!  Oralair is a tablet containing five grass allergens; Sweet Vernal, Orchard, Perennial Rye, Timothy and Kentucky Blue Grass. It is manufactured by Stallergenes, a French pharmaceutical company. It will be marketed and sold in the United States by Greer Laboratories. Allergy immunotherapy is the most effective […]

Stress & Allergy

It is clear to those suffering, allergies cause stress. Constant runny nose, decreased quality of sleep, missed days at school and work are among the many reasons why. A new study from Ohio State University* flips this conclusion on its head and asks; can stress cause allergies? Our bodies immune system is not limited to the nose. […]