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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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Alcohol Content of Cold Medications by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies I saw a man yesterday, whom I diagnosed with an acute bacterial sinus infection.  His symptoms were nasal/sinus congestion, clear drainage, sinus headaches, loud coughing a ... Read on »
Topical Corticosteroid Potency Chart by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies Not all topical corticosteroids are created equally! I saw a patient 2 days ago, with poorly-controlled allergic eczema, who commented the "creams were all the same.  None ... Read on »
Burden of Adult Asthma by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies From a recently published study by Sullivan PW et al in the February 2011 issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (127; 363-9) on "The burden of adult asthma ... Read on »
ALA Fight for Air Climb Greenville 2011 by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies Not all topical corticosteroids are created equally! I saw a patient 2 days ago, with poorly-controlled allergic eczema, who commented the "creams were all the same.  None ... Read on »
Size of Tubes of Medicine by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies Today's note makes a practical point about the size of tubes of medicine. My goal is to help people and health care professionals correctly describe how much dermatologi ... Read on »
Cat Allergy from the Allergen Fel d 1 by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies In response to a patient's question, what is Fel d 1?   Let's go backwards a few steps.  People with allergies to cats are specifically allergic to compounds produced by c ... Read on »
My report on the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology's 2011 meeting by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies I attended the AAAAI's (for short!) 2011 meeting in March.  I thought this was a productive meeting for me.  This is an international meeting of allergists from around th ... Read on »
World Allergy Organization Anaphylaxis Guidelines by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies The World Allergy Organization has released its Guidelines for the Assessment and Management of Anaphylaxis.  The 24-page report can be viewed on the World Allergy Organiza ... Read on »
FDA List of Unapproved Prescription Cough, Cold, and Allergy Products by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies On March 2, 2011, the FDA announced that certain unapproved prescription cough, cold, and allergy products will be removed from the market.  There are three general categor ... Read on »
Food Allergy Guidelines 2011 by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has just published Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States . I am ple ... Read on »
Drug Sales 2010 update by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies This update is for 2009 actually, the latest data available. I'm told final 2010 data won't be out for 2 more months.  There hasn't been much change compared to 2008.  Here ... Read on »
Xyzal generic is FDA approved 101126 by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies More good news for allergy sufferers.  Actually I should have apologized first to my readers, since I dropped the ball.  I read about this two months ago.  A generic equival ... Read on »
Allegra Over-The-Counter by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies Finally, Allegra has been approved for over-the-counter status on 1/25/11 . The manufacturer has set a target date of 3/25/11 to have Allegra available in most pharmacies. ... Read on »
What are cotton linters, kapok, and pyrethrum? by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies Some allergists may test for cotton linters, kapok, and pyrethrum. These items may be found in some homes and cause allergic symptoms in susceptible individuals.  For inf ... Read on »
What is an Allergist? by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies 1. An allergist is a physician specially trained, skilled, and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies, asthma, and related immunologic diseases - for examp ... Read on »
Respitrol by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies Respitrol is an over-the-counter mixture of homeopathic products that claims to treat asthma.  I heard about this from one of the readers of this blog.  I had never heard of ... Read on »
Influenza Update 1/27/11 by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies Respitrol is an over-the-counter mixture of homeopathic products that claims to treat asthma.  I heard about this from one of the readers of this blog.  I had never heard o ... Read on »
Juice definitions by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies While researching and checking my updated food families, I came across the idea of juices.  I have been skeptical about labeling of juices for some time.  Some definitions ... Read on »
Recent information on milk allergy by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies The World Allergy Organization's Diagnosis and Rationale for Action against Cow's Milk Allergy (DRACMA) Guidelines is an excellent summary of the world's literature.  To si ... Read on »
Revised food familes by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies This is a temporary notice that I have revised and improved the post "Food families." Interesting factoid questions 1.  What is the most commonly eaten fruit in the wo ... Read on »