If Kleenex is your constant companion, you may have chronic rhinitis

Posted on July 14, 2020 by in Uncategorized

My nose is always running. I can’t stop sneezing. I’m constantly clearing my throat. And I have dark circles under my eyes. I’ve never had allergies, so what’s going on? It could be non-allergic adult rhinitis (NAR), which normally appears later in life. Of those who suffer from this non-allergic condition, 70 percent develop it

Resolve to lose weight the healthy way

Posted on May 4, 2020 by in Uncategorized

The beginning of a new year means new resolutions. The No. 1 resolution I hear from people is their declaration to lose weight. They ask questions like, “Is there medication that can help me?” and “What is the best diet?” Unfortunately, there is no quick fix for shedding pounds. However, reaching an ideal weight for

New nurse practitioner focused on wellness, disease prevention

Posted on March 17, 2020 by in Uncategorized

I recently joined the professional staff at Oak Street Medical, adding depth to our health care services for women. I look forward to working with the excellent doctors at Oak Street Medical and feel privileged to be chosen as the clinic’s first-ever nurse practitioner. Although nurse practitioners have been licensed to practice in Oregon for more

Oral immunotherapy for peanut and tree nuts now available

Posted on October 1, 2019 by in Uncategorized

These are exciting times for the treatment of peanut and tree nut allergies in children. Protocols that aim to desensitize patients to foods have moved from being experimental to being available to patients across the country. In 2018, Oregon Allergy Associates performed desensitization for roughly 35 peanut- and tree nut-allergic patients. Results were highly successful

Xanax, Ativan and other Benzos—Oh, my!

Posted on August 15, 2019 by in Uncategorized

Benzodiazepines are medications commonly prescribed for anxiety disorders and insomnia. Benzodiazepines have names, such as Alprazolam (Xanax®), Diazepam (Valium®), and Lorazepam (Ativan®), and have different timing of their action, often classified as short- or long-acting. Unfortunately, these drugs can cause both physical and psychological dependence along with withdrawal symptoms. Complications with benzodiazepines are more common

Wheat allergy, gluten intolerance and celiac disease

Posted on March 10, 2019 by in Uncategorized

Gluten is a protein found in many grains, such as wheat, barley and rye. As awareness increases, it’s become more and more common for people to ask to be evaluated for a gluten allergy or intolerance. Yet, many people are confused about what differentiates a wheat allergy, gluten intolerance and celiac disease. Here’s a quick

Unwind in a wound-up world

Posted on January 15, 2019 by in Uncategorized

Most of us would agree that life can be stressful at times. Generated by adversity or unfortunate life circumstances, stress can often lead to distress. It also occurs, albeit in a different form, from a positive response to stressors, known as eustress. Much on-going research is dedicated to uncovering ways to identify stress within our bodies and