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Am I Allergic To Newspaper Print?

Posted by iowacityasc 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?

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Topics: Allergies, Allergy Myths

Am I Allergic To My Christmas Tree?

Posted by iowacityasc 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.

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Topics: Allergies

March And April Allergies

Posted by iowacityasc 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.
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Topics: Allergies

Plan Ahead For Fall Mold Allergies

Posted by iowacityasc on Sep 02, 2020 12:08:11 PM

The following is from a guest post from Dr Bubak posted at The Prairie Doc

Summer and fall are prime seasons for mold allergy problems. Mold spores are smaller than pollen grains allowing them to not only effect the eyes and nose of allergy sufferers, but they can infiltrate the bronchial tubes and cause asthma. If the allergy or asthma is combined with participation in sports or a rhinovirus cold at the start of school, it could result in asthma attack.

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Topics: Allergies, Asthma

Allergies, Asthma, And Avoidance

Posted by iowacityasc on Aug 24, 2020 12:07:00 PM

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Topics: Allergies, Asthma

Allergy Tests [Video]

Posted by iowacityasc on Aug 24, 2020 12:06:24 PM

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Topics: Allergies

What Is The Best Allergy Medicine?

Posted by iowacityasc on Apr 08, 2020 11:58:15 AM

This is the question I get asked the most!  Everyone wants to know – patients, parents, nurses, and other doctors.

What is the best allergy medicine? There are so many choices nowadays. Many of the over-the-counter allergy medications were previously available by prescription only. With so many choices on the market today, how can people decide which is best for them?

Oral antihistamines were the first class of medication available for treating allergies. When they first became available, drowsiness was a significant side effect.

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Topics: Allergies, Allergy Shots

Dakota Allergy & Asthma Takes Self Referred Patients!

Posted by iowacityasc on Mar 18, 2020 11:26:11 AM

Dakota Allergy & Asthma is happy to see patients who refer themselves to our practice to be evaluated for a potential allergy. Here’s what you need to know when considering Dakota Allergy & Asthma.

Many doctors and surgeons throughout the region refer their patients to us for specialized evaluation and testing, but it is not required in order to see one of our specialists.  We have a Board Certified Allergist and a Nurse Practitioner on hand to help diagnose and treat your allergies!

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Topics: Allergies, News & Updates

Am I Truly Allergic To Penicillin?

Posted by iowacityasc on Mar 04, 2020 11:19:35 AM

A penicillin allergic reaction can be very scary for anyone.  The results of a reaction can even be deadly.

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Topics: Allergies, Allergy Shots

Pros And Cons Of Immunotherapy

Posted by iowacityasc on Nov 27, 2019 11:15:06 AM

A lot of people struggle with allergies, especially during the spring and fall when there are more allergens in the air. The most common thing for people with allergies to do when they’re hit with a serious case of sniffles and itchy, watery eyes is to pick out some allergy medication at their local pharmacy. While allergy pills can help offer some relief, their abilities are limited, and the long-lasting relief that people with allergies are looking for might still be out of reach.

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Topics: Allergies, Allergy Shots

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