It is hard to believe that its only January and we are already discussing high tree pollens in the area, but with the Santa Ana winds blowing, allergy sufferers are experiencing a lot of problems.
Many of us don’t realize that we spend about one-third of each day at home (except less for workaholics) and during this time we are exposed to potential indoor allergens.
FDA Commitee votes to approve Sublingual Immunotherapy Treatment
Allergies can be troublesome in the wintertime, it is not just reserved for the Spring and Summer. Below are some allergy problems people may suffer during the cold months.
Anaphylaxis is a rare but severe allergic reaction. It occurs suddenly, can worsen quickly and can be deadly. Anaphylaxis happens after being exposed to a triggering agent. The agent leads to the release of normal body chemicals such as histamine that cause allergy symptoms. The first-line treatment for anaphylaxis is epinephrine.
Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is a recently recognized allergic/immune condition. A person with EoE will have inflammation or swelling of the esophagus. The esophagus is the tube that sends food from the mouth to the stomach.
Hives are an inflammation of the skin triggered when the immune system releases histamine. This causes small blood vessels to leak, which leads to swelling in the skin.
Do you cough, wheeze and have a tight chest or shortness of breath when you exercise?
Latex is very prevalent in our society, but as the latex usage goes up so does the risk of allergy. Here is an article adapted from the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology website.
Allergy shots are in the news a lot recently, mainly due to sub-lingual immunotherapy undergoing FDA approval. For now I would like to review subcutaneous immunotherapy, which has been around for 100 years. This information is adapted from the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology.