Dr. Michael P Vaughn

Allergy and Immunology
San Antonio, TX
36 years experience

Locations

Alamo Asthma & Allergy

San Antonio, TX

Address

115 Gallery Circle, Ste. 200, San Antonio, TX
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: Closed
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Fax

2104040926

Office

San Antonio, TX

About

Specialties
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Allergy and Immunology

Emergency Medicine

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

406 Answers
121 Agrees
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Drug interactions.: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can be sedating (typically) or stimulating (unusual) . When a reaction occurs opposite to what is typically experienced, it... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
ELISA: An eliza is a blood test in which serum antibody from the patient is incubated with the target antigen bound to a plastic surface. Non-binding antibod... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Multiple targets: Vasculitits can affect small, medium and large vessels and arteries, veins and capillaries.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Lupus: Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can afffect any organ system. Most commonly, joints become inflammed (painful and sometimes swollen). Skin rashes ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Triclosan risks: At this time, the fda is unsure of the risks triclosan poses to humans. If ingested, it might adversely effect thyroid function. Their is also a theor... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Rh sensitization: Rh sensitization can only occur if an rh negative person is exposed to rh positive blood. This can happen with blood transfusions or from rh positive ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
No : Air fresheners have little if any effect on dust mites however, they may trigger asthma in persons who are sensitive to them. Dust mites live primaril... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Neo-synephrine: All topical nasal decongestants (afrin, Vicks inhaler, 4-way, neosynephrine etc.) if used daily can result in a form of addiction called rhinitis medi... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Thyroid disease: If the thyroid releases more hormones than the body requires then this is called "hyperthyroidism".
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Polymyositis (PM): There are many alternative treaments for polymyositis (pm). They are similar to the therapies use for other autoimmune diseases and include: oral ster... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
None: Some persons, such as those who are on high blood pressure medications called beta-blockers, may be at increased risk for developing serious allergic ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
No: There are multiple types of rh factors that are present on the surface of blood cells however; many people do not have these antigens and they are cal... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Unknown: P.V. Is an autoimmune disease in which antibodies have been formed to proteins that bind skin cells together. As a result, bonds between cells are eas... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Thyroid surgery: Their are many potential complications from thyroid surgery, these issues are best discussed with the physician who is planning to perform the operati... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Yes: Mold can cause health problems are an airborne irritant or as an allergen.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Multiorgan SLE: Typically, persons with systemic lupus erythematosis (sle) report joint swelling and pain. Others have a characteristic facial rash on both sides of t... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Allergy consultation: A medical evaluation to determine the cause of your eye symptoms is the first step. If bacterial or viral conjunctivitis is ruled out, your pcp can or... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Lupus causes: Normally, during the early development of the immune system, blood cells the could potentially harm the body, by making antibodies that bind to "self"... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Oral steroids: Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura is a condition in which autoimmune antibodies against platelets causes an increased rate of destruction. Platelets... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
OTC medications: Over-the-counter medications appear to be helpful for some individuals. Unfortunately, some otc medications have never been proven to be effective in ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
No: Both itp and ttp are diseases in which blood platelet counts fall however, itp typically leads to an increased risk for bleeding but ttp results in bl... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Possibly: Triclosan may alter endocrine function (thyroid) and might lead to the formation of possible carcinogens (chloroform). The fda is currently investigat... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Cancer risks: There are three types of pemphigus, 1) vulgaris that affects oral and other mucous membranes as well as the skin, 2) foliaceus that usually effects s... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
ITP testing: A complete blood count (CBC) is usually ordered as the screening test for platelet destruction problems such as occurs in itp. Other testing is needed... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Never: Most over-the counter allergy pills can cause some amount of sedation. Even "non-sedating antihistamines " such as Claritin (loratadine) or Allegra ma... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Anaphylactoid reacti: Anaphylactoid reactions cannot be distinguished from anaphylactic reactions by the clinical symptoms. The difference is solely in the mechanism by whi... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Food allergy: Although rare, some people are allergic to so many foods that avoidance is extremely difficult. Unfortunately, some persons are told they are allergic... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
No: Lactose is a sugar that is metabolized by the body into cellular energy (atp). Any other sugar, protein or fat can be used to meet the body's need fo... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
No: There is a common misconception that frequent use of antihistamines leads to tolerance and eventual lack of effectiveness. This is untrue. Frequent us... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
No: Many rashes have characteristic patterns of distribution on the body and many have distinguishing features on the skin; such as the silvery scale of p... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Rarely: Occasionally, asthma is caused purely by allergic sensitivity. Allergy shots can turn off the production of allergic antibodies and have been shown to... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Filters: One thing that you can do is upgrade your hvac filters. Most filters are merv 8 but a filter with a higher merv number (i.e. 10 or 11) will remove sm... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Grass: Fall weed pollenation typically concludes by the end of sept however, late rains can result in a second wave of grass pollenation. Rains and warm weat... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
No: If asthma is poorly controlled in children, they may be excluded from some physical activities or be picked-on by other children. This could affect so... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Typically no: Medications for nebulizer use are formulated as prevervative free to prevent irritant or allergic reactions to these compounds.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
No: The development of allergic antibodies requires a genetic predisposition, (likely present in about 1/3rd of the population) and an exposure to a trigg... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Possibly: Skin irritation on the face only, especially in women is most often a contact irritant reaction. This could represent a true allergy to chemicals foun... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
No: No one really knows why sun exposure can trigger hives in sensitive persons. It is believed to be caused by some unknown ige-mediated allergic reactio... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
No: Mold should not be growing in your home. There are several molds that are black in color and all could potentially cause human illness either as an al... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Maybe: If a child with asthma has a frequent pet exposure or experiences symptoms around an animal, allergy testing by blood work (rast) or by skin testing c... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
No: There are no scientifically proven cures for asthma. Keep in mind that homeopathic medications are not safe simply because they are "natural", there ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Cystic fibrosis: Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a rare genetic disease that alters cillia function. Cillia are microscopic hair-cells that keep the lungs and sinuses sterile ... Read More
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A 77-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Anti-thyrotropin: Autoimmune diseases are often caused by antibodies that bind to a self component. Binding to a receptor for a hormone could result in inappropriately... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Gall bladder pain: The gall bladder is in the right upper abdomen but pain in this area could be coming from a kidney stone, enlarged liver, fluid around the base of the... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Antibodies: Structural difference exist for all classes of antibody; igg, igm, iga, ige and igd. The structure of the antibody is insignificant when compared to t... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Throat pain: Allegic reactions cause itching and swelling but rarely if ever cause pain. If this symptom continues, see and ENT doctor who can see this area clearl... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Anti-transglutaminas: Antibodies that bind to transglutaminase could indicate the presence of celiac disease. This is a sugggestive test only. Negative testing does not def... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Hep b vaccine: This vaccine is not given to persons with active hep b infection or to those how have already generated antibodies resulting from prior infection or p... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Gene therapy for HIV: Gene therapy for HIV could be coming. A company called sangamo pharm. Has developed a gene modification tool called a zinc-finger endonuclease that ca... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 36 years experience
Genital allergy: Some women can develop allergy to semen, or experience effects of latex allergy when using latex condoms. See an allergist to help make this diagnosis... Read More
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Testimonials
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Vaughn is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Vaughn is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 20, 2014
His answer to my question help a lot :) he is such a great DR.
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Thank you! Didn't know about coban! I think I'll have to start working up the nerve to ask about different kinds of tape. A week after my sleep study, my neck is finally looking better. Not sure what ...Read More
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Thanks. It is hard to understand the relationship between my AI and psych conditions. I heard from my psychologist that a lot of people with Borderline Personality Disorder are later diagnosed with ...Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks a lot. I may go in and get it checked. Then again the said I have esophageal reflux, a cough and rhinitis. Zantac I think but thanks.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, VA
Graduated 1983MD

Medical/Graduate school

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, VA
Graduated 1987MD

Awards

Top Allergist and Immunologist , Second Place, Texas - Winter
2013
Top Allergist and Immunologist , Second Place, Texas - Summer
2013
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