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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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Asthma prevalence and statistics by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies While preparing for a lecture on asthma to primary care physicians, I had to update my slides.  There are many different statistics on all sorts of facets of asthma.  Here ... Read on »
Project Rx: Drop off your unwanted medications for proper disposal by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies Every year, countless medications are disposed of by flushing them down the toilet. This contaminates our water supply. Project Rx was at Greenville Tech, collectin ... Read on »
It's time to get your annual influenza vaccination! by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies Step right up and get it.  See one, feel one, volunteer some one else to share the pain!  Why suffer alone? Read on »
Outdoor activity at the Carolina Renaissance Festival in Huntersville NC by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies For my outdoor exercise this weekend, my family and I went to the Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival .  It was a lot of fun.  The weather was terrific.  After walking ... Read on »
What about the Super Flu Shot? by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies A patient of mine declined to receive a flu shot yesterday.  He said,"Doc I want that new Super flu shot I heard about in the news.  I really want to avoid getting the flu ... Read on »
Can vaccines cause autism? by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies I saw a man with severe hives (medical terminology: urticaria) 4 days ago.  His wife and he wanted to talk about the possibility of him having a food allergy.  After evalua ... Read on »
Getting Outdoor Exercise by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies You don't have to get into the mountains to get exercise from walking. I got mine today following an argument with my wife. I ended up walking home fr ... Read on »
American Lung Association 2010 Upstate Oxygen Ball by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies I'd like to take a moment to promote the American Lung Association's 2010 Upstate Oxygen Ball , which will be held on 11/12/10.  I know there are many worthy causes out ... Read on »
USA Cycling Pro Championships Road Race in Greenville by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies In keeping with my theme of having a healthy lifestyle and getting aerobic exercise, I went to the USA Cycling Pro Championship Road Race today in ... Read on »
Should Adults get the Pneumococcal Vaccine and This Year's Influenza Vaccines? by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies I have been asked this more than one dozen times in the past week.  So, short answer: yes for the influenza vaccination, based on the CDC's 2010 guidelines .  There are f ... Read on »
Nasal sinus rinses with saline solution part 2 by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies I am writing about nasal sinus rinses using saline solution or water because I have been thinking about this for a long time.  (It's been almost 2 years since my original ... Read on »
Labor Day Adventure 2010 by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies 1. Sepracor announced on June 30, 2010 that the second phase 3 trial for Omnaris HFA showed positive results.  There are currently no nasal corticosteroids using aerosol, ... Read on »
Affording Medications: Partnership for Prescription Assistance by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies I was waiting in a local free medical clinic paying a courtesy call when I saw a brochure for the Partnership for Prescription Assistance .  Some comments: The website is ... Read on »
Lectures on Allergic Rhinitis and Asthma by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies I saw a mom 2 days ago, who was concerned about her three children's mold exposure from their home. This research is for her and for the many previously seen patients wit ... Read on »
Cataracts from Asthma Medications by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies This is another important topic.  Parents frequently ask me if the inhaled steroid medications will hurt their children.  As a parent of four children, I agree this is a ve ... Read on »
Systemic reactions to allergen immunotherapy by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies Systemic reactions of allergen immunotherapy is a topic of great importance in our field.  I have been compelled to write about this topic because of my team leader nurse ... Read on »
Donation of Expired Medications by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies I wanted to donate our expired prescription and over-the-counter medications to our local Greenville or Taylors free medical clinics or a missionary group bound for overs ... Read on »
News: Dulera approved by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies Dulera is a combination product of an inhaled corticosteroid and a long-acting bronchodilating agent (LABA) for asthma.  I've written about this earlier.  The FDA approved ... Read on »
What does the "Organic label" mean on foods? by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies I support having an organic diet, as many of my patients and coworkers know.  However, when I decided to learn the strict definition of "organic" food per the U.S. govern ... Read on »
What do Insurance Companies Think about Allergy Skin Testing? by Neil Kao Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Allergies Ever wonder what insurances think about tests for diseases and various treatments? They are called "Clinical Policies".  Every insurance company has them.  They do not pu ... Read on »