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.
Mold, also known as fungus, is a family of organisms that are found throughout nature.
Alcohol use is widespread and can result in adverse reactions.
Now that Christmas is nearly upon us, its time to revisit the problem that can make allergies worse every year. Christmas Tree Syndrome. Many pine trees can wreak havoc on someone who has allergies and asthma. The culprit is usually a mold that grows on the conifer trees. Common molds are aspergillus, penicillium, cladosporium and […]
What is Oral Allergy Syndrome?