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Dr. Arthur Torre

Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
Fairfield, NJ
52 years experience male

Locations

Office

Fairfield, NJ

Address

25 Hollywood Ave, Fairfield, NJ
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About

Bio

Arthur J. Torre M.D. Pediatric Allergy, Asthma and Diving Medicine. Dr. Torre graduated Rutgers University a member of the Tri Beta Honor Society. He received his MD degree from New Jersey Medical School, the youngest to ever graduate from the school. His post graduate training in pediatrics and allergy were also at the New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Torre's first community outreach involvement began in 1972 during his pediatric fellowship with the NJ Governor's Youth Program which provided a residential camp for medically / economically underserved children. Using expertise gained in that area, he was one of several involved in a cooperative effort between Children's Hospital of NJ and the American Lung Association of NJ to develop a residential camp for asthma patients in Frost Valley, NY where he became the camp's first medical coordinator. Since the onset of his private practice in 1973, Dr. Torre has been dedicated to patient and family education. Recognizing the importance of cooperative care between physician, family and school personnel, he and his staff members have volunteered in numerous lectures and seminars for both public and physician education about asthma including Family Asthma Night programs and school nurse seminars for the American Lung Association. At family education and health education seminars sponsored by the American Lung Association, Dr. Torre has shared the forum with notables such as Olympic gold medalist Nancy Hogshead and Nancy Sander, founder of the Allergy and Asthma Network/Mothers of Asthmatics. As Chief of Pediatric Allergy, he had been instrumental in bringing ongoing asthma education to inner city patients at Saint Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Paterson as well as the Asthma and Allergy Center at New Jersey Medical School in Newark. In 1991, Dr. Torre was one of 82 physicians named to the National Faculty of the National Asthma Education Program of the NIH. In this capacity, he has taught asthma diagnosis and management to primary care physicians including pediatricians, internists and family doctors. He has been interviewed for feature articles in Time Magazine, Redbook, McCalls, Parents Magazine, Woman’s Day, New York Newsday, The Daily News and the Star-Ledger as well as appearing on both commercial and cable television discussing allergy / asthma topics. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Region American Lung Association and has served as president. As the chairman of the ALANJ Asthma Committee, he had gained support from parents, school nurses and school board members to draft a much needed bill which allows the possession and use of asthma medications by students in NJ schools. Dr. Torre helped organize and became medical advisor to the Parents of Asthmatic / Allergic Children Support Group and SAY (an adolescent support group) at The Medical Center at Willowbrook (an affiliate of Saint Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center). Dr. Torre is a National Spokesperson for the American Lung Association and continues to serve as the chairman of the Asthma / Lung Health Committee of the ALANJ. He has served as Medical Director of Outreach Services for the National Allergy and Asthma Network / Mothers of Asthmatics and presently serves on their Medical Advisory Board. He is also Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Allergy and Immunology at New Jersey Medical School and Chairman of the Pediatric/Adult Asthma Coalition of NJ (PACNJ). Dr. Torre maintains a in private practice in Fairfield, NJ. The culmination of his activities was rewarded in October of 1992 with his receipt of the First National Asthma Education Program's Public Education/Service Award for outstanding leadership in the development of community asthma programs, patient education and public awareness about asthma. The NAEP is a multi-disciplinary consortium coordinated by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the NIH. In 2000, Dr. Torre received a national award for Innovations in Patient Care from the Allergy and Asthma Network / Mothers of Asthmatics. In 2002,he was the recipient of the Sir William Osler Humanitarian Award from the American Lung Association and in 2004 was chosen as a Lung Champion by the American Lung Association as part of their 100th year celebration. As a co-chair of PACNJ he was the recipient of “Making a Difference Award” from the Allergy and Asthma Network / Mothers of Asthmatics, for excellence in asthma education in 2005 and the National Bernard Gregory Award for Cultural Diversity from the American Lung Association in 2009 . Other honors include being listed in Who's Who in NJ, Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in Health Care, Best Doctors in America, Top Pediatricians in America and Top Docs in New York and NJ Magazines. For Divers: Dr. Torre has been a scuba diver for over 20 years and is one of a few doctors practicing Diving Medicine. He is a referral physician for Divers Alert Network, a PADI Divemaster, a TDI Technical Divemaster and an SDI Assistant Instructor. He has also been involved with the creation of guidelines for Diving with Asthma for the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.

Specialties
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Pediatric Allergy and Asthma

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

116 Answers
28 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
yes: Claritin-d is is an antihistamine decongestant combination. Guaifinesin is helps to thin mucus (an expectorant). Both act differently and may be use... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Yes: A temperature is considered normal up to 100.4. Your son may have allergies causing a runny nose and swollen eyes or may have a minor cold, but his t... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Yes: However, both the "d" in clariten d and the Maxalt (rizatriptan) mlt can cause a feeling of a pounding heartbeat, so beware of this possible side effe... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Yes: With all those symptoms complicating each other, i would see an allergist. They are best equipped to consider all of the symptoms and work out a plan... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Cough, wheeze, SOB: Coughing is the most common symptom of asthma especially if cough occurs with exercise or laughing. Colds that routinely go to the chest are very com... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Ezcema: Rashes in the "antecubital fossa" (inner elbow) are typical of eczema. So unless something contacts that area alone (not likely) consider ezcema the ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Zyrtec (cetirizine) (Cetitizine): If these are recurrent, see an allergiist for the propper diagnosis and treatment. For otc (over the counter) medication, most allergists prefer zyrt... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Egg Replacer: "egg replacer" by ener-g foods can be found in health food stores. For receipes requiring egg, replace each egg with: 1 tsp. Baking powder, 1 tbsp.... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
"efficacy vs safety": The best overall treatment for atopic dermatitis is proper use of moisturiers which have no side effects but are not as effective as topical steroids ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Negatively: If a baby has hearing loss they cannot hear some sounds well, particularly the quieter sounds of "s, " "sh, " "f, " "t, " and "k". This makes it hard... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Weight and age: Dosage for antibiotics are given by the weight and age of the child. Each antibiotic has a specific amount that is given depending on the weight of t... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
7 -10 days: Most common colds resolve within 7 to 10 days. Colds that last longer may have become complicated with an ear infection (acute otitis media) or sinus... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Yellowish crusty : Impetigo starts as fluid filled blisters that break and form a yellowish crust.
A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Skin infection: Impetigo is a contagious skin infection caused by a bacteria, typically staph or strep. Impetigo generally appears as small fluid filled blisters tha... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Yes: A child with measles is generally contagious from 3 - 5 days before the rash to 4 days after the rash appears.
A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Virus or bacteria: Since ear infections are "infections" there must be an infecting agent. Typically the child begins with a viral URI (cold) which may or may not invol... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Yes: Flu shots are recommended for everyone over 6 months of age.
A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Milk, eggs: For young children the most common food allergies are milk and eggs. Soy and wheat are also common. As children get older, peanuts and tree nuts bec... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Pressure: When a child gets a middle ear infection (acute otitis media) pressure builds up in the middle ear space which now has pus as well as the air that is ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Fever, rash: 5 to 15% of children may get a fever usually 6 to 12 days after the vaccine which usually lasts 1 to 2 days. A rash may develop in 5% of recipients.... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
No: The latest research demonstrates no significant difference for cold symptoms or how long the cold will last whether or not babies get cold medications... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Yes: Most if not all children will have had an RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) by the time they are 2 years old, but premature infants are more suscept... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Hereditary: The ability to have allergies is hereditary. If one parent has allergy, there is about a 40% chance of the child having allergy. If both parents are ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Overreaction: An allergic reaction is an overreaction of the immune system by an allergic individual to a substance that is normally harmless. Reactions can includ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Antibiotics: Since impetigo is generally caused by staph or strep (bacteria), it is treated with antibiotics. These may be used topically on the skin or by mouth ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Yes: The side effects from the vaccination are relatively mild compared to the possible complications of measles, mumps or rubella. And the MMR does not c... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
5: There are 3 given the first year, a booster at around 18 months and another at 4 to 6 years of age. In addition there is an older-child / adult versi... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Spray & suction: Using an over-the-counter "saline spray" will help thin the discharge and then suctioning with a "bulb syringe" will help remove it from her nose.
A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Sweating: Sweating is a common cause for aggravating eczema in the summer. In addition some sunscreens can make eczema worse as can sun exposure itself in some... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Itchy eyes or fever: Hay fever is caused by exposure to allergens. Colds are caused by germs. Both can give you a runny and or stuffy nose with sneezing, but allergies o... Read More
A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Redness: Erythematosus simply means redness. This is from the inflammation which is part of lupus an can show up as a rash on the skin especially in certain p... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Skin rash: Eczema "the itch that rashes" is actually caused by a defect in the skin. An allergy or irritant makes the skin itchy & then scratching the skin caus... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Pollen or molds: Any seasonal allergy can cause or aggravate eczema including trees, grass, weeds and even outdoor mold spores. Keeping windows closed during the spec... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Asthma heyfever GERD: The most common reasons for chronic or recurrent cough include asthma (especially if the cough occurs with exercise or exposure to allergens), heyfeve... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
No, but...: If someone needs medicine like that for long periods of time, it is best to get at the root cause and find out what he is allergic to. Then you can e... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Zyrtec (cetirizine): Zyrtec (cetirizine) has more anti-allergy or anti-inflamatory effects than clariten (loratidine) and is often better for most allergic symptoms. It d... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Moisturizer: Treatment for atopic dermatitis is typically a moisterizer like cerave of eucerin or aquaphor. Avoid anything irritating - even toothpaste if it gets... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Rx nose spray: The best treatments for rhinitis are prescription nose sprays. Either nasal steroid (like flonase, Veramyst of nasonex), nasal antihistamine (like As... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
yes, but: Yes, but why would they? They are both antihistamines and therefore do the same job.
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Bites: Hive like bumps with centers are called "papular urticaria" and are typically caused by insect bites. Crops of three are often from fleas - do you ha... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
+Probiotics for baby: In a recent study, italian researchers randomized 554 term newborns to receive the probiotic lactobacillus Reuteri or placebo to determine if the prob... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
yes: There is a measure in the blood, urine and saliva to test for smoke exposure including second hand smoke. Cotinine, the breakdown product of nicotine... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
maybe.: It depends on what your are treating. Claritin is an antihistamine used to treat allergies. Mucinex (guaifenesin) is an exptorant used to thin mucus... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
yes: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can make you drowsy, but i would not expect any untoward effects from a "non-sedating" antihistamine like Claritin in combi... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Yes: If you really have culture positive or a positive "quick strep" test then you should be on an antibiotic that kills strep. If you just have a "sore t... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Yes: If there is a family history of allergy and your baby has the above symptoms, there may be a milk allergy. Other symptoms may include diarrhea, vomit... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Wheeze, cough: Bronchiolitis usually caused by RSV generally causes wheezing and coughing along with difficult breathing. Symptoms can vary from mild to severe requ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Not effective: Colds are caused by viruses. Antibiotics treat bacteria. Doctors will often give antibiotics for the complications of a cold if they develop - like ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
No: The original studies that showed an association between MMR and autism have been discredited and many more studies have shown no association.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Diarrhea, rash: Food allergy including to formula often presents with diarrhea, vomiting or skin rash (eczema). However other allergic reactions like runny/stuffy no... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Torre is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Torre is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks, this checklist made me feel good Thanks for your follow-up and continued guidance! Love your care...
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – New Jersey Medical School, NJ
Graduated 1970MD

Awards

National Asthma Education & Prevention Program Public Education/Service Award
American Lung Association Lung Champion Award
Sir William Osler Humanitarian Award
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