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Dr. Kristin Sokol

Allergy and Immunology
Brookline, MA
13 years experience female

About

Bio

I am a board-certified pediatrician and allergist/immunologist specializing in both adult and pediatric allergic conditions such as rhinitis, sinusitis, food allergy, drug allergy, Hymenoptera sensitivity, chronic urticaria, and mastocytosis. I am a clinical educator and dedicated to medical education. I am interested in ethical issues that arise in the everyday allergy practice, especially costs of care. Lastly, I am a mother to 3 children, one with food allergy.

Specialties
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Allergy and Immunology

Pediatric Allergy and Asthma

Pediatrics

Licenses

United States: Maryland, Massachusetts, Texas

Doctor Q&A

408 Answers
413 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A male asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Throat infection: Throat with yellow and red areas, bumps, blood vessels and white debris in tonsillar crevices sounds like a throat infection, also known as pharyngiti... Read More
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Home remedies: A 10 year old girl with a sinus infection on antibiotics, wants to know what best relief is from stuffy nose/trouble sleeping. Try some simple home re... Read More
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
See physician: A 51 year old male with allergy symptoms taking cetirizine, benadryl, (diphenhydramine) and loratadine without improvement. See an allergist to determ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Yes: Yes but make sure you are following directions and only take each one as directed.
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
NO EoE: This means you do not have a diagnosis of EoE (eosinophilic esophagitis). Corrugated esophagus a sign of reflux disease.
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Home remedies: 41 female with bronchitis already on antibiotics, what else can help? Try warm water with honey and lemon before bed and/or throughout the day. Also s... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Chronic urticaria: 47 yo female with hives for 17 years. Chronic hives is a common condition that allergists/immunologists see in clinic on a regular basis. Most times, ... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
3 days: A 56 year old female received IVIG, now with headaches, nausea, fatigue, and bodyaches. Usually these symptoms last no more than 3 days, but I have ha... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Sinus congestion: A 21 year old female with nasal congestion, headaches, and taste of blood in mouth. These symptoms could be due to a sinus infection, chronic rhinitis... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
NO: An antihistamine is not an antibiotic. Allergy medicines like antihistamines will not interact with a depo-provera shot.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Tonsil stones?: 32 yo male with dry throat and big patches/granules on back of throat. These patches that you describe could be tonsilloliths (also known as tonsil st... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Normal!: Baby kicking a lot is normal and a good sign.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Test: You can take a home pregnancy test to confirm. Some women do have light bleeding or spotting during pregnancy.
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Good start: Sinus headaches can definitely be caused by allergies, especially if you get them every spring, when tree pollen is high. First step allergy testing t... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Rhinitis: Rhinitis causes post-nasal drip/mucus in throat. Could be due to infection, allergies, irritants. Can also be caused by your GERD. Have you tried medi... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Please do not: Please do not use any kidney cleanse or over the counter supplements. See the doctor who ordered these tests.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
TOO MUCH: That is too much cetirizine! This can cause a range of effects, including blurry vision, dry mouth, nausea, dizziness, weakness, drowsiness, tremor, e... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Increase fiber: Constipation and bloating can be caused by lack of fiber in the diet. Please decrease sugars and fats in diet, and increase foods with fiber, like bea... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Urticaria: Probably cholinergic urticaria, small hives brought on by hot weather, sweating, exercise and stress. Treat with oral antihistamine if bothersome. If... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Urticaria?: Urticaria (aka Hives) is an itchy rash that worsens with heat and other factors like stress, alcohol, exercise, etc, however it almost always has a vi... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
NO: I wouldn't say Xyzal is "100 times stronger" than zyrtec. Xyzal is derived from zyrtec. Different antihistamines have a different effect on patients. ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Constipation: Constipation can be caused by lack of fiber in the diet. Please decrease sugars and fats in diet, and increase foods with fiber, like beans and green ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Don't worry: Some people's skin tends to scar easier than others. Nothing to worry about. To reduce scars, try moisturizing cuts/wounds/bites with Vitamin E oil or... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Possible: Definitely possible to get pregnant after unprotected sex really anytime during menstrual cycle.
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
ENT: You might want to visit with an ENT (ear, nose, throat) physician and make sure this is the problem. Steroids, antibiotics and an antihistamine should... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Pharyngitis: Yes, pharyngitis (throat infection) can occur even if tonsils removed. I would see someone to make sure this isn't strep (a bacterial pharyngitis). in... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
?: Quitting smoking should not effect penile erections.
A female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
See dentist: See a dentist in person for a good examination. It could be normal tissue/scarring after surgery, but best to get examined.
A female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Hives: Raised itchy bumps could be hives, which are due to a whole host of causes. Anthistamine medication could reduce the bumps and itch if truly hives. Ho... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Yes: It will evaluate nose, sinus openings, tonsils, vocal cords.
A member asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Cough: Cough lasting 3 weeks can simply be related to a viral infection (like the common cold or the flu), often cough will linger for 4-6 weeks after infect... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Few options: A pregnant female with yellow mucus and a sore throat might have a sinus infection or a throat infection. She should see her primary care physician or... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Infection: These symptoms could indicate infection. You should have a follow-up with the physician who performed this surgery.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
NO: Flonase should not cause diarrhea. It is more likely that the antibiotic you are taking is causing the diarrhea. If you are tasting the Flonase then ... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Kratom: Kratom is a psychoactive drug that can cause profuse sweating. stop using
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Antihistamines: Yes, antihistamines like claritin can help with allergy symptoms like sneezing, itching, watery nose and watery eyes. However, intranasal steroid spra... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Infection: Sounds like this bite is actually an infection of the skin - called an abscess. If it is red, hot, hard and painful, it is time to have it looked at b... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Antihistamines: Antihistamines cause some people to be tired. They cause different levels of fatigue in different patients. If Claritin (loratadine) makes you drowsy,... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
No: No, probably just a common cold, sometimes symptoms can last 10-14 days. Try not to use sudafed every night though. It is a decongestant and will work... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Several days: The antibiotic azithromycin (also known as the z-pack) can last in your system for several days after finishing the course. This is because the drug h... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Viral infection: A 6 year old boy with fever, chills, and headache sounds like a viral infection (common cold, flu, etc). Your question got cut off, but it sounds like... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Of course: What is the allergen that is causing contact dermatitis ? that will make a big difference. If to latex, you can wear latex free gloves.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Should be fine: Yes, clindamycin is not related to the other medications you list as being allergic to. However, you are likely not allergic to all these medications.... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Could be med related: A 6 yo acting out at school, taking zyrtec in morning and benadryl (diphenhydramine) in evening. Changes in behavior like acting out in school could b... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Anithistamines: Try a longer acting antihistamine like zyrtec or allegra twice a day (Benadryl only lasts a few hours). You can also try anti itch remedies like like... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Asthma, allergies?: Shortness of breath in the morning time only could be related to allergies and asthma, specifically allergy induced asthma. Pollen is more prominent i... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Yes: no contraindication to taking antibiotics and decongestants together
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Most likely nothing: Mold spores are naturally occurring in our environment, both indoors and outdoors. We likely inhale mold spores frequently with no problems. Inhaling ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Sinus headache?: Eyes aching and frontal headache could be due to a sinus infection. Allergies can also cause similar symptoms. Please see physician for further help
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
No: It is not an NSAID. But I would check with the doctor that prescribed you antibiotics and ask if he/she thinks this medication is appropriate for your... Read More

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Dr. Justin Greiwe
Mar 10, 2016
Dr. Sokol is an amazing physician who specializes in allergy and immunology. She is kind, compassionate, and very knowledgeable. You can't go wrong consulting with Dr. Sokol, highly recommend her!
Dr. Philip Miller
Aug 17, 2016
I highly endorse and support Dr. Kristin Sokol as an expert in allergic medicine and immunology. Her answers are empathetic and astute. She is an asset to the HealthTap expert community.
I have enjoyed interacting and learning from Dr. Sokol here on healthtap. She gives very insightful answers.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I have a follow up for biopsy report on the 31st. I am basically worried what to in the meantime. Thank you again, you have answered my concerns previously, its been a...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Yes, I'll be seeing my doctor within the week. These tests where requested due to unexplained miscarriage at 13 weeks and still birth at 33 weeks. My doctor thinks I hav...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you Dr. Sokol sitting in the bathroom with steam actually helped. Can I watch TV in the bathroom next time I get a stuffy nose, was her question this morning. Agai...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, FL
Graduated 2009MD

Residency

Texas Children's Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine

Awards

First place, Clinical Research presentation – “Choosing Wisely: Adherence by Physicians to Recommended Use of Spirometry in the Diagnosis and Management of Adult Asthma.” Tenth Annual Respiratory Disease Young Investigators Forum, Washington DC. October 2014.
Thought Leader, Second Place, Massachusetts - Spring
2016
Top Doctor, First Place, Massachusetts - Spring
2016

Affiliations

American Academy Of Allergy Asthma And Immunology
American College Of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
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