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Mark Bubak, M.D.

Dr. Bubak is certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology to care for adults and children with asthma and allergies. He has been active in allergy research and education with special emphasis on new allergy testing and treatment methods. A South Dakota native, his medical degree is from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine, with Allergy and Internal Medicine fellowships at the Mayo Clinic.
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Recent Posts

Am I Allergic to My Christmas Tree?

Posted by Mark Bubak, M.D. on Dec 11, 2019 10:01:35 AM

December is here with all of its beautiful decorations, holiday get-togethers with friends, and that seemingly annual plugged nose, cough, and yuck!

You might be asking yourself, “why am I having to put up with these allergies instead of enjoying the season?”

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Topics: allergies, Diagnosing Allergies

Pros and Cons of Immunotherapy

Posted by Mark Bubak, M.D. on Nov 27, 2019 11:32:20 AM

A lot of people struggle with allergies, especially during the spring and fall when there are more allergens in the air. The most common thing for people with allergies to do when they’re hit with a serious case of sniffles and itchy, watery eyes is to pick out some allergy medication at their local pharmacy. While allergy pills can help offer some relief, their abilities are limited, and the long-lasting relief that people with allergies are looking for might still be out of reach.

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Topics: immunotherapy, Managing Allergies, Living With Allergies, allergy shots

Can I Have Asthma With A Normal Pulmonary Function Test?

Posted by Mark Bubak, M.D. on Nov 15, 2019 9:42:49 AM

The simple answer is—Yes. A normal pulmonary function test is actually our goal for every asthmatic!

So, let’s explain:

A spirometry test (the main asthma pulmonary function test measuring the FEV1) tells us how much airway narrowing is present at the time of the test. The test involves breathing out forcefully into a mouthpiece connected to a spirometer machine.

FEV1 is the amount of air you can force from your lungs in one second.

By definition, asthma is a reversible airway disease. Asthma severity varies by what triggers are currently affecting the patient, what controllers are being used, and what relievers are in use.

With an asthma flare or poor asthma control the FEV1 normally falls. With treatment it improves.

A normal pulmonary function test is found in an asthmatic who:

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Topics: Managing Asthma

Asthma Controllers

Posted by Mark Bubak, M.D. on Oct 18, 2019 3:03:54 PM

The most important asthma controller is inhaled corticosteroids, which work over time to reduce asthma attacks.

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Topics: Managing Asthma, Asthma, living with asthma

Dust Mite Allergies

Posted by Mark Bubak, M.D. on Oct 18, 2019 2:53:48 PM

Dust mite allergies are a lifelong struggle, and they take a lot of medication to handle, but allergy shots can make a difference in reducing the amount of medicine needed and improving your allergies.

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Topics: Living With Allergies, allergy shots

Exercise & Asthma

Posted by Mark Bubak, M.D. on Sep 17, 2019 3:28:26 PM

Exercise is a common trigger for people with asthma, but using medication such as inhalers before you exercise can help.

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Topics: living with asthma

Fall Asthma

Posted by Mark Bubak, M.D. on Sep 17, 2019 3:06:02 PM

 

 

Allergy problems in the fall and late summer are usually caused by a mold allergy. Inhaled steroids, allergy shots, and keeping your house closed up and air-conditioned can help reduce the symptoms.

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Topics: living with asthma

Hay Fever

Posted by Mark Bubak, M.D. on Sep 17, 2019 2:57:06 PM

 

 

In South Dakota, ragweed allergies strike every August. Starting a regimen early will help you handle your ragweed allergies.

 

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Topics: Managing Allergies, Living With Allergies

Insurance & Asthma

Posted by Mark Bubak, M.D. on Aug 12, 2019 7:14:52 PM
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Topics: Managing Allergies, Managing Asthma

Myth - Allergy Shots

Posted by Mark Bubak, M.D. on Aug 12, 2019 7:04:55 PM
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Topics: Allergy Myths