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Asthma is a chronic condition that causes inflammation and narrowing of the bronchial tubes, the passageways that allow air to enter and leave your lungs.
The key with asthma is that symptoms come back over and over again. Your allergist can evaluate whether your symptoms are a sign of asthma.
Rhinitis is the general term to describe symptoms of runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, and itching of the eyes and nose. This is the nose's natural response to inflammation and irritation. Rhinitis can result from multiple sources such as nasal allergies (called allergic rhinitis), infections (called infectious rhinitis/ common cold or flu ), or irritants (called non-allergic rhinitis).
Allergic conjunctivitis (eye allergy) is the most common allergy affecting the eyes.
Many people with allergies get allergic conjunctivitis when their eyes come in contact with an allergen. The allergen triggers the release of histamine. This typically results in itching, redness, burning or tearing of the conjunctivae. These are the thin membranes lining the eyelids and the exposed surface of the eyes.
If you have a food allergy, your immune system overreacts to a particular protein found in that food. Symptoms can occur when coming in contact with just a tiny amount of the food.
Many food allergies are first diagnosed in young children, though they may also appear in older children and adults.
Adverse reactions to medications are common, yet everyone responds differently. One person may develop a rash or other reactions when taking a certain medication, while another person on the same drug may have no adverse reaction at all.
Only about 5% to 10% of these reactions are due to an allergy to the medication.
When most people are stung by an insect, the site develops redness, swelling and itching. However, some people are actually allergic to insect stings. This means that their immune systems overreact to the venom.
Serious Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases (PIDD’s) typically become apparent in infancy. For example, severe T-cell or combined immune deficiencies typically present in infancy. However, some antibody deficiencies may present in older children or adults. In milder forms, it often takes a pattern of recurrent infections before PIDD is suspected.
A common allergic diseases often triggered by allergic rhinitis. Sinusitis is an inflammation of the nasal sinuses, which are hollow cavities within the cheek bones found around the eyes and behind the nose. This condition affects over 15% of the U.S. population. Otitis media - or common ear infections - is the most common childhood disease requiring physician care.
Symptoms of this allergic skin condition include itching, reddening, and flaking or peeling of the skin. This rash is usually seen in young infants, but can occur later in individuals with personal or family histories of atopy, meaning asthma or allergic rhinitis.
Hives (urticaria), involve red, itchy, swollen areas of the skin that range in size and appear anywhere on the body. They can appear suddenly, and may be the result of an allergic reaction.
Some people have chronic urticaria that occurs almost daily for months or, in some cases, years. Treatment with oral antihistamines is frequently successful, but in severe cases, other medications may be needed.
Contact dermatitis refers to a type of inflammatory skin rash (dermatitis) arising from direct skin exposure to a chemical substance. Contact dermatitis is comprised of allergic contact dermatitis and irritant contact dermatitis. Irritant contact dermatitis results from exposure to substances that cause irritation of the skin such as water, soaps, bleach and other irritants.
Allergen immunotherapy, also known as allergy shots, is a form of long-term treatment that decreases symptoms for many people with allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, conjunctivitis (eye allergy) or stinging insect allergy.
Allergy shots decrease sensitivity to allergens and often leads to lasting relief of allergy symptoms even after treatment is stopped. This makes it a cost-effective, beneficial treatment approach for many people.
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