Dr. Duane Gels

Allergy and Immunology
Annapolis, MD
39 years experience male

Locations

Annapolis Allergy & Asthma at Chester

Chester, MD

Address

1630 Main Street, Suite 230, Chester, MD, US
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: Closed
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Practice website

Fax

410-573-5841

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Alliance Health

CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield

CIGNA Health Care

Coventry Health Care

Golden Rule Insurance Company

Group Health Incorporated (GHI)

John Hancock Life Insurance Company

United HealthCare Insurance Company

Annapolis Allergy & Asthma at Centreville

Centreville, MD

Annapolis Allergy & Asthma, LLC

Annapolis, MD

About

Bio

Highly trained and experienced specialist in allergy, asthma, sinus and respiratory disease. Relates well to patients; down to earth, approachable, easy to understand, compassionate and caring. Teaching staff at Hopkins but prefers caring for patients over research and academics. At ease with all ages, young children (married, has 2 of his own) and seniors. Sees HealthTap as a way to be more available to many devoted patients an hour away.

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

Licenses

United States: Maryland

Doctor Q&A

318 Answers
158 Agrees
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
No,but food related?: Rosacea is not an allergy to any food. Typically patients who develop rosacea develop flushing (vasodilation) of the face, upper chest and ears after ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Itchy, red, burning: This picture illustrates it well: itching, redness, burning, watering with puffiness and swelling, big shiners-notice the dark circles. Beware scratch... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
No: Typically allergy eye drops contain antihistamines or saline. Should not noticably affect pupils. Even steroid Rx drops. Something else; ask your doct... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Indeed: A common cause for wheezing in the chest is allergy to airborne triggers. Starting with symptoms in the eyes and nose, allergies can lead to chest tig... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Not usually: Usually the plantain allergy discussed here in the states is to the pollen of the weed English Plantain, not food allergy to plantains (similar to ban... Read More
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A 82-year-old female asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Lots!: Summaries of most all published articles are available through http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed : JACI, JACI in Practice, Annals of Allergy, Allerg... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Allergy or no?: The most common reason for sneezing after a run is pollen allong the trail. Increased frequency and depth of breathing leads to heavy deposition of po... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Half an hour or so: Syrup and chewable, 15-20 minutes. The capsules a little longer. A shot, even shorter.
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Neither best: Many drugs have sedation as one of many side effects, such as the two you mention. In fact, Restoril (temazepam) is an old brand of hydroxyzine I'd wr... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Sure sounds like it: We can't diagnose here, but you've certainly described many features associated with acid reflux (GERD). Usual first measures include dietary and life... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Topical?: I've not seen allergy from this, doesn't mean it can't occur, tho. But "acne" does not happen from allergy. An allergic rash from topical creams/ointm... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Might need steroids: But that would require a prescription. Try an moisturizer or topical steroid, over the counter, especially if the itch is in one spot (not near eyes, ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Prob no allergy: Though milk intolerance Is possible, meaning you just can't digest it. Food allergy in your situation would be: hives, itching, swelling, vomiting, di... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Just drowsy: Worsens Benadryl's sleepy effects. Not so much if on Zyrtec (cetirizine) daily a long time. Beware driving/ machinery.
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Coud b normal. Why?: Peak Flows, though quantifiable, are effort dependent. Need to check technique. Also, depends on size. Spirometry does not peak until 30-35. 550 could... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
C an allergist: 25 years an allergist, nvr seen honey allergy. Allergy to an allergist means a specific immune reaction. Does lbp mean "low blood pressure"? Certainly... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Could be: Suggest pulmonologist to answer. Since both conditions are associated with smoking, I would not be surprised, but how this applies to you is another m... Read More
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Need examination: Saline might be soothing, so continue. Not sure it shortens the illness. Tough call on the Flovent; it reliably causes hoarseness at high doses direct... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Yes. Get tested.: Yes, in fact, classic allergy requires previous exposure in order for allergy to happen. There exist reliable data on skin testing for allergy to peni... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Decongestant: Allergies can cause eustachian tubes to clog up. If you are otherwise healthy, pop 2 OTC pseudoephedrine 30 mg tablets. Plus get OTC decongestant nose... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Commonly poor effort: Pulmonary tests are dependent on the effort of the patient. Without a deep breath and a forceful, sustained blow, the test results are inaccurate. Als... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Why allergists exist: Finding & treating the cause of allergic reactions is the main function of an allergist. A solid understanding of the immune system is required, s... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Complete ans unknown: It technically is misguided immune reaction. The body misinterprets a harmless protein or complex carbohydrate as a potential invader. Specifically it... Read More
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A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Yes, if...: Yes, one can be diagnosed with asthma, given the history (the story): symptoms, worsening factors, change over time or with medication, associated ill... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Possibly: Pardon if I've commented on this before. Food allergies are becoming more and more common; the food industry has been regulated to identify and label ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Get checked out now: Sudden swelling would make me think infection or inflammation. My recommendation is that you get seen at an urgent care or emergency room, where exam ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Rash vs allergy: Reactions to foods, medications, insect (bee) stings often are generalized (all over), and usually are hives. Viruses and bacteria can trigger rashes ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Broad question: Hard to give a helpful answer here, I'm afraid. Is it truly the immune system? Is it increased exposure to viruses? Or perhaps chronic allergies drivi... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Nvr hrd this before: Seriously doubt the two issues are related. Could remove cat from bed and wash all the bedding, and certainly no harm in taking an antihistamine like ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Many: Papular urticaria, as it is called, is what is typically seen from bites by mosquitos, spiders, etc. Usually reactions to the saliva trigger itching, ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Ignore: Fact: Mouth itching w/ fresh fruit (cherries, plums, peaches) can signal future tree pollen allergy!
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Immediate reaction: ...involving itching, swelling, nausea, vomiting, hives, wheezing, coughing, dizziness or passing out: this is anaphylaxis and can be life threatening... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Prob not: Good question. I see allergies young, but rarely that young. Infants sneeze to clear their nose. Yours may be just mopping up the end of a cold, or ev... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Depends: We need a few more details. A small sniff of cat fur might just give you a sneeze. But a spoonful of peanut butter could send you to the ER. Some code... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Anaphylaxis onset: Almost always within minutes. So fast that if one is at risk of a repeat event of anaphylaxis, an automatic injector of epinephrine should be carried ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Systemic steroids: The urushiol of poison ivy soon penetrates the epithelium of the skin and covalently bonds to proteins and cannot be removed. Within 3-5 days, the all... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Could be OFAS: A common complaint in patients allergic to certain pollen is that some foods (like fresh fruit & vegetables) trigger local symptoms in the mouth -... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Seriously doubt: Something else is going on. More data, please.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Mild top steroid: 1 or 2.5% hydrocortisone is usually recommended if prolonged therapy is required. Axilla is a sensitive area of the body, so avoid high potency steroi... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Get you to quit?: Though old-timers used to skin test for allergy to tobacco, I'm not sure this was helpful at all. I don't think I have heard that tobacco has triggere... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Depends: Question too broad. Certain allergies are quite treatable, and sometimes one would say 'curable'. Evidence shows allergy shots can effect dramatic rel... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Not typical: Most minor allergic reactions would not normally involve platelets. Anaphylaxis could possibly involve platelets, but typically I don't expect to see ... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
No, not usually.: Glands will swell for weeks after an upper respiratory infection, which causes drainage (briefly), but you said "chronic". I noticed gastritis and Pri... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Meds can't cure cold: Though many remedies can alleviate the discomfort of the typical head cold, there is no direct treatment for rhinovirus. Your immune system is what do... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
A little unusual...: Nope, Teresa, I've never heard that one before. Could it be rebound from overusing decongestants such as Afrin (oxymetazoline) nose spray (or illicit ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
DH: Board Question? Dermatitis Herpetiformis. This appears as a group of itchy blisters, usually on the outside of arms and legs, that can look like herpe... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Get checked: Though one can bruise yourself from scratching, normally the itch comes first. Rarely but possible I have seen severe hives resolve leaving a bruise, ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Puzzling: Intermittant wheezing from asthma , the most common reason, can occur anytime. Typically, tho, it happens at night; after midnight. Nocturnal awakenin... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Unlimited, but...: There are many (>100) foods available, but as it turns out, the vast majority of patients are allergic to a limited number. The "top 8" foods are c... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
How high?: Immunoglobulin A is present in serum (thus measurable by blood test), but its chief importance is in mucous membranes (respiratory tract and gut) and ... Read More
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Jan 24, 2015
A relative newcomer to HealthTap, but quite a find! He provides spot-on Answers with a tongue-in-cheek, practical, easy-to-understand style that makes you want more! And, he clearly knows his stuff....Read More
May 30, 2015
Highly recommend Dr.Gels for his dedication, commitment and excellence in the field of Allergy/Immunology and I greatly appreciate his insights and advice that he shares on Health Tap.
Jun 3, 2015
Great source of information about allergic disorders. Gladly refer to Dr. Gels if need allergy information
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I did a lot of research and found this info. The real question given the risks is can I use topical around the eye and can I go off oral after shot.
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This made me feel good. Thanks! The neurologist put me on the medicine. and Yes the Mri was of my head and entire spine!
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Thank you, your quick reply made me feel good! My orthopedic surgeon told me never have cortezone shot w/my reaction

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1984MD

Residency

RHODE ISLAND HOSPITAL
Completed 1987

Awards

Fellow, American Academy of Allergy and Immunology
Fellow, American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
Top Doc, What's Up Annapolis

Affiliations

Anne arundel medical center
Johns hopkins hospital
Anne Arundel Medical Center
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