Atlanta is one of the top cities in the US for environmental allergens. Whether it is tree pollen, grass pollen, molds or weeds there is a constant source of irritants that can cause allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itchy eyes, itchy ears and chronic runny nose with nasal congestion – the common symptoms of hay fever. Household allergens such as pet dander and dust are also important to control since they are potent triggers for allergy and asthma
Treatment of allergy symptoms generally consist of one or more of the following:
- Avoidance http://www.pollen.com/Pollen.com.asp
- Nasal steroid sprays http://www.clevelandclinic.org/otol/nasal/steroids.htm
- Antihistamines http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~aair/antihistamines.htm
- Decongestants http://health.yahoo.com/health/centers/allergy/502
- Allergy shots http://familydoctor.org/x1863.xml
What is asthma?
Asthma http://asthma.nationaljewish.org/about/what/ is an inflammation of the lungs and airways that can be caused by:
- Airborne allergens (e.g., pollen, mold, animal dander and dust)
- Food allergy
- Viral infection
- Pollution or tobacco smoke
- Strong odors
- Drug sensitivity (e.g. aspirin)
- Stress and emotional anxiety.
How can I determine if I have allergies to food or environmental allergens?
- Allergy skin testing is a safe, fast and effective office procedure that will determine your environmental allergies in 15 minutes.
- Blood testing can be done for patients with:
- suspected food allergies
- certain medical problems
- a history severe allergic reactions of swelling known as anaphalaxis.
When should I consider treatment with allergy shots?
- When your nasal allergies cause secondary symptoms such as chronic sinus infections, nasal congestion or snoring.
- When you experience hay fever or other allergy symptoms several months out of the year.
- When antihistamines and other over-the-counter medications do not control your allergy symptoms, or create unacceptable side effects, such as drowsiness.
- When your allergic disease is interfering with your quality of life
- When you are experiencing warning signs of asthma such as:
- struggling to breathe
- wheezing or coughing, especially at night or after exercise.
- frequent shortness of breath or a feeling of tightness in your chest.
- You have previously been diagnosed with asthma, but despite treatment, you have frequent acute asthma attacks
- When you cannot or do not want to continue to take over-the-counter medication or prescription medication indefinitely.
Treatment for Food Allergies
For those who suffer from food allergies we offer sublingual immunotherapy.
- Treatment involves putting drops under the tongue to train the immune system to stop responding to foods that cause allergy symptoms such as hives, swelling, asthma, and nasal congestion
- Treatment can be done safely and effectively at home by the patient.
- No needles
- Treatment is performed at home