Dr. Kristin Sokol

Allergy and Immunology
Brookline, MA
14 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
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
NO: Question if soy milk is in the same group as "milk, yogurt, cheese" group. NO. Soy milk is soy based, which is a different protein than cow's milk pro... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Not in all: 22 year old female with allergic rhinitis wondering if it can be caused by beta blockers. Beta blockers is a class of medication used for high blood p... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Take to doctor: How long has child been coughing? If more than a week, might be time to take to pediatrician to make sure it is not a lung infection. most coughs are ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Steroid withdrawal: Talk to doctor who originally prescribed. May need to go back on a small dose for a longer wean
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Not necessarily: Not necessarily coming from your sinuses, can come from the lining of your nose too. Exposure to allergens causes cells of the nasal mucosa to release... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Allergy shots: Allergy shots (immunotherapy) is usually standardized and given in a monitored environment. Allergy drops are not. There is likely less allergen in dr... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Menstrual cycle: The vomiting certainly could be related to the menstrual cycle, I am not sure why it would be just after eating dairy. Try to go dairy-free during the... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Probably not related: Fast HR is probably not related to taking Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) SR. Drink plenty of fluids and get plenty of rest as you currently h... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Post-nasal drainage: Your symptoms are probably just due to some post-nasal drainage which can cause throat pain/irritation and cough. Red and white sports on tonsils are ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
No: Drug allergy is caused by ingestion.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Go back to doc: A cough for 4 weeks not responding to antibiotics, oral steroids or albuterol. Sounds like doc was treating you for lung infection with some obstructi... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Very rare: Pancreatic cancer in a 22 year old is very rare. sudden pain in the left side/back is more likely to be due to injury or overuse. I would also conside... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Hives: Hives are a very common but annoying symptom. Take a long-acting non-sedating antihistamine like zyrtec or allegra 1-2 times/day to help with itching.... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Fever too high: A fever higher than 110 does not make sense. The adult body can not handle temperatures above 104-105 for a long period of time. I would recheck this.... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Check pregnancy test: If you have had unprotected sex, no matter what, check a pregnancy test.. Pull out method is not an effective method of birth control. spotting and di... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Post nasal drainage?: These symptoms of tasting blood and mucus when swallowing and bad breath can be caused by a viral infection of the throat (pharyngitis). They can also... Read More
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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
See an immunologist: A 63 year old female with low IgG subclass 1 and elevated IgM, also with fatigue. A low IgG1 with normal total IgG could indicate a selective IgG subc... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Yes: These 2 medicines are different classes. The doctor who prescribed the keeled should be able to explain this to you as well.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Bug Bites: 46 year old female looking for OTC meds for bug bites. 1% hydrocortisone cream, any oral antihistamine (zyrtec, allegra, claritin) for itching, benadr... Read More
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Possibly: 46 year old with sore throat and ear pain, child with diagnosed strep. It is very possible that you have strep as well, since strep is contagious and ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Sniffed too hard: 21 yo female using steroid nasal spray now with irritated dry tonsils. Nasal sprays only work well if patients use them properly. Sniffing the spray t... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Not much: A weakly present lupus anticoagulant and an ANA of 1:40 are common in the general population, and usually not an indication of an autoimmune disorder... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Vaseline: Plain old Vaseline is a great skin moisturizer and is safe for babies.
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Hygiene problem?: Is your bed clean? Are the sheets washed regularly? How old is your mattress? Have you looked for insects? You could also have an allergy to dust mite... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Infection or allergy: a 50 year old male with post-nasal drip worsening in the last few moths, a bit of blood in mucus. Post-nasal drainage comes from nose and sinuses. Whe... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Vaseline, moisture: Try using a small dab of Vaseline in the entrance of each nostril before bedtime every evening. This will help with the dryness and irritation that ca... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Allergy?: A 43 year old male with hand and feet itching that resolves with an antihistamine sounds like an allergy. It could be a contact allergy (touching or c... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
NO: No, our respiratory tract (including our nose, sinuses, trachea, and lungs) has great mechanisms for clearing our airways of foreign particles, includ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
No: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is just a short acting antihistamine that will help the hives and itching only for a short period of time., maybe a few hou... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
NO: Will not hurt you to take BP often.
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Maybe not asthma: A 19 yo with a negative methacholine challenge. A methacholine challenge test is ordered when a diagnosis of asthma is suspected but cannot be proven ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Yes, there are other: Allergy sufferer only taking loratadine. Loratadine is probably the least effective oral antihistamine. Try cetirizine or fexofenadine instead. Nasal ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Distilled or boiled: Only use distilled or boiled water with netipot. Never use tap water. Very good for both allergies and sinus problems. Either replace the netipot (if ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Depends: ARe you sure the chronic cough is due to post nasal drip? It could be caused by asthma or reflux. Also you may not be using the Flonase properly, make... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Every 6 hours: It is OK to use both together. Do not use either one more than 4 times in a 24 hour period (every 6 hours). Of course, follow the directions on the bo... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Treated: this means that you had the disease in the past, not currently. Unless the chlamydia went untreated for a long time, thus causing inflammation and sca... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Depends: Usually taking Claritin (loratadine) And Allegra in one day will not hurt but it depends on age of son and also depends on cause of symptoms. I would ... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Hives: If these spots are itchy and showing up at random locations on body, sounds like hives, which can occur for many different reasons - allergy to food, ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
YES: Yes, same medication. Motrin is a brand name, ibuprofen is a generic name.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Genetic: Likely not due to environmental factors. Nothing can be done to lengthen legs.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Too many possibiliti: There are too many possibilities to answer in this type of forum. You will need to set up a consult here on this site with a physician or go to see yo... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Yes: Yes, doxycycline and diazepam can be used together. Perioral dermatitis is a very frustrating skin condition. Take your medicine as prescribed, avoid ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
2 or 3 doses: The rotavirus vaccine, depending on which one is given to your baby, should be given 2 or 3 times, not just once. Rotateq is a given at 2,4, and 6 mon... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Infection?: Stomach pain and fatigue could indicate a viral infection, like a viral gastroenteritis. These symptoms can also be associated with nausea, vomiting, ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Dehydration: You should worry about dehydration if vomiting and loose stool has been going on for days! might be a virus but dehydration is a common complication. ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
It's possible: Yes it's possible but probably low likelihood
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Could be: A 16 year old male waking up with sore throat and tonsil stones. These symptoms could be due to mouth breathing, especially in dry air, at night. Or c... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Hives: A 23 year old female with itchy hives that turn to scabs or scaly dry patches for one week. Hives can be caused by multiple different things - sometim... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
No increased risk: Just because there is a history of rhinitis and urticaria, this does not mean that you will have anaphylaxis. In fact, the risk of you having anaphyla... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Every 6 months : Ideally every 6 months for check ups and cleanings. at least once a year!
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Testimonials
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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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