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Allergies

Sneezing, runny nose or itchy, watery eyes? Your body is at war.

At BreatheAmerica, we follow a step therapy treatment approach that is entirely based on the severity of your allergies. We start with treatment that’s as minimally invasive as possible to treat your worst symptoms, and move to a more involved plan only if necessary. This allows you to get the treatment you need, while not putting your body through stress it doesn’t.

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Conditions and Treatments

Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis, or more commonly known as hay fever or a seasonal allergy, occurs when you come in contact with pollen, dust, mold, animal dander, dust or other allergens. This condition often runs in families, and symptoms include itchy, watery eyes, runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, coughing, or headache. The best treatment for allergic rhinitis is avoiding your triggers. For more information on allergic rhinitis and how to avoid these triggers, medication options, and immunotherapy treatment, contact us today!

Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis (pronounced an-uh-fil-LAX-is) is a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction. Anaphylaxis happens quickly after exposure to an allergen, and causes a whole-body reaction. If someone is experiencing anaphylaxis, call 911. Tissues in the body release a histamine trying to combat the invading allergen, which causes the airway to tighten and leads to other symptoms, such as abdominal pain, chest tightness, trouble breathing or swallowing, palpitations or wheezing. This type of reaction can be caused food and drug allergies or insect stings or bites. To learn more about anaphylaxis and how to avoid common triggers, medication and immunotherapy treatment for this condition, contact us today!

Dermatitis

Allergic contact dermatitis is a skin allergy to something that touches the skin. One common example is poison ivy (although other plants and herbs can also cause the same reaction.) Common allergens that cause dermatitis are things like cosmetics, detergents, dyes, fragrances, and latex. Symptoms of allergic dermatitis include redness and swelling, small bumps and blisters that may itch or ooze, and cracking or peeling skin. To learn more about dermatitis and how to avoid common triggers, medication and immunotherapy treatment for allergic dermatitis, contact us today!

Drug Allergy

If you develop a rash, hives, or have trouble breathing or swallowing after taking certain medications, you may have an allergy to that medication. Those with drug allergies may experience symptoms no matter the form the medication is in, whether it’s liquid, pills or injectable. Reactions can occur in any part of your body; to learn how to avoid common triggers, medication options and immunotherapy treatment for this condition, contact us today!

Food Allergy

Common in babies and children, some children grow out of food allergies. That being said, food allergies can develop at any time, even with foods you’ve previously eaten for years without issue. A food allergy occurs when your immune system overreacts to a food or substance in a food. Food allergies commonly run in families, and while it is difficult to predict what you may be allergic to, 8 foods account for 90% of all food reactions: Eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, and soy.

Symptoms of a food allergy can be severe, like anaphylaxis or mild allergic responses like hives, stomach cramps, trouble swallowing or swelling of the tongue. For more information about food allergies and how to avoid common food triggers, medication options when allergic reactions happen and treatment for this condition, contact us today!

GERD

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a digestive disorder that commonly causes heartburn or indigestion. Because heartburn is such a common condition for many, it may not be immediately considered part of this condition, preventing those suffering from receiving the treatment they need. Heartburn can be controlled with diet, but if you’re also experiencing trouble swallowing, sore throat, or hoarseness in the morning, you may be suffering from GERD. Luckily, GERD is also managed with lifestyle or diet changes, medication or surgical procedures. To learn more about GERD, avoiding common triggers, medication options and immunotherapy treatment for this condition, contact us today!

Immunodeficiency

Recurring respiratory infections, colds, chest infections, ear infections, are not simply common illnesses, they could be due to an immune deficiency caused by a respiratory allergy. Because it is often misdiagnosed, an immune deficiency can be difficult to catch. Watch out for common illnesses, like ear infections or sinusitis, occurring more than 8 times a year, poor growth or unexplained weight loss, swollen lymph nodes or a family history of an immunodeficiency. Interested in learning more about this condition and treatments? Contact us today!

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy can provide relief for those suffering from the worst allergy symptoms. For people with allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, conjunctivitis, or a stinging insect allergy, allergy shots decrease sensitivity to these allergens and can form long-term results, even after treatment is stopped.

Stinging Insect

While most people develop redness or a small bump at the site of an insect bite, some people may have a more serious reaction, like anaphylaxis, to stinging insect venom. Honeybees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets and fire ants are the most common culprits for insect allergies, and common symptoms of a sting allergy include hives, swelling, redness, itching or flushing.

Urticaria

Many substances or situations trigger urticaria, also known as hives. Usually starting a an itchy patch that can turn into swollen welts, the itching can worsen with the consumption of alcoholic beverages, exercise and emotional stress. Hives can be triggered by food, medication, insect stings or bites, pollen, plants, or environmental stress.