Food allergies don't have to prevent you from enjoying life. Making a few changes to your diet and visiting your Watertown and Utica, NY, specialist, Dr. Ludwig Khoury of Allergy Care, can help you prevent reactions.
How to Avoid Food Allergy Symptoms
Reducing the risk of an uncomfortable or life-threatening reaction starts with:
- Reading Labels: Don't buy or consume food unless you've read every ingredient on the label and can confirm it doesn't contain an allergen. Don't buy the product if the manufacturer notes that the same equipment is used to process foods that trigger your food allergies.
- Asking Questions: You never know what kinds of unusual ingredients restaurants or home cooks may add to a dish. Before you take a bite, ask if the food contains any of the ingredients that cause your allergies.
- Saying No: If you have any doubts about a prepared or home-cooked food, move on the side of caution and don't eat the food.
- Spreading the News: Let your friends, family members, and co-workers know that you have a food allergy. The more people know, the smaller the chance that someone will forget and offer you a forbidden food. Tell people what happens if you experience a reaction so that they can get help for you quickly if needed.
- Making a Few Changes in the Kitchen: Set aside dishes, utensils, cutting boards, and pans for your use only if you live with someone else who makes foods using ingredients that trigger your allergies. Insist that everyone wash cooking items thoroughly after using.
- Creating an Action Plan: An emergency action plan can save your life if you have an allergic reaction. Your plan should include a list of your allergens, typical allergy symptoms, the steps you should take if you experience a reaction, and contact information for your doctor's Utica or Watertown office.
Do you suffer from food allergies? Your allergy, asthma, and immunology specialist in Watertown and Utica, NY, Dr. Khoury of Allergy Care, can help you manage your condition. Make an appointment by calling (315) 624-7911 for the Utica office or (315) 782-6200 for the Watertown office.
Food allergies differ from food sensitivities or intolerances. An allergy can be severe and life-threatening, while sensitivities are usually less dangerous, but include more symptoms. The only way to identify if you have one vs. the other is to visit our staff at Allergy Care PLLC. Dr. Ludwig Khoury, Dr. Roseanne Brindisi, and Dr. Alyssia Lloyd provide two convenient locations for our Utica, NY and Watertown, NY patients.
What is a Food Allergy?
Food allergies develop from infancy. They occur when the immune system considers a particular food harmful and reacts by attacking it, releasing histamine and other chemicals into the body. This response triggers symptoms, and a reaction that can result in itching, fever, tingling, and wheezing. According to research, about 32 million Americans have them, including 5.6 million children under age 18. Common causes of food allergies include peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, fish, and shellfish. They appear immediately to a couple of hours after consuming.
Diagnosis and Treatment
To test our Utica, NY, and Watertown, NY patients for food allergies, our staff uses a skin prick or blood sample to measure the presence of IgE antibodies to specific foods. One of our allergists may additionally recommend a food elimination diet. For minor reactions, over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines may reduce symptoms. However, a more severe reaction will require an injection of a drug called epinephrine. Food allergies aren't curable, but symptoms can be monitored and controlled.
If you or a family member has had an immediate reaction to one or more foods, schedule a consultation with our staff at Allergy Care PLLC. Diagnosing food allergies is critical in determining how to proceed with treatment. For more information about food allergies, other conditions we treat, and services provided, visit our website. For appointment scheduling with Dr. Ludwig Khoury, Dr. Roseanne Brindisi, or Dr. Alyssia Lloyd, call (315) 624 -7911 for our Utica, NY, office, and (315) 782-6200 for our Watertown, NY, location.
How your asthma specialist in Utica and Watertown, NY can help.
Does your child have trouble breathing? If so, it can be pretty scary. You may think it’s just seasonal allergies, but it could be a sign of asthma. Your asthma specialist can help your child breathe easier and feel better. Dr. Ludwig Khoury at Allergy Care offers a wide range of asthma and allergy services. He has two convenient office locations in Utica, and Watertown, New York.
Asthma symptoms in children are more pronounced than in adults, because children’s airways are smaller. The asthma symptoms can flare up when your child is exposed to allergy triggers like pet dander, grass and flower pollens, dust mites, mold spores, and other substances. There are several signs and symptoms of childhood asthma for you to pay attention to, including:
- Wheezing and severe coughing
- Difficulty breathing
- Tightness and squeezing feeling in the chest
- Frequently recurring bronchitis
If you have a small infant, asthma symptoms may be more difficult to notice. You should pay attention to:
- Your infant feeding more slowly
- Your infant having trouble breathing while feeding
If your child is a toddler, you may notice:
- Your toddler tiring more quickly
- Your toddler coughing while doing activities
Asthma can be life-threatening, so you should seek out emergency care if your child is:
- Unable to breathe or gasping for air
- Unable to speak due to breathing difficulties
Your asthma specialist may recommend testing how well your child’s lungs are functioning by using spirometry, peak flow measurement, and nitric oxide testing. Once testing is completed, your asthma specialist can recommend appropriate asthma treatment, which may include:
- Rescue inhalers for short-term relief
- Asthma medications for long term relief
- Allergy testing and allergy treatment
- Modification of your child’s environment to eliminate allergy triggers
Childhood asthma symptoms can be scary, but help is just a phone call away. To find out more about asthma causes, symptoms, and treatment, call Dr. Ludwig Khoury of Allergy Care in Utica, New York at (315) 624-7911, or in Watertown, New York at (315) 782-6200. Call today.
Did you know that people may be allergic to any one of a number of foods? It's true, and this applies to both children and adults. If you experience odd symptoms such as itching, upset stomach, trouble breathing or swallowing, see Dr. Ludwig Edward Khoury of Allergy Care in Utica and Watertown, NY. He knows food allergies and can help you deal with them.
Why do people have allergies?
Allergies are the immune system's over-reaction to ordinary substances touched, inhaled or ingested. The body produces histamines, a natural chemical which, in excessive amounts, causes symptoms such as:
- Stomach ache
- Trouble swallowing
- Trouble breathing
- Nasal congestion
- Watery eyes
- Hives or other rashes
When someone contacts an allergen (something he or she is overly sensitive to), the body is on high alert. Allergy symptoms may be mild, moderate, severe or life-threatening (anaphylactic). The severest reactions require immediate medical attention.
What are common allergens?
Common allergens are dust, mold, animal dander, pollen, tobacco and wood smoke, latex, insect bites, drugs (such as penicillin) and more. Food allergies are wide-ranging and may include:
Unfortunately, people often struggle with identifying what foods cause their symptoms because of something called cross-reactivity. For instance, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says that if you are allergic to certain kinds of plant pollen, you also may react to fruits and vegetables such as bananas, celery and carrots.
What you can do about food allergies
The first line of defense is avoidance. If you know you develop symptoms after ingesting, say, peanut butter, do not eat it. Be sure to avoid all sources of peanuts, paying strict attention to food labels.
Also, see Dr. Khoury at Allergy Care. He'll do a physical examination, ask you about your symptoms (and when and how often they occur), and order tests as needed. Allergy testing helps your doctor know how best to control your symptoms.
Allergy testing may take the form of skin prick tests, which introduce a tiny amount of an allergen under the skin, challenge tests (the allergen is ingested) and lab work. Lab work is called RAST testing which looks for the presence of certain antibodies in the blood.
Finally, your allergist will devise a treatment plan to include medications, lifestyle changes and more to decrease your allergic reactions. This plan will tell what you should do in the event of a severe, or anaphylactic, reaction.
Find out more
Lead a healthier, happier life. Control those food allergies with expert care and advice from Dr. Ludwig Edward Khoury at Allergy Care. Call today for a consultation. In Watertown, phone (315) 782-6200, and in Utica, call (315) 624-7911.
From eczema and hives to contact dermatitis, there are many reasons why someone may end up dealing with an itchy rash. While often harmless, these symptoms can be rather uncomfortable and even painful. From the office of our Utica, NY, allergist Dr. Ludwig Khoury, find out more about skin allergies and your treatment options.
What does a skin allergy look like?
One of the most common symptoms associated with skin allergies is hives, which result in itchy red raised welts on the skin after being exposed to an allergen. Symptoms may last for hours or even days. Depending on the type of skin allergy you are dealing with, you may also experience:
- Dry, sensitive skin
- Oozing, cracking skin
- Scaling, thick red spots
When should I see an allergist?
If you are dealing with recurring itchy, red rashes you should see our Utica, NY, allergy doctor to determine whether you might have a skin allergy. Try and keep a diary of your symptoms, which can give us a clue as to what might triggering your allergy.
How can I alleviate my itching?
Whatever you do it’s important that you do not scratch that itch. Scratching will only serve to cause more irritation, which could also lead to an infection. Keep skin moisturized to reduce dryness and try an over-the-counter antihistamine, which can also treat hives. An allergist can also provide you with prescription creams and oral medications to treat even severe forms of dermatitis or other skin allergies.
What could be causing flare-ups?
There are many things that could trigger a flare-up, from allergies to an infection to certain skin conditions such as eczema. An allergist can diagnose your symptoms and provide you with ways to avoid these triggers.
Could my symptoms actually be caused by a food allergy?
Absolutely! A lot of people don’t realize that reactions such as hives could actually be the result of an allergy to certain foods. Since it’s impossible to tell whether your eczema or hives are due to a skin or food allergy it’s important to turn to a doctor who can give you the answers you need.
If you are dealing with allergy symptoms in Utica or Watertown, NY, find out the best approach for getting your symptoms under control. Call Allergy Care today to schedule a consultation with our allergy and immunology specialist, Dr. Khoury.
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