Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes the skin to become red, scaly, bumpy and irritated. It is not contagious but it tends to run in families with a history of eczema or other conditions such as hay fever and asthma, and certain triggers can make it worse, such as stress, allergies and sweating.
If you have asthma, you know all too well how scary an asthma attack can be. If you don’t have asthma, it’s hard to fully appreciate what it’s like not to be able to breathe and the panic that can cause. As an allergist/immunologist asthma specialist, I hear statements like this a lot from my patients with asthma, which is why I offer this blog to help people understand what things can trigger an asthma attack and just as importantly, how to avoid them.
If you’ve ever had a wart, you know how unsightly, painful and downright annoying it can be. You just want it to go away, fast. Unfortunately, getting rid of warts is often a slow process, but it can be done. At Westchester Health, we’ve pooled our most effective treatments, both at-home remedies and those administered by a physician, and we share those with you here.
As a dermatologist, whenever I ask people what they think is the most common type of cancer, they usually say breast cancer, lung cancer or prostate cancer. But in fact, skin cancer is the most common. Not only that, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. Continue reading →
At Westchester Health, we have a lot of patients come to us wanting relief for their psoriasis, a common but chronic skin condition that’s primarily caused by an overactive immune system which produces inflammation, triggering new skin cells to form too quickly. Normally, skin cells are replaced every 10-30 days but with psoriasis, new cells grow every 3-4 days. It’s the buildup of old cells being replaced by new ones that signals psoriasis.
Most people think that spring and summer are the worst seasons for allergies, but fall is not far behind, bringing with it these unpleasant and annoying symptoms:
- Watery, itchy, irritated eyes
- Runny nose
- Nasal congestion
- Rashes or hives
- Itchy throat
- In severe cases, trouble breathing or anaphylaxis (a life-threatening allergic reaction)
Even though ice, snow and freezing temperatures bring an end to pollen, many people still suffer from winter allergies, primarily due to more time spent indoors. In fact, the most common allergens—house dust mites, animal dander, cockroach droppings, fabric fiber, bacteria and forced-air furnaces circulating airborne dust—are actually worse in winter when there is less ventilation. For allergy sufferers, the old saying “Home is where the heart is” could be “Home is where the allergens are.”
For many people with allergies, spring is the worst season of the year. But here at Westchester Health, we’ve observed that for a large number of our patients, fall is right behind it in severity. People with nasal and eye allergies, as well as asthma, often suffer throughout the fall, from late August thru November.
At Westchester Health, we see a lot of kids with asthma and a lot of worried parents wondering how to treat and/or prevent this disease. To help kids and their parents know how to manage this challenging condition, Mason Gomberg, MD, a pediatrician in our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, offers the following information, tips and advice in a recent blog.
If you have seasonal allergies, you know awful they can make your life, especially in summertime when you really want to be outdoors. They can make you feel tired, keep you from sleeping at night and negatively effect the way you function at work. Here at Westchester Health, a good number of our patients suffer from seasonal allergies, especially pollen. What we’ve found over the years is that if people can make certain adjustments to their lifestyles, they can minimize their exposure to a lot of the things that are making them sneeze, cough and feel miserable. We share those here: