Do You Have Any Of These Symptoms?
- Coughing and tightness in chest
- Difficulty breathing with exercise
- Frequent nasal congestion, sneezing and runny nose
- Itching, watering, redness of the eyes
- Frequent diagnoses of sinusitis
- Other recurrent and frequent infections
- Itching of the skin, rashes and hives
- Episodes of facial, lip, and eye or throat swelling
- Reactions to medications
- Reactions to insect stings
Conditions We Treat
Nasal Conditions +
Eye allergies +
Sinusitis and Ear Infections +
Food Allergy & Intolerances +
Skin Disorders +
Severe Allergic Reaction +
Drug and Latex Allergy +
Stinging Insect Allergy +
Click a condition to the left to read more about it.
- Living with asthma and having a child with asthma can be challenging. With proper care and smart decisions this disease should no longer limit activities, cause absenteeism from work or school. Certainly emergency room visits and hospitalizations should be rare if not obsolete.
- Triggering factors for asthma include environmental allergies such as pollens, dust, animals and molds, irritants such as tobacco smoke, respiratory infections, exercise, acid reflux (even if you do not have heartburn), some medications, food allergies, and emotional anxiety.
- Consultation and treatment by a specialist is recommended to coordinate care and identify best measures and treatment to control asthma.
Recurrent or chronic nasal congestion, runny nose, itching of the nose, and sneezing may sound like a minor medical problem, but do you know that this condition is one of the leading causes of decreased work and school productivity, sleep disturbance, and recurrent ear and sinus infections?
- Not only are the symptoms of eye allergies annoying with itching and watering of the eyes, but the redness and swelling is noticeable and alarming to others who may be concerned you have “pink eye”. Children are often sent home with these symptoms as the school is concerned about having epidemics of “pink eye”.
- Several conditions mimic eye allergies and it is crucial to quickly differentiate between them.
Chronic and Recurrent Sinusitis and/or Ear Infections
Numerous predisposing causes are responsible. Chronic allergies, exposure to irritants such as cigarette smoke, blockage of the drainage pathways, and abnormal immune function all contribute to chronic respiratory infections.
All patients with unexplained chronic infections should be evaluated with a comprehensive immunology workup.
One of the common presenting complaints of our patients is concern over food allergies. Allergic and adverse reactions are indeed a mixed bag. Classic food allergies to nuts or shellfish are easy to identify since they usually cause immediate itching, hives, throat closing, etc. However, adverse reactions to foods are more difficult to pinpoint. We will conduct testing that has been proven to be scientifically accurate. If needed, allergy elimination diets will also be used for diagnosis.
Commonly called eczema, this condition is often driven by allergies. Food allergy is a key factor in infants and toddlers with eczema and identification and elimination of food allergy can result in clearing of symptoms.
- Urticaria (hives) and angioedema (swelling, such as eyes/lips) is a common condition and can occur in about 25% of people at some point in their lives.
- A subgroup develops chronic urticaria which requires extensive evaluation to identify cause. Allergies to foods only cause a minority of these cases.
- Even with comprehensive evaluation there are cases where cause cannot be discovered making it extremely important for specialized treatment to control symptoms.
- Life-threatening reactions or anaphylaxis can occur with numerous different allergies.
- This is a sudden, immune reaction with generalized symptoms from sneezing and runny nose and/or itching and hives to severe difficulty breathing and swallowing. Gastrointestinal symptoms are common with cramping and diarrhea. Cardiovascular symptoms can occur as reaction continues leading to dizziness, decreased blood pressure, rapid heart rate and death.
- Causes can include drug reactions, food/food additive reactions, insect stings, latex, and even exercise and cold exposure.
- If any of these symptoms occur call 911 for immediate care. Follow up with allergy/immunology specialist for evaluation is strongly recommended.
Drug and Latex Allergies
- Numerous different reactions can occur with medications. These can include immediate reactions with hives or anaphylaxis or delayed reactions that usually cause rash. Some of these reactions only occur in light exposed areas of the skin.
- Medications can also cause adverse reactions due to autoimmune response.
- Latex allergies have surged over the last 20 years. They are common in health care workers, patients with urological (bladder) disorders, and those in the latex industry.
- Patients with certain food allergies such as bananas, and avocados are more likely to develop latex allergy.
Stinging Insect Allergies
- Symptoms of a non-allergic insect sting include redness, swelling and/or itching at the site of the sting.
- Symptoms of a severe allegic reaction occur in a small number of people with venom allergy and stings may cause a life-threatening or anaphylactic reaction. Symptoms may include two or more of the following: itching and hives, swelling in the throat or tongue, difficulty breathing, dizziness, stomach cramps, nausea or diarrhea. In severe cases, a rapid fall in blood pressure may result in shock and loss of consciousness. Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency and may be fatal. If you have these symptoms after an insect sting, seek emergency medical treatment immediately.
- An allergist is the best physician to diagnose stinging insect allergy and provide a treatment plan designed to keep you safe and healthy.
- To avoid stinging insects, it is important to identify them.
- Yellow Jackets – nests are made of a paper-maché like material and are usually located underground, but can sometimes be found in the walls of frame buildings, cracks in masonry or woodpiles.
- Honeybees and bumble bees are non-aggressive and will only sting when provoked. However, Africanized honeybees (AKA “killer bees”) found in the Southwestern United States are more aggressive and may sting in swarms. Domesticated honeybees live in man-made hives, while wild honeybees live in colonies or “honeycombs” in hollow trees or cavities of buildings.
- Paper wasps – nests are usually made of a paper-like material that forms a circular comb of cells which opens downward. The nests are often located under eaves, behind shutters, or in shrubs or woodpiles.
- Hornets – usually larger than yellow jackets. Their nests are gray or brown, football-shaped and made of a paper material similar to that of yellow jackets’ nests. Hornets’ nests are usually found high above ground on branches of trees, in shrubbery, on gables or in tree hollows.