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Dr. Anlin Xu

Allergy and Immunology
San Jose, CA
25 years experience

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San Jose, CA

Address

130 Bellerose Dr., San Jose, CA
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Bio

I am an allergist in the South San Francisco Bay Area, California. I have been treating allergy, asthma and immune deficiency patients for over 10 years. I see about 50% adult and 50% children patients. I am fluent in both English and Chinese. I graduated from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. I was trained in Internal Medicine and Allergy and Asthma at Yale Univ., UC Davis, Stanford Univ., and UCSF. I am currently a Fellow of both the AAAAI and ACAAI. I am also the Co-President of the American Medical Women's Association, South Bay Chapter. What I love about allergy and asthma is that sometimes I see the most interesting cases that keep me investigating. Since allergy can affect virtually any body systems, I have to learn about every single organ system of the body. What I also love about it is that when we identify the cause of someone's allergy, a lot of times, I can give my patients treatments to make them so much better. And they love it! I don't always have the answer, but I love to form the partnership with my patients on their journey to seek better health. Check out our practice's website for more information.

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Allergy and Immunology

Languages spoken

English

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A 37-year-old member asked:
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Food allergy: Urticaria is a common presentation of food allergy. The common food allergens r peanut, tree nuts, milk, egg white, wheat, seafood, etc. But any food ... Read More
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U may: Asthma is considered a chronic disease, especially if it continues into adulthood. If u have not had asthma symptoms for 5 yr, u may be entering a qu... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
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Probably not: Allergic reaction r usually mediated by an antibody called ige in the body. Ige has to bind usually large molecules, such as proteins to cause an all... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
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C ur doctor now: If u r experiencing these symptoms now, seek immediate medical attention! u could be having a heart attack. If u have had these symptoms for weeks a... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
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Probably ok: I don't know if it will help. But it probably won't hurt ur skin.
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Not good: Someone with celiac disease after eating gluten, they may feel belly pain, bloating, possible nausea, diarrhea, etc. Sometimes they may feel fatigued... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
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They may: It depends on cause of ur bronchiectasis. Some of the causes r genetic, cystic fibrosis, cilia motility problem, primary immune deficiencies, etc. If ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
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It depends: There r significant cross reactivity among different shellfish. You may have to avoid them all. But there are not a lot cross reactivity between shel... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
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Many ways: U can take an antihistamine pill by mouth, a decongestant, or prescription nasal spray. I will be very careful with otc nasal sprays. They frequentl... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
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Gynecologist: This question is probably best answered by a ob-gyn doctor, or doctor specialized in infertility, rather than an allergist. Please ask health tap adm... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
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It depends: Hay fever and colds r 2 different diseases. Some ingredients treating one disease is not needed in the other. Otc cold meds often contain tylenol,... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
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OTC antihistamine: Some otc antihistamine, such as claritin, (loratadine) zyrtec have pegnancy class b status, which means they are relatively safe in pregnancy. Also, ... Read More
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Symptoms, tests: Peanut is the most dangerous food allergen known. Children w peanut allergy can develop any one or combinations of symptoms, from hives, swelling, ups... Read More
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Symptoms, tests: Animal danders r strong triggers for allergy symptoms. If a child is allergic to animal dander, she/he may sneeze, wheeze, cough, develop hives or itc... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
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Allergy/intolerance: It depends on whether you have true allergy or intolerance. The severity of those conditions are very different and treatments are different. Need t... Read More
A 59-year-old member asked:
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Possible/less likely: Allergies can cause these symptoms that you mentioned. But it could be chronic sinusitis. In that case, antibiotics or sometimes surgery can help. ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
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Allergist: Patients who develop acute hives often have some kind of allergy. They should find a local allergist soon and try to find out what is causing the hiv... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
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Probably not: When people r allergic to foods, most of the time they r allergic to the proteins in the foods. Yellow corn and white corn r biologically very close,... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
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Most of the time: There r specific blood tests ur doctor can order and help to diagnose celiac disaese. But some patients with celiac dis don't show positivity to thes... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
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Gluten free: There r a lot of healthy food that r gluten free, such as, eggs, meat, nuts, peas and beans, corn, potato, yam, rice, taro, even buckwheat. But gluten... Read More
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Allergy test: Some allergist may have skin test available for latex allergy. But the reagent is very hard to get in us. There is a blood test that your doctor can... Read More
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Other associated Sx: Even though scary looking, hives all by itself is not life threatening. U can take some antihistamine first. But if it happens right after u ate some... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
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Yes: U can develop a new allergy at any time in ur life, whether u have used it before or not. We frequently develop allergy to things we have used, eaten... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
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Poison oak: Poison oak rashes usually feel burning rather than itchy. They r also more likely to be on exposed areas, like the arms or legs. See ur doctor for th... Read More
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When it is gone: With poison oak, the skin is acutely inflamed. Shaving ur legs may irritate the skin even more. U may want to wait till the rash is gone.
A 47-year-old member asked:
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Possobly hives: If the itchy bumps go away in 24 hrs, and then come back; or they have an appearance of " moving around", they are probably hives. But there are a lo... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
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Contact allergy: Most of the time it is latex allergy. There r non-latex medical tapes. U can find them in all pharmacies. Some has a paper backing. Try those. If u... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
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Difficult: Up to 40% of children with atopic dermatitis have some food allergy. Adults have a much lower %. In those ad patients with food allergy, eliminating ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
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Contact allergy: Yes they can. Baby's skin is very thin and sensitive. Sometimes the scent or certain chemicals in a particular brand of diaper could be causing the re... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
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Moisturize and other: The cause for eczema is complex. There r some shared features among majority patients that makes it worse, such as dry skin, and repeated scratching.... Read More
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Pain or itchiness?: Usually eczema rashes r very itchy. For that, u can try antihistamine pills, topical medicine, and moisturizers. When it is bad, an allergist or derm... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
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Hive or dry skin: I am not sure about the question. Skin conditions such as hives, and eczema (frequently associated w dry skin) can become more itchy with rise in body... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
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Unsure: Canker sores r not usually caused by virus, unlike cold sores. The exact cause of canker sores r unknown. Some r thought due to stress, or trauma to ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
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Not really: Most of the otc nasal sprays contain topical decongestants, which ca cause rebound effect when stopped - "addiction". U need to ask ur doctor to presc... Read More
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Inhalant allergy: It sounds like you may be developing allergy to things float in air, like pollens, animal dander, dust mite particles, etc. The only way to find ou... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
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It depends: The initial doses of allergy shots r very dilute, generally not eliciting a significant immune response. Most of my patients start to feel effect hal... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
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No: Unfortunately, nothing makes them go away forever. If urticaria or anaphylaxis is due to food allergy, sometimes a patient can naturally "outgrow" th... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
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Contact dermatitis: We don't know what material ur make up brush is made of. Most of the time contact allergy on the face is from the facial creams and make-up's themsel... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
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Staph infection: It could be from clogged pores, like pimples. But recurrent boils on the back can be sometimes due to infection from a special type of bacteria, call... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
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Many factors: There is no single cause for atopic dermatitis. There r some common factors that a lot of ad patients share, such as dry skin, not producing enough na... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
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Not really: The best thing for patients with contact allergy is to avoid the allergen. Or a physical barrier. The allergen can seep through any "barrier cream" ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
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Is it necessary?: Asthma inhalors are generally safe with minimum side effects. If it is accidentally inhaled by a healthy young person, the chances are he/she will be ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
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None: The side effects of asthma meds depend on their types. Albuterol can increase heart rate, cause shakiness; singulair (montelukast) may be related to m... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
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Yes: She probably has allergies, or frequently recurring colds. You should have her checked if she really has allergies by doing skin test or blood test. ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
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Both: Sneezing is a nose's reaction to expell offending agents, allergen or virus. The difference is that, a cold lasts about 1-2 weeks; but allergy sympto... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
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Could be: The cardinal sign of allergy is itchiness. If you have itchiness associated with those symptoms, then it is probably from allergy. You should have a... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
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Pollen food allergy: It happens a lot in patients with pollen allergy, up to 30% by some source. There are shared proteins between certain pollens from trees or weeds wit... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
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Maybe: If your eyes r also itchy and your nose running, and your r sneezing, then it is probably associated with allergies. But there might be other reasons... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
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Maybe: Some patient's asthma is very sensitive to cold temperature, such as cold air. Rarely, drinking cold drinks or eating ice cream can even trigger asth... Read More
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No: Most studies found that it does not increase risk for colon cancer. But it does for other type of cancers, such as small bowel cancer or lymphoma.

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Xu is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Xu is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, PA
Graduated 1997MD

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