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, […]
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 […]
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.
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, […]
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 […]
Spring is on its way! While many people look forward to this season of renewal, warm weather and beautiful blossoms, for those with allergies it can be something to dread. At Westchester Health, our patients with eye, nose and respiratory spring allergies usually find themselves symptomatic from late March until late May, although the onset […]
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.
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.