How to Stay Mosquito Bite-Free This Spring and Summer!

The pesky mosquitoes are getting ready for their annual comeback, especially since the weather has been warmer, and in some cases wet. QUESTION: So who is tastier, men or women? And is there real scientific data about which sex gets bitten more frequently? ANSWER: Yes and No. Bug researchers seem to think that about one in ten people may be “extremely attractive” to biting mosquitoes and “larger” individuals give off more carbon dioxide and there may (adults more so than children) increase your chances of bites. […]
By |May 23rd, 2011|Allergy News, Allergy Tips, FAQs, Seasonal Allergies|Comments Off on How to Stay Mosquito Bite-Free This Spring and Summer!

Can your flavored coffee drink worsen your seasonal allergies?

Well the quick answer is maybe. It is estimated that up to one half of those who suffer with seasonal allergies to pesky tree, grass and weed pollens each year may succumb to “oral allergy syndrome”. That’s right! Due to a “cross-reaction” between proteins in fresh fruit, some vegetables, nuts (including hazelnut and almond which may be found in coffee beverages) and even spices, the immune system believes it may be under attack. The verdict may be “oral allergy symptoms” such as tingling, itchiness of the lips, tongue, mouth and even throat after the ingestion of […]
By |April 3rd, 2011|Allergy News, Allergy Tips, FAQs, Food Allergies, Seasonal Allergies|Comments Off on Can your flavored coffee drink worsen your seasonal allergies?

What’s Your Allergy IQ? Take the Quiz.

Allergens can be lurking anywhere, but for millions of Americans it is the change of season that gets us. Dr. Bassett was recently invited on Fox Health News to test Dr. Manny Alvarez on his Seasonal Allergy IQ. You can take the Seasonal Allergy IQ Quiz below and then watch the video to find out the answers: 1) Which kind of greenery does not cause Spring Allergies? a) Trees b) Grasses c) Ragweed 2) If you are prone to allergies, the worst time to jog is… a. Morning b. Midday c. Dusk 3) Which of the following increases allergens in your home? a. Clutter b. Wall-to-wall carpeting c. Your pet d. All of the above 4) Which of the following foods can amplify Spring […]
By |March 13th, 2011|Allergy News, Allergy Tips, FAQs, FOX News|Comments Off on What’s Your Allergy IQ? Take the Quiz.

Can some people really be allergic to sex?

Dutch researchers recently set out to document the allergic reaction to sex — which can last as long as a week — and test a common allergy treatment in their 45 Dutch male participants. Men who feel sick immediately after sex may have a rare allergy to their own semen. The mysterious disorder, known as post orgasmic illness syndrome or POIS, causes flu-like symptoms including fever, runny nose, stinging eyes and sudden intense fatigue after an orgasm. “Some of the symptoms may be very confusing to the clinician, especially […]
By |January 18th, 2011|Allergy News, FAQs|Comments Off on Can some people really be allergic to sex?

Is it a cold or an allergy?

How Healthy Are You: Colds Always Involve Itchy Eyes, Nose & Throat Clifford Bassett, MD, Medical Director, Allergy & Asthma Care of New York and Faculty at the NYU School of Medicine, recently appeared on the Dr. Oz Show. While on the set Dr. Bassett was invited to explain how colds that always include itchy eyes and an itchy nose and throat can affect your health.
By |January 7th, 2011|Allergy News, Allergy Tips, Dr Oz Show, FAQs|Comments Off on Is it a cold or an allergy?

How To Avoid Christmas Tree and Holiday Allergies!

Rule # 1 – Keep your decorations “off season” in enclosed containers, this will reduce dust and mildew from accumulating – and avoid sniffles when opened. Rule # 2 – Avoid artificial “snow sprays” that can aggravate your sinuses, eyes and cause annoying respiratory symptom including cough. Rule # 3 – Watch out for those lovely holiday like “poinsettias”, if you have skin allergies, especially if you have a sensitivity to rubber, it may cause a itchy rash. Rule # 4 – Don’t bring in wood for the fireplace until needed, it […]
By |December 15th, 2010|Allergy News, Allergy Tips, FAQs, Food Allergies, Indoor Allergies, Material Allergy, Plant Allergies, Seasonal Allergies|Comments Off on How To Avoid Christmas Tree and Holiday Allergies!

Dr. Bassett Discusses Holiday Allergies with Dr. Max Gomez on CBS New York HealthWatch

Seems that allergies are not just a springtime problem. Turns out this is a big allergy season too. It’s about all the things that make this a special time of year, and for some people, a pretty miserable one too, Dr. Max Gomez reports. ‘Tis the season to bring out your inner Martha Stewart – wreaths, candles, that beautifully decorated tree, all part of the holiday spirit. And for some people, they’re all part of a season of “a lot of itchy eyes, swollen eyes I would say definitely the big one. Not so much breathing, sometimes sneezing […]
By |December 7th, 2010|Allergy News, Allergy Tips, CBS New York, FAQs, Indoor Allergies, Material Allergy, Plant Allergies, Seasonal Allergies, TV Appearances|Comments Off on Dr. Bassett Discusses Holiday Allergies with Dr. Max Gomez on CBS New York HealthWatch

How To Prevent Common Colds

AOL Health says Cure for Common Cold May Be Close. “Obviously this is of great interest to anyone who suffers from the common cold, which is pretty much everyone,” Dr. Cliff Bassett, the medical director of Allergy & Asthma Care of New York, told AOL Health. “If this can be done safely and cost-effectively, they’ve got a home run. But it remains to be seen.”  In the meantime, here are Dr Clifford Bassett’s recommendations to avoid catching a cold… Tip number 1 – Wash […]

How To Prevent Getting a Cold

Okay, now this is certainly not an exact “science”. However, we know that some of the following strategies have been shown in various studies to perhaps help you reduce your need for boxes and boxes of facial tissues and just in general feeling “lousy” for a week or so after succumbing to the “common cold”. Get enough sleep and rest can help you and your immune system. Not an easy task in our every multi-tasking society. A healthful diet abundant of (colorful) fruits and vegetables with their numerous […]

Halloween Fun for Children with Food Allergies

On Halloween, parents of food-allergic children must be extra vigilant to ensure their child is not at risk of a reaction. The AAAAI offers these tips for creating a safe Halloween for food-allergic children: Accompany younger children as they trick-or-treat and send older children out with a group of friends. Don’t allow your child to trick-or-treat alone. Verify that adults or friends with your child understand his or her food allergies and what to do in an emergency. Make sure your […]