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A Closer Look at What's Causing Your Food Allergy Oct 13th, 2021

A food allergy results when your body’s immune system misidentifies the protein found in a food as a threat to your health. Did you know that more than 32 million Americans have food allergies? And the numbers keep rising. At Rheumatology and Allergy Institute of Connecticut, our providers specialize in...

Will Eczema Go Away on Its Own? Sep 13th, 2021

Eczema typically develops in early childhood and in a small number of cases spontaneously resolves on its own. For everyone else, eczema is usually a lifelong skin condition. While scientists have yet to find a cure, there are treatments and ways to manage your eczema to minimize flare-ups. Everyone with...

How to Adjust to a Food Allergy Aug 12th, 2021

A food allergy diagnosis means making changes to your diet to completely avoid the food or food substance you’re allergic to. Doing so takes some adjustment, and it’s more challenging to adapt if it’s an ingredient found in many foods, such as wheat. It’s important to work with an allergy...

What Is Lupus? Jul 13th, 2021

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) — commonly referred to simply as lupus — is a long-term disease that causes system-wide inflammation. This chronic condition occurs when your body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue, referred to as autoimmunity. Because lupus affects many different body systems, symptoms and experiences vary. No two...

Myths and Facts About Allergy Shots Jun 18th, 2021

When you or your child has an allergy, it’s important to get the facts on all of your treatment options, such as immunotherapy in the form of allergy injections. Allergies are common, affecting more than 50 million Americans each year. Sometimes allergies go undiagnosed, mistaken for a cold or something...

Don’t Let Allergies Ruin Your Sleep May 13th, 2021

Do allergies stop you from getting a good night’s sleep? If so, you’re not alone. Up to two-thirds of people with hay fever seldom get the sleep they desperately need thanks to their symptoms. Though it’s common to have sleep problems, you should never put up with ongoing insomnia. Lack...

How Biologics Can Help Treat Lupus Apr 8th, 2021

All incurable diseases rely on the management of symptoms to make life bearable, and that certainly applies to lupus. This autoimmune disease, which attacks your joints and organs, skin and heart, is one of the most difficult to control. Traditionally, anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, and immunosuppressants were the treatments of choice,...

3 Telltale Symptoms of Vasculitis Mar 7th, 2021

Vasculitis -- also known as angiitis or arteritis -- is a rare but potentially life-threatening condition in which the lining of your blood vessels becomes inflamed. The inflammation causes your blood vessels to grow thicker, so your blood has less space to flow and weakens them, too.  When your blood...

Understanding Scleroderma Feb 4th, 2021

In Greek, “sclero” means “hard” and “derma” is skin. In modern medical terminology, scleroderma is a chronic autoimmune disorder. Although it can’t be cured, scleroderma can be treated and managed.  At Rheumatology and Allergy Institute of Connecticut, Reinhard Kage, MD, PhD, Barbara Kage, MD, and Donna Duffy, PA-C, and the...

Can My Osteoporosis Be Reversed? Jan 1st, 2021

Osteoporosis is a condition that occurs when your body can’t keep up with replacing bone. When this happens, you’re more prone to fractures, and these can start a downward health spiral where limited mobility and anxiety over future fractures lower your quality of life. Though both men and women get...

Effective Treatments for Connective Tissue Disease Dec 1st, 2020

Your connective tissue plays a central role in your body. As its name suggests, it connects structures in your body, but it also supports and in some cases even separates other tissue types. All told, when your connective tissue has problems, it results in wide-ranging detriments for you. That’s why...

5 Common Asthma Triggers Nov 8th, 2020

Do you have asthma? You’ve probably noticed certain things set off an attack or make attacks worse. Also, certain times of the year can be more challenging than others. Many things can trigger your asthma. Here’s what the asthma specialists at Rheumatology and Allergy Institute of Connecticut, LLC want you...

Symptoms of an Insect Allergy Oct 1st, 2020

Experts estimate that about 3% of adults are allergic to insect bites and stings, and less than 1% of children are. However, 90-100 people die annually from anaphylaxis resulting from a bite or a sting. At the Rheumatology and Allergy Institute of Connecticut, Dr. Reinhard Kage and Dr. Barbara Kage...

Signs Your Child May Have Kawasaki Disease Sep 2nd, 2020

Kawasaki disease affects about 1 out of 10,000 children under the age of 5 every year in the United States and other western countries as well. Although rare, it can also occur during your adolescent and adult years. The team at Rheumatology and Allergy Institute of Connecticut, LLC, led by...

Can I Prevent Osteoporosis? Aug 14th, 2020

Around 53 million Americans either have osteoporosis or have low bone density and are at risk of the disease and related complications. The team at Rheumatology and Allergy Institute of Connecticut, in Manchester and Middletown, Connecticut, diagnoses and treats osteoporosis. However, as the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is...

Summer-Specific Causes of Hives Jul 16th, 2020

Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illnesses in the US, and over 50 million Americans deal with various types of allergies throughout the year. Allergies come in many forms, and many of them are similar to cold and flu symptoms like coughing and sneezing. A common form of...

Getting Back into the Swing of Things and Avoiding Tendinitis Jun 18th, 2020

You’ve probably heard of tendons but maybe are unsure of what they do and why they are important. Tendons are the connective tissue that attaches bone to muscle. If this tissue becomes inflamed or irritated, you may have tendonitis, which can cause aching at a joint, tenderness, and mild swelling....

How Do I Know I Have Allergies? May 22nd, 2020

Did you know that more than 8 percent of adults are diagnosed with allergies? If you have symptoms of allergies, like sinus problems, watery eyes, and rashes, but don’t know what specifically it is that you’re allergic to, then allergy testing can help you. When you don’t know what causes...

Eczema 101: Everything You Need to Know Apr 23rd, 2020

Eczema is a skin condition that’s most common in babies and children, but it can afflict teens and adults as well. Because it’s a chronic condition that has no known cure, trying to treat its symptoms on your own can be challenging. However, innovative new prescription therapies, such as biologics,...

What is Sjogren’s Syndrome? Mar 23rd, 2020

Sjögren’s syndrome impacts people of any age. But symptoms most commonly appear between 45 to 55 years old, with women suffering about 10 times more than men.    About 50% of these people also have another rheumatologic disease, most often systemic lupus erythematosus or rheumatoid arthritis.   Here at Rheumatology...

8 Inflammation-Causing Foods to Avoid When You Have Arthritis Feb 21st, 2020

In its earliest stages, arthritis makes everyday activities mildly annoying. Stiffness in your joints makes it tough to grab, hold, bend, reach, and lift. In advanced stages, it’s downright painful and debilitating. Although there are more than 100 specific types of arthritis that attack different body parts, they all share...

What's the Difference Between Allergies and Hay Fever? Jan 1st, 2020

If you’re one of the 30-40% of Americans who suffer from allergies and hay fever, you know allergic reactions are no fun. Whether it’s sneezing, rashes, sniffling, or hives, allergy and hay fever symptoms range from inconveniencing to life-threatening. Many patients know they react to various allergens, but they don’t...

How to Prevent Eczema Flare-Ups This Winter Dec 1st, 2019

Eczema can be an incredibly frustrating and often painful skin condition to deal with at the best of times. But winter flare-ups of eczema bring with them a new level of discomfort as the rash leads to raw and itchy skin in areas that are highly exposed. At Rheumatology and...

7 Tips to Overcome Asthma When You Exercise Nov 1st, 2019

If you have asthma, you may have noticed your symptoms worsen with certain physical activities. It’s also common to have forms of asthma that only arise because of exercise. But, even though it may seem easier to skip heading to the gym, regular exercise can provide numerous health benefits if...

Dietary Changes That Can Help Ease Arthritis Symptoms Oct 1st, 2019

Arthritis is characterized by inflammation in the joints. There can be pain, swelling, and stiffness, making it hard to move — much less do all the things you love. At the Rheumatology and Allergy Institute of Connecticut, LLC in Manchester and Middletown, Connecticut, our goal is to help you feel...

Allergy Shots Really Work: We Answer All of Your Questions Sep 1st, 2019

When you’re allergic to simple substances, such as pollen or pet danger, your quality of life plummets. Constantly sneezing, wheezing, or breaking out in rashes makes it hard for you to enjoy everyday activities or eat certain foods without worrying about triggering an attack.   At Rheumatology and Allergy Institute of...

A Stiff, Aching Back Could Be a Sign of Ankylosing Spondylitis Aug 5th, 2019

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic form of inflammatory arthritis that affects 1.6 million people in the United States, which represents only 0.5% of the population. While relatively uncommon, this disease can have a serious impact on those who develop the condition, with complications that range from limited movement to...

Take the Sting Out of an Insect Allergy: How to Protect Yourself Jul 26th, 2019

Virtually everyone is sensitive or mildly allergic to most insect stings. Just think of the last time a bee, wasp, or yellow-jacket stung you — chances are you experienced some degree of redness, swelling, and itching at the bite site as your body reacted to the toxins left behind in...

Lupus and Your Skin: How to Avoid Summer Flare-Ups Jun 24th, 2019

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects more than 5 million people around the world, including about 1.5 million adults, adolescents, and children in the United States. Like other autoimmune disorders, lupus occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks the very cells it’s meant to protect.  As a systemic...