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Dr. Brant Ward

Allergy and Immunology
Richmond, VA
14 years experience male

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Richmond, VA

Address

1250 East Marshall Street, Richmond, VA
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Richmond, VA

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Bio

Graduated with an MD, as well as PhD in Immunology. Currently a Physician-Scientist Fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University. Clinical interests include primary immunodeficiency-, mast cell-, and eosinophil-disorders. Scientific interests include mast cell biology and regulation of immunity.

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Allergy and Immunology

Internal Medicine - Immunology

Doctor Q&A

151 Answers
71 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
They can be: Chronic hives are thought to be an autoimmune reaction to the cells that make histamine, and can be associated with swelling of the lips and tongue. T... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Use epinephrine: If you feel your breathing is being affected as a result of your throat closing up, using injectable Epinephrine (e.g. Epipen) can be lifesaving. It ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
It varies: Mastocytosis in the skin (called urticaria pigmentosa) are reddish-brown "freckles" on the skin that will hive (think of an itchy, red mosquito bite) ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Please rephrase: I'm not sure exactly what you're asking about...Can you rephrase the question? An elevated ige level is almost always associated with atopy (the stat... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Negative pressure: When you breathe in, your chest wall and diaphragm expand and create decreased pressure in your lungs. Because the bronchoconstriction is also inside ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Damaging DNA: Radiation damages DNA. For muscle, bone, or other long-lived cells, the cell may ignore the damage unless it is critical. For cells that are short liv... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Unfortunately none: Mastocytosis of the skin is common in children and is ususally resolved by or before the teenage years. In adults, it may or may not ever resolve. Mas... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Multiple causes: It is a condition characterized by too many eosinophils (a type of immune cell). Sometimes a mutation in the precursors of the eosinophils causes them... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Usually normal: Most people with a systemic mastocytosis have the 'indolent' variey, in which case their life span is the same as anyone else's (provided they get app... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Not exactly...: Cutaneous t cell lymphoma (ctcl) is a disorder of a type of immune cell, the t cell. Hodgkin's disease is a cancer of b cells, another type of immune ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Depends on the type: The most common form of scid in the us is actually inherited in an x-linked fashion. That is, females are carriers of the disease; 50% of their male o... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
See a specialist: Systemic mastocytosis (sm) is an overgrowth of mast cells (immune cells that release histamine and other chemicals upon activation) in the bone marrow... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Many doctors do: Mastocytosis of the skin is relatively common (esp. In childhood), and most dermatologists will be familiar with it. More extensive/complex skin disea... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Many risks: Chemotherapy is often used to prepare your bone marrow to receive the transplant and can have many side effects. You will be at increased risk of infe... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Minimal: Antihistamines are the mainstay of treatment. Older antihistamines may cause sedation and should be used with caution in the elderly, but newer one ar... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Use caution: There is a risk for developing cataracts when using steroid creams in or around the eyes. Also, they will cause thinning of the skin with prolonged us... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Usually not: Most people with systemic mastocytosis (sm) have a normal lifespan. Episodes of anaphylaxis with sm can be dangerous if not treated properly, so it's ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
No need: Most people with grass allergies are sensitive to the pollen, which is release in late spring/early summer. By the time football season comes in the f... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Yes: Zyrtec is an antihistamine and helps stop the itching and sneezing associated with allergies (to pollens, dust, etc). Singulair (montelukast) is a med... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Hard to say: From the short description, it is hard to say. But, the location and the presence of itching suggests a contact dermatitis--an immune reaction to some... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Probably: Cefaclor belongs to a class of antibiotics called cephalosporins, which have a chemical structure similar, but different, to penicillin. Patients with... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
See an allergist: If it truly was his very first bee sting, it is very unlikely he is allergic--the immune system needs to see something at least once before it can gen... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Depends on the...: ...Definition of "unwanted." in autoimmune diseases, your immune system makes antibodies (abs) that can attack your own body and cause damage. In mult... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Vaso before steroid: Some would say that steroid sprays may not be effective if the nasal tissue is swollen completely shut and the spray cannot get into the nose to do it... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Too many mast cells: Mastocytosis is an overgrowth of mast cells, immune cells that release histamine and other chemicals upon activation. There are several forms, from sm... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Non-specific...: ...Responses recognize patterns of proteins and chemicals made by bacteria, viruses, etc., that are broadly different from us. This quickly identifies... Read More
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Possibly: Igg being low can signal an immune deficiency. But more important than the amount is how well the igg works to fight infections. If he does not have m... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Probably not helpful: Both drugs need to be absorbed by the GI system before they take effect to stop itching and sneezing (can take up to 1 hr). Benadryl (diphenhydramine)... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Try moisturizing: Antihistamines typically don't help widespread itching unless you have been exposed to something to which you are allergic. Dry skin is notorious for ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
No need: We usually consider an eosinophil count to be normal if it is less than 500. A count of 480 could be from allergies or asthma, or it may simply be you... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Different antibiotic: Your OB will likely prescribe a different antibiotic to treat the strep during delivery. However, most people labeled as "penicillin allergic" do not ... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Heavy chain: The heavy chain determines both the isotype (i.e., iga, igm, igg, ige) and subclass of the antibody. The structure of the constant region of the heavy... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Probably not: A slightly elevated total IgA level is rarely significant by itself, and may result from recent infection or may just be your personal normal level. I... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Hives, anaphlaxis: Cutaneous mastocytosis typically presents as small brown splotches that turn in hives or welts when irritated, but it can affect the entire skin surfa... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Many, many years: Once infected, the virus hides out indefinitely. This constant presence makes the immune system continually produce the igg type of antibody to the vi... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Probably nothing: While a very high absolute eosinophil count (usually >1000-1500) for several months can lead to problems, a count of 526 by itself is unlikely to b... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
No: Most people with "iodine allergy" had reactions to xray contrast. This is not an actual allergy (i.e., immune reaction) to iodine, but a side effect o... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Not clear...: Mosquito bites will be raised and red, and sometimes may look a slightly pale around the raised part; this is normal. If you have rings of red with ar... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Many reasons: Congestion on only one side is often due things like deviated septum or nasal polyps, for example, that are not treated nasal sprays. Sinus infections... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Nothing: Urushiol, the active chemical in poison ivy, bonds almost instantly with your skin; once you wash away the excess it cannot be spread. Your immune sys... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Hard to say: While a very high absolute eosinophil count (usually above 1000-1500) for several months can lead to problems, a count of 800 by itself is unlikely to... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Filter of sorts: The fluid that bathes the tissues of the body gets collected by the lymphatic system like a drain (it eventually goes back into the blood circulation)... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Hard to say: The mpv is only slightly below the normal range--it may simply be normal for you. Illness can cause the neutrophil numbers to increase relative to oth... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
You should be safe: There are many mold species that grow on bread, so the mold may not even produce penicillin. Also, the amount of drug in the mold is relatively low. I... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
See an allergist: There are many alternative antibiotics if you need one. The specific one will depend on the infection; your md can discuss this with you at that time.... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Likely yes: If you have an allergy to one of the antibiotics in neosporin (bacitracin, neomycin, or polymixin b), you can use mupirocin, which has a different che... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Immune cell problem: Igg-kappa is a type of antibody your body makes to help fight infections, etc. Normally one make lots of different types of igg-kappa. When it is mono... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Possibly: For people with acute hives (i.e., a single episode lasting just a few days), it may not make a difference. For those with chronic hives (present for ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Not one: Newer antihistamines work to stop itching and sneezing, but unfortunately do little to stop drainage. Older antihistamines may have some ability to st... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Sleepiness for some: For some people, zyrtec can make them a bit sleepy (usually much less than first generation antihistamines like benadryl, (diphenhydramine) though). T... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Ward is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Ward is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! He has not had many infections but does report some joint pain. So thanks for the info!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you for your help! I wish I could afford health insurance or get insurance through my employer.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you for the reply. Things have seemed to tapper off with season.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas, TX
Graduated 2008MD

Residency

MEDICAL COLLEGE OF VIRGINIA HOSPITALS
Completed 2010

Awards

Top Allergist and Immunologist , Second Place, Virginia - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Third Place, Richmond Region, VA - Summer
2013
Top Allergist and Immunologist , First Place, Virginia - Summer
2013

Affiliations

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
Clinical Immunology Society
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