South Bay Allergy Center: Beware of Easter Allergy Triggers

Dear Friends,

Easter can be a fun time of eggs, candy and flowers, but it can also be dangerous for people who suffer with allergies. There are so many opportunities for danger if that bunny leaves something more than yummy treats. Riviera Allergy Medical Center (RAMC) provides advice year-round to help allergy sufferers cope with the potential allergy triggers that can hide in innocent packaging.

Dr. Ulrike Ziegner, allergy treatment specialist, recommends following these tips below to help keep Easter safe for people who suffer from allergies, asthma, and food sensitivities.

  • Safe Egg DecoratingKids With Food Allergies has some great egg decorating ideas so your kids won’t have to miss out on all the fun. Instead of using real eggs they suggest painting wooden, plastic, Styrofoam, ceramic or other types of non-allergy inducing eggs. Be sure to look at their ideas for safe Easter baskets and Easter activities, along with some yummy recipes.
  • Watch Out for Flowers and Pollen: The Easter lily is a beautiful flower, but it can also be an allergy trigger. In addition, this is the time when spring pollen starts appearing in various types of tree pollen, causing additional sneezing and wheezing.
  • Traveling Concerns: People like to visit each other around holidays. Make sure you take any allergy medications along in case they have a dog, cat, or even a bunny that might induce an allergic reaction. Ask what ingredients went into any baked good items, or take safe treats along for your child.
  • Easter Candy: It’s hard to resist a brightly-decorated basket of tempting treats. Make sure you inspect all candies for nuts, milk, wheat, eggs or other triggers that can affect your child. has a listing of Allergy-Friendly Easter Candy that is made in dedicated facilities. You can also consider a basket filled with plastic eggs that contain small toys, stickers, Legos, or other items your child will enjoy. Throw in some crayons and a rubber ducky, top it off with a brightly colored stuffed animal, and the basket will be a real treat.


Ask Riviera Allergy Medical Center about other safe practices you can follow, and learn about actions to take in case of an allergic reaction. We can show you how to recognize an allergic reaction and anaphylaxis. Dr. Ziegner can advise you on whether antihistamines or an epinephrine injector are appropriate for your allergic reactions, and will offer sound suggestions on how to manage and possibly even prevent them.

Dr. Ziegner and the entire staff at Riviera Allergy Medical Center want to wish you and your family a safe and allergy-free Easter!

Dr. Z and Staff

1711 Via El Prado, Suite 101
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Phone: 310.792.9050
Fax: 310.792.9048



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RAMC on Salt Therapy: Why Salt Works for Respiratory and Skin Disorders

Salt as Therapy for Respiratory, Skin Disorders

Sodium chloride (NaCl), more commonly known as salt, is found in abundance in nature and is without a doubt the most frequently used condiment around the globe. Its use as a seasoning, as a preservative, and for medicinal purposes has been documented in almost every civilization.

Salt is an essential part of daily life, and this is reflected in several language derivations. In fact, the word “salary,” which comes from the Latin “salarium,” denotes money that was paid to Roman soldiers so they could buy salt rations. Likewise, the Austrian city of Salzburg literally translates as the “salt fortress” and derives its name from the barges carrying salt on the Salzach river.


Regular consumption of salt is necessary for proper functioning of the nervous system, as well as for the regulation of water balance in cells.   

Salt is found in a variety of forms. Sea salt is so abundant that there has been no scientific discussion of reserves. Other salt deposits are scattered around the world in areas thought to have once been ancient oceans that evaporated, leaving large salt deposits. The total world production of salt is estimated to be 290 million tons, with the United States being the largest producer at more than 44 million tons. In folk medicine, warm saltwater gargles for sore throats and salt poultices for soft-tissue infections are two of many commonly used salt therapies. 


The majority of clinical trials researching the efficacy of salt therapy target respiratory conditions. Therapeutic methods range from spending time in a natural salt cave­ to breathing aerosolized hypertonic salt water.

In the respiratory tract, salt’s mechanism of action is multifaceted. Because salt particles are smaller than most particulate matter in the air, they can be inhaled deeper into the airways. Once in the respiratory tract, salt triggers a cascade of therapeutic events.

Salt acts as a mucolytic, allowing natural ciliary action to improve: it decreases bronchial edema; it is an antimicrobial; and, due to these properties as well as an anti-inflammatory action, salt suppresses bronchial hyperreactivity. 

Aerosolized hypertonic saline has been studied as a treatment for cystic fibrosis. Researchers randomized 24 cystic fibrosis patients to receive either nebulized hypertonic saline (5 ml of 7% NaCl) four times a day with or without pretreatment with amiloride (Midamor), a mild diuretic. Treatments were continued for two weeks with pulmonary function and mucus clearance measured at baseline and periodically during therapy.

At the end of the trial, the study group that used only nebulized saline showed a twofold improvement in both immediate and sustained mucus clearance, and nearly a 7% improvement in pulmonary function (as measured by forced expiratory volume in one second [FEV1]). The hypothesis for the dramatic difference in the two groups was that by allowing the natural water-retaining action of the salt to function uninhibited by diuresis, the mucolytic action was much more effective.  

A study of the effect of dry salt aerosol on lung function focused on 393 patients with severe obstructive pulmonary disease. Participants were assigned to traditional therapy (aimed at bronchodilatation) alone or to traditional therapy coupled with aerosol salt therapy. After one hour, the patients receiving dual therapy showed an increase of 6.5% in oxygen saturation levels and a 26% reduction in respiratory rate compared with only 3% and 19%, respectively, in the standard-therapy group. 

Dermatology is another emerging area for salt therapy. About 2% to 3% of the world’s population is afflicted with psoriasis. In a phase 3 trial, researchers randomized 367 psoriaris patients to either traditional ultraviolet light therapy (UVT) alone or UVT and bathing in a Dead Sea hypertonic salt solution. After 35 treatments, the combination group showed a 46% greater symptom improvement than the UVT-only group.

Salt also may relieve atopic dermatitis in children with severe disease. Researchers compared topical therapies of traditional emollient cream with therapies utilizing cream enriched with Dead Sea salts. Eighty-six children were randomized, and at the end of 12 weeks, participants receiving the Dead Sea salt-enriched cream showed significant improvement in all symptom areas.


Although excessive salt consumption has been deemed potentially dangerous — especially for cardiovascular, renal or endocrine conditions — no warnings were found for topical applications.

Cost, How Supplied

Ionic salt generators, used in inhalation therapy, cost anywhere from $50 to several hundred dollars. Topical salt products are widely available and, depending on the concentration and purity, cost $30 to $100 for a one-month supply.


Data show that the various forms of salt therapy are safe and effective. However, many conditions require more than one type of therapy or medication. Consider salt therapy for patients with psoriasis in particular, as this treatment has shown significant efficacy in reducing sympto­matic lesions.   

This article originally appeared on Clinical Advisor June 21, 2013

About RAMC – Riviera Allergy Medical Center offers comprehensive treatment for the most common food allergiesskin allergy medicine, and asthma prevention. Located at 1711 Via El Prado, Suite 101 in Redondo Beach, the allergy and asthma center is headed by renowned seasonal allergy treatment specialist, Dr. Ulrike Ziegner. Visit the website and Facebook page or call 310-792-9050 for more information or to schedule an appointment for allergy treatment.

Riviera Allergy Medical Center Highlights Three Children’s Book Authors

Redondo Beach, CA: Riviera Allergy Medical Center (RAMC), an allergy treatment center in Redondo Beach, CA is headed by renowned allergy specialist Ulrike Ziegner, MD, PhD. The Center treats children with many different types of allergies and respiratory conditions such as childhood allergies, asthma in children, or children with food allergies. Knowing that wellness is affected by many elements beyond just the physical symptoms, the allergy center understands that being sick is difficult for both the child and the rest of the family.

As a service to its patients, the skin allergy doctors often recommend children’s books to help parents entertain children with allergies. The child with allergies is sometimes unable to participate in childhood physical activities and needs other forms of entertainment. The family often has other obligations and activities, and appreciates any help the allergy center provides in keeping family life as normal as possible.

In an effort to ensure parents have an ongoing supply of entertainment ideas to help amuse children who are suffering with allergies, Dr. Ziegner reviewed several children’s books. She wanted to make sure that any children’s book she recommended was educational, interesting, fun and able to provide the sufficient distraction. After thorough consideration, Dr. Ziegner named Edelen Wille, Ned Mansour, and Suanne Margaret Hastings as her favorite children’s book authors.

“I have many great memories of reading from my youth and I wanted our patients to be able to experience the same joy I felt getting lost in a character, a story or brilliant illustrations,” commented Dr. Ziegner. “I made these selections based on the author’s creativity, design elements, and story line. These children’s books are interesting and fun and I believe they will prove capable of providing hours of entertainment for children with allergies.”


Riviera Allergy Medical Center works with parents in many ways to help children with allergies feel better. Since Dr. Ziegner knows that these children are sometimes less physically active due to their allergies or asthma, she wanted to provide information on children’s book authors she thought would be of interest to young readers. If you are looking for a great way of amusing your child with allergies, consider purchasing books from these children’s authors.


About RAMC – Riviera Allergy Medical Center offers comprehensive treatment for the most common food allergiesskin allergy medicine, and asthma prevention. Located at 1711 Via El Prado, Suite 101 in Redondo Beach, the allergy and asthma center is headed up by renowned seasonal allergy treatment specialist Dr. Ulrike Ziegner. Visit the website and Facebook page or call 310-792-9050 for more information or to schedule an appointment for allergy treatment

For Immediate Release: Riviera Allergy Highlights Three Children’s Book Authors

Allergy Triggers: Don’t Give Mom An Allergic Reaction for Mother’s Day

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Moms can be sensitive about a lot of things, and we all try very hard not to aggravate them. When it comes to Mother’s Day, it can be hard celebrating with a mom who has allergies. 

We want to show how much we care, but still want to make it a special day. Riviera Allergy Medical Center (RAMC) provides advice year-round to help allergy sufferers cope with everyday triggers, but there are a few special precautions our allergy treatment specialist, Dr. Ulrike Ziegner, recommends to help make sure moms who suffer from allergies, asthma, and food sensitivities have a memorable and fun day with their families:

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  • RecipesCybele Pascal provides some yummy-sounding recipes you can use to make special treats for mom. Recipes for Zucchini Pizza Appetizers, Meat Cake, and Easy Cauliflower Crust Pizza are a great start for your Mother’s Day brunch or dinner. The Nut-Free Mom also has a tasty recipe for Nut-Free Cinnamon Coffee Cake.
  • Flowers: Flowers are always a beautiful gift, but be careful if you’ve got a mom with allergies, stick to orchids.  Orchids are the only non allergenic flower.
  • Chocolate: Even a mom with food sensitivities can love a gift of chocolate, but be careful. Make sure there are no peanuts or peanut oils in any chocolate you buy. Premium Chocolatiers offers a  variety of products that contain no nuts, no dairy, no gluten, and no eggs. Check out their special box of Mom’s Truffles.

If you, or a loved one, have symptoms of a cold more than four times per year you may be surprised to find out that this is actually not a result of your need to exercise more, or a low immune system, but rather a curable environmental allergy trigger. Riviera Allergy Medical Center can help you find a way to restore regularity to your breathing, and get a deeper night’s rest by examining the various environmental allergy triggers (pollens, grass, trees, inhalants, dogs, cats, mold, dust), as well as seasonal and food allergy triggers.

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Breathe easier and live better with advanced solutions for allergy and asthma. Dr. Ziegner and the entire staff at Riviera Allergy Medical Center wish all mothers and mothers to be a happy and allergy-free Mother’s Day!

About RAMC – Riviera Allergy Medical Center offers comprehensive treatment for the most common food allergiesskin allergy medicine, and asthma prevention. Located at 1711 Via El Prado, Suite 101 in Redondo Beach, the allergy and asthma center is headed by renowned seasonal allergy treatment specialist, Dr. Ulrike Ziegner. Visit the website and Facebook page or call 310-792-9050 for more information or to schedule an appointment for allergy treatment.