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Pet Dander Reduction: Trying To Get To Hypoallergenic

posted in Allergies, Allergy and Asthma Care

Approximately 50% of households have pets based on statistics from animal food suppliers. The dander from the pet is the major culprit that causes allergic symptoms.  Dander is composed of microscopic skin cells shed by cats, dogs, rodents and birds.  The American Lung Association describes pet allergens as light in weight and jagged in shape. […]

Air Purifiers–What Should We Know?

posted in Allergies, Allergy and Asthma Care

More than a few patients ask us if buying an air cleaner or air purifier helps control allergic symptoms.  Running an air purifier can help to improve indoor air quality by filtering the air to remove odors and animal dander.  The Air Purifier Buying Guide of March 2020 from Consumer Reports states that portable air […]

Melatonin And Immune Function: Some Light On The Subject

posted in COVID-19

Last month, one of my patients who has an immunodeficiency said she takes melatonin and asked me if there is a beneficial effect of melatonin on the immune system.  The subject came up a few weeks later—around October 1st–in the media when melatonin was mentioned as part of a certain individual’s initial treatment for COVID-19.  […]