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Dr. Michael Palumbo

Allergy and Immunology
Pittsburgh, PA
24 years experience male

Locations

Office

Pittsburgh, PA

Address

180 Fort Couch Road, Suite 375, Pittsburgh, PA
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My office hours

Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

UPMC Health Plan

About

Bio

Love the outdoors and attending sporting events. Spending time with my family. Good food and drink.

Specialties
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Allergy and Immunology

Languages spoken

English, Italian

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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Bumps: Small red raised bumps that are itchy.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Do not try: If this is a true food allergy you can make matters worse and not better by repeatedly challenging the body with food proteins. Protocols for food de... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Yes: It also may be that you are not on the right medications. Consider trying alternative antihistamines pills, or nasal antihistamines or steriods.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Antihisthamine: and topical steroid if very itchy, if it is extensive go to emergency room.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
3 days: For the typical patient clarinex (desloratadine) will be out of the system and not interfere with allergy testing in 3 days however some people can cl... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
One week : 2-3 max or it won't help.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Antihistamine: Antihistamine every 12 hours . If it continues see a doctor for testing.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Topical steroids: Quickly apply topical steroids to the area effected.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Yes: Claritin (loratadine) is pregnancy category b. Safe in pregnancy.
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
No: Go to the emergency room where there is a opthamologist on staff to see you urgently. This can not wait 2 weeks.
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Is there a question?: Allergies can make it more likely to develop infection due to chronic inflammation but do not cause infections.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Symptoms?: It is.Possible to develop hives from water exposure called aquagenic urticaria. Also can have sensitivities to components of drinking water.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Not necessarily : Having an antibiotic sensitive parent carries a 15 fold increased risk sensitivity to medications however most people who identify themselves as aller... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Possibly: Everyone responds differently to different antihistamines. Best to try zyrtec and Allegra as well as claritin (loratadine).
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Actually no : Studies have shown that the dryness in the air actually intensifies asthma exacerbations and asthmatics do better with a higher relative humidity and ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Great question: Unfortunately the answer is unknown. We are seeing more and more people both children and adults with food allergies and there are many theories as to... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Wide range: Food allergies to foods such as peanut are potential life threatening. Foods such as wheat don't usually cause severe reactions but can lead to worsen... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Multiple options: Clearly it depends on the allergens in question. First step us environmental control measures such as dust mite covers, pet dander avoidance, mold ab... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Any: Need to be evaluated for food allergy. Any foods can cause diarrhea.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Antihistamine: Try OTC antihistamines, if that doesn't work see a board certified allergist for testing and further management.
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A female asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Yes: Some food allergies can be outgrown. Particularly foods such as milk, soy and egg. Tolerance to inhalant allergies can develop such as to dog dander h... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Close contact: Blood or sexual contact.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Should be fine: Most diet aids do not interefere with antihistamines. I would caution against using zyrtec (cetirizine) -d or any decongestant and a diet supplement.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
No: Cystic fibrosis does lead to more problems with development of disease but not due to immune dysfunction.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Desensitization : I assume you are referring to oral immunotherapy(oit) drops which are still not fda approved for use in this country and still in clinical trial phase... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Yes : Most allergists prefer to start immunotherapy injections around age 5 . Often given to younger patients in hopes of preventing development of asthma i... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
It depends: It really depends on what symptoms you are experiencing. For throat tightness or shortness of breath call and ambulance or get to the emergency room.... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Consultation: Food allergies by blood testing can often lead to false positive results. It is important also to note whether this testing was an ige or and IgG bloo... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
No: There are protocols being developed now for desensitization to foods but allergy shots for foods are not available.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Varies: Immediate reactions to a food can include hives, feelings of throat tightening and itching, shortness of breath, flushing of the skin and overwhelm f... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Yes: Allergy shots help to relieve nasal allergy symptoms and their effects on sinus disease and asthma as well.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Health insurance: People want to save money. Insurance companies reimburse less every year. Cost of living goes up every year. Nurses and receptionists need to get paid... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Quick build up shots: Only some offices do rush immunotherapy which is good for people who travel often and can't get in regularly to receive injections of need to build qu... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Yes: If your IgG is clearly low or is not functional(ie low antibody response) then replacement IgG to get your levels above 1000 would be helpful.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Further Inquiry: Recurrently ill can be a sign of immune defiency or allergy. There also can be other factors at play such as ciliary dyskenisia or gastroesophageal r... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
New Onset?: A new onset milk allergy in a 37 year old would be unusual. If you are asking in reference to a child often the first signs are formula intolerance wi... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Recurrent infection: Hard to control and recurrent infections. Opportunistic infections. Frequent need for multiple courses of antibiotiics to clear infections. Infections... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Hygeine: Don't go around them when you are sick. Wash your hands when you enter their house. Encourage good diet and exercise.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
No: It is a sign of too much histamine in your system which can be from over production or over release. It is not dangerous but can be treated with dail... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Within 2 days : Should work quickly if it works for you.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Within one week: If you don't feel improvement within 2 weeks then it won't help you.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Get an evaluation: First it is important to determine if you immune system is deficient in any way by have labs drawn. There are different treatment options available fo... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
No: Can be given as a prophylactic medication when needed.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Not necessarily: Need to also look at antibody titers to diphtheria, tetanus and pneumococcus. Can have normal IgG numbers with abnormal function and thus low antibody... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Rarely: Immunotherapy when administered by a board certified allergist who has tested for relevant allergens and builds to an appropriate concentration with e... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
No: Qvar is a single agent inhaled steroid while dulera (formoterol and mometasone) is a combination steroid with long acting bronchodialator.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Sure: And some use gluten sensitivity however people with a true diagnosed food allergy need to be stringent on avoiding these foods which can cause severe ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
No: allergy shots will not affect blood work.
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Xyzal (levocetirizine) and Clarinex: From experience some of the newer antihistamines such as Xyzal (levocetirizine) and Clarinex seem to be effective for longer time periods. Most antihi... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
No: Not necessarily but may be a good idea to have them tested in the future If any concerns arise.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Palumbo is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Palumbo is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! I haven't been ill but I have been taking champix and really stressed
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Thanks for your quick reply! I'll make sure to follow your advise. :)
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Easily understood !

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, PA
Graduated 1998MD

Awards

Clemens von Pirquet Award
Top Allergist and Immunologist , First Place, Pennsylvania - Summer
2014
Top Allergist and Immunologist, Third Place, Pennsylvania - Spring
2017

Affiliations

AAAAI, ACAAI, ASCR, PAAA
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