Entries by brianmillhollon

Update: Allergen Immunotherapy During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Like many, we are carefully evaluating any activity that might increase the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus for our patients. Under these extraordinary but hopefully temporary circumstances our office is making the following modifications to the allergy immunotherapy administration schedule for the months of March and April. These temporary changes will have minimal […]

TeleMedicine Appointments Are Now Available

You can now schedule a new patient consultation or follow-up visit with Dr. Millhollon without having to come into the office and at a time that is convenient, including nights and weekends. For more information, call our office at 705-8844 or send us a note at mail@allergywise.com.

Coronavirus Update

As the global and local effect of coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, our practice is firmly committed to the health and safety of our patients. We are closely monitoring the changing situation and complying with recommendations from the CDC and The Arizona Health Department.    In addition, we are implementing the following change to our […]

Wine Allergy

Wine is made from grapes and like grape, true allergic reactions are, thankfully, rare. If a grape allergy is suspected, it can be easily ruled out or confirmed with an allergy skin test. Many people do however complain of problems when they drink wine and yet are not allergic to grape. If these reactions to […]

Beer Allergy

Beer is the third most popular beverage, behind water and tea. In spite of this, true allergic reactions to beer are rare. Beer contains four primary ingredients:  Water, malted barley, yeast, and hops. Barely that has been partially sprouted and then dried is called malt. Malting develops enzymes that break down the starches in the […]

Alcohol Allergy

Can you be allergic to alcohol?  The short answer is, “Yes”.  The full picture is a bit more complicated. To start we need to distinguish true allergic reactions to alcohol from what we might broadly call “adverse reactions”. In an adverse reaction, bad things happen when you consume an alcoholic drink but the mechanism for […]

What is Histamine?

Histamine is the nemesis of people with allergies and the allergists that care for them. Think of any allergic symptom and it is probably caused by histamine.  Histamine in the nose causes itching, sneezing, dripping, and congestion.  In the gastrointestinal system, it causes cramping pain, diarrhea, and vomiting.  In the skin, it causes itching, flushing, […]

Sesame Seed Allergy

Sesame seed is a common ingredient in our diet. It is also one of the most common causes of serious allergic reactions, particularly in children. When thinking of sesame seed one of the first images to come to mind are the tiny seeds added to bread, buns, and crackers. An estimated 75% of Mexico’s sesame […]

Diagnosing Food Allergy: The Food Challenge

Fourteen year old Hanna was at the mall with friends when she discovered she was allergic to macadamia nut.  This fact became clear when she nearly died. She had only taken a few bites of the ice cream with macadamia nut from Cold Stone Creamery.  She had eaten a variety of nuts on numerous occasions […]