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Richard O. Buck, M.D.

Richard O. Buck, M.D.

Knowledgeable and cheerful, Dr. Richard Buck's friendly personality and more than 30 years of experience complement one another perfectly. Board certified in asthma, allergy and immunology, as well as pediatrics, he diagnoses and treats patients of all ages.

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160927FluVaccines-325It is recommended that everyone older than 6 months receive an annual influenza vaccination, especially children, seniors, those who have asthma, and women who are pregnant.

In the past, there has been concern about vaccinating patients who have a history of egg allergy because the majority of injectable and nasal influenza vaccines are cultured in fluid from chick embryos. However, the current flu vaccines have very small amounts of egg allergen in them. Studies have shown that patients with egg allergy, even those with a history of severe anaphylactic reactions, can safely receive a flu shot. Therefore, it is no longer necessary to skin test with the flu vaccine prior to receiving it.


Tagged in: Allergies Flu Shots

160209BalanceWe know that maintaining physical balance is crucial to preventing falls and injuries, but we sometimes forget that maintaining emotional balance is just as important when it comes to coping with the stress of everyday life and overall well-being.

From previous blogs, you may remember my continued quest to achieve physical balance through bike riding, walking and working with a personal trainer to maintain muscle strength and proprioception—the sense of where we are with regard to body position and motion.


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.


150519FoodIntollerance-300People frequently come to us with digestive issues, wondering if they have food allergy. Food allergy in adults is uncommon. When it comes to recurrent bloating, cramping, diarrhea and/or constipation, food intolerance is often to blame.
There are certain carbohydrates in foods that are considered FODMAPs, which is short for sugars that are highly osmotic, meaning they pull water into the intestine and are hard to digest or absorb.
Examples of such foods include:

  • Fructose (fruits, honey, high-fructose corn syrup)
  • Lactose (dairy)
  • Fructans (wheat, garlic, onions)
  • Galactans (beans, lentils, soybeans)
  • Polyols (sweeteners, such as isolate, mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol and stone fruits, such as cherries, peaches, plums, etc.)

Could one or more be the cause of your symptoms? The Stanford Digestive Health Center has come up with a low FODMAP diet that may help.

Tagged in: Food Food Allergies

130820DrBuckCarnagieHall124Seeing a performance at Carnegie Hall is one thing, singing there is quite another.

As if in a dream, Dr. Richard Buck stood on Carnegie Hall’s stage, sensed its awe-inspiring history all around him, experienced the eyes of the audience upon him, and recently performed Bruckner’s Mass No. 2 in E minor alongside fellow members of the Eugene Concert Choir.

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