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Top Five Food Allergies in Children Feb 10th, 2020

An estimated 5.6 million children and adolescents under age 18 have food allergies. Children with food allergies are commonly allergic to more than one food. In fact, roughly 40% of children who have food allergies are allergic to more than one food.  What’s more, food allergies are on the rise,...

How to Tell Whether That Itchy Rash Is Eczema or Psoriasis Jan 10th, 2020

Do you have a dry, itchy, red rash that doesn’t seem to go away? You may have eczema or psoriasis. Both conditions have similar symptoms and both can run in families, which can make it difficult to distinguish one from the other. These similar skin conditions are often managed with...

Can Hay Fever Hit in Winter? Jan 1st, 2020

Patients with hay fever commonly prepare in advance for spring and summer symptoms such as sneezing, an itchy nose, and itchy eyes as allergy season starts. However, some people get these symptoms in the winter or all year long, and they’re easily mistaken for the common cold or the flu....

5 Tips to Ease Winter Asthma Symptoms Dec 5th, 2019

Cold weather can be tough on people with asthma, even here in California where temperatures can drop to the 40s. If it feels like your asthma symptoms get worse during the winter months, you likely aren’t imagining it. Research shows hospital admissions due to asthma increase during the winter months. ...

How to Treat Winter Dermatitis Flare-Ups Dec 1st, 2019

The epidermis is a tough outer layer of skin that constantly sheds and renews itself. This outermost layer of skin provides a barrier against infection and environmental pathogens. It also regulates the amount of water released through the skin. In patients with eczema, the epidermis doesn’t work as well as...

Most Common Food Allergies and How to Spot Them Nov 1st, 2019

Food nourishes the body. It provides you with the nutrients you need to function properly. Unfortunately, the body can react to healthy foods as though they were harmful. If this happens to you, you may have a food allergy. It’s estimated that roughly 32 million Americans have a food allergy....

Acute vs. Chronic Sinusitis Nov 1st, 2019

Why do people have sinuses? Even among the experts, the jury's out, although there are some theories out there. Some say these hollow cavities in your face help to humidify the air you inhale, while others claim they help enhance your voice. You might feel like they exist only to...

Allergic Reactions Triggered by Using Shea Butter for Your Skin and Hair Oct 1st, 2019

Shea butter is a common moisturizer that is often used by itself and is also found in cosmetic and personal care products. Native to Africa, shea butter — which is a fat that is extracted from the nut of the shea tree — can, depending on the form, be used...

5 Common Irritants that Cause Dermatitis Oct 1st, 2019

Contact dermatitis develops when your skin touches something that causes a rash. If you’ve ever used a new detergent or skincare product and noticed some skin irritation, you may have experienced contact dermatitis.  Contact dermatitis, while common, is often bothersome and sends many Americans to seek out the help of...

What to Avoid if You’re Allergic to Metals Sep 1st, 2019

If you’re newly diagnosed with an allergy, it can feel overwhelming. Staying well involves avoiding the substances you’re allergic to.  Metal allergies arise when the body is extra sensitive to certain metals, most commonly nickel and copper. Metal allergies are easier to manage once you know what to avoid. Metals,...

How to Stay Active With Asthma Sep 1st, 2019

Breathing difficulties as a result of asthma can come out of nowhere and are not only alarming but downright frightening. There are few things that provoke a sense of desperation more than feeling like you can’t get enough oxygen. With asthma, your airways become swollen and filled with mucus, making...

How Are Childhood Allergies Different from Adult Allergies? Aug 2nd, 2019

Most people find out they have any allergy when they’re children. However, that’s no reason to assume you’re out of the woods if you’ve made it to adulthood without developing allergy symptoms. Adults aren’t immune to first-time allergies.  The immune system you’re born with can change, and while we don’t...

What is Hay Fever and What Can You Do About it? Aug 1st, 2019

Despite its name, hay fever doesn’t cause a fever, and exposure to hay doesn’t cause symptoms. Medically known as allergic rhinitis, hay fever received its name in the 19th century when symptoms were mistakenly attributed to the smell of hay.  Because symptoms can overlap with those of the common cold,...

Is It a Cold, Sinusitis, or Allergic Rhinitis? Jul 12th, 2019

A stuffy, runny nose and head congestion are no fun. More than 100 viruses cause colds, which spread when people who are infected cough or sneeze virus-containing droplets into the air, or leave the virus behind on surfaces they touch. But how do you know if you’re battling a common...

Prevent a Summertime Eczema Flare-up with These Hot Weather Tips Jul 9th, 2019

The intensely itchy, red, inflamed skin that eczema is known for can make you dread otherwise fun activities, such as going to the beach or frolicking outside during the summer. People with eczema have delicate skin that can become inflamed when exposed to temperatures that are too warm or too...

Tips for Eliminating Dermatitis Triggers Jun 12th, 2019

When you’re diagnosed with atopic or contact dermatitis, it means your skin becomes inflamed in response to a trigger. Your skin may become red, and you may experience blisters that ooze. While symptoms vary from person to person, dermatitis almost always causes intense itching. If you’ve been diagnosed with or...

Childhood vs. Adult-Onset Asthma May 30th, 2019

Over 25 million people in the United States have asthma, and about 6 million of those are children. Lung disease is characterized by an overreaction to stimuli that cause lung inflammation. For some people, allergens are the stimuli, but other people don’t have a known cause. While many people with...

How to Know if Your Child Has an Allergy May 22nd, 2019

Many people are unable to tell the difference between allergies and conditions like chronic sinusitis. Allergy symptoms, such as runny nose, itchy throat, and tearing eyes, are also seen in other conditions, such as the common cold.    There are some key differences, though, that can help you know if...

Comparing the Common Cold with Allergies Apr 25th, 2019

Allergies and colds are, of course, caused by completely different sources. Symptoms from allergies are caused by allergens, which set off reactions in your immune system. Symptoms from a cold are caused by a virus. However, symptoms from both conditions can often resemble each other. Despite the common symptoms, treatment...

Treating an Eczema Flare-Up Apr 25th, 2019

Hallmarks of atopic dermatitis, or eczema, are itchy, red, inflamed skin that often appears rough and scaly and can swell, ooze and crust. We aren’t sure why some children and adults get eczema and others don’t, but an estimated 35 million Americans suffer from this skin condition. It affects significantly...

Why Is It Important to Seek Treatment if You Think You’re Suffering From Sinusitis? Mar 31st, 2019

Many people experience sinus inflammation at one time or another. It usually goes away on its own and doesn’t cause lasting problems. However, roughly 10% of the population suffers from chronic sinusitis, or ongoing sinus inflammation. Various issues, from bacteria to an abnormal immune response, can cause chronic sinusitis. The...

Lifestyle Changes that Can Help Relieve Symptoms of Eczema Feb 28th, 2019

More than 30 million Americans have eczema, and nearly half of them report feeling frustrated with the condition. Eczema is a group of conditions that can cause your skin to become itchy, red, inflamed, dry and scaly. Living with eczema can be an ongoing struggle. Allergist and immunologist, Dr. Ulrike...

Suffering from Chronic Sinusitis? Here’s How a Professional Can Help Feb 7th, 2019

Millions of Americans are living with the constant headaches, facial pressure and swelling or constant nasal congestion and discharge. Unlike acute sinusitis, which is often caused by an infection, bacteria and viruses are rarely involved in cases of chronic sinusitis. If you’re struggling with chronic sinusitis, you should visit Dr....

Can Adults Develop Food Allergies? Feb 3rd, 2019

Most food allergies develop in childhood, but adult-onset food allergies are becoming increasingly common as well, among the estimated 15 million Americans dealing with the condition. Food allergies occur when your immune system reacts to a food protein.  Currently there’s no FDA approved cure, and the best way to prevent...

Allergy Shots Really Work Jan 29th, 2019

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who suffer from allergies, you’re well aware of how the symptoms can impact day-to-day life. Some people have symptoms so severe that it significantly reduces their quality of life. Avoiding your triggers is always the first step, but it isn’t always possible,...

Common Symptoms That Could Mean You Are Suffering From Dermatitis Jan 23rd, 2019

It’s estimated that more than 30 million Americans experience symptoms of dermatitis. This inflammatory skin condition, commonly referred to as eczema, is characterized by a red, itchy, scaly rash. It’s a long-lasting condition that tends to flare up periodically. Many Americans living with symptoms of eczema go undiagnosed, suggesting that...

Allergic to Metals? Know the Unexpected Places They Can Lurk Dec 18th, 2018

There seem to be as many allergies as there are substances in the universe, yet many people are astonished to find that others can be allergic to metals. If you’ve got this sensitivity, you’ll know that touching things like jewelry, coins, or other objects made of metal can cause a...

Is There Really Such a Thing as Hypoallergenic Dogs? Dec 18th, 2018

When you love your four-legged companions, but their presence sets off allergy symptoms, it’s only natural that you should wonder about hypoallergenic breeds to let you breathe easier with canine companionship. Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic dog. It’s not a matter of short hair or long...

How to Tell If Your Itchy Rash is Eczema or Psoriasis Nov 30th, 2018

You’ve got an itchy spot on your skin, and it’s more than simply a dry patch. You haven’t been around irritants, so contact dermatitis isn’t likely. Chances are good it will come down to either eczema or psoriasis, but how do you know which is which? If the itchy spot...

Is Your Dry Skin Really a Medical Condition That Needs Attention? Nov 26th, 2018

Dry skin can be itchy and unsightly. In most cases, dry skin is its own condition, brought on by exposure to various environmental factors. However, there are times when dry skin is a symptom, brought on by an underlying medical condition that itself needs to be treated before your skin...

10 Tips for Buying an Air Purifier to Clear Wildfire Smoke Oct 26th, 2018

The Air Quality Index in Redondo Beach, California, is slightly lower than the average air quality across the United States, and wildfire smoke can make it even worse. Dr. Ulrike Ziegner, an expert allergist and immunologist, and founder of Riviera Allergy Medical Center, realizes that people living in Redondo Beach...

Understanding Eczema Oct 26th, 2018

The red, scaly, itchy skin associated with eczema can ruin anyone’s day. It may be especially frustrating when you’re moisturizing your skin every chance you get, and still your skin dries, cracks, and demands a good scratch. And you know that scratching the itch only makes things worse.   To...

Why Fall Is the Worst Season for Children's Asthma Sep 26th, 2018

Asthma flare-ups in children peak in the fall, shortly after most kids go back to school. And these aren’t always just minor flare-ups: More children are hospitalized for asthma in September than at any other time.Here at Riviera Allergy in Redondo Beach, California, we see the problem every fall. We’ve...

How to Manage Fall Pollen Allergies Sep 26th, 2018

Fall pollen allergies are primarily caused by ragweed, and although these pesky plants only live for one season, they’re incredibly potent pollen producers. One ragweed plant can send up to one billion pollen grains into the air, and its pollen can float for miles, making many people miserable with allergy...

Can Air Conditioning Cause Sinus Congestion? Aug 29th, 2018

If you count yourself among the 37 million Americans who suffer from sinus problems, your air conditioner may be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. On the one hand, air conditioning can be a real lifesaver when it comes to breathing air that isn’t filled with pollutants or outdoor allergens, but...

Back to School Tips for Kids with Allergies Aug 27th, 2018

For a child with noticeable or severe allergies, school presents additional challenges. Other kids may offer your child a snack they’re allergic to, pollen may be abundant in the schoolyard, and there’s always the off-chance of an insect sting. So how do you protect your child while still providing them...

Whether at the Beach or on the Ski Slopes, the PenGo™ Protects Your Epinephrine Auto-Injectors Aug 20th, 2018

If you or a loved one lives with the threat of a severe allergy that could cause anaphylaxis, an epinephrine auto-injector, such as the EpiPen, is a life-saving tool that gives you a measure of reassurance, protection against a potentially deadly allergic reaction. In such a case, you may have...