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  • Live Oak

    What's responsible for your spring misery? Live Oak.

    Live Oak allergy is the most troublesome pollen for spring allergy sufferers. The yellow-green oak pollen coats everything from your car to the sidewalk — and even the grass-heavy pollen can linger in the air for weeks depending on whether or not we receive any rain.   The oak tree pollen we get over those 2 […]

  • Food Allergy 101: Do You Have A True Food Allergy?

    A true food allergy or food hypersensitivity is an adverse reaction to a food or food component that involves the body’s immune system. Using milk as an example, an immunologic response would be cow’s milk protein allergy, whereas the nonimmunologic response would be lactose intolerance, due to lactase deficiency. Although many people believe they have […]

  • Allergy Shots Reduce Asthma Medications

    An European study published in the leading allergy medical journal, the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, shows that allergy shots helped people with asthma reduce their steroid medications. Asthmatic children between the ages of 6-17 requiring daily inhaled steroids to control their asthma were invited to enroll in the 2 year study, wherein half […]

  • What are chronic hives?

    By definition hives that continue to recur for greater than six weeks are considered chronic.  Rarely is an identifiable etiology for the hives discovered.  Because of the remote possibility of an underlying pathologic process, such as infection, abnormal thyroid gland function, malignancy or rheumatoid arthritis, a review of your health history and limited blood testing […]

  • Part 1: Acute asthma, prognosis, and treatment

    Jennifer E. Fergeson, DO, Shiven S. Patel, MD, and Richard F. Lockey, MD Asthma affects about 300 million people globally and accounts for 1 in every 250 deaths in the world. Approximately 12 million people in the United States each year experience an acute exacerbation of their asthma, a quarter of which require hospitalization. You […]

  • Learn more about Jean Vessel

    Jean Vessel, Born in Sarasota and lived here my whole life Hobbies include cooking, fishing and anything family related Between my husband and I we have 5 children, twin boys Christopher and Jonathan 3 daughters , Selena, Sara and Toni. Son in law Troy. 5 grandchildren Josh, Dustin, Colton, Trey, and Tanner. We have many […]

  • Working on your Asthma Wellness

    Asthma is a chronic condition and after awhile, you know your body well enough to tell when it is acting up or flaring. This often occurs with a viral infection, but also changes in temperature or season, new allergens in your environment (grandma and her cat come to visit, for too long!), or you run […]

  • Introduction: Acute asthma, prognosis, and treatment

    By Jennifer E. Fergeson, DO, Shiven S. Patel, MD, and Richard F. Lockey, MD NOTE: This is the introduction to a 10 part series.   Asthma affects about 300 million people globally and accounts for 1 in every 250 deaths in the world. Approximately 12 million people in the United States each year experience an […]

  • Asthma Treatment: Allergy Shots

    An European study published in the leading allergy medical journal, the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, showed allergy shots helped people with asthma reduce their steroid medications. Asthmatic children between the ages of 6-17 requiring daily inhaled steroids to control their asthma were invited to enroll in the 2 year study, wherein half were […]

  • The holidays might be past, but it's still very much 'Tis The Season for Allergies

    People often think that allergy problems are year round in Florida since we lack the four seasons common to life up north. Well, that is partially correct. We do have much longer periods of plant pollination, such that in nearly every month of the year something is putting off airborne pollen. And with the high […]