Blog Archive

Can You Develop Food Allergies as an Adult? Oct 1st, 2019

Many parents know to watch for signs of an allergic reaction with their babies and young children, such as hives, shortness of breath, gastrointestinal issues, and more. What they may not realize is that they themselves could also acquire a food allergy at any time.  Here at our offices of...

Back-to-School Tips for Kids With Asthma and Allergies Sep 1st, 2019

Back-to-school season is an exciting time for parents and many children who look forward to meeting new teachers and seeing their friends again after a long summer break. But, if your child has asthma and allergies, going back to school can also mean more exposure to irritants and triggers. Here...

Lifestyle Changes That Can Help Alleviate Eczema Symptoms Aug 9th, 2019

It’s normal to have occasional itching due to dry skin, sunburn, or a bug bite. However, eczema is a much more serious condition that causes chronically itchy dry skin that can become raw, inflamed, and scaly. It’s estimated that 31.6 million people in the United States have some form of...

What is Immunotherapy and Can it Really Cure My Allergies Jul 23rd, 2019

For many periodic allergy sufferers, medication adequately controls symptoms, including itching, sneezing, and watery eyes. But many others don’t enjoy sufficient relieve and are forced to spend entire seasons hiding from pollen or enduring year-round discomfort that puts a major damper on daily activities. If you are among this group,...

The Ugly Truth About Summer Allergies Jun 5th, 2019

Seasonal allergies can potentially cause unwanted appearance changes. As if a runny nose and red eyes weren’t enough to ruin your warm-weather look, summer allergies can bestow even more than you’ve bargained for this year. In fact, some unusual symptoms can leave you looking like you lost a round in...

Know What Resources Help Protect Against Asthma Attacks May 20th, 2019

About 26 million Americans suffer from asthma – 19 million adults and 7 million children – and it is a leading cause of lost days at work and school. Many people who suffer from asthma feel as though their symptoms, and even treatment, are set in stone by their allergist...

Do I Have To Choose Between My Pets & My Allergic Friends? May 18th, 2019

Some of us are a part of the lucky few who don’t suffer from traditional allergies, allowing us to go about our lives much more easily than our allergic friends. One perk those of us get is being able to live with our loving pets and their dander without having...

Dr. Siri Discusses OIT with the Milk Allergy Mom May 13th, 2019

Dareen D. Siri, M.D., FAAAAI, FACAAI Dr. Dareen D. Siri is a specialist in Pediatric and Adult Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology. After attending the University of California School of Medicine, she finished her residency at Brown University – Rhode Island & Miriam Hospitals and had a fellowship with the University...

Smartphone Apps Helpful for Allergies & Asthma Mar 11th, 2019

Android & iPhone Compatible Apps: YUMMLY – “Yummly is your smart cooking sidekick, offering personalized guidance every step of the way. From recipe recommendations just for you, to handy tools and helpful videos, Yummly has everything you need to improve life in the kitchen.” Learn more here.ALLERGYSAFE – “AllergySafe is a mobile application...

Dr. Siri Discusses Indoor Allergies Mar 4th, 2019

Dr. Dareen Siri Dr. Dareen D. Siri is a specialist in Pediatric and Adult Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology. After attending the University of California School of Medicine, she finished her residency at Brown University – Rhode Island & Miriam Hospitals and had a fellowship with the University of South Florida...

Dr. Kaufmann Discusses Allergy Testing During OIT Mar 4th, 2019

Robert Kaufmann, MD Dr. Robert Kaufmann is a specialist in Pediatric and Adult Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, along with a detailed history working with Maternal Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics, and Gynecology. After attending the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine for his medical school, residency, and fellowship, he continued on for...

Educators Play a Crucial Role in Helping Students with Allergies and Asthma Feb 18th, 2019

While parents play a critical role in noticing their child’s interactions throughout the day, another person also takes on this key position for a child’s day-to-day life: teachers. Although difficult at times, teachers and other instructors are oftentimes some of the primary people to notice a child’s symptoms due to...

Leave Your Sweetie Breathless on Valentine’s Day… but Not From an Allergic Response! Jan 28th, 2019

It’s tough to plan a flawless date for that special valentine when allergies and asthma can get in the way. Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year,...

Make Your Child’s Room an Allergy-Free Zone This Winter Jan 21st, 2019

Keeping kids inside their rooms to escape the winter’s cold seems like a good idea, but parents may be unknowingly exposing children to allergy and asthma triggers. Winter weather means more time inside, and, for children with indoor allergies, it’s important that the many hours spent in the bedroom sleeping,...

Start the New Year with Better Breathing and Less Sneezing and Wheezing Dec 27th, 2018

As people gear up for the holidays, many are also thinking about the beginning of the year – and New Year’s resolutions. “Getting healthy” is a big one, and although most people know what they need to do to get healthier, they also know it’s not necessarily easy to make...

Fa-la-lah-choo! Allergic to the Holidays? Dec 24th, 2018

During December, many of the 50 million allergy sufferers in the United States may feel as though they’ve just recovered from their fall allergy symptoms when a whole new round of allergies crop up. Indoor allergy and asthma triggers can strike year-round round, and can hit especially hard at gatherings...

MASA Christmas Caroling Sponsorship Dec 18th, 2018

MASA is currently sponsoring local schools’ Christmas carols for the holiday season.Happy holidays!

Dr. Siri Reflects on the Life of an Allergist with ISAAI Dec 18th, 2018

Throughout the year, there have been a number of groundbreaking advancements in the world of medicine. Of course allergies, asthma, and immunology have been the center of a great deal of conversation, especially here at MASA.Below is a statement issued by Dr. Siri reflecting on the life of an allergist/immunologist...

Dr. Bob & Allergy Support Group Dec 17th, 2018

Catch a glimpse of Dr. Bob meeting with some allergy support group members!

Dr. Kaufmann Discusses Food Allergy Treatment Dec 3rd, 2018

Watch Dr. Kaufmann speak with the Milk Allergy Mom about food allergy treatments and desensitization!

Peanut Allergy AR101 Oral Immunotherapy Dec 3rd, 2018

Currently, there are no approved treatment options for those afflicted with a peanut allergy. This particular allergy greatly affects those who are at risk for unpredictable and life-threatening allergic reactions. The team of Dr. Siri and her supporting providers/staff are excited to announce the publication of the PALISADE study in...

Leave Winter Allergy and Asthma Misery Out in the Cold Nov 19th, 2018

1. Did you know... House dust mites are the most common cause of allergic rhinitis in the United States. 2. Over 80% of households... Over 4 out of 5 U.S. households contained detectable levels of dust mites. 3. Only 50% of patients... Only 5 out of 10 patients with allergic...

Give Thanks and Be Merry with Sneeze-Free Holidays Nov 12th, 2018

The hustle and bustle of the holiday activities from shopping to hosting and attending parties make this time of year stressful enough without having to think about allergies and asthma. But for the millions who suffer, ‘tis the season of sneaky triggers which can be found in everything from dusty decorations...

Best Halloween treat? Enjoying allergy-free fun! Oct 8th, 2018

Every year around Halloween there is lots of hype about costumes, parties, candy and haunted houses. But kids with allergies and asthma sometimes fear that an ingredient in candy or allergy triggers from a costume could start their allergy and asthma symptoms. There are some simple ways to keep kids...

Allergists Offer Ragweed Survival Guide Sep 17th, 2018

Hay Fever Relief Possible with Simple Steps! August marked the start of misery for as many as one in five Americans who suffer from hay fever, also called seasonal illergic rhinitis. That’s because ragweed, the main cause of hay fever, begins blooming around August 15, and, in one day, each...

What Is Eosinophilic Esophagitis? Sep 10th, 2018

Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) is an inflammatory disorder of the esophagus. Eosinophils are white blood cells that are active in multiple inflammatory and allergic disorders. In EoE, eosinophils travel to the esophagus where they are not normally present. Chronic inflammation of the esophagus leads to a variety of symptoms, including trouble...

MASA Recognizes National Penicillin Allergy Day Sep 10th, 2018

Midwest Allergy Sinus Asthma, SC Observes National Penicillin Allergy Day On September 28th, MASA joins key initiative to educate the public on penicillin allergy and testing… Midwest Allergy Sinus Asthma, SC is participating in the second annual National Penicillin Allergy Day, a national awareness day to help educate the healthcare community,...