Blog Archive

Novel Coronavirus Pandemic Mar 20th, 2020

Dear Patients,    As we are in the midst of an unprecedented time, I want to assure you that we at Avant Allergy are working hard to minimize your risk and ours.  As allergic and immunologic ailments do not stop, and typically worsen during springtime, I will remain available to...

Contact Dermatitis Mar 18th, 2020

  Allergic contact dermatitis results in red, hot, extremely itchy swollen skin sometimes with blistering and peeling. Typically contact dermatitis, as the term infers, is due to allergens directly contacting the skin. However diffuse involvement of the skin may stem from ingested allergens. The reaction is termed "delayed" as they...

Eczema Dec 18th, 2019

Atopic dermatitis is a chronic disease characterized by extremely itchy dry skin.  It is caused by a defect in how the skin is put together leading to difficulty in maintaining moisture in the skin.  Scratching can lead to redness, swelling, cracking, “weeping” clear fluid, and sometimes even bacterial skin infections....

Gluten and Your Health Dec 6th, 2019

Gluten and Your Health   Gluten-free has become a frequently seen buzz-word on packaged foods, restaurant menus and popular among those interested in health and fitness. Gluten has been attributed to a wide variety of ailments ranging from skin problems, fatigue, to migraine headaches and even autism. The truth is...

Hives (Urticaria) Nov 22nd, 2019

What are hives? Hives are red raised extremely itchy bumps that come up and resolve within a few minutes to a couple of days without residual marks.  About 5 % of the population will suffer from hives at some point.  Acute hives lasting less than 6 weeks (sometimes longer) are...

What is an allergist/immunologist? Nov 7th, 2019

What is an allergist/immunologist?   An allergist/immunologist is a physician that is specially trained to diagnose and treat specific disorders of the immune system including: asthma, seasonal allergies, eczema, medication allergy, food allergies and contact skin allergies. They also diagnose and treat primary immunodeficiency.    What does it take to...

Can you be allergic to your own hormones? Nov 1st, 2019

    The short answer: Yes.  Symptoms of hormone allergy Itchy rashes that flare 10 days before your period and improve after your period starts may represent a rare entity called autoimmune progesterone-induced dermatitis. This typically occurs in women of childbearing age. The rash that arises can range from raised,...