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Pragnesh Patel
Allergy & Asthma Specialty
Allergy Asthma Specialists, PA

Does it really matter what I’m allergic to and are allergy injections/ immunotherapy worth it?

It’s helpful to understand triggers, especially if you're having difficulty controlling them with medications, have Asthma, Sinus Infections, Headaches, or fatigue. Allergies affect your sleep, work and school. Often symptoms and treatment can be complex particularly when you have severe allergies with asthma. Your Allergist has expertise, specialized training to offer thorough evaluation, allergy tests and treatment plan including allergen control, medications and Immunotherapy.  Allergy injections are effective for indoor and outdoor allergens. These injections help to build tolerance to allergens so the patient has less or no symptoms and require less medications. This tolerance continues long after therapy completions.

I have just been diagnosed with Asthma; what treatment options do I have?        

Asthma can cause frequent episodes of cough, chest tightness/difficulty breathing and wheezing. Your personalized treatment may include:

• Avoiding and treating asthma triggers, like tobacco smoke, respiratory infections, acid reflux disease, weather changes, emotions and occasionally foods.

• Medication- Rescue medications provide temporary relief of asthma symptoms, while controller medications are taken daily to prevent frequent asthma symptoms. Your Allergist may prescribe Immunotherapy (allergy injections) to minimize impact of exposure of pet dander, dust mites and pollens.

• A partnership between you and your physician is needed to ensure your asthma is well-controlled and doesn’t interfere with your daily life. 

My son has eczema what should I know?

Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is a chronic skin disease that usually begins in early childhood. Children with eczema and Allergic Rhinitis are at a greatly increased risk of developing allergic asthma. Treatment includes:

* Use mild soap/cleanser;

* Keeping your skin moisturized will help to restore the skin barrier and reduce itching; * Avoid allergic triggers like foods, inhalants and contact allergens. Your Allergist can help identify these.

You may need medications like:

* Topical corticosteroids and calcineurin inhibitors to apply over the rash

* Antihistamines are used to relieve the itchiness. Antibiotics and oral steroids are used to treat infection and severe flare up if needed respectively.


Pragnesh Patel
Pragnesh Patel

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