Our practice is a sub-specialty with the expertise to diagnose and treat allergic illnesses. We function in a consulting role with your primary care physicians (General Practitioner, Pediatrician,and Internal Medicine specialists).
Allergic illness is defined as a "harmful increased susceptability to a specific substance," also known as hypersensitivity, while immunity is characterized as a "protective enhanced resistance."
Some of the more common allergic illnesses we diagnose and treat are:
1. Allergic Asthma - a chronic potentially life threatening lung and airway disease in which airways become inflamed and/or swollen making breathing difficult.
2. Angioedema - a deep swelling of the skin frequently involving the face, tongue, extremeties, and/or genitalia, may be life threatening if involving the airway or intestine.
3. Atopic Dermatitis/Eczema - an allergic skin condition which frequently effects infants causing severe itching with a resultant rash and frequently secondary infection. More often than not the causes in early life are a food allergy, pet or other indoor allergens such as dust mite allergen, cockroach debris, mold spores, or even the poisons produced by the bacteria which infect the damaged skin.
4. Contact Dermatitis - a delayed localized reaction to a substance which has been in direct contact with the skin areas involved. The most common example being poison ivy.
5. Drug Allergy - In 5% to 10% of all drug treatment episodes the patient will have an allergic reaction to a medication used in the treatment regime.
6. Food Allergy - a group of disorders characterized by immunologic responses to specific food proteins. Any food may cause a food allergic reaction. Food allergy is not predictable only from what the infant or child has eaten in the first few years of life, but what the child was exposed to in its unborn life from it's mother's diet, or breast milk after birth. Usually 90% or more of the reactions occur from 5 types of food or less.
7. Hives / Urticaria - raised bumps of varing sizes in the shallow layers of the skin. Accompanied by severe itching and redness they tend to move about, never lasting more than a few hours in the same area of the body.
8. Insect Sting Allergy - occurs when the immune system overreacts to the substances contained in the venom injected by a stinging insect. It is important to note that not all venom reactions are allergic. Venom is designed to cause harm to the victim, therefore toxic reactions are normal and a serious reaction warrants an evaluation by a Board Certified Allergist!
9. Latex Allergy - occurs when the bodies immune response system reacts to proteins found in natural rubber latex products. There are two different latex allergy types, one can be life-threatening, the other not.
10. Pet and Pest Allergy - caused by proteins from animals and insects residing in homes - either by design or in the case of cockroaches, mice, and dust mites - unwelcome entrance.
11. Rhinitis - an inflammation of the mucus membranes which line the nose, producing symptoms of sneezing, itching, chronic nasal discharge, and/or congestion - adversly affecting sleep and olfactory functions.