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Neil Kao Medical Doctor

Specialty: Allergy & Immunology
California
"Dr. Neil Kao's Allergy and Asthma Website" This website contains information I have found to improve the care of patients with allergic diseases, such as allergic rhinitis (hay fever), chronic sinusitis (sinus infections), asthma, atopic dermatitis (allergic eczema), urticaria (hives)... Full Bio
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Drug Update: New Medications 2012 by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies 1.             ProAir HFA will begin to become available with a counter for the number of doses of albuterol remaining located in the actuator during Janua ... Read on »
What do I need to know about Lice? by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies This post was prompted first by my wife, who works as a school nurse, and told me about seeing a boy who had to be treated for both lice and scabies at the same time, and n ... Read on »
What do I need to know about buying the best bread? by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies 99% of my patients eat bread almost daily, which itself is not surprising, since we live in a westernized area with a very low percentage of Asians. Yet no one I've ... Read on »
Healthy Eating: 1. Definitions by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies Introduction The Allergy Dude has decided to write series of articles on healthy eating because the information available on the web is too scattered and variable, so h ... Read on »
Drug update and drug affordability advice by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies There has been a burst of news.  Let's get started, including some comments by The Allergy Dude!  1. The FDA approved a combination product of azelastine (Astelin or Ast ... Read on »
Olive oil points in favor by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies The Allergy Dude was going to summarize some of his reading about olive oil, when he realized that once again wikipedia has beaten him to the punch again.  No matter, give ... Read on »
Are there anti-oxidant vitamins to treat allergies or asthma? by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies My father asked The Allergy Dude recently this question.  What about vitamin E?  Some small trials and retrospective studies have been done to investigate if vitamins can r ... Read on »
Do hypoallergic pets exist? by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies Today's article is completely based on an article by Butt, Rashid and Lockey (in Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 2012; 108: 74-6) titled "Do hypoallergenic cats and dogs exist?" ... Read on »
National Health Interview Survey, United States, 1998--2009: Percentage of Children Aged less than... by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies I am copying the image and wording directly from the CDC's website .  Households were randomly contacted and asked three questions: "During the past 12 months, has your ... Read on »
National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2000-2010: Percentage of Children Aged ≤17... by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies I am copying the image and wording directly from the CDC's website .  Households were randomly contacted and asked three questions: "During the past 12 months, has your ... Read on »
Drug Update: Patent expirations of Levaquin, Singulair, Avelox and Xyzal by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies Happy New Year to all of the Allergy Dude's readers! Let's review 2011 first.  No branded products were removed from the market, which is good.  Due to an earlier decision ... Read on »
Greenville (South Carolina's) Rank as an Allergy Capital Fall 2011 by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies Here is how Greenville, South Carolina has been ranked in the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's lists of the top 100 most challenging places to live in the U.S. fo ... Read on »
Influenza Vaccination for the 2011-12 Season by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published their guidelines for administration of the influenza vaccination for the 2011-2 season .  So The Allergy Dude w ... Read on »
Food Allergy and Adverse Reactions: More Information by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies The combination of seeing some patients recently with suspected allergies to additives and recently published articles have led me to dedicate this entry to further educ ... Read on »
What is the Difference between the Cold Desserts: Ice Cream, Gelato, Sorbet, Sherbet, Italian Ice? by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies The Allergy Dude was asked by the mother of a patient today since he has egg and milk allergies what kind of cold desserts he could eat?  What about gelato?  Good questio ... Read on »
Nasal endoscopy by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies The Allergy Dude may recommend nasal endoscopy for some patients to better examine the nasal cavity and throat.  Some times directly looking with the eye and a small magnif ... Read on »
What does it mean to be Red Flagged for a Prescription? by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies Today, the Allergy Dude will write about a potentially delicate topic: being red flagged for a prescription at your pharmacy.  Since 2002, the U.S. Department of Justice ha ... Read on »
Should I eat white rice or brown rice? by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies The Allergy Dude will write about which kind of rice is preferred to eat: white or brown.  First, I'll tell you what I do not think you should eat: any fried rice from rest ... Read on »
Indacterol Approved for COPD by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies Indacaterol was approved by the U.S. F.D.A. for the treatment of COPD on 7/1/11.  The trade name is Arcapta Neohaler (photo).  In Europe, the trade name is Onbrez (photo).  ... Read on »
Food Allergy and Adverse Reactions to Foods: a Classification System by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies The Allergy Dude sees so many patients with adverse reactions to foods, he thought it would be a good idea to list his classification of the types of adverse reactions to f ... Read on »