Entries by brianmillhollon

Why Do We Have Allergies?

When scientists set out to understand a challenging and complicated problem they frequently construct models to help the process of discovery. Models help us to visualize the big picture, and to see how individual pieces of information fit together. This is true when we try to understand allergy. Our immune system is a particularly complex bit […]

Pokemon Allergy

It is not every day that a physician from a small town like Ahwatukee gets to discover a new disease.  But this is just such a day and I would like to take this opportunity to announce the first reported case of Pokemon Allergy ©. The discovery began when a young man came to our allergy clinic complaining of itching and rash […]

Loosing the Tour de France Because of Allergies

I could not pass up the opportunity to comment on a news item that combines two of my favorite subjects: allergy and cycling. The Tour de France – arguable the hardest endurance sporting event in the history of particularly hard sporting events – concluded this week.  “The Tour” is a three week long cycling race.  Participants ride […]

Brown Cloud of the Apocalypse

It’s monsoon season in Arizona and this is what my phone screen has looked like for the past several days.                       And this is what all the fuss is about.                   From an allergy perspective, monsoon season is […]

Food Allergy for Beginners: Proteins

A Few Introductory Facts Living things, including you and the food you eat, are made up of proteins, fats, sugars (carbohydrates) and minerals. For the most part proteins – not sugars, fats, or minerals- cause food allergies. Proteins are like Lego creations. They are large, complex structures made up of a slew of small, simple units […]

Steroids: Angel or Demon?

Steroids Everywhere If you have suffered with allergies or asthma for any time, you have likely been prescribed a steroid medication of some kind, either as a steroid nasal spray, a steroid inhaler, a steroid eye drop, a steroid cream, or even a steroid tablet or injection. Are all these steroids safe?   Don’t they have […]