Dr. Bassett named “Best Allergist” in the June 2015 issue of New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors” issue.
Allergist Dr. Clifford Bassett tells the TODAY team how to prepare for the upcoming allergy season, with such suggestions as putting air purifiers in your home.
Winter is often a time to enjoy the beauty of nature’s scenes and children playing in the snow, but for those who suffer from cold induced hives, it can also be a time of fear and trepidation.
The condition is called cold urticarial and it presents itself in the form of a rash that is intensely itchy, and welts on the skin. It is often triggered by histamine being released, such as from an allergic reaction, and occurs most frequently in adults aged 20-40. The most common symptoms include localized hives after the skin is exposed to anything cold, such as air, water or car keys.
Every year without a doubt you probably hear these fearful words: “It’s going to be the worst allergy season ever.” Is it just a scare tactic or is there something to it? This year, science can back up the popular claim.
“There’s a couple factors,” Dr. Clifford Bassett, founder and medical director at Allergy and Asthma Care of New York, told weather.com. “One is the rising long term increase in carbon dioxide and its effect on increased production of pollen,” and another is what he calls “the priming effect.”
An anticipated study finds that feeding infants peanuts in the first year of life may prevent allergies in later childhood. Allergy expert Dr. Clifford Bassett discusses.
Ebola, Water Quality and Allergies are among the top 10 environmental health stories of 2014.“We’ve had record warm days, and as of result of that, greater healthier plants pollinating, record pollen counts and so forth,” he said of 2014. It also makes reactive plants, such as poison ivy, grow faster and become more toxic, he added. Read Dr. Bassett’s take on allergies here.
The Q&A videos filmed with Dr. Bassett in Dr. Oz’s studio greenroom in September during his recent appearance filmed on dairy allergies are now live on Sharecare.