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We see quite a few patients who come to our office because of a persistent cough.  There are three major causes of a cough: Asthma: We do traditional spirometry testing as well as a newer test for inflammation, called exhaled nitric oxide. Sometimes, home peakflow monitoring and records reviewed by Dr. Brauer can also be…
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We get quite a lot of questions about food challenges at Bluegrass Family Allergy, so we want to share answers to some frequently asked questions. How do I know when or if I’m eligible for a food challenge? The answer to this question is based on your clinical history, skin test results, and sometimes a…
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At Bluegrass Family Allergy, we see patients all the time who self-medicate with allergy medications, since so many are over-the-counter. These are good medications that are deemed safe by the FDA, and it’s very convenient that they’re readily available to patients without a prescription. However, an allergist can help you answer the following questions: Do I…
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Could you have asthma? The tightness in your chest or an ongoing cough you can’t get rid of could be a signal that you have asthma, according to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI). For people who have asthma, the air flowing in and out of their lungs may be blocked by…
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Help us make Thanksgiving wonderful for elderly families in Owensboro who don’t have enough food for a special meal. We are partnering with Intrepid Home Health to bring Thanksgiving meals to 20 elderly families. The needed items are on the menu below (click to enlarge). You can drop off your donations to Bluegrass Family Allergy.…
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Our office will be closed on Friday and Saturday, October 13-14. Dr. Brauer has been invited to sit on the National Advisory Board for pharmaceuticals meeting this weekend. She hates to close the office on short notice, but feels that she can ultimately help her patients and the allergy community greatly by attending this meeting.
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We’ve been seeing a quite a lot of exercise induced breathing symptoms with the dry fall weather, the onset of cooler air, and the coinciding fall cross-country and soccer seasons. You could have exercise asthma if you have coughing, wheezing, or a tight chest when you exercise, or within 5-20 minutes after exercise. The American…
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Boo! It’s Halloween time again—time for costumes, trick or treating, and going door to door. It’s one of my favorite times of the year, and the office staff plans on dressing up in celebration of the holiday. For those with food allergies, however, Halloween can be a trying time. Most smaller packaged candies don’t come…
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I get the question frequently from parents of babies and toddlers with wheezing—“Is this a sign of asthma? Is there any way to predict if the wheezing will go away? How long will we have to stay on medication?” Known risk factors for the development of asthma are Having a parent who has asthma A…
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