Allergies affect fifty million Americans!
5 Types of Allergies That Become More Common With Age

Allergies affect fifty million Americans, and this number is growing. They are the sixth most common chronic disease in the United States. Most allergic reactions occur in childhood, young adulthood or early adulthood. However, 5-10% of Americans over 65 have either chronic allergic reactions or are experiencing their first allergic reaction. The number of Americans over 65 who have allergies will continue to rise as the population grows. By 2030, 20% of Americans will be older than 65.

Your immune system misidentifies an otherwise harmless substance as an allergen, causing an allergic reaction. These substances include pollen, molds, dust mites and pet dander. They also include medicines and foods that aren’t likely to cause an allergic reaction in most people. Although your immune system will try to fight these allergens off like a virus or germ, most allergic reactions are a false alarm.

Hay fever (allergic rhinitis): This is a type of allergy that affects the nose and sinuses, causing symptoms like sneezing, congestion, and itchy eyes. In Florida, hay fever is often triggered by pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds. If you are experiencing these symptoms and think you may have hay fever, it is important to see a healthcare provider for testing and treatment.

Asthma: This is a chronic respiratory condition that causes inflammation and narrowing of the airways, leading to difficulty breathing, coughing, and wheezing. Allergies can often trigger asthma attacks. If you have asthma and are experiencing symptoms in Florida, it is important to see a healthcare provider for proper management and treatment.

Food allergies: These can develop at any age, but some people may be more at risk of developing food allergies as they get older. Common food allergens include peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, and milk. If you suspect that you have a food allergy, it is important to see a healthcare provider for proper testing and treatment. This may involve skin prick tests or blood tests to determine the specific allergens causing your symptoms.

Drug allergies: Some people may develop allergies to medications as they age, particularly to antibiotics. Symptoms can range from mild skin rashes to more serious reactions like anaphylaxis. If you have had a reaction to a medication in the past, it is important to see a healthcare provider for testing to determine the specific medication causing the reaction.

Insect sting allergies: In Florida, allergies to insect stings from bees, wasps, and hornets are more common. Symptoms can range from mild skin irritation to more serious reactions like anaphylaxis. If you have had a severe reaction to an insect sting in the past, it is important to see a healthcare provider for testing and to carry an epinephrine auto-injector (EpiPen) with you at all times.

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A deep dive into musculoskeletal pain…

In this book, Dr. Tsai aims to offer readers a wider and deeper view of osteoarthritis, soft tissue rheumatism, and osteoporosis. Musculoskeletal pain is very common, but often misdiagnosed, and, therefore, treatment can be misguided. Not all pain should be dismissed as osteoarthritis, as several other conditions exist that may be the source of pain. To clarify the subtleties of this issue to readers and health providers, Dr. Tsai grouped the chapters anatomically and emphasized the similarities and differences of their symptoms, unique locations, and different treatment options. The main goal of this book is to help prevent patients and healthcare providers from being misguided by relying on X-ray, CT scan, and MRI findings alone.

This book is broken into three parts:

Part 1 focuses on the causes and symptoms of osteoarthritis and soft tissue rheumatism. Topics are organized anatomically, discussing OA and soft tissue rheumatism in various sections of the body.

Part 2 lists some treatment options for osteoarthritis, including pharmacological treatments, dietary supplements, exercise, and regenerative treatments.

Part 3 discusses osteoporosis, going through causes, symptoms, and treatment options.

Osteoarthritis, Soft Tissue Rheumatism, & Osteoporosis was written to be easily read by anyone, no matter their level of medical knowledge. Additionally, several illustrations are included to help visualize concepts and make them easier to grasp.

This book can be purchased online as an eBook or as a physical copy at our main office at the checkout desk or over the phone.

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Dr. Tsai organizes several of these articles together to discuss common arthritis, autoimmune, and allergy conditions. The goal of this book is to help those who may be suffering from arthritis, autoimmune disorders, or allergies gain a better understanding of what they’re feeling and how their condition may be treated.

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For several years, Dr. Tsai has been writing bi-weekly medical columns for The Daytona Beach News-Journal. In this book, Dr. Tsai organizes several of these articles together to discuss common arthritis, autoimmune, and allergy conditions. The goal of this book is to help those who may be suffering from arthritis, autoimmune disorders, or allergies gain a better understanding of what they’re feeling and how their condition may be treated.

This book is broken into three parts:

Part 1 focuses on inflammatory arthritis conditions and their treatments. These include rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. (For information about osteoarthritis, check out Dr. Tsai’s second book:
Osteoarthritis, Soft Tissue Rheumatism, & Osteoporosis)

Part 2 looks at some autoimmune disorders and analyzes their causes, symptoms, and treatments.
Topics in this section include lupus and vasculitis.

Part 3 discusses allergies. The section explains types of allergic reactions, how they work, types of allergies, and how they can be treated.

Arthritis, Autoimmune Disorders, & Allergy was written to be easily read by anyone, no matter their level of medical knowledge. Additionally, several illustrations and photos are included to help visualize concepts and make them easier to grasp.

This book can be purchased online as an eBook or as a physical copy at our main office at the checkout desk or over the phone.