Autumn can be a challenging time of year for school-aged children and adults with allergies and asthma. Emergency room visits increase significantly in the fall due to asthma attacks. This phenomenon is likely due to fall allergens, cooler temperatures, and an increase in viral infections as children return to school. Learning about triggers and managing [...]
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In the United States, 1 in 10 patients are affected by penicillin allergy. In the hospital, approximately 1 in 4 patients have a penicillin allergy listed on their medical record. If you carry this diagnosis, you are not alone! What have we learned? Research has shown that a large majority of these patients are not [...]
What is a food allergy? Every day the immune system works hard to keep our body healthy and infection free. A food allergy occurs when the immune system overreacts to an otherwise harmless food protein. This condition more often occurs in young children, however, food allergy may develop at any age. How many people [...]
Christina F. Ortiz, MD, MPH, a fellowship-trained allergy and immunology specialist, has joined Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG), a network of over 220 specialty and primary care providers serving patients at 75 locations across Hampton Roads. Dr. Ortiz’s practice, TPMG Coastal Allergy, will open on June 19, 2018 with locations in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. [...]
Symptoms Although allergies and the common cold cause a great deal of upper respiratory problems, there are slight differences between the two conditions. Allergic symptoms often include itching, sneezing, watery eyes, and runny nose with clear drainage. They are usually made better rather quickly with an antihistamine. Whereas cold symptoms may include runny nose with [...]
TPMG welcomed Dr. Ann Zilliox and the opening of Allergy and Asthma of Oyster Point on July 5, 2017!