Another Awful Allergy Season?

Allergy season is nearly here, and this year could be particularly tough due to all the snow we’ve had. In this NBC4 video, Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family ENT, Allergy & Asthma Center in Gaithersburg says the snow means dampness — which means mold. Here’s what to do.

Top 10 reasons to tackle your allergies now!
Top 10 reasons to tackle your allergies now!

Top 10 reasons to tackle your allergies now.

  1. Sinusitis:  Sinus infections are often due to allergy run amok and gone out of control
  2. Trigger a migraine:  Allergies that flare can trigger migraines (so bad that you will throw up and grab your head)
  3. Asthma:  Allergy can absolutely trigger asthma attack.
  4. DUI:  taking the wrong allergy meds can get you arrested for driving under the influence (of a sedating med)   so don’t just think you can pop a Benadryl.
  5. Failing a test /get sent to the principals office:  Allergy unchecked makes it hard for your child to learn while they are blowing their nose and not paying attention to class.  It effects your hearing (clogged ears) and makes you irritable hence you get sent to principals office.
  6. Sleep disturbance:  all that clogged nose makes it so you don’t sleep, hence the next day you are a wreck.
  7. Depression: allergy increases risk of depression.
  8. Short stature: all that poor sleep means you don’t release growth hormone, hence a child wont grow as well or as fast.
  9. Pink eye/ vision problems:  all that itching in your eye can get you infected.
  10. Effect your sex life — 85% of adults with allergy says it does effect their sex life.  Why?  All that wheezing and sneezing (not to mention snoring and snorting) makes you “not in the mood” and most definitely not attractive.

So the point being — go get your allergies under control at the beginning of the season, don’t just let it run its course. Its really nothing to sneeze at, it is so much more than a runny nose.


The Difference Between Measles and Rash

The measles outbreak has a lot of people talking and it’s raised a lot of questions about our children’s health.

Dr. Jackie on the Difference Between Measles and Rash
Dr. Jackie on the Difference Between Measles and Rash

In this NBC4 videoDr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, of Family ENT, Allergy & Asthma Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland, explains how you can tell the difference between a child’s rash and measles, and answers some of our questions:

  1. How easy is it to confuse measles with rash or something else?
  2. What are the long-term effects of this potentially fatal virus?
  3. With measles spreading like it is, aren’t babies that are not to be vaccinated until they’re at least a year old at much higher risk now?
  4. How risky is some parents’ choice to “delay” vaccinations?
  5. Should a woman who gets the vaccine “wait” to get pregnant?
  6. Who, for medical reasons, should NOT get the vaccine?

How to protect your child from measles

How to protect your child from measles
How to protect your child from measles


Who’s at Risk for Asthma

In this NBC4 video, Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, of Family ENT, Allergy & Asthma Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland, tells us who’s at higher risk of asthma and how budget cuts in Maryland affect those who suffer from it.

Are the Maryland budget cut short sighted? Does your zip code matter? Dr. Jackie refers to a Johns Hopkins asthma study, showing that race, ethnicity and income are the biggest risk factors for asthma.

Asthma in inner city linked to demographics, not urban factors

Who's at Risk for Asthma: Demographics plays role in asthma prevalence in the United States
Who’s at Risk for Asthma: Demographics plays role in asthma prevalence in the United States

High asthma incidence in inner-city areas may be due to demographic factors rather than living in urban neighborhoods, according to study findings in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Researchers analyzed data from the 2009-2011 National Health Interview Survey, the US Census and the National Center for Health Statistics for 23,065 children aged 6 to 17 years.

“Current asthma prevalence was significantly higher among blacks (17.1%) and Puerto Ricans (19.8%), compared with whites (9.6%), Hispanics (8.8%) and Asians (8.1%).”

“Black race and Puerto Rican ethnicity remained strong independent predictors of current asthma, even when neighborhood-level poverty, urban/rural status, region, sex, age and birth in the United States were included in the model.”


If you, like 50 million other Americans, suffer from this perennial pest, you probably think you’ve tried it all. You’ve taken the do-nothing approach, optimistic your hay fever would vanish on its own. You’ve tested out-there “cures” that worked for your aunt’s best friend’s brother (but alas, not for you). And from an Rx or two, you’ve gotten relief—plus pesky side effects. To find solutions that actually work, we scoured the latest research.

Here’s what we found.

‘Roid up

Dr. Jackie on Prevention Magazine

Steroids is a scary word, but spraying a corticosteroid into nasal passages is safe and can help control the inflammation that goes with an allergic reaction, says Jackie S. Eghrari-Sabet, MD, founder of Family ENT, Allergy and Asthma Center in Gaithersburg, MD. You’ll need a prescription for steroid sprays such as Nasonex, Dymista, and QNASL, but the FDA recently approved Nasacort Allergy 24Hr as an OTC option.

Source: Prevention Magazine


Dr. Jackie on Fox News: Late spring causing severe allergies

NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) – It’s spring allergy season…

And the pollen combined with the air quality where you live can be the cause behind your suffering.

Cooler temperatures delayed spring allergies in parts of the country.

Doctor Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, an allergy / immunology specialist, says if you start with the west and the drought, certainly those dry and hot winds will make your allergies worse because what’s in the air can travel further and faster.

“Then as you come across the country to the Midwest or certainly now in the east where we’ve had this unbelievable amount of rain the problem here again can be it washes away the pollen but the molds are going to be incredible” she said.

Cooler temperatures delayed spring allergies in parts of the country.

Dr. Eghrari believes this delay could end up having many suffering all summer long.

“Because we’ve had the late onset of the spring and what we don’t know is what’s the weather going to be in terms of blooming of other pollens like weeds” she said. “ We could certainly have this parade of one leading into the other that the tree pollen leads to the grass pollen leads to the ragweed. And you can have a stuffy nose through every single month of the whole spring and summer.”

The FDA recently approved two new pills to help grass and ragweed allergy sufferers.

Doctors say if you know you are allergic to ragweed, the time to address it is now.

Dr. Eghrari says the reason you want to know about that now is you need to start the therapy for that about four months before hand. And that would be now in many parts of the country.


Stress May Contribute to a More Allergy-Heavy Spring

If you are under a lot of stress, you may be in for a rough ride with your allergies this spring. A new study shows a link between stress and allergies.

In this NBC4 video, Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, an allergy doctor with Family ENT, Allergy & Asthma Center in Gaithersburg, Md., says that there may be a link between how stressed you are and how much allergy season will affect you.

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