Category Archives: allergies

I have seasonal allergies and take over-the-counter medication. Is it necessary to take it every day to build up its effectiveness, or can I just take it on days when my allergies are really bad?

Our answer comes from Mark Bianchi, M.D., ear, nose and throat specialist at Yale Medical Group.  “There are three categories of allergy pills; antihistamines, decongestants, and leukotriene inhibitors. They all work fairly rapidly. I don't continue the first two for … Continue reading

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What causes bad breath, and how can I cure it?

We turned to Mark Bianchi, M.D., ear, nose and throat specialist at Yale Medical Group. He writes:  “Bad breath or halitosis can come from chronic tonsillitis, acid reflux (GERD), allergies, smoking, diet, and lack of adequate dental care and oral … Continue reading

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Are antibiotics always necessary to cure a sinus infection?

Mark Bianchi, M.D., is an assistant professor of surgery at Yale School of Medicine who specializes in allergies and sinus problems.  He writes: “Sinus infections (sinusitis) can be either viral (i.e. a common cold or flu) or bacterial. Only the bacterial … Continue reading

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