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How does an EpiPen work? Sep 20th, 2020

When someone has a life-threatening reaction that is allergy-related, they are usually given an auto-injectable pen of epinephrine. The question, what does this pen do? First, we need to understand what is happening in a life-threatening reaction. 2 types of immune cells called basophils and Mast cells, have become activated...

What is a food allergy? Sep 16th, 2020

We all hear about increasing allergies to peanuts and other foods, but what does that mean exactly? Well in allergy, we split allergic reactions into 4 classes of hypersensitivities, labeled I-IV. Usually, when describing a food allergy, we are talking about a type I hypersensitivity. Essentially, the body felt “threatened”...

The new FDA approved peanut treatment Sep 13th, 2020

Earlier this year, the FDA approved the first treatment for food allergies, Palforzia. The treatment is a version of oral immunotherapy, a form of food allergy treatment. It involves introducing a small amount of the protein of the food you may be allergic to, and slowly increasing as the immune...

Introducing Dr. Imam Sep 10th, 2020

Hi My name is Dr Waseem Imam, I’m a board-certified physician with specialities in Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, Internal Medicine, and Obesity Medicine. I live in the world of allergy: how the immune system interacts with the environment. My field leads me into several diseases, ranging from skin issues (hives and...

Reviewing all the different types of Asthma Inhalers Apr 17th, 2020

I may a quick video explaining all the different types of inhalers.    Reviewing All the Asthma Inhalers    

How do Asthma Inhalers work? Apr 17th, 2020

This video explains how asthma inhalers work: https://youtu.be/9NFTCJhidHQ   Just as a summary really quick I go through it here.  The main problem with asthma is a narrow airway, that is preventing decent airflow and preventing proper air removal from the lungs. This occurs via two way, 1) the airways...