Allergies & El Nino

As El Nino continues to wreak havoc on weather conditions throughout the United States, allergy sufferers may be in for a rough ride this winter and upcoming spring pollen season. Extremely wet winter conditions found in California have provided a fertile breeding ground for mold spores to proliferate, potentially intensifying allergy symptoms in many people.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help prevent mold in your home. Keep your rain gutters clean, make sure downspouts move water away from your home, inspect your roof, check your windows and doors to make sure that the caulking isn’t cracked and the weather stripping is intact. Make sure there is no evidence of water intrusion in the basement or crawl spaces. To help prevent indoor mold issues, keep areas well ventilated and use air purifiers like HEPA filters to help remove mold spores from the air.

Increased rainfall is also expected to increase the growth of pollen-producing trees and grasses this spring, resulting in an abundance of airborne allergens that cause sneezing, itchy eyes and runny noses for millions of Americans. To prepare for a potentially difficult spring allergy season, reduce exposure to allergens as much as possible by keeping windows closed and using air conditioning and dehumidifiers to keep home pollen and mold levels down. If you have not kept up with your immunotherapy treatment get back on your program now to allow time for the treatment to be effective prior to the start of the spring season. Please give us a call to learn more about treatment options that are available to help control and prevent both seasonal and perennial (year-round) allergy symptoms.

Top Doctors of 2016

We are very proud to announce that Dr. June Zhang was chosen as a Top Doctor of 2016 by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a healthcare research and information company that has made it its mission to guide patients to the finest physicians and hospitals in the country.

How does Castle Connolly do it? The company asks doctors to nominate their own. (And no, doctors can’t nominate themselves, nor can they pay to be included.) After sifting through nearly 1,600 nominees in eight Bay Area counties - Castle Connolly’s team of researchers narrowed the list of top docs down to 449 names, of which only 13 allergists were chosen. You can see Dr. Zhang listed in the January 2016 issue of San Francisco Magazine.

Congratulations Dr. June!

Insurance Checkup

With the New Year upon us, now is the time to complete a thorough review of your health insurance coverage. You will need to make informed decisions about your benefits as 2016 begins. Make certain that your plan allows you access to our clinic and that we have accurate updated information. Your plan may require a referral. And remember -- most insurance plans have a time limit for filing claims after which they may not cover your medical expenses. So make sure we have your new insurance information if you have any changes taking place in 2016. Ongoing access to the allergy and asthma care you require should be a critical factor in selecting your health plan for the New Year. If you have any questions with regard to your insurance coverage, our insurance specialists are ready to assist you in getting the full benefit out of your 2016 health plan to which you are entitled. Give us a call today! We’re here to help.

Download January Newsletter 2016