Kids, Parents, Pulmonology, Teens

How Dangerous Are E-Cigarettes/Vaping?

Many people, especially teens, think that e-cigarettes are a safe alternative to smoking. Unfortunately, this is just not true. E-cigarettes are just another way of absorbing nicotine—a highly addictive drug—into your body. What exactly are e-cigarettes? Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are battery-powered smoking devices often designed to look and feel like regular cigarettes. They work by […]

Allergy and Immunology, Blog, Pulmonology

Why Do My Allergies Get Worse In The Winter?

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 and Immunology, Blog, Family Medicine, Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics, Pulmonology

How To Recognize And Avoid Asthma Triggers In Your Child

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.

Family Medicine, Infants/Toddlers, Kids, Parents, Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, Pulmonology, Teens

How To Help Your Child Recognize And Avoid Asthma Triggers

Does your child have chest tightness, shortness of breath or exercise intolerance? It might not be a stubborn cold that won’t go way — it might be asthma. Asthma has multiple causes, and it’s not unusual for two or more different causes to be present in one child. At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we see a […]

Blog, Cardiology, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pulmonology

How to Know If You Have High Blood Pressure

Did you know that high blood pressure (also known as hypertension), not heart attack or stroke, is the most common cardiovascular disease? And that if left untreated, it can lead to serious diseases including stroke, heart disease, kidney failure, eye problems…even death? In the U.S. alone, more than 30% of American adults have high blood pressure.

Blog, Pediatrics, Pulmonology

The Very Harmful Dangers Of Smoking For Teenagers

Fortunately, the rates of adolescents smoking tobacco have dipped slightly. But unfortunately, e-cigarette use (vaping) in middle and high school students tripled in 2014, reports Dr. Mason Gomberg, a pediatrician with Westchester Health Pediatrics, in his latest blog. This very alarming trend marks the first time that e-cigarette use surpassed traditional cigarettes.