Dr. Douglas Berson

Allergy and Immunology
Chesterfield, MO
40 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

Thursday: Closed
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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
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 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
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 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
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 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
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A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 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
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 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
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A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 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
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 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
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 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
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 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
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 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
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 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
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 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
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 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
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Asthma after meals: Asthma can be triggered by food allergy or by acid reflux. Consider getting tested.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 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
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 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
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 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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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 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
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 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
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 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
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 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
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 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
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 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
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 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
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 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
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 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
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Reactions vary: Reactions can occur almost immediately especially if you touch your eyes. Sometimes a reaction can occur that is more delayed even after 6-8 hours and... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 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
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A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Ask the allergist: Too many variables to answer this. Your diagnosis or shots could be wrong. You should ask the allergist or physician who is prescribing the shots and... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Steroids for eczema: Corticosteroids have several mechanisms of action. Full benefits may take days to weeks. Topical steroids however have anti-itching effects which may ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Getting clean: What type of reaction do you have? If it is a specific allergic contact dermatitis you should seek out an allergist or dermatologist who can perform p... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Post op anaphylaxis : Anaphylaxis after surgery is a very complex problem and can only be addressed properly by close collaboration between surgeon anesthesiologist and an ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Red face: It is likely safe but depending on the cause other treatments may be be more effective. I would consider discussing this with your pcp to determine th... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Anaphylaxis is rare: Be reassured that serious anaphylaxis is rare especially in people who have no known reactions or allergies. Er's are well equipped to handle it. I ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Bruising hives: Although you might be causing the bruising by scratching, bruising could suggest a different problem called vasculitis. You should seek medical atten... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Coffee allergy: It is possible to be allergic to almost any natural product. Reactions to coffee are unusual. Some people have non allergic reactions to aromatic co... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Lactose: That is what lactose intolerance is. It is caused by an insufficiency of the lactase enzyme in the intestine. Milk can be purchased that is lactose fr... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Fishy allergies: Fish and shellfish share few allergens. Usually we divide seafood allergies into three categories: crustaceans such as crab, shrimp and lobster, moll... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Aspirin allergy?: More severe reactions to Aspirin can occur but i agree it would be unlikely wtih your history. Recent evidence suggests that antihistamines and monte... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Nasal Polyps: Half of people with nasal polyps do not have allergies. The reason for this is not yet well worked out but we do know that they are due to inflammatio... Read More
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A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Seretide vs Advair: Seretide is the name for advair outside the us. It also contains fluticasone and salmeterol. Hopefully you have a reputable supplier and the inhalers ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Mixing cold meds: It may be safe since most otc medications have a pretty good safety margin but you may be taking double doses of decongestants. Mixing meds can be da... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 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
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Stay on your Advair: Advair is a chronic controller drug for asthma. It is extremely effective for the prevention of asthma. You need to stay on it continuously for it to ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Sinus sores: Cold sores and sinus infections are both often triggered by viral infections. You may be mistaking a viral infection from a sinus infection.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Too much cetirizine: Too much of any drug could be dangerous but Cetirizine is generally very safe in usual doses. It is not uncommon for allergists to prescribe Cetiriz... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Sulfa allergy?: Not all sulfas cross react. Sulfa antibiotics do not cross react with most other sulfa drugs. Of course you could develop a second allergy though it i... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Globes not asthma: The sensation you are describing is usually called globus. This is not a typical asthma symptom. Get it checked out by your dr.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Ocean allergy: The answer is no! fish allergy is due to a reaction to a protein in the fish itself. Some people with severe fish allergy will react even to airborne ... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Dermatology referral: There is no adequate way to diagnose your grandma without seeing the rash and taking a full history. You should get her to a dermatologist who can mak... 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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