Allergies are among the most common chronic conditions throughout the world, according to The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Symptoms of allergies can make you miserable, and in more severe cases, cause life-threatening reactions.
An allergic reaction usually triggers symptoms that affect the nose, lungs, throat, sinuses, ears, lining of the stomach or skin. Allergies can also trigger asthma symptoms. In the most serious cases, a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis (an-a-fi-LAK-sis) can occur.
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology lists a number of different allergens that are responsible for allergic reactions. Some of the most common include:
- Insect stings
- Animal dander
Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the airways in the lungs. These airways, also called bronchial tubes, allow air in and out of the lungs.
When you have asthma, your airways are always inflamed. Certain triggers can cause the airways to become more swollen and the muscles around these airways can tighten. As a result, it can become difficult for air to move in and out of the lungs, causing symptoms like coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and/or chest tightness.
If you have a family history of allergies or asthma, you are more prone to developing asthma. Asthma is also common in people who have allergies. This is known as allergic asthma. Millions of children live with asthma, and the majority of them develop it before the age of 5. Although there is no cure for asthma, a proper diagnosis and treatment plan can help you manage your condition and improve your symptoms.
Our goal at Allergy Asthma & Immunology is to identify the cause of our patients’ symptoms and establish a customized treatment plan in support of a healthier outcome.
- Skin testing for respiratory, food, insect sting, penicillin and local anesthetic allergy
- Oral challenges for food and drug allergy
- Spirometry for diagnosis and routine monitoring of asthma
- Allergy shots (immunotherapy) for inhalant, fire ant and stinging insect venom
- Patch testing for contact dermatitis
- Evaluation of recurrent infections
- Patient education and long term management of nasal allergies, eczema, asthma, food allergies and anaphylaxis