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Allergy | Immunology Posts

Asthma in the Fall

Asthma in the Fall

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 [...]

What Is A Food Allergy?

What Is A Food Allergy?

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 [...]

Allergy Specialist Joins TPMG in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach

Allergy Specialist Joins TPMG in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach

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. [...]

Allergy or a Cold? Four Ways to Tell the Difference

Allergy or a Cold? Four Ways to Tell the Difference

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 [...]

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