With so many drugs readily available today, from e-cigarettes to marijuana to opioids to a host of others, peer pressure for young people to use harmful substances seems more intense than ever. Are you worried that your teen or middle schooler is using drugs? At Westchester Health, we want you to know that we’re your […]
Many of my patients—especially those who smoke, used to smoke or who live with smokers—have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. COPD refers to a group of lung diseases, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis, that cause airflow obstruction and breathing-related problems.
The pediatricians of Westchester Health Pediatrics/Northwell Health Physician Partners do not condone the use of vaping. Vaping, particularly among teenagers, has become a national crisis. A new generation of young people is now getting hooked on nicotine, and in some cases, it’s costing them their lives. Something needs to be done, and fast, to convince […]
Most people acknowledge that cigarette smoking is bad for your health, but did you know that it is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States? It’s true—cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths every year (nearly 1 in 5 of all U.S. deaths). However, we at Westchester Health want to draw your attention […]
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 […]
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 Sneezing Headaches Rashes or hives Itchy throat In severe cases, trouble breathing or anaphylaxis (a life-threatening allergic reaction)
At Westchester Health, we often get questions from our parents who have noticed their child having trouble breathing, and they want to know if their he/she might have asthma or some other lung disease. After performing many in-depth tests, we sometimes find that the child has cystic fibrosis. Because many people are unfamiliar with this condition, […]
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 […]
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.