Nasal itching, sneezing, post-nasal drip, watery discharge, (think “hay fever”) or Allergic Rhinitis
Itching, redness, swelling, tearing, and other conjunctivitis symptoms
Fluid in middle ear, recurrent infections, decreased hearing
Asthmatic symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing, tightness in the chest, coughing
Contact dermatitis; blistery rash, intense itching
Lips, inside of mouth or ears; itchy welts or “hives” (Urticaria) of varying sizes
Eczema; dry, itchy rash
Stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea (associated with food allergy), urgency of bowel movements
Headaches, fatigue, hyperactivity, depression
Symptom Gathering – Depending on the severity of your allergy, Dr. Saadeh may recommend an Allergy “Serum” or shot. Allergy A.R.T.S.is home to the only allergy clinic in our area where serums are mixed according to AAAAI standards.
Skin testing, until recently, was the only method available. In this procedure, a liquid extract of the allergen is injected or “scratched” into the patient’s skin. Dependent upon the size, color, or induration (raising or hardening of the site), allergy to the applied substance can be confirmed along with the likely severity of the allergy.
Blood tests today offer safer, though less accurate, identification of most food allergies. Use of blood testing is usually reserved for confirming likely food allergens in combination with reading skin testing results. This combination affords a patient a more specific list of likely food allergies so that fewer food restrictions are necessary while implementing an “elimination diet.”
We’ve made getting allergy shots convenient with a direct entrance to our Immunotherapy Rooms. You’ll be in and out quickly.
Some allergies disappear or moderate with time or treatment, but most patients require continued treatment to maintain a symptom-free life. A good doctor or allergist can prescribe a program that relieves much discomfort. Simply avoiding an allergen can solve some problems. For example, if chocolate is the allergen, the patient simply chooses to not eat it. Unfortunately, many allergens, such as pollen and dust, are unavoidable and require specific treatment.
Medications such as antihistamines or cortisone may relieve symptoms. Immunotherapy or allergy shots might also be an option. In this procedure, small doses of the offending allergen are injected into the body over a period of time, gradually building up the body’s tolerance to that allergen. It is important to continue treatment on a regular basis. Trust your allergist and stay on the program. Your body will thank you!