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Which Vitamins are right for you? May 20th, 2019

With all of the vitamins and supplements on the market, it is hard to decide which ones are right for you.  Is a single multivitamin best? Is it necessary to take handfuls of separate vitamins several times a day in order to be “healthy”? Are my friend’s vitamins good for...

5 Common Triggers of Sudden-Onset Hives May 1st, 2019

Hives, called urticarial by the medical community, are common, uncomfortable, and unsightly. Hives affect about 20% of the population in this country at some point in their lives. These red, bumpy, or slightly raised welts can occur anywhere on your body including your face, torso, back, arms, and legs. Hives...

Understanding How a Mast Cell Disorder Can Affect You Apr 5th, 2019

Everyone has mast cells. They’re a type of white blood cell found throughout your body’s connective tissue and bone marrow. They live, for example, in your skin, intestinal lining, nervous system, cardiovascular system, and airways. When mast cells function properly, they help protect your body from foreign substances and injury...

What is the Microbiome? Mar 19th, 2019

WHAT IS THE MICROBIOME The term “good bacteria” is by now familiar, and probiotic supplements and foods have been found on supermarket shelves for some time.  Humans are colonized by trillions of microorganisms that include bacteria, fungi, viruses and protozoans.1 The microbiome refers to all the microorganisms, and their DNA,...

What You Can Expect During Your Immunotherapy Appointment Mar 4th, 2019

Seasonal and year-round allergies can interfere with your quality of life and enjoyment of the outdoors. The first line of defense for allergies is to avoid the allergen. But for those who are allergic to pollen, trees, grass, dust mites, mold spores, and bee venom, that means avoiding the outdoors...

Pollen-Related Food Syndrome: Exploring Potential Links Between Food and Pollen Allergies Feb 14th, 2019

Pollen-Related Food Syndrome: Exploring Potential Links Between Food and Pollen Allergies If you have food allergies to certain plant-based foods or select other types of food, more research is showing that your symptoms may actually be caused by a secondary allergy and not a true food allergy. This so called...

Food Allergies: Symptoms to Look Out for and How to Handle Them Feb 11th, 2019

Unlike seasonal allergies, which come and go, food allergies are always there. Food allergies are common among both children and adults with about 15 million Americans having one or more. Food intolerances are often confused with food allergies. In some cases, the symptoms are similar, but an allergy can have...

Why You Should See a Doctor If You Think You Are Suffering from Asthma Jan 16th, 2019

Every year, asthma strikes more and more people. About 26 million people in the United States have asthma, which is about 8.3% of the population. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asthma was the cause of 14.2 million doctor visits and 1.8 million emergency room visits in...

A Healthy Approach to the New Year Jan 10th, 2019

The New Year provides a perfect opportunity to refresh your body for optimal health in the months to come.  We often tend to think of weight loss as the health resolution for the New Year, but here you are encouraged to consider a reset of your overall health.  An excellent...

Worried You May Have Immunodeficiency Disorder? Top Things to Look For Dec 11th, 2018

Your immune system is a group of protective cells and proteins that are charged with keeping unwanted viruses, infections, and disease out of your body. When unwanted bacteria or germs enter your system, your immune system sends cells to attack them. But if your immune system is not working properly,...

The Benefits of Fish Oil to Reduce Inflammation Nov 26th, 2018

Inflammation is the body’s normal defense response to infection and injury.  It is often associated with redness, swelling, heat and pain.  Normally, inflammation is controlled by the body, and it resolves in a timely way once the injury is resolved.  It is essential to the body’s maintenance of good health. ...

Immunodeficiency Disorder Nov 12th, 2018

Your immune system is a group of protective cells and proteins that are charged with keeping unwanted viruses, infections, and disease out of your body. When unwanted bacteria or germs enter your system, your immune system sends cells to attack them. But if your immune system is not working properly,...

The Flu and Asthma Nov 7th, 2018

As Flu season gets underway, it is important for everyone to be informed on key facts about the Flu. The Flu is a potentially dangerous infection for anyone, but many of our patients at AIR Care are at a higher risk for complications from the Flu, especially those with asthma....

5 Symptoms of Anaphylaxis and Mast Cell Disorder Oct 25th, 2018

Mast cells, a type of white blood cell, are part of your immune system. They’re found in all parts of your body’s tissues. When mast cells function properly, they release chemical mediators to combat extreme stress, feelings of danger, or allergens. These chemical mediators, such as histamines, cause inflammation and...

10 Back to School Tips for Kids with Allergies or Asthma Sep 14th, 2018

Getting your kids back in school means summer has come to an end; it also means relinquishing control over what your little ones eat, touch, and come in contact with. That loss of control can make moms of kids with allergies or asthma very nervous.According to the American College of...

Are There Really Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds? Aug 15th, 2018

Are There Really Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds?About 10% of the US population has an allergic reaction to dogs. If you’re one of them but you still want a furry companion, the idea of a hypoallergenic dog sounds highly appealing. But do these types of dogs really exist?It’s commonly believed that dogs...

Tips for Traveling with Food Allergies Jul 5th, 2018

Tips for Traveling with Food AllergiesFood allergies affect more than 50 million Americans. There is no cure for a food allergy, so your best bet is to avoid the allergen altogether, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay home and prepare your own food all the time.Although food allergies...

What Is Adult-Onset Asthma? Jun 19th, 2018

What Is Adult-Onset Asthma?Although most cases of asthma are diagnosed in childhood, the condition can develop at any stage of life. An estimated 17 million adults in the United States have asthma, and if you’re diagnosed with the disease after age 20, it’s considered adult-onset asthma. Unfortunately, getting asthma as...

Everything You Need to Know About Diagnosing and Treating Food Allergies May 9th, 2018

Food allergies affect more than 50 million Americans. The big eight are milk, eggs, wheat, tree nuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, and soy. These foods are responsible for 90% of food allergies. However, virtually any food can cause allergic reactions if you’re sensitive. The only way to prevent a reaction is...