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Back to Immunotherapy: Getting Ready for Next Year

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Ragweed season traditionally starts in the Chicago area around August 10th because the ragweed plant pollinates according to the light/dark cycle.  The peak ragweed counts occur in the last week of August and first half of September.  As I’m seeing patients over the past two weeks who have uncontrolled symptoms from ragweed allergy, I look […]

A Nickel For Your Thoughts: Contact Dermatitis Allergens and Food Allergy

Tests that are considered proven for diagnosing food allergy have been skin tests, blood tests that look for IgE (the class of antibody associated with allergic diseases) and, if necessary, an office ingestion challenge.  When the skin tests and blood tests are normal, the scientific conventional approach is to call a recurrent specific food reaction […]

Maternal Diet And Preventing Childhood Allergies: Still Many Unknowns

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One of the most frequently asked questions of allergists–besides “Why are there more people with allergies” (for which there is no single answer and is still considered to be due to multiple possibilities ranging from antibiotic overuse to diesel exhaust)— is: What can pregnant and postpartum women do to prevent food allergies and other allergic […]