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Allergies are one of the most common life disruptions and very few of us get through life without experiencing some kind of allergic reaction. While milder symptoms of allergies can often be controlled with over-the-counter medications and do not inconvenience you enough to see a specialist, many symptoms can become severe enough to significantly impact the quality of life, and some can even be life threatening. If you relate to any of the following symptoms or are in need of any of the following treatments, you should contact Dr. Sadoun, MD to get help and allergy testing today.
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Before we treat you for any suspected allergy problems we need to determine what type of allergy, if any, might be the cause of your symptoms. Through some simple allergy tests, we can identify what kind of allergy is present, and move forward to create a treatment plan that is specifically tailored to your needs.
Some of the most common allergens are from:
- Animal dander
- Dust mites
Allergy injections are used to treat the root cause of your allergies. While nobody likes getting shots, allergy injections can remarkably improve your quality of life by reducing the sensitivities that are triggering your symptoms. Also known as “immunotherapy,” allergy shots can make conditions like asthma and allergies easier to control and often reduce the amount of daily medication you have to take. For most patients, allergy shots begin to relieve allergy symptoms after 4-6 months. Treatment is then continued for 3 to 5 years. During the build up phase of treatment, injections are usually given once a week. After the ideal dose is attained, injections are spread out to every 2-4 weeks. Typically allergy injections are effective in reducing symptoms in about 85% of patients. Most patients on immunotherapy are able to discontinue some or all of their other medications. You will meet with the doctor at least annually to make sure the injections are helping.
SLIT Sublingual Immunotherapy
This is a new type of immunotherapy to the USA. A very limited number of allergies can be treated with oral immunotherapy at this time, so this type of therapy will only be used on a case-by-case basis. However, we expect the FDA to approve oral immunotherapy for more and different allergies in the coming years. If this is an option for you, the doctor will advise you of such. At this time, only a few patients will be eligible for this type of therapy.
For food and medication allergies, the first objective is identifying the nature of the reaction. This means getting a thorough history and performing appropriate allergy tests to determine the exact nature of the allergy.
Allergic rhinitis is also known as “hay fever.” It affects over 20% of Americans. If you suffer from allergic rhinitis, your immune system is reacting to harmless particles—like pollen, dust or dander—as if they are harmful. This causes you to sneeze or have a runny nose as if you have a common cold. Other symptoms of allergic rhinitis include: watery, red, swollen or itchy eyes; nasal congestion; wheezing; shortness of breath; and an increased risk of ear and sinus infections. Allergen avoidance, antihistamines, nasal steroid sprays and immunotherapy (allergy injections) can be used to treat and prevent allergic rhinitis.
Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction which can effect the whole body. Anaphylaxis can be a frightening occurrence because it comes on quickly after exposure to the allergen and can include a broad range of symptoms including abnormal breathing, chest pain, anxiety, nausea or vomiting, hives, swelling, slurred speech and even unconsciousness. The sooner you get help, the better, as anaphylaxis can be life threatening in certain circumstances.
Angioedema refers to the swelling of an area of the body. This swelling is commonly seen during an allergic reaction, though it can also be caused by other illnesses and conditions. Allergic angioedema can occur after events like stings or bites from bugs, allergic reactions to food and medicine, or even animal scratches. It is often seen in combination with hives. The swollen area often hurts, rather than itches. The swelling can last from a few hours to a few days.
Runny Nose & Sneezing
Two of the most common allergy symptoms are sneezing and a runny nose which can be very frustrating and inconvenient to your daily life. We can help get rid of these symptoms by using immunotherapy, medications, environmental controls and—most importantly—by understanding the underlying causes of your allergies through allergy testing.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or feel that any of the proposed treatments or tests could improve your quality of living, we want to help. We can treat your allergies, asthma and immunology and we are dedicated to improving the health, comfort and allergy education of the community. Contact us to schedule your allergy appointment today!
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