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Jason H. Friesen, M.D.

Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

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Jason H. Friesen, M.D.

Jason H. Friesen, M.D.

Board certified in pediatrics, as well as allergy and immunology, Dr. Jason Friesen sees patients of all ages. Caring and bright, he is passionate about finding a balance between the seriousness of food allergies and the importance of leading full and normal lives

190111Peanuts-325These 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 with no patients dropping out prematurely and all patients either reaching a maintenance dose or still building toward it.

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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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150120HivesPart2-smTwo new therapies have virtually changed the way chronic hives are treated, providing much-need relief for those who suffer from this itchy condition.

Chronic hives, also called urticarial, is a condition that affects up to one percent of the population at any given time. It is defined as the recurrence of hives over six-weeks or longer. The most common cause is an autoimmune reaction generated by a person’s immune system. Read about what causes hives in a previous post, here.

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141209HivesPesky rashes are a common complaint among those who come to see us at our allergy office. However, patients often arrive with misconceptions about the rash that's got them irritated. Today, I will delve into the most common triggers for this itchy condition.

What are hives?
Hives are a result of histamine, which is released by naturally occurring cells in the body, called mast cells. Mast cells can be found in our skin and other organs, and typically cause itchy, splotchy, rashes with raised centers that can resemble mosquito bites. Because histamine is short lived, hives normally only last a few hours.

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141104Ebola1It seems every other news article lately is about Ebola. While it mostly seems to be a problem a world away, we all know that air travel has made our globe a much smaller place, so it seems appropriate to talk a little about Ebola in order to match our concern with our level of risk.