Entries by brianmillhollon

Why Am I Short of Breath?

Few experiences are more frightening than not being able to breath. We give little thought to the dozen or so breaths we take each minute of our lives …until there is not enough. And then, If our supply of air is threatened for even a moment, we cannot think about anything else.  Shortness of breath […]

Asthma and COVID-19: What Is The Risk?

Are Asthmatics at High Risk Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our patients have asked if having asthma places them in the “high risk” group, those that are more likely to become infected with the virus and if they get sick, to have a severe illness leading to hospitalization, respiratory failure and even death. […]

Plantago ovata

Plantago ovata is a weed native to the southwestern United States. It’s seeds have been used for food by native populations in Arizona and is a common source of psyillium – a dietary fiber found in products such as Metamucil. Following a wet winter, Plantago ovata can be found growing wild in the desert and […]

Desert Laxative

When I first moved to Arizona from New Orleans where I was finishing training at Tulane, I began to familiarize myself with the local weeds, trees, and grasses that were important causes of allergy problems in the Southwest.  Some plants were on every local allergist’s list of important allergenic plants, and although some of the […]

Update: Allergen Immunotherapy During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Begining June 1, the temporary modification to the allergy immunotherapy administration schedule will end. While we will continue to follow all guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the Arizona Health Departement to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission to our patients and staff, we will cautiously resume our normal […]

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 […]