Dr. Steven Machtinger

Allergy and Immunology
San Mateo, CA
43 years experience male

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About

Bio

Steven Machtinger, MD, FAAAI, FACAI is board-certified in pediatrics and in allergy-immunology. Born in Brooklyn, New York he attended M.I.T. completing his bachelor's degree at Princeton. He received his M.D. degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. During internship at the University of California, Irvine he became a devoted Left Coaster vowing never to live far from the Pacific Ocean. After two years as a general physician with the Indian Health Service in Warm Springs, Oregon he returned to academia completing pediatric residency and then allergy-immunology-pulmonary fellowship at Stanford. The Stanford program had a strong emphasis on pediatric lung disease. Dr. Machtinger's research focused on the immunology of breastfeeding. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Since 1983 Dr. Machtinger has been in private practice of pediatric and adult allergy, asthma & immunology in San Mateo County just south of San Francisco. He is a former president of the Allergy Association of Northern California and is currently president of the Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Foundation of Northern California. He is an adjunct clinical associate professor of pediatrics at Packard Childrens Hospital at Stanford where he proctors allergy fellows. Married since 1976 he & his wife Karen have a daughter, a son and 2 granddaughters (so far). His recreational activities include playing guitar, singing, bicycle riding, and hiking.

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Allergy and Immunology

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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Machtinger
43 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes.: If you have been receiving daily prednisone and Cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil) for a year then you doubtless have a major health problem. Your care ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Machtinger
43 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Heater dry air: Winter time indoor air often quite drying leading to nosebleeds. Add humidification to your home. Neither drug, or lack or, causes nosebleeds.
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Probably OK: You are probably OK. The primary reason in blood draws that sometimes blood comes out quickly like flowing water and other times slowly like syrup has ... Read More
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Dec 1, 2012
Dr. Machtinger is a knowledgeable, well-trained allergist with exceptional communication skills. I would not hesitate to refer to him patients I had seen who are moving to San Mateo or its environs.
Nov 11, 2012
Dr. Machtinger is an outstanding allergist-immunologist. It's great "seeing" him on Health Tap!
Apr 7, 2013
Gives very timely and knowledgeable answers to patient questions!
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Thank you. WHen my son was five he saw a pulmonologist. A test was perform (sweat). It turn out fine. Drs agreed he had asthama at the time. Now pediatrician says he does not have it. My son can not ...Read More
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Thanks Dr. Machtinger. I'll ask his pediatrician if he needs to change his treatment plan. He's already taking flovent inhaler 2x day and albuterol inhaler every 4hrs. When it gets bad he'll use ne...Read More
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Thanks, Dr. Machtinger! I'm pretty sure I'm not in the category of asthmatics or those with immune problems, but thank you for posting the answer just in case it does become relevant for someone. It...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, PA
Graduated 1977MD

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