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Tips to Avoid Allergens Tampa St. Pete

Anne Hermann, MD

The offices of Dr. Anne Hermann offer allergy testing to determine your triggers and will advise you in the steps to take to avoid many common allergies.

Below you will find a helpful guide to ways to avoid some of the most common allergens.

Mold Spores  Mold spores can be found indoors as well as outside. The following tips address outside allergens:

  • If you live in an area of high humidity, use a humidifier
  • Avoid mowing grass, handling mulch or walking through uncut fields
  • Thoroughly dry clothes before storing

Pollens  Pollens are tiny, airborne substances that are released by trees, weeds, and grasses.  The following tips can help you avoid pollens year-round:

  • Stay indoors when pollen counts are high
  • Keep windows in your home and car closed and set your air conditioner to “re-circulate”
  • When exercising, breathe through your nose
  • Take allergy medicines, if necessary, 30 minutes before going outdoors

House Dust Mites  Dust mites are invisible creatures that feed on shed skin and live in house.

  • Keep house clean by vacuuming and cleaning curtains and bedding
  • Change furnace and air conditioner filters often
  • Use a dehumidifier to minimize humidity in your home

Animal Dander  Pet allergies are triggered by exposure to the dead flakes of skin (dander) a pet sheds.

  • Use a high-efficiency air filter and vacuum often
  • Keep the pet in a room with a hard surface or wipe able floor
  • Wash your pet weekly with warm water and soap

Anne Hermann, MD is double board certified in Internal Medicine and as a Physician Nutrition Specialist. To schedule your appointment, please call 813-902-9559.

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Dr. Dave Christianson Botox Tampa St. Pete

Dave Christianson, M.D.

Dr. Dave Christianson recently joined the practice of Anne Hermann MD, PA and specializes in anti-aging medicine with a focus on Botox and dermal fillers.

Dr. Dave is a 1987 graduate of Northwestern University School of Medicine. His initial training was in Internal Medicine, and he has spent most of his career providing convenient, wellness-centered health care to clients in the comfort of their home or office. As Dave approached the “dreaded” 50, he became interested in anti-aging medicine for personal reasons. Impressed with the results, he began training in the fields of aesthetic medicine and bio-identical hormone replacement (BHRT). For the past 2 years, his practice has been 100% devoted to Botox and dermal fillers, as well as BHRT for the treatment of andropause (male menopause).

Dr. Dave splits his time between Florida and Minnesota. When in Florida, Dr. Dave works with Dr. Anne Hermann in Tampa and St. Pete. In his free time, he enjoys backpacking, golf, fly-fishing, and cooking.

To schedule your appointment with Dr. Dave Christianson, please call the offices of Anne Hermann MD, PA at 813-902-9559.

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Botox Parties Tampa St. Pete

Anne Hermann, MD

The offices of Dr. Anne Hermann and Dr. Dave Christianson offer their lowest pricing on Botox and dermal fillers during their Botox parties and monthly cosmetic specials in Tampa and St. Pete Beach, FL.

Book now for the next Botox parties on November 1st and 2nd in Tampa, November 3rd in St. Pete and on November 13th in St. Pete Beach through the offices of Dr. Anne Hermann.  On November 3rd, Denise Merdich, national aesthetic injector, will be accepting appointments in St Pete Beach.

The following special pricing is available only during Dr. Hermann’s Botox parties in Tampa and St Pete for Botox, Juvederm and Latisse:

  • Buy One Syringe of Juvederm, Get One Free ($550 Value)
  • Buy $350 of Botox and Get $150 worth of Botox Free
  • Introducing a New Larger Sized Latisse (5 ml):
    • Buy One 5 ml Latisse at $150 and get a $25 Rebate PLUS a FREE 3 mlLatisse ($150 Value)!

Don’t miss out on Dr. Hermann’s November Specials on Juvederm, Botox and Accent Skin Tightening:

  • Juvederm – $495 / syringe (regularly $550)
  • SPECIAL BOTOX PRICE – $10 per unit with purchase of 50+ units

         Accent Skin Tightening:

  •  Buy 3, Get One Free ($300 Value)

To schedule your appointment today, call 813-902-9559.

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Denise Merdich, National Aesthetic Injector Tampa St. Pete

Denise Merdich, MS, ARNP

Denise Merdich, MS, ARNP, national aesthetic trainer and injector for 15 years, is now offering Saturday appointments in the offices of Anne Hermann MD, PA.  Denise provides injectable services, using Botox and dermal fillers, such as Belotero Balance, for your anti-aging needs.

Her aesthetic background began in plastic surgery and then progressed into developing an injectable business. She is known in the Tampa Bay region as “the decrease queen”. Her primary goal is to help others achieve a “radiant, more dynamic, fresher look for one’s age group”. Her passion for beauty and facial rejuvenation has led her to be one of the most respected injectable trainers for many physicians.

Well-respected Aesthetic Instructor for 10 years, Denise spends the majority of her time teaching Physicians advanced techniques for neurotoxins and dermal fillers, traveling to both coasts of Florida on a full-time basis.

Your appointment with Denise Merdich can be scheduled by calling the offices of Anne Hermann, MD, at 813-902-9559.

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Allergy Skin Tests Tampa St. Pete

Anne Hermann, MD

We offer allergy skin tests that identify which substances are causing your allergy symptoms.

Below are answers to commonly asked questions by our patients when considering an allergy skin test:

What is the age requirement for allergy testing?

There is none.  The testing is safe for children and adults of any age, although the children will be tested for fewer antigens than adults. 

Do skin conditions or moles prevent testing?

The doctor will test only on areas that are not severely affected.  If there are no unaffected areas on the skin, a blood test will be given instead of a skin test.

Will I have a reaction to the test?

Mild itching will be resolved as soon as the skin test is wiped away with alcohol.  For the rare cases of more severe itching, hydrocortisone cream may be applied.

Can I be tested if I have a tattoo?

Yes.  The test will be applied to the areas of the skin that are ink-free.  If all areas of the skin are tattooed, a blood test will be given in place of the skin test.

What is the cost of allergy testing?

The cost is usually covered by most insurance plans.  If your insurance does cover the testing, you will only be responsible for your regular copay and deductible.

Anne Hermann, MD is double board certified in Internal Medicine and as a Physician Nutrition Specialist. To schedule your appointment, please call 813-902-9559.

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Allergy Drops vs. Pharmacotherapy in Tampa St Pete

Anne Hermann, MD

We offer allergy drops, or sublingual drops, which differ from pharmacotherapyAllergy drops are administered under the tongue whereas pharmacotherapy are allergy medications such as antihistamines, nasal steroid sprays or inhalers.

 

Many of my patients have asked me if there are other differences between allergy drops and pharmacotherapy and if there are advantages in using the allergy drops.

  1. Allergy drops have been found to be fully effective whereas only 50% of pharmacotherapy users were satisfied
  2. Treatment time for allergy drops is two minutes daily (in the comfort of your home) vs. 1-30 minutes per day for pharmacotherapy.
  3. Typical treatment time for allergy drops is four years, opposed to pharmacotherapy treatments, which are lifelong.
  4. Approximate monthly cost of allergy drops is $106 vs. $210 monthly for pharmacotherapy treatments.

The advantages to using allergy drops vs. pharmacotherapy treatments are significant.  For information on allergy testing, see our blog on allergy testing: http://www.doctorhermann.com/blog/bid/129091/How-to-Treat-Food-Allergies-in-the-Tampa-St-Pete-Area

Anne Hermann, MD is double board certified in Internal Medicine and as a Physician Nutrition Specialist. To schedule your appointment, please call 813-902-9559.

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Allergy Drops vs. Allergy Shots in Tampa St. Pete

Anne Hermann, MD

We offer allergy shots in the integrative medical offices of Dr. Anne Hermann, MD. Both allergy shots and allergy drops work to minimize the symptoms of allergies over a period of 3-5 years.

Below you will find information on the advantages and disadvantages of oral drops versus injections to treat your allergies:

Disadvantages of allergy shots:

  • Shots must be administered 1-2 times per week in the doctor’s office
  • Patients often experience swelling, itching, hay fever and even life-threatening anaphylaxis
  • Costs of allergy shots are approximately 3 times more than allergy drops

Advantages of allergy drops:

  • Drops can be administered in the comfort of your home
  • Side effects are mild, which may include nausea or tingling in the mouth
  • Monthly cost of allergy drops are approximately one-third the cost of allergy shots

For more information on allergy shots, view our blog: http://www.doctorhermann.com/blog/bid/152303/Allergy-Drops-in-Tampa-and-St-Pete

Anne Hermann, MD is double board certified in Internal Medicine and as a Physician Nutrition Specialist. To schedule your appointment, please call 813-902-9559.

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Chelation and Detoxification Therapy in St Petersburg and Tampa

Anne Hermann, MD

Chelation is a therapy that helps rid the body of heavy metals such as lead, mercury and aluminum.

Symptoms of metal toxicity include: headaches, dizziness, tingling of the hands or feet, digestive issues and fatigue.  Of course, these symptoms can be caused by other medical issues such as thyroid disease or vitamin deficiencies.  For this reason, we usually review your medical records prior to checking for medal toxicities.

Different tests for heavy metal toxicity include bloodwork, urine or hair samples.  Standard bloodwork is not as effective at detecting metal levels as urine testing, however, it is often the least expensive test.  If you have an elevated level of any metal, we will council you on how to avoid further exposure to that metal.  We find mercury is one of the most commonly elevated metal levels.  It is found in large mouthed fish that eat other fish, such as grouper, snapper, tuna and swordfish.  It may be found in dental fillings as well.  Other common metal exposure comes from water pipes, paint, canned food and work related exposures.

If your level is high enough, I recommend Detoxamin.  This is a physician grade chelating agent that is administered rectally.

Anne Hermann, MD is double board certified in Internal Medicine and as a Physician Nutrition Specialist. To schedule your appointment, please call 813-902-9559.  Click here to visit the website of Anne Hermann, MD, PA

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Cost of Dysport in Tampa and St Petersburg

Anne Hermann, MD

Many patients use Dysport because it is priced better and they get the same benefit as they would from Botox.  Dysport is made by the makers of Restylane and has been FDA approved for treatment of fine lines in the US for over three years.  I would like to explain how Dysport can be priced at only $4.50 per unit, while Botox is $10 to $12 per unit (depending on how much you receive). 

Dysport dosing is double that of Botox.  For example, if I use 20 units of Botox the same treatment with Dysport would be 40 units.  So, Dysport is not really half the price of Botox.  It is more like 15 to 20 % less than Botox.  When treatments cost $200 or more, this can still amount to significant savings.

The medical offices of Dr. Anne Hermann are conveniently located in Tampa and St. Petersburg, FL. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Hermann, please call 813-902-9559.

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What is Belotero Balance? Offices Tampa and St Petersburg, FL

Anne Hermann, MD

Belotero Balance is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler.  It is very similar to Juvederm and Restylane as they all have the same active ingredient, hyaluronic acid.  The difference is that Belotero Balance can be injected much closer to the surface of the skin.

Juvederm and Restylane cannot be injected as close to the surface of the skin as Belotero Balance because they leave discoloration if they are injected too superficially.  So, Belotero Balance allows the doctor to erase fine lines and wrinkles that we were not able to inject in the past with the older fillers.

I am finding that patients are very happy with Belotero Balance for lip lines or “smoker’s lines”, crows feet lines and other fine lines.  To watch a video of how dermal filler injections are performed, click this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCWJ6MpYULw&feature=player_embedded

The medical offices of Dr. Anne Hermann are conveniently located in Tampa and St. Petersburg, FL. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Hermann, call 813-902-9559.

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