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  • Antibiotics – What, When, Why (and Why Not)

    Christi Pagett, MD, Deaconess Clinic West

    Antibiotics are a marvel of modern medicine and have saved millions of lives.  However, the overuse of antibiotics is harmful. Learn about proper use of antibiotics, preventing illnesses, and how to treat illnesses that don’t require antibiotics.
     

  • Tick Bites Can Cause Meat Allergies: All About Alpha-Gal

    Dr. Anne McLaughlin, Deaconess Clinic Allergy

    Food allergies and sensitivities are a common diagnosis in my office. Over the past eight years, I have seen a large increase in patients with a mammal meat allergy, caused by tick bites; specifically, this is an allergy to a carbohydrate in mammal meat called alpha-gal.
     

  • Managing Spring Allergies

    Anne McLaughlin, MD, Deaconess Clinic Allergist 

    Are you sneezing, sniffling and itching?  If not, you may be soon.  Even though winter has lasted a long time this year, the spring will be upon us in the near future.  

  • What To Expect With Allergy Shots

    Majed Koleilat, MD, & Shannon Vickers, NP, Deaconess Clinic Allergy
     
    If your allergy symptoms aren’t always managed through medications and avoidance, a next step may be allergy immunotherapy (allergy injections).  Allergy injections, commonly called allergy shots, are a way to make you less allergic to certain allergens.

  • Winter Is A Great Time for Allergy Testing

    Jason White, MD, & Shannon Vickers, NP, Deaconess Clinic Allergy
     
    Many people know they have allergies because at of sneezing, itching and other symptoms that make miserable (especially if they happen at the same time each year). However, figuring out what allergens are the problem can be a guessing game without testing.  Winter can be a great time for allergy testing. 

  • Are E-Cigarettes/Vaping “Better” Than Regular Cigarettes?

    David Ryon, MD, Deaconess Pulmonary and Critical Care
     
    As a doctor specializing in lung diseases, I have seen the negative outcomes resulting from tobacco use. Many patients ask me if “vaping” is better than cigarettes. I tell them the answer is complex.
     

  • Managing & Treating Chronic Sinusitis

    Todd Wannemuehler, MD, Deaconess Clinic ENT
     
    As an ENT (ear/nose/throat specialist, also called an otolaryngologist), with specialized training in sinus care, I’ve seen many patients with ongoing and chronic sinus issues, so I know the misery that sinus problems can cause.

  • Spread Fun, Not Flu

    Kathryn Ekstrom, MD, Pediatrics & Internal Medicine, Deaconess Clinic Morganfield


    I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to be sick with the flu.  A week or more of serious body aches, coughing, fever, etc. is not how I want to spend my time. Be prepared by getting your flu vaccine before flu season starts! 

  • Schedule Online Now – Making Health Care More Convenient

    Amanda Bohleber, MD, Deaconess Clinic Medical Director
     
    It’s never been easier to schedule an appointment with a Deaconess doctor or service. Online scheduling is convenient, helps busy families and people on the go, and improves access to the care you need--when and where you need it.
     

  • Managing Spring Allergies

    Anne McLaughlin, MD Deaconess Clinic Allergist 

    Are you sneezing, sniffling and itching? You’re in good company right now, in large part due to the high tree pollen counts. This year’s spring allergy season started late due to the prolonged winter season.  All the trees were delayed in pollinating, so everything bloomed at once, leading to misery for those with spring allergies.

  • Know Where to Go For Care

    Amanda Bohleber, MD, Medical Director, Deaconess Clinic

    A doctor—and mom—shares her tips for choosing the right care at the right time at the right place.

  • Making the Most of Your Doctor’s Appointment

    Ankita Bahuva, MD, Internal Medicine, Deaconess Clinic Downtown

    Your doctors’ appointments are an important and valuable time to connect with your doctor, share your perspective and information, and learn from your doctor’s expertise.  The best appointments happen when patients are very prepared.
     

  • Sneezing, runny nose, feeling miserable…is it a cold or allergies?

    Jason White, MD Deaconess Clinic Allergist

    “Doc, I’m miserable.  Do I have a cold or allergies?”
    I hear this question a lot.  The last thing anyone wants is a runny nose and constant sneezing to make the winter more drawn out and miserable.
     

  • Ragweed Allergy Options for Children: Ease the Sneeze

    Majed Koleilat, MD   Allergy and Immunology, Deaconess Clinic
     
    Ragweed is a pervasive flowering plant that is nearly inescapable and the cause of allergies worldwide.  Allergens and ragweed specifically can be especially dangerous for children.  Allergic symptoms can manifest differently in children, and since children spend more time outside, they are therefore subject to more ragweed exposure.  

  • Managing Fall Allergy Season

    Jason White, MD Deaconess Clinic Allergy & Immunology

    As we head into the autumn season, people who haven’t had any sneezes and sniffles all year may begin to experience allergies.  

  • Heave Those Hives: Five Ways to Combat the Itch

    Majed Koleilat, MD  Allergy/Immunology, Pediatric Allergy/Immunology

    Those tingling red swollen bumps that you may mistake for mosquito bites might just be urticaria (hives). Characterized by sudden itchy red bumps that change shape and turn white if pressed (called blanching), hives are uncomfortable, annoying and troublesome.    

  • Managing Spring Allergies

    Anne McLaughlin, MD Deaconess Clinic Allergist 

    Does this spring find you sneezing, sniffling and itching?  You’re in good company right now, in large part due to the high tree pollen counts.  This year’s allergy season is a little bit late due to the cold winter; however, once it started, it hit suddenly and hard.

  • Fight the Mites! Six Medical Advances to Beat Dust Mite Allergies

    Majed Koleilat, MD  Allergy/Immunology, Pediatric Allergy/Immunology 
    According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, dust mites are the single most common cause of household allergies…provoking sneezing, runny or stuffy noses, and itchy or watery eyes. Most people with this allergy aren’t allergic to dust particles, but to tiny animals called dust mites.  

  • New Allergy Treatment: Sublingual Immunotherapy

    Dr. Majed Koleilat, Allergist at Deaconess Clinic

    Allergy season is in full swing.  Most of the tree allergy season is past, but now people who are allergic to grasses are starting to suffer. The options to treat allergies--for decades—have been the use of antihistamine medications and intranasal steroids/antihistamines to help reduce symptoms, as well as allergy shots (immunotherapy) which help your body stop reacting to allergens.

  • Surviving Allergy Season

    Dr. Jason White, Deaconess Clinic Allergy & Immunology​

    If you are prone to seasonal allergies, there are some things you can do to help reduce your suffering. 

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