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Dr. Douglas Berson

Allergy and Immunology
Chesterfield, MO
39 years experience male

Locations

Advanced Asthma and Allergy

Chesterfield, MO

Address

224 South Woods Mill Rd, Suite 270 South, Chesterfield, MO, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 430pm
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Insurances accepted

Aetna

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

CIGNA Health Care

UnitedHealthcare

Mercy Health Plans of MO

Office

Chesterfield, MO

About

Bio

I treat adult and pediatric Allergy and Asthma. I am Board certified in Internal Medicine as well as Adult and Pediatric Allergy and Immunology.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Allergy and Immunology

Pediatric Allergy and Asthma

Languages spoken

English, Hebrew

Doctor Q&A

74 Answers
37 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Bug Drug: Neosporin may help but can frequently cause a contact allergy itself. Bacitracin alone may be a safer choice. Bug bites vary depending on the insect. ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Heavy metal: Mercury does not cause an allergy it is a heavy metal that is highly toxic to the body particularly the brain and nerves. Ideally you should be expose... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Zyrtec can be split : Zyrtec is not a sustained release type pill. Therefore you can cut it in half and not harm the effect. It is however an odd shape and may be challengi... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Glutamate allergy: Msg reactions are not an allergy but can cause a syndrome including headache and facial and chest pressure which can be distressing but is self limite... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Death by antihist: Doubtful. Allergists commonly prescribe much higher doses for severe allergy and hives. I always recommend you stick to recommended doses of otc medic... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Queasy allergy: This would not be a typical allergy symptom but similar feelings may accompany other allergy symptoms. Abdominal cramping nausea or diarrhea and ligh... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Unknown rash on hand: Not sure what you mean by a heat rash. Other than hives and urticaria i don't know of a rash that will benefit much from antihistamines. You may need... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Asthma + antibiotics: Your doctor probably had a good reason for the antibiotics although you are correct that antibiotics are not usually effective for asthma alone, somet... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Antihistamine differ: They are not. Both are over the counter antihistamines. The similarity ends there. Allegra d contains Pseudoephedrine as a decongestant and fexofenadi... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
See a doctor: If you have a relationship with a primary care doctor go there first. This may a short term problem that can be treated easily. If it continues or you... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Fear of anaphylaxis: Severe anaphylaxis can be very frightening. People often describe a sense of impending doom or thinking that they are going to die during the event. ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Gi and skin reaction: That pattern can be suggestive of a true food allergy or toxic reaction. You should see an allergist and/or gastroenterologist to sort this out. It ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Don't smoke: Smoke of all kinds is a potent trigger of inflammation in the respiratory tract. It will worsen asthma, allergies and sinus disease. Smoke will make... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Graves is autoimmune: While the thyroid depends on iodine to function properly, it does not cause graves disease. Graves disease is an autoimmune disorder of the thyroid gl... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Maybe aspirin ok: It is true that studies of hive reactions have failed to show benefit of desensitization. However it is also true that many of these people can tolera... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Claritin (loratadine) for chigger: It probably will not help much. Consider topical treatments.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Alcohol allergy: Alcohol can cause reactions. A hangover is really a toxic reaction. Some people have an enzyme deficiency which makes them prone to flushing of the s... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Asthma death: All asthma patients even mild are at risk for fatal asthma. Proper treatment and monitoring reduces that risk. Asthma death is usually a result of res... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Dental allergy rare: While reactions to dental anesthetic chemicals and instruments occur not infrequently, reactions to filling materials once set are unusual. Nonethele... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Antihistamine limits: While most antihistamines are very safe you should never use more than the recommended dose without the guidance of a physician. The consequence of to... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Asthma and carpet: While these products as well as many strongly scented products can aggravate asthma, your symptoms could also be due to anxiety or panic. Best to rem... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Nasal breathing: Often one of the most distressing symptoms of allergy is nasal congestion. Antihistamines alone have very little benefit for congestion. Consider the... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Not enough info: Nasal congestion can be caused by allergies but also many other things. You don't say how old your child is or what medicine was tried. Some allergy m... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Stop the new drugs: You should stop both the spironolactone and the minocycline immediately and notify your physician that prescribed them. There can be many causes of it... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Herbs for immunity: Your ability to fight off bacterial infection is the result of a complex immune system. It is very unlikely that supplementation with herbs could hav... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Poison ivy: It is very unusual for poison ivy to cause burning sensations. Usually it causes very severe itching. The rash is usually also very prominent. I would... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Nickel Alternatives: It is not clear to me if you are speaking of medical applications or jewelry or other nickel exposures. The diagnosis of nickel allergy is best made ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Reactions to foods: Without other allergic symptoms it may be difficult to know the cause of your reactions. While it could be due to allergy such as food-pollen cross se... Read More
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Natural treatments : Natural treatments are medications too. Usually not as well studied or characterized for benefit and safety as those approved by the fda. I don't kno... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Itchy back: You might be allergic to your shampoo or another hair care product. Without a medical exam it would be difficult to say. Consider using only a non sen... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Bumps and sore gland: Based the information given it would impossible to make a diagnosis. The possible causes of the symptoms are too broad and other information about you... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Painful situation: You have a difficult problem which is not uncommon. You need a concerned physician to review the reactions and what alternatives are available for tre... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Cold urticaria: Depends on the reaction. If you have a syndrome called familial cold urticaria it may be part of a spectrum of disease called cold autoinflammatory s... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Triple trouble: I don't know of any cross-reactivity between sulfa and triple antibiotic ointments (combo of neomycin, polymyxin and bacitracin) however it is importa... Read More
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Wasp stings swelling: Sting reactions can normally take several days to go down but should be improving by then. It may take a week or more to resolve completely. If it is ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Sneezy and dopey: You need to see an allergist and get tested to figure this out and you might need some other x-rays of your sinuses. You don't want to be your own doc... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Asthma treatment: Dulera (formoterol and mometasone) is a very effective asthma controller medication but you should not be making the decision which drug to be on by y... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Fungus: Mold and fungi are the most prevalent living thing on the planet. We are all exposed to mold in some form at all times. Most often it causes no harmf... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Itchy rash eval: A new onset itchy rash can be due to many things. If simple changes to your personal care products and environment don't help you should see an aller... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
High ANA : Anti-nuclear antibodies can be elevated in many conditions and represent a type of autoimmunity or immune reaction to self. They are associated with ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Sinus infection: Depends, you say you had a ct scan and it was normal. If you had a ct of the sinuses that showed no infection then you do not have a sinus infection.... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Bottoms up: Yes you are! well, if not alcohol then something else in what you are drinking or something else you do when you drink. Stop drinking, try club sod... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Food testing: Food allergies can be frightening but there is no reason to test the children if they have not had reactions. Always be cautious when introducing a ne... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Aspirin allergy: Aspirin can cause hives or anaphylaxis and it can cause unusual reactions including asthma wheezing and rhinitis and conjunctivitis similar to hay fe... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Zyrtec (cetirizine) for asthma: Zyrtec (cetirizine) will not treat asthma. If you have asthma triggered by allergies you need specific asthma treatments see your doctor. You may need... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
beef/ pork allergy?: You don't state why the tests were done. False positives are much less common when the tests are done in people who have symptoms induced by the food ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Nose spray helps ear: Avamys brand of fluticasone furoate, is called Veramyst nasal spray in the us. It is one of several intranasal steroids approved to treat allergic rh... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Prolonged allergy: All drugs clear your system at different rates. While many clear the bloodstream quickly along with their therapeutic effects, it only takes a tiny bi... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Chiggers bite: I doubt Claritin (loratadine) would help much. Chiggers cause intense local hive-like reactions that respond best to topically applied anti-pruritics... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Asthma and COPD: Some individuals with asthma may develop worsening chronic obstruction. This is often thought to be due to remodeling of the airways. It is not well ... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Berson is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Berson is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I ended up taking a zyrtec and the itching stopped for the most part. I didn't take the other meds this morning. Thank you for your time and help!
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Hahnemann Medical College, PA
Graduated 1983MD

Awards

Top Allergist and Immunologist , First Place, Illinois - Winter
2013
Top Allergist and Immunologist , First Place, Missouri - Summer
2013
Top Doctor, Third Place, the St. Louis Region - Spring
2017

Affiliations

Washington University School of Medicine
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