Your Flu Questions Answered

  It’s that time of the year again, where cough and cold season picks up. Allergies and asthma go hand in hand and those symptoms are often made worse as viruses, such as the flu, are spread. For those with asthma, like many of our patients, they are at especially high risk for flu complications and even in those without, the flu can still be deadly. As we head into flu season, Allergy & Asthma Specialist, Dr. Yogen Dave, answers some of the most common questions our patients ask about the flu and how to avoid it. When is the…
Dr. Yogen Dave: Allergy and Asthma Specialist at Advanced Specialty Care
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Topics: Allergy & Asthma, Blog, Dr. Yogen Dave, Ear, Nose & Throat

Do I Have Hives?

You're noticing that you have welts or raised patchy areas on the skin that show up in a variety of shapes and sizes in different areas of your body. And they are intensely itchy! You may be suffering from urticaria or hive.  These are very common, affecting up to 20% of the population at some point in their lifetime. But how can you tell that the rash you have are hives? How To Know If You Have Hives Hives can often be differentiated from other rashes in that individual hives almost always disappear within 24 hours. Although you can have hives for…
woman scratching hives on arm
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Topics: Allergy & Asthma, Blog, Dermatology, Dr. Yogen Dave

How Do I Know If I’m Allergic To Something?

Many people experience allergy symptoms in the spring and fall. But allergic reactions to foods, pets, and environmental factors can happen all year long. The key to avoiding allergic reactions is knowing what may be causing them – if it is an allergy at all. But finding the source of an allergic reaction can be challenging. Allergy Symptoms Allergic reactions can manifest in a number of different ways. Symptoms can include: Flush Hives Stomach cramping Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting Shortness of Breath Throat tightness Swelling …. and more Allergic reactions typically include at least one of the skin-related symptoms, though not…
Woman Checking Herself for Allergies
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Topics: Allergy & Asthma, Blog, Dr. Yogen Dave

Cigarette Smoke And Asthma

  By now, we are all well aware of the litany of concerns related to cigarette smoking, such as increased risks of heart disease, cancer, strokes, along with a number of other health-related concerns. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, smoking contributes to over 480,000 deaths per year. For people with asthma, it can be an additional complicating factor. The prevalence of asthma in the U.S. is estimated to be close to 9% of the population, meaning over 25 million Americans are affected by asthma. Unfortunately, here in Connecticut, the rates of asthma are even higher than…
Woman Smoking and Child Using Inhaler
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Topics: Allergy & Asthma, Blog, Dr. Yogen Dave

What Are The Signs Of An Asthma ‘Attack’?

Many of the people we see in our Norwalk asthma specialists’ office have asked about how they can better be aware of the early signs of asthma “attack”. Asthma is often described as a reversible disease, meaning that one can have periods of normal breathing mixed with exacerbations of mild to severe breathing difficulty. In some cases, asthma may lead to slowly worsening breathing trouble, but other times may cause sudden distress. Studies have shown that both children and adults have a poor perception of when their asthma is causing breathing difficulty. Many with asthma are unable to identify when they…
Girl Using Inhaler
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Topics: Allergy & Asthma, Blog, Dr. Yogen Dave
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