Your Relief Blog

Eosinophilic Esophagitis – What Food Is Causing Yours?

Posted by Mark Bubak, M.D. on Jul 01, 2023 12:39:27 PM

Eosinophilic esophagitis is a condition that impacts 1 in every 2,000 Americans. Many sufferers also have allergies like hayfever and asthma. Eosinophilic esophagitis (sometimes shortened to simply EoE) is caused by an immunologic reaction which presents primarily in the esophagus (not a true allergic reaction). Treatment options can vary, and so far there’s typically no “cure” for this condition. That means that most patients achieve relief by successfully managing their symptoms.

In some cases, managing symptoms will mean identifying likely triggers and avoiding them–a process that can require a specialized diet. This can be challenging for patients, but there are some tips and tricks which can help.

Read More

Topics: Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Am I Allergic To Newspaper Print?

Posted by Mark Bubak, M.D. on Jul 01, 2022 12:34:34 PM

It’s a beautiful morning—almost like something from a movie. You wake up, press snooze on your alarm, and then meander out of your front door, where your newspaper is waiting for you. Over a nice cup of coffee, you spend a few minutes waking up and doing the daily crossword puzzle (you’re a bit old-fashioned that way). It’s only when you go to refill your coffee that you notice your hands feel a little…raw. Maybe a little itchy?

It’s not the first time this has happened, and suddenly the question crosses your mind: are you allergic to newspaper print?

Read More

Topics: Allergies, Allergy Myths

Am I Allergic To Air Conditioning?

Posted by Mark Bubak, M.D. on Jun 01, 2022 12:32:04 PM

In the sweltering heat of summer, there is no better friend and companion than your air conditioning unit. Whether you’re curled up next to a window unit or basking beneath a central air vent, AC is your ticket to comfort and wellness when the summer temps skyrocket. The only trouble is, that you start sneezing every time the cold air starts blowing. So… could you be allergic to your air conditioning?

The answer is mostly no… with a little bit of yes.

Read More

Topics: Allergy Myths

Am I Allergic To My Christmas Tree?

Posted by Mark Bubak, M.D. on Dec 01, 2021 12:29:43 PM

Every December, it seems to be the same story: the Christmas tree goes up, and suddenly you start feeling worn down. Perhaps you experience sniffles, a plugged nose, coughing, or other yuck. So you ask yourself: Can I be allergic to Christmas trees?

After all, December should be a time for celebration, for getting together with friends and family, for appreciating beautiful holiday decorations (lights, tinsel, and trees). You don’t want to spend the season nursing a runny nose if you don’t have to.

So is it your tree making you sneeze? Or is something else going on? The answer can help you get back to enjoying the holidays.

Read More

Topics: Allergies

How Much Albuterol Is Too Much?

Posted by Mark Bubak, M.D. on Jun 10, 2021 12:24:06 PM

Albuterol inhalers have been a significant part of asthma treatment for decades. But that doesn’t mean researchers aren’t always making improvements or current events don’t shake things up a little bit. Patients don’t necessarily need to keep their fingers on the pulse of the pharmaceutical industry–but it helps to maintain some awareness of what’s happening with current events, especially as they relate to this critical asthma medication.

In other words, for patients, staying aware of albuterol news can help you successfully manage your symptoms.

Read More

Topics: Asthma

March And April Allergies

Posted by Mark Bubak, M.D. on Mar 22, 2021 12:18:57 PM

There’s nothing quite like that first sniff of spring after a long and snowy winter. You throw open your windows, you hear the birds chirping, and you can smell spring in the air. That’s when you start sneezing. Or coughing. And throughout later March and April all you seem to be feeling is… congested.

Every spring brings the tree and mold allergy problems to life. The mold spores come out as the snow melt uncovers the molds and their spores. Each year is a bit different as to when that happens. The tree pollination is fairly fixed and occurs in about the same weeks every year! If you know what you are allergic to you can be prepared to prevent your allergy symptoms.

Our tree pollen season gets an early start in the spring in South Dakota, Southwestern Minnesota, and Northeastern Iowa. Remember that each species only pollinates for a few weeks and then is done until next year.

  • Later March brings Elm, Maple, and Juniper pollen.
  • April brings us alder, birch, cottonwood, and finally oak pollen.
Read More

Topics: Allergies

Winter Hives

Posted by Mark Bubak, M.D. on Mar 05, 2021 12:16:45 PM

You’re out on a relaxing hike when you first notice the itching. The sensation starts on your arms, under layers of winter gear. As you turn back, you think you can feel the hives spreading–and you realize that you’re going to have to walk all the way back to your car itching like crazy. It’s not a thought that fills you with joy, especially because you didn’t think winter allergies were a thing. Certainly not winter hives!

Read More

Topics: Atopic Dermatitis

Answers To Common Asthma Questions

Posted by Mark Bubak, M.D. on Feb 16, 2021 12:13:55 PM

Everyone’s asthma experience is going to be a little bit different. A diversity of triggers and varied levels of severity mean that everyday life with asthma could look very different from one person to another. For some people, asthma may amount to little more than a minor nuisance. For others, this breathing condition can interfere with everyday life and require consistent monitoring.

Read More

Topics: Asthma

5 Signs You Might Be In Anaphylaxis

Posted by Mark Bubak, M.D. on Feb 08, 2021 12:12:27 PM

You’re having a great time on your hike–and it’s just what you needed: fresh air, lovely views, and a little bit of exercise. But then you felt a little pinch on your leg. It was probably a mosquito. But what if it was a bee? Like a lot of people, you know that you’re allergic to bees and can have a pretty serious reaction. But how do you know if you’re going into anaphylaxis?

Read More

Topics: Anaphylaxis

Thank You Dr. Brennan For Your Service!

Posted by Mark Bubak, M.D. on Sep 16, 2020 12:10:45 PM

Dr. Bubak and the entire team at Dakota Allergy thanks Dr. Brian Brennan for his service to our allergy and asthma patients during his time with us.

Dr. Brennan did his allergy and clinical immunology fellowship at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and he completed his residency in pediatrics at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Brennan saw both children and adults with allergy and asthma problems during his time at Dakota Allergy & Asthma.

Read More
1 2 3 9
All Posts

Not in the Sioux Falls area?

But still need an Allergist?

If you need an Asthma specialist or Allergist and you are not in the Sioux Falls South Dakota area, please use one of the links below to find one closer to you:

Recent Posts
Posts by Topic
see all