Dr. Summit Shah
Premier Allergy & Asthma very own allergist Dr. Shah talks about the introduction of rush immunotherapy and accelerated allergy shots being at the forefront of cutting edge allergy and asthma treatment options.
Dr. Summit Shah explains the difference between allergy symptoms and asthma symptoms, offers hope to allergy sufferers, and explains when you need to switch from over the counter medicines to prescription treatments and start looking for an allergist.
Do you suffer from inherited allergies? Soon, an Ohio allergist will be able to help you identify your allergen risks using genetics. Thanks to collaboration between 23andMe, a personal genetics company, and the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, our knowledge of genetic allergies is expanding.
The combined work of 23andMe and the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children yielded a new study that draws more genetic traits for allergies. They have identified 16 new genetic associations to common allergens such as pollen, dust-mites, and pet dander. In addition to these findings, they have also identified that eight genetic variations previously thought to be associated with asthma are correct.
As many of us know, it can be very frustrating to experience a summer cold. From the first sign of a stuffy nose, many of us head straight to the local pharmacy to pick up some over-the-counter medication to manage our symptoms. It never occurs to us that what we could be experiencing is actually allergy symptoms.
In recent studies, researchers have found that many adults will experience allergic reactions to common triggers, such as grass pollens and mold spores, for the first time in the summer. The symptoms these allergies present are very much like those of the common cold, so it’s important to learn about the differences between the two. Before speaking with an allergy doctor, there are a few signs to help you identify exactly what’s going on.
There is no cure for eczema. The main goal of treatment is to remove any irritants and to decrease the amount of dryness and irritation of the skin.
Some specific treatments include:
Food allergies develop when the immune system, for unknown reasons, fights against a particular food protein even though it is harmless. There are many people with food intolerances, which cause symptoms such as minor skin rashes or stomach upset. Food allergies, which trigger the immune system, are less common and more severe. True food allergy can cause anaphylaxis – a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and may cause death.
If you have a true food allergy, there is always a chance for anaphylaxis. Symptoms usually appear a few minutes to 1-2 hours after eating the food. The following are the most common symptoms of anaphylaxis, but each person may experience symptoms differently.
Food allergies are on the rise. There is much ongoing research to learn more about the causes. The following factors make food allergies more likely:
- Family history: Many children with food allergies come from families with a history of food allergies, hay fever or asthma.
- Eczema: Many children who have food allergies also have eczema.
- Young age: Food allergies occur most often in infants and toddlers.
Eight foods account for up to 90% of all food-allergic reactions. They include:
- Tree nuts (such as almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts and pistachios)
A person is usually diagnosed with a food allergy after having a reaction that requires medical attention. If it is not clear what food caused the reaction, skin prick testing and/or ImmunoCAP blood testing may be performed by an allergist to identify the food allergen. Elimination diets, which involve removing certain foods from the patient’s diet, may also be implemented.