Conditions We Treat
AllergiesHow they make us sneeze and wheeze
• Pollen, dust or animal skin flakes enter the eyes, nose or lungs. When these allergic "triggers" enter the bodies of people who have allergies, their immune systems overreact.
• The body produces antibodies, which work to fight the trigger.
• The antibodies attach to allergy cells, which release strong messages and chemicals into the tissues when they contact allergic triggers. A major chemical, histamine, binds to receptors and causes itching, swelling, and wheezing.
AnaphylaxisHow it can be dangerous
• Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that comes on quickly, causing at times severe symptoms that affect various parts of the body.
• The most dangerous symptoms are low blood pressure, breathing difficulty and loss of consciousness, all of which can be fatal.
• The most common causes of anaphylaxis are foods, medications and insect stings.
• If you (or anyone you are with) begin to have an allergic reaction, immediate medical care should be sought.
AsthmaWhy Asthma makes it hard to breathe
• Air enters the respiratory system from the nose and mouth and travels through the bronchial tubes.
• In an asthmatic person, the muscles of the bronchial tubes tighten and thicken, and the air passages become inflamed and mucus-filled, making it difficult for air to move.
• In a non asthmatic person the muscles around the bronchial tubes are relaxed and the lining of the airways are not swollen and inflamed.
Food AllergiesGetting the facts about food allergy testing.
• Diagnosing true food allergies requires a careful understanding of your medical history and interpretation of diagnostic studies. Our allergists have the training and expertise to know which tests to give you, how to accurately interpret them, and help discover the presence of any antibodies that may be involved in the food allergy.
• Your allergist will take a thorough medical history, followed by a physical exam. You may be asked about contents of the foods, the frequency, seasonality, severity and nature of your symptoms and the amount of the time between eating a food and any reaction.
• An Allergy skin test may determine which foods, if any, trigger your allergic symptoms. In skin testing, a small amount of extract made from the food is placed on your back or arm. If a raised bump or small hive develops within 20 minutes, it indicates a possible allergy.