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Dr. Douglas Tzanetos

Allergy and Immunology
Louisville, KY
20 years experience

Locations

Kentuckiana Allergy

Louisville, KY

Address

9113 Leesgate Rd, Louisville, KY
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My office hours

Wednesday: 8:30am - 5:00am
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Fax

5024267906

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Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Allergy and Immunology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

78 Answers
8 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Yes: Only 6 to 8% of children will have a food allergy at some point in their life, and many of these are outgrown. 80% of food allergies are to one of th... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Respiratory distress: Working hard to breathe, breathing more than 60 times per minute, and having difficulty breathing so that she cannot comfortably feed are all signs th... Read More
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Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Bacterial infection: Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause gastroenteritis, diarrhea, and food poisoning. Symptoms include fever, abdominal pain, and diarrhea for 4-7 d... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Yes: Varicella or chicken pox vaccine is a required childhood vaccine. Immunization is usually done at ages 12 to 18 months with a booster between 4 and 6... Read More
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Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Yes: Flu vaccine is one of the safest and best tolerated immunizations. There are many misbeliefs about it. One is that the flu shot can give you the flu... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Yes: They require vaccinations with copies of vaccination records presented in a timely fashion (sometimes within a week of vaccination due dates).
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Handwashing: Bronchiolitis is due to viruses like rsv, so anything that lowers virus transmission will help prevent bronchiolitis too. Frequent handwashing, not s... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
The "big 8": Only 6 to 8% of children have a true food allergy, and many will outgrow them. About 80% of food allergies are to the following eight foods: milk, eg... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
No: (not fully). The best protection is for family members to never smoke since particles cling to hair and clothes. Smoke exposure doubles childhood resp... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Yes: The only vaccine that may need to be avoided is influenza vaccine. However, only rare patients with a history of severe egg allergy have to avoid infl... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
No: Not unless he/she has had evidence of an irritant rash or contact dermatitis after using a sunscreen containging these. Preservative sensitivity is n... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
3-6 months: There is a big improvement in vision clarity between 3 and 6 months of age. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, the best thing is to show you ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
No: No, but as a simple precaution you should change your air filters at least every 3 months. If your child develops dust mite allergy, then dirty air v... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
A fatty substance: Lecithin is a non-toxic fatty substance containing lipid (fat) and phosphorous and is a common food additive. It has a wide variety of uses in the ph... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Genes + environment: To develop an allergy, you need a genetic predisposition. For example, children at highest risk of developing allergic asthma are those whose parents... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
An altered reaction: The roots of "allergy" are from greek "allos" (different) and "ergos" (action). So, an allergic reaction is a "different" (from normal) reaction. Th... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Avoidance: For food allergies, avoidance is the best option. However, if the food is a nutritionally important food such as milk or wheat, it may be best to be ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
2 weeks: If you have been using desonide twice daily for 2 weeks, you should take a break for at least 2 weeks before resuming. As a rule of thumb, 2 weeks is... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Potentially severe: Infectious diseases of childhood can be very severe, even fatal. Vaccines provide the best protection. Today children still die from diseases like m... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Bulb suction, saline: Bulb suctioning and saline nose drops are the safest way to help your baby's runny nose. The simplest one often works best (a red rubber suctioner oft... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Some preventive tips: For an active nosebleed, gently pinch your child's nose with a tissue and sit up leaning slightly forward for a few minutes. Prevention may include us... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Inflammatory disease: Kawasaki disease is a childhood illness. Symptoms may include high fever, rash with later peeling skin, extreme irritability, conjunctivitis/red eyes,... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Broadness of term: Corticosteroids are anti-inflammatory medications that are similar to cortisol, a steroid that is naturally produced by the adrenal glands that sit on... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Symptoms, testing: Asthma is a respiratory condition diagnosed by compatible symptoms in a person who demonstrates airway obstruction on a breathing test that improves a... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Severe allergy: This would be prescribed for a serious food allergy that has the potential to cause as a serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. A history of hi... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Moisture loss: The basic problem in eczema is loss of the normal moisture from the skin causing dry skin. Dry skin itches. Scratching the dry skin (or rubbing it o... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Yes: About 60% of asthma is "allergic asthma." this is asthma that can be aggravated by environmental allergies (e.g. Dust mite or cat dander or ragweed).... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Yes: ...They probably do if they have some of these symptoms consistently every time they drink milk or ingest dairy: rash, eczema, swelling of the lips, t... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Yes: Vaccination programs are one of the biggest success stories in medicine in terms of impact on health and mortality rates. Vaccinations have wiped out... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
They won't help: Antibiotics only treat bacterial infections. They do not help viral infections. Colds (upper respiratory tract infections) are caused by viruses. Th... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Difficult diagnosis: Asthma is a difficult diagnosis to make in young children. Up to 40% will have occasional wheezing with respiratory infections that resolve as the ch... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
No: There is no evidence that multiple vaccinations on the same day can cause any adverse immune system reaction.
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Yes: (but only a little). Often a child's reaction is a function more of a parent's reaction rather than the actual amount of pain from the shot. Distrac... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
VIS's: Vis = vaccine information sheets. Federal law states that these sheets which contain information regarding benefits and risks for each vaccine be giv... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Yes: The risks of second hand smoke exposure in children are numerous: nearly twice as many respiratory infections (colds, sinus infections, bronchitis, pn... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Yes: There are only a few reasons not to get vaccines. Information is available here: http://www.Cdc.Gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/default.Htm in brief, children... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Length of symptoms: This can be difficult to tell. Allergies can resemble colds. However, some clues are length of symptoms (cold typically last 7 to 14 days). Whether... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
"atopy": Both asthma and allergy (such as allergic rhinitis) are potential manifestations of what is known as "atopy." atopy means that someone has an underly... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
2 years and up: Most children need at least 2 years of exposure to environmental allergens before becoming allergic to them, especially in the case of seasonal pollen... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
no: The skin on the ears is very thin, so this is one of the first areas that will show flushing or blushing. Things that can cause this appearance inclu... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Not necessarily: A typical cold or upper respiratory infection can take 7 to 10 days (rarely as long as 14 days) to resolve, and colds do not benefit from antibiotic t... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Not much: Surprisingly, studies have shown that the color of mucus discharge from the nose is not helpful in determining whether the "germ" causing the infectio... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Certain symptoms: This can be difficult to be certain, because many times the infection that the child has causes a rash but the antibiotic is blamed for the rash. Anti... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
No: (not necessarily). A fever after dtap is not uncommon and in itself is not an absolute reason to skip this vaccination the next time. However, a ver... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
No: This is an irritant reaction but does not represent an actual food allergy. Food allergy reactions are more likely to present with a combination of th... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Yes: Cigarette smoke is essentially a poison or toxin that those with asthma are especially sensitive to. Children are more affected than adults. As an an... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
They can have them: There is no evidence that suggests that babies must wait until a certain age before receiving certain foods. If there is a strong family history in a... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
See an allergist: An allergist can monitor your child's milk allergy periodically. By following skin tests and/or blood tests to help determine the severity of your ch... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
If she's allergic: Children with asthma who are allergic to pets should have minimal exposure to them (preferably the pet will not live in the house with the child). Ho... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 20 years experience
Reactive airways: Bronchial asthma (commonly referred to as just asthma) is a medical condition in which the airways have both inflammation (excess mucus and swelling a... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
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Thank you, this checklist was so helpful I have done behavioral therapy,art therapy, mindfulness,.ect many yrs
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Kentucky College of Medicine, KY
Graduated 2002MD

Awards

Internal Medicine Chief Resident, 2006-2007
Internal Medicine Housestaff Teaching Award, 2006
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Chief Resident, 2005-2006
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