Cold Weather Allergies
I know what you are thinking…Dr.McMahon, it’s -6 degrees…I’m not suffering from allergies while it’s this cold!! While it’s true you aren’t suffering from outdoor allergies, inside your home is filled with allergy triggers. Spending time indoors during the frigid Minnesota winters means cozying up with indoor offenders such as mold, pet dander and dust mites! That’s right, itchy/watery eyes, runny nose and sneezing can be just as prevalent in the winter. One of the most impor
Holiday Allergies: Myths vs. Facts
Tis the season! With the holiday season just around the corner, millions of Americans are preparing to gather for feasts, decorate their homes and travel to visit relatives. With that in mind, there are many common myths that surround the season. Here are 4 common holiday allergy myths debunked that will help keep your season jolly! 1. Myth: Water chestnuts are a nut. Fact: Although the name refers to them as a nut, they are not a nut at all; they are a vegetable that is grow
Happy National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month!
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness month. While you often hear about allergies this time of the year, it is still vital to learn about asthma! Did you know that 18.7 million adults and 6.8 million children in the U.S. have asthma? That equates to 8% of adults and 9.3% of children in the U.S are affected by asthma. The majority of those with asthma have an allergic component meaning that animal dander, mold, dust or pollens triggers asthma symptoms. Many are also tri
5 Ways to Beat Spring Allergies
As the snow is finally gone, many of us are excited to spend time outdoors. However, for those with outdoor mold and tree pollen allergies this time of year can be miserable. Common signs of allergies are runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, itchy eyes, mouth or ears. Here are a five tips to help make spring more enjoyable. 1) Start your medications early if advised by your physician. Antihistamines such as Zyrtec, Claritin and Allegra work quickly but normally only last 1
What Is An Asthma Attack Like And What Can I Do If I Am Having One?
I could write about asthma for days as this is one of the main reasons I went into medicine. I had very severe asthma when I was young and my great experiences with various doctors led me down the path of becoming a doctor. Fortunately, my asthma is now mild, as is the case with a large percent of males. Unfortunately, this is not the case with females. People are investigating it now, but we are uncertain why a large percentage of males ‘outgrow’ asthma between the ages of 1
Wouldn’t it be nice to get rid of environmental allergies forever? Well, we have that ability now with allergy shots. Allergy shots work by giving a very small amount of the allergens you test positive to in increasing doses until your body becomes immune to them. Allergy shots have been around for over 100 years and research proves they work in about 85-90% of individuals. I myself underwent allergy shots when I was about 12 years old. For those of you that fear needles, rel