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Dr. Martin Ostro

Allergy and Immunology
Brookline, MA
50 years experience

Locations

Office

Brookline, MA

Address

1101 Beacon Street, Suite 7 East, Brookline, MA
Directions

About

Bio

Dr. Ostro recieved his medical degree and his internal medicine training at McGill University in Montreal He then completed his training in Allergy & Immunology at National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Denver, CO. Dr. Ostro subsequently moved to Boston, MA and went on staff at Massachsetts General Hopsital and joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School where he has continued to work to the present, as well as maintaining a private practice in Allegy & Immunology in Brookline, MA. Dr. Ostro's clincal interests are nasal and sinus disease, asthma, hives and adverse reactions to foods.

Specialties
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Allergy and Immunology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

181 Answers
14 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Slight chance: Asthma worsens with "colds" and the increased asthma can last for up to 4 months after a viral respiratory infection so the asthma symptoms may decrea... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Same as others: There are no special precautions for use of claritin-d in ms. The main side-effects require caution in mainly in individuals with high blood pressure,... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Non-allergic: Rhinitis is inflammation of the nose due to overactivity of t cells in the nose. Mild irritants will increase symptoms, i.e., irritant rhinitis. In 80... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Probably not: Zyrtec (cetirizine) is a more effective antihistamine than Claritin (loratadine) . Antihistamines do not become less effective with prolonged use so i... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Usually no.: True milk allergy is due to allergic antibodies (ige) which causes a dramatic immediate reaction, itchy lips/mouth, throat tightness, nausea, vomittin... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Could be: Hives are bumpy, itchy and enlarge if scratch. If indiviual bumps last longer than 24 hours or leave a bruise or pigmentation when they resolve, then ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Fever versus itching: If child has fever then not allergy and if child has itching (eyes, nose, throat) it is probably allergy. Think allergy if child has other allergic co... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Not from teething: Teething causes drooling, fussiness, gumming hard objects. Speak with your pediatrician about an appropriate dose of antihistamine to give your child.... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Oral ulcer treatment: Cause of oral ulcers unknown. Some cases related to the tooth paste detergent sodium lauryl sulfate so avoidance may help. Some cases related to celia... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Cod liver oil OK: There are 5 main groups of seafood: bony fish (cod), crustaceans (shrimp), bivalves (clam), cephalopods (squid), gastropods (squid). There is cross-re... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Yes: Potato allergy exists but is rare. More people have oral allergy syndrome/food pollen allergy syndrome, most often with birch pollen allergy in the sp... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Prevalence low: 10-15% of public reports food allergy; when screened for good history and skin or blood tests showing allergic antibodies to suspected food only 6-8% ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Same for all foods: Allergic reaction to any food produces some or all of following: itchy/swollen lips/mouth/throat, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, itchy/... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Allergic sore throat: Sinus disease is always secondary to nasal inflammation (rhinitis). Rhinitis causes post-nasal drip which can cause throat irritation. By treating the... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Allergy or neither.: Spicy foods usually don't cause lip swelling. Food allergies can cause lip swelling, but usually with itchy lips, mouth, throat and other allergy symp... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Non-allergic hives: Hives lasting over 6 weeks are called chronic and are almost never allergic and almost always "idiopathic" or of unknown cause. These hives are probab... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Cetirizine (Zyrtec): In scientific trials Cetirizine has been shown to be the most effective 2nd generation/minimally sedating antihistamine. A 10 mg tab once a day is abo... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Can't test for drugs: Penicillin is the only antibiotic that can be reliably skin tested. There are only a few other drugs for which skin testing has been shown to be relia... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Not allergy.: If a person can tolerate a food sometimes but not others then the mechanism of the reaction to the food is not allergic, that this involving allergic ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Hives with cold skin: People who have cold induced urticaria release histamine in their skin when it cools. People react at different temperatures. If you place an ice cube... Read More
A 79-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
To treat ear fluid : Tonsils are lymph nodes (ln) at back of throat and adenoids are ln above the tonsils at the back of nose near the eustachian tube (et) opening. The et... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Not without itching: Virtually all allergic skin conditions itch. Redness in the areas you describe is typical for rosacea, dilated blood vessels of the skin of the face a... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Yes, contact allergy: Bees wax can cause contact allergy, usually due to a component named propolis or bee glue. Propolis is derived from tree resins and contains known con... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Hair dye allergy: You should see an md to see whether you had an irritant or allergic reaction and if allergic you should have patch testing to determine which chemical... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Claritin (loratadine) safe.: Nasal symptoms with fever is probably a "cold" whereas nasal symptoms with itchy nose and/or eyes are probably due to allergy to pollen, dust, animal ... Read More
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Double up meds: Often allergists give Allegra in the morning and zyrtec at bedtime in addition to taking a prescription nasal spray. Otc nasal sprays are either decon... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Food allergy : Inhalant allergy to polllen usually causes nasal symptoms and itchy eyes. Food allergy more likely to cause itchy ears and throat. Make detailed list ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Yes.: According to ingredients listed on the internet hershey's kisses, chocolate and peanut m&m's and lifesavers are gluten free. Chocolate itself doesn't ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Anywhere : Part of a typical allergic reaction to foods is redness and itching of skin. It can occur anywhere and is often generalized and progresses to hives. I... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
All antihistamines: Polaramine is a brand of dexchlorpheniramine, a first generation sedating antihistamine similar to Chlor-Trimeton and about as effective as claritin. ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
VERY Rarely: Hives are annoying but extremely rarely are life threatening and only if hives cause swelling in throat/upper airway. Usually hives only affect skin a... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Polyurethane: Polyurethane condoms are safe for latex allergic individuals and are an effective barrier against std's including hiv.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Switch back: Switch back to soy formula as if this is milk allergy the symptoms should resolve. You should have your child evaluated by an allergist to confirm whe... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Gluten allergy: What symptoms are you having that makes you feel you are allergic to gluten? Gluten allergy (e.g. Itchy lips/mouth/throat, nausea, hives) requires hav... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Bronchitis = asthma: Adults who smoked develop chronic bronchitis. In children acute bronchitis is usually coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, wheezing with a ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
No antibodies: Nicotine is too small a molecule to stimulate antibody production so allergic antibody mediated reactions to nicotine aren't possible. Nicotine patche... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
None available: While prostaglandins have been shown to play a role in the development of asthma in some individuals, there are currently no prostaglandins available ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Often not modifiable: Some people are born with shorter necks and narrower upper airways. This can't be changed. But if you're above your ideal body weight, by getting down... Read More
A 65-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Cough gone on lying: Cough is a symptom of asthma and with "cough variant asthma" it is the only symptom. Asthma inhalers improve both types of asthma but if the cough isn... Read More
A 72-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Hives treatable: Hives are itchy, raised, red areas on skin ranging from pin point to many inches in diameter and lasting from a few minutes up to 24 hr and clearig wi... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Maybe: Main familes of seafood: bony fish (cod), bivalves (clam), crustaceans (crab), cephalopods (squid), gastropods (snail), with cross-reactivity within a... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Yes: According to the ingredients listed on adora website adora calcium doesn't contain any ingredients (e.g. Grains) which contain gluten.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Allergy proof pillow: In addition to dr. Walsh's suggestions, if you are dust mite allergic, you should get mite-proof pillow and mattress encasing. They will keep dust mit... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Not tinnitus: Allergic nasal disease (rhinitis) if poorly controlled for several days can lead to obstruction of drainage of sinuses leading to pressure/pain in the... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Limb pain unusual: Angioedema can cause swelling in the mouth and elsewhere. If the swelling involves the limbs, especially the joints, you will experience pain in the s... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Maybe: If you have a true apple allergy with allergic antibodies (ige) directly to apple protein then you probably can't drink apple juice. If your reaction ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Hold the baking soda: If the area of affected skin is small use otc 1% Hydrocortisone cream 2-3x/day until skin is clear for 3 days. If the area is large contact your md to... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Reaction to hot tub: The chemicals in hot tub water are too small to be recognized by the immune system so they don't cause allergies but if their levels are too high they... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Fever or itching?: There is no fever with hay fever; in the spring it is due to tree pollen not hay. If you have itchy nose, eyes then it is probably a pollen allergy; t... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Within minutes: People can develop head to toe hives within minutes of, for example, eating a food to which they are allergic. Hives are not contagious so do not spre... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Ostro is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Ostro is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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thank you! The pollen count has been very high the little while here. You mentchen cold temptures, I do not seem to have to much trouble with that but I have a horrable it in the shower if it is to ho...Read More
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I am trying to get my pedi to refer him to a ear nose and throat doctor! He has also had busted eardrums already I really think he needs to see him!
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I do appreciate the response. Unfortunately in my body I do get used medications and it does stop working.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

McGill University Faculty of Medicine, QC
Graduated 1972MD

Awards

Top Allergist and Immunologist , First Place, Massachusetts - Winter
2013
Top Allergist and Immunologist , First Place, Massachusetts - Summer
2013
HealthTap Scholar
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