How to Prepare Your Child With Asthma or Allergies for School

It has been one of the hottest summers on record – and that may have meant health challenges for your child with severe allergies or asthma.  With back-to-school just around the corner, you may be worried about how your child will fare during the school year. Here are my 5 TOP TIPS to prepare everyone


Allergies, Asthma, and The Summer Athlete

Athletic performance clichés, while inspiring, can often be full of terrible advice.  “No pain, no gain,” “the pain in only temporary,” “pain is weakness leaving the body,” and “suffer now and live the rest of your life like a champion” are among the sayings that would have your primary care physician shaking their head in


Does Medicare Cover Allergy Testing

Here in the USA, Medicare is a national health insurance program for people who are aged 65 or older and also for some people who are younger with disabilities. Often people who are brand new to Medicare feel concerned about whether Medicare will cover a chronic medical condition like allergies or asthma. The good news


Allergen of The Month: Oak Pollen

Dr. Oge Ndum introduces us to one of the most prevalent allergens to hit the DMV area in the months of March through June and explains why it bothers so many children and adults. That tiny yellow dust on your car is the root cause of many allergy issues this month including: A runny nose

Spring Allergies DC

POLLEN PREPPERS: Eight Best Pre-Pollen Practices

Allergists across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the U.S. typically recommend patients start getting ready for pollen season in mid-March.  Most pollen prediction sites rely on historical pollen averages, average monthly temperatures, and frequency of days above 60 degrees as predictors for pollen forecasts.  This same data is used by the National Park Service

Flu Shot Myths

Myth Buster: Flu Edition

How do I prevent the flu? Get the flu vaccine! The influenza vaccine is the single most successful way to prevent the influenza infection and the complications that arise as a result of the disease (CDC, 2018). The CDC (2018) estimated for the 2017-2018 flu season the influenza vaccine prevented approximately 5.3 million influenza-related illnesses,

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Winter Time is the Worst Time For Eczema

By Sangeeta Jain, M.D. Eczema and Health While most people consider eczema as simply cosmetic, it is not.  The itch-scratch cycle can cause significant life stress, affecting sleep and causing wild fluctuations in mood and behavior. It can even ruin a person’s day.  Therefore, eczema should no longer be thought of as a nuisance disease. 

Christmas Tree Allergy

‘Tis the Season to be Sneezy

By: Hava Ladinsky, M.D. Putting up the Christmas tree often marks the start of the holiday season. However, it also often marks the onset of worsening allergy and asthma symptoms such as runny nose, watery eyes, coughing, wheezing, and post nasal drip. These symptoms and phenomena have been documented as far back as 1930, with

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Do the Changes in Season Affect Our Dietary Patterns

DO THE CHANGES IN SEASON AFFECT OUR DIETARY PATTERNS? The response to this question is intriguing. The transition between seasons brings large transitions into our lives.  As we change our comforters and decorations, we also change our level of physical activity. Our cooking changes as we switch from outdoor grilling to indoor crockpots and ovens.

Bee Allergy

Common Summer Allergies

With spring near it’s end and summer just around the corner, spring allergy sufferers rejoice…but not so fast! The summer season brings with it a whole new slew of allergy offenders. “Summer allergies can cause severe symptoms for some sufferers and can be just as bad as the spring and fall seasons,” said allergist Michael