Molds and pollen from grasses and trees trigger allergies that cause a lot of misery. Red, itchy eyes and runny noses are often accompanied by cognitive fogginess. Judgment may be affected. But the common treatments, especially OTC antihistamines, may not make driving any safer.

Asthma triggered by allergies may pose a more serious health threat. How can it be treated so that serious attacks are avoided?

Guest: Beth Eve Corn, MD, is assistant professor of medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where she is chief of the Allergy/Asthma Clinic. She is past president of the New York Allergy Asthma and Immunology Society and is a fellow of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, and the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) on the Web at

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  1. M.L.

    I can not take statin drugs at all and am allergic to most antibiotics and my doctor is ready to give up… What do I do? I have COPD and have been suffering with a sinus infection now for weeks?

  2. BT

    I recently had a severe scalp itch and dermatologist had me buy 4 shampoos & 2 RX, I live in FL so all greenery bothers me. I went to NYC for a week and all symptoms stopped. I took a Clarinex when I came home as all started again and it cured my very itchy scalp…..shampoos never did help it….or RX creme.

  3. Kim

    I listen to your show every Saturday on my way to work. So I was pleasantly surprised this past week when the program was talking about allergies. I’ve recently been diagnosed with a food allergy and have been struggling to accept the huge lifestyle change that has been required.
    I was further amused by the irony that the guest on the show was named Dr. Corn. Why, you ask? Because the food I am allergic to is….corn. Weird, right? Corn is in EVERYTHING. Trial and error have been the only ways for me to discover what I can and cannot eat. Since my allergy is not one of the Top 8 there isn’t much information out there about it.
    I’ve found a few websites and forums, but that’s about it. I guess the plus side of this allergy is that it’s forcing me to eat healthier, whole foods instead of the overly processed junk I’ve spent my life consuming.
    I look forward to finding out more information and resources about this less “popular” allergy. If anyone has any additional resources, I’d greatly appreciate it.
    Thank you for a great show, week in and week out. I look forward to the drive to work on Saturdays, knowing I’ll be listening to The People’s Pharmacy.

  4. Bea

    I found out I have allergy-triggered asthma a year ago on a hike in the Blue Mountains. I went to an asthma/allergy specialist and was prescribed singulair but it makes me very drowsy. I take it at night before sleep but only during spring/early summer. Year around, I was told I could use the albuterol inhaler once before and once after more intense exercise when I felt wheezy.

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