Allergy Facts and Figure
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, more than 50 million Americans have experienced various types of allergies each year. Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S.
An allergy is when your immune System reacts to a foreign substance, called an allergen. It could be something you eat, inhale into your lungs, and inject into your body or touch.
Outdoor Allergy Triggers
Pollen, Grass, Tree
Indoor Allergy Triggers
Mold, Dust Mites, Cockroaches, Rodent Dander, Cat, Dog.
Food Allergy Triggers
Milk, Egg, Wheat, Soy, Peanut, Tree nuts, Fish, Shellfish.
Fatigue, Headache, Runny or stuffy nose, Itchy or watery eyes, Sneezing, Itchy rash, Abdominal Pain, Vomiting, Diarrhea.
Our Clinic can perform allergy skin testing on over 60 various allergens, allowing us to figure the root causes of your allergy.
Skin Test: (also known as a prick test) involves lightly pricking the skin on the back or forearm with a tiny drop of liquid allergen. The area of the skin is observed for about 15 minutes to see if a reaction develops.
Allergy shots work much like a vaccine. Your body responds to injected amounts of particular allergen given in increasing doses, eventually developing a resistance and tolerance to it.
Allergy shots can lead to decreased, minimal or no allergy symptoms.
There generally are two Phases:
- Build up Phase: involves the administration of injections with increasing injections’ volumes and concentrations of the allergens.
The frequency of injections during this phase ranges from 1 to 3 times per week. The duration depends on the frequency of injections but generally ranges from 3 to 6 months.
- Maintenance phase: When this phase is reached the interval between allergy injections may be increased. The frequency of injections ranges from 1 to 2 times per month.