Texas Allergy


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Board Certified Adult and Pediatric Allergist and Immunologist

The providers at Texas Allergy Group are well-versed in the recognition and management of Allergic Inflammatory Diseases that encompass several organ systems. Control of organ inflammation and its subsequent complications is our goal.


Discussions about current health issues with Dr. Nguyen




EpiPen Still Potent 4 Years After Expiration Date

Epipen has increased its price 4 folds since 2007 causing outrage from patients who rely on them as a quick life saving measure to reverse their serious allergic reaction as many insurances drop its coverage. A team at University of California, San Diego stuided expired EpiPen found out at after 50 months or more than 4 years after expiration date, they are still potent. However, since there are no official recommendations on how to use expired Epipen, it is good to keep them as back up.

EpiPens still potent 4 years after expiration date, study says

EpiPen products can deliver an effective dose long after they have expired, according to a study published Monday.


Finally Scientist Is Able To Prove That Cold Weather Can Make You Sick

When the weatther changes and it gets colder in the winter, you get sick more often. We say you get a cold! Interestinly, what seems to be the coincidence of getting sick during cold season is that cold weather makes your immune system weak. Recently, a team of researcher at Yale University discovered that low temperatures weaken the nose mucosa's defense making it susceptible to viral infections. See more below.


OTC Allergy Medications Might Not Be Enough For Most Patients

Study data presented at the recent American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology in November 2015 shows that most patients taking OTC allergy medications do not do well compared to prescribed medications. It is the good start but when symptoms persist, it should be time to see an allergy specialist. Medication can ease symptoms but allergy shots offer a sustained long-term relief .


Myth About Hypoallergenic Dogs

Pet lovers would want to believe in hypoallergenic cats and dogs. Unforturnately, there are none. Below are 15 cat and dog breeds that are often incorrectly claimed to not cause allergies. More from article below.


Allergies Are Actually On Rise Due To Worsening Pollens Load

Why allergies get worse and worse each year? Is it really getting worse or a case of media hyperbolic coverage? See below.


Revisit Our Gut Microbiome

Of course indeginous people's gut microbiome is more diverse than ours because our environment is more clean and we have antibiotics to treat infections. However, at the same time, it looks like modern human beings get more diseases related to the immune system like Crohn's disease, multiple sleroris, and of course, allergies. Although those are all hypothesis that clean environment make us have more allergies but many evidences have pointed toward this interesting subject. More in article below.


Beside Relieving Physical Pain, Tylenol Might Dull Emotional Pain Too

The interesting about medicine and knowledge in general is there are a lot that we don't know and a lot to learn despite all of our scientific advances. Who would think that a common pain killer pill like Tylenol could also dull our emotional pain. Feel humble by how much we don't know. More from this article below.  


Spring Allergy Interview With Dr. Nguyen On Houston Fox Morning News

Dr. Nguyen went on local news station to talk about this Spring allergy season. Follow Dr. Nguyen on this video link below.


What Is Pollen? Why Does It Cause So Much Problems?

Pollens! Where do they come from? Why those tiny particles cause us so much problems? Find out about it on these 2 short videos below.


Treating Your Spring Allergies With Over-the-counter Medications

Many good medications using to treat allergy symptoms are now available over the counter. As Spring season comes with many people getting their allergy flaring up, it is good to know how to use these OTC medications to its best.


Early Peanut Consumption Might Prevent Peanut Allergy

Contrary to general belief, early peanut consumption in Infants might actually prevent development of peanut allergy. Study says.


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Tips On Dealing With Spring Allergy 

Spring allergy is in full swing now. This article below has tips on how to deal with allergies during this season.


Revisit of Hygiene Hypothesis

It was first proposed by David P. Strachan in 1989 in the British Medical Journal when he observed higher rate of asthma and allergic diseases in family with higher number of siblings. We have gone a long way since then in understanding about how our immune system develops and its interaction with the bacteria that cohabits within our body, or also called the bacterial microbiome. Below is more information on hygiene hypothesis presented at the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology last week in Houston, TX. 


The Bugs That Live Within Us

Reading my first post in November 2014 reminds me of an article back in July 2014 about how changes in our microbiome could lead to an increase of several modern day diseases like diabetes, obesity, celiac disease, allergic diseases and asthma. There are about 100 trillion bacteria living within each person. That means there are about 10 bacterial cells for every one human cell although overall, they are weighted about 3 lbs only. Microbiome is the collection of bacteria within our body. Recent data has indicated that lost of microbiota variety resulted from antibiotic overuse early in life and C-section might contribute to an increase in asthma, allergic diseases. Interestingly, recent studies have found that obese and normal-weight individuals have a quite different gut microbiome. More from article below. 


Year Round Allergy Sufferers Might Have Mold Allergies

Symptoms of mold spore allergies are similar to seasonal allergy sufferers except that symptoms are all-year-round. It can be presented with sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes that last longer than highly polinated Spring, Summer or Fall season. Response to treatment varies from patients to patients. More from article below.


Vaccuuming and Dusting Can Stir Up Dust Particles Making Dust Allergy Symptoms Worse

Dust allergy is allergic disease due to dust particles, mostly inside of your home. Dust particles are collections of different types of allergens from dust mites, pet hairs, cockroach, to mold spores, pollens. High efficiency air filter together with keeping the bedroom clean and minimized home humidity seem to be the most cost effective way of controlling dust in your house. More below.


Tips on Coping With Asthma During Winter

Cold, dry air and many other triggers can exacerbate patients with asthma due to their sensitive and inflamed airways. Watch below for tips to cope with asthma during winter by Dr. Stanley Fineman, past president of the American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology.


Allergies Are Not Well Understood in Many Doctors

A recent study presented at the American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology at Atlanta in 2014 shows many misperceptions about allergic diseases by primary care physicians that can be simple to change. 


Although Rare, Stinging Insect Allergy Can Be Dangerous

Insect sting allergy to wasp, hornet, yellow jacket and honeybee is rare nowsaday. Reactions to insect sting are due to its venom, which contains several vasoactive amines such as histamine, dopamine, norepinephrine and other unidentified proteins. All of us would develop a local swelling at the stinging site due to its venom. However, in rare cases, a systemic reaction can develop. Dangerous symptoms are nausea, vomiting, genalized hives and shortness of breath, wheezing or even anaphylatic shock. Estimated lethal dose is aproximately 20 stings/kg in most mamals. Allergist can desensitize allergy to insect sting if you have systemic symptoms to it. In the US, there are at least 40-100 fatal stings every year. Last week story about a fatal peanut allergy case remind me of this tragic story back in July 2014 of a fatal reaction due to repeatedly stung by wasps of a Quebec mayor while she was gardening in her own home.


Quick Use of Epinephrine for Severe Allergic Reaction Is Equally Important

When there is a severe allergic reaction like in food allergy reaction, quick use of epinephrine autoinjector is equally important. Delay use of it could lead to more severe reaction that will be hard to reverse.


Experts Urge Quick Use of Epinephrine for Severe Allergic Reactions

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People having a severe allergic reaction need immediate treatment with the medication epinephrine, newly released guidelines say. But, not all medical personnel are aware of the importance of epinephrine, according to the guideline authors.


Food Allergy Is Dangerous

Food allergy is real and is dangerous. Carrying epinephrine autoinjector is a life saving measure. However when a reaction occurs, beside early use of epipen, calling for help is also important.


Peanut Allergy Kills 19-Year-Old College Student

The recent death of a 19-year-old Michigan college student stemming from a severe peanut allergy, is now serving as a frightening reminder to parents of kids with food allergies. Chandler Swink, an Oakland University sophomore and aspiring nursing student, was taken off life support on Wednesday night


Holiday Allergy-Free Recipes by the AAAAI

Living with food allergy during holiday seasons can be challenging since avoidance is currently the best way to prevent potential serious allergic reactions to foods. Below are recipes for patients with common allergies to milk, eggs, wheats, peanut and treenuts from the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology.

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Holiday Allergy-Free Recipes: Chocolate Strawberry Pancakes, Apricot Oat Bars, Potato Rice Pancakes, Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Sweet Potatoes, Rotini with Turkey and Veggies, Chocolate Snicker Doodle Cookies, Pumpkin Pie and Pumpkin Cookies.


Bacteria Microbiome in The Gut and How They Help Us Fighting Infection

Allergist and Immunologist have long suspected of the important role of the bacteria microbiome in our gut where the large congregates of immune cells are present all along the gut wall. Those aggregate of lymphocytes called Peyer's patches are thought to constantly interact and sample trillions of bacteria and their proteins to develop our own immune system, which might help fight off infection and prevent us from developing allergy. More from article below. 


How Bacteria In The Gut Help Fight Off Viruses

If it was a snake, it would have bitten us. The secret to stopping a deadly stomach virus may be sitting right there in our guts, scientists reported Thursday in the journal Science. Or more specifically, the treatment is in our microbiome - the trillions of bacteria that inconspicuously hang out in the GI tracts.