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151201ChristmasTreeAllergy-325For many, bringing a fresh Christmas tree into the house signals the season of holidays. But when the tree goes up, some people start to experience allergic-like symptoms and may worry that the tree is at fault.

Is there such thing as a Christmas tree allergy? The answer is complex and a number of things could be to blame:

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151117ChronicRhinitis1My 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 after age 20.


151103Asthma1After years of working with asthma patients, I’ve learned that patients become accustomed to how they feel. Many don’t realize how often they have symptoms. Others avoid activities they enjoy. All of this affects quality of life, decreasing everyday enjoyment and fun. Surprisingly, when asked by a provider how they’re doing during a routine asthma checkup, these patients will respond, “I’m doing fine.”
Sound familiar?

I was told a story many years ago that has stayed with me. A patient went to visit her provider for an asthma checkup and was asked how she was doing. She said, “You know, I’m doing great!  I’m the best ever!” The provider was surprised, because the patient had a history of severe asthma flare-ups.


151020Bipolar-300During my life, I've watched loved ones struggle with various mental health issues. As a nurse working with patients from all walks of life, my eyes have been opened to the reality that many seemingly "normal" - however you describe "normal" - people cope with mental illness on a daily basis and still maintain a job, family, and/or school.

Mental health is a topic many people avoid, even though we all know people who've dealt with mental health challenges or instabilities. We are used to hearing the word "depression," but there are other common mental health conditions that people cope with every day, such as bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression.


151006AllergyTesting1There are more than 50 million people in the United States who have allergies. Discovering the cause of the allergy symptoms is an important step in finding the correct treatment. The information gained from allergy testing, together with your history, will provide your allergist with the data needed to create a treatment plan just for you.

Allergy testing, which can be done at any age, helps determine your reactivity to a specific environmental or food allergen. Testing makes it possible for your doctor to determine if you have an allergy to things like dust mites, dog or cat dander, pollens or foods, like peanut.