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By Allergy Care PLLC
August 15, 2019
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Skin Allergies  

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.

By Allergy Care PLLC
June 26, 2019
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Asthma  

AsthmaYou have asthma. You manage it fairly well, but still, symptoms breakthrough more often than you'd like. At Allergy Care, PLLC, in Utica, asthma specialist, Dr. Ludwig Edward Khoury, and his team work with patients to control their asthma and live more active lives.

Why does someone get asthma?

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation says one out of every seven children experiences asthma to one degree or other. Childhood asthma tends to be quirky and may be "outgrown," while adult asthma, which can start in any decade of life, impacts quality of life permanently.

Both exhibit similar symptoms: wheezing, shortness of breath, night-time coughing, and fatigue based on inflammation of the airway and lungs. Common asthma triggers (things which precipitate symptoms) are:

  • Environmental pollution
  • Allergens such as mold, pollen, and pet dander
  • Insect vectors (bees, wasps)
  • Perfumes, air fresheners, and scented laundry soaps
  • Cold weather
  • Laughing, crying
  • Exercise
  • Influenza and colds

Keeping control

Both pediatric and adult-onset asthma can threaten life itself as well as its day-to-day quality. Your asthma specialist in Utica will work with you to identify your triggers so you can avoid them, and limit your episodes of wheezing and shortness of breath.

In addition, Dr. Khoury likely will provide you with daily maintenance medication (an inhaled corticosteroid and bronchodilator) to reduce inflammation and a rescue inhaler (such as albuterol) to open the airway quickly. He may pursue allergy testing to pinpoint triggers and prescribe medication to suppress your body's reaction to those things which cause an asthma flare-up.

Your asthma action plan

This written log or online app records your symptoms, their severity and possible triggers. It outlines when you should use your rescue medication and when you should get help from Dr. Khoury, or in severe situations, from your hospital emergency room.

An asthma action plan also traces trends in what physicians call peak flow. A simple peak flow meter easily measures how much air you can blow out in one forceful exhalation. You can track your baseline peak flow and then compare it to your readings when you are symptomatic. Dr. Khoury guides patients in identifying normal readings and ones which indicate developing danger.

Staying fit and healthy

Exercise is key to good lung function. As an asthmatic, be sure to warm up before you exercise, work out indoors if the pollution or pollen index is high, and cover your face with a scarf or cowl if it's cold outside.

Also, a healthy diet supports healthy lung function. So does adequate hydration; so drink several glasses of water a day.

Finally, everyone--not just people with asthma--must stay current on their vaccinations, particularly influenza and pneumonia. These medications protect you during those dangerous cold and flu seasons.

Find an Asthma Specialist

Dr. Ludwig Edward Khoury and his team help scores of people navigate asthma management. He'll help you, too. Call one of his two offices for a personal consultation. In Watertown, NY, phone (315) 782-6200, and in Utica, NY, call (315) 624-7911.

By Allergy Care PLLC
June 18, 2019
Category: Allergy Care
Tags: Skin Allergies  

Could your itchy, red and bumpy skin be the result of an allergy?

Persistent rashes and bumpy, itchy skin—these symptoms aren’t just uncomfortable, they can also be pretty embarrassing. We know that Allergiesyou just want to find out what’s causing your symptoms and to get them under control. Could your symptoms be the result of an allergy? Our Utica, NY, allergist Dr. Ludwig Khoury wants patients to get the answers they need regarding skin allergies.

 

What are the different types of skin allergies?

The most common types of skin allergies include:

  • Atopic dermatitis (also known as eczema)
  • Hives
  • Contact dermatitis

 

What are the sign and symptoms of a skin allergy?

Symptoms vary from patient to patient depending on the type and severity of the skin allergy. Symptoms may include:

  • Dry, sensitive skin
  • Itching
  • Redness and inflammation
  • Raised bumps
  • Cracking or oozing

If you are experiencing flare-ups that include any of these symptoms then you may want to turn to an allergist in Utica, NY, for a diagnostic exam.

 

How can I treat or relieve an itchy rash?

One of the best things you can do is to keep your hands off your itchy skin (we know; easier said than done); however, the more you scratch the worse the symptoms can get (not to mention the fact that scratching could lead to an infection).

Turn to cold compresses or oatmeal baths to help ease symptoms naturally. You can also turn to over-the-counter or prescription creams or oral medications that are designed to treat skin allergies such as atopic dermatitis.

 

Could my skin allergies be caused by an allergy to certain foods?

It is absolutely possible that the symptoms you are experiencing such as hives could be the result of a food allergy. If you find that your symptoms manifest every time you eat a certain food then you may have a food allergy.

 

How are skin allergies treated?

If your allergy symptoms are minor then you may find relief from simple lifestyle modifications and at-home treatments like hydrocortisone cream, calamine lotion, or oral antihistamines. For more moderate or severe skin allergies, an allergist can provide you with prescription topical or oral medications.

Are you dealing with skin allergies in Utica or Watertown, NY? If you are experiencing distressing or uncomfortable symptoms then it’s time to call Allergy Care to find out how we can help.

By Allergy Care PLLC
May 08, 2019
Category: Allergy Care
Tags: Food Allergies  

Food allergies can be a source of pain and discomfort for the individuals affected by them. Food allergies can affect both children and food allergyadults. An allergist can test you or your children for specific food allergies. Once the allergies have been identified, possible treatment options can be reviewed. At Allergy Care, Dr. Ludwig Khoury is your allergist for treating food allergies in the Utica and Watertown areas.

Symptoms

A variety of foods can produce allergic reactions in people. Some of the foods people are commonly allergic to include fish, shellfish, peanuts, walnuts, and almonds. Other foods associated with allergies include eggs, dairy, corn, and wheat. A broad range of symptoms can result from food allergies. One of the most severe symptoms that can occur is anaphylaxis, which is a condition that makes it difficult to breathe, while also sending the body into shock. Other symptoms associated with food allergies include:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose or nasal congestion
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Facial swelling
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Itchiness
  • Rash

Treatment Options

There are several options for treating food allergies. An allergist can develop an appropriate treatment plan for you. Antihistamines can be helpful for minimizing the symptoms of food allergies. For patients with potentially life-threatening food allergies, EpiPens are a critical component of their treatment plan and are used to stop the onset of anaphylaxis. Another treatment option is desensitization. Desensitization works by exposing a patient to small amounts of the allergen to help that person build up a tolerance to it.

Another component of treating food allergies is managing them by taking precautions to prevent allergic reactions. For instance, it is important to take precautions when handling or cooking certain foods. For some individuals, simply touching foods they are allergic to is enough to produce an allergic reaction. Wearing gloves when preparing food is a good way to safeguard against an allergic reaction. It is also helpful to read food labels to ensure the ingredients list does not contain any foods that could produce an allergic reaction.

An allergist can help identify your exact food allergies and recommend an appropriate treatment plan. For the treatment of food allergies in Watertown or Utica, NY, schedule an appointment with Dr. Khoury by calling Allergy Care at (315) 624-7911 for Utica or at (315) 782-6200 for Watertown.

By Allergy Care PLLC
February 07, 2019
Category: Allergy Care
Tags: Skin Allergies  

Skin allergies can be more than just a nuisance, as they can result in all sorts of complications, including rashes, bumps, irritation, itchiness, and sores. If you’ve been struggling with skin allergies, see a doctor at Allergy Care, PLLC in Watertown and Utica, NY for help. There may be a simple treatment or lifestyle change that can give you much-needed relief!

Possible Causes of Skin Allergies
Though some patients have problems with skin allergies from childhood, other cases involve the onset of allergies beginning later in life, and for no clear reason. These are some of the possible causes of allergic reactions that show up on the skin:

- Allergies to certain types of food ingredients, such as gluten.
- Exposure to chemical irritants, including cleaning solutions and laundry detergents.
- Washing up with shampoos or soaps that contain irritating ingredients.
- A latex allergy.
- Exposure to sunlight after applying certain lotions or sunscreen to the skin.

How a Doctor Can Help
Skin allergies are difficult to treat because there isn’t always a clear-cut cause or source, but there are treatments that your doctor can try to alleviate your symptoms. These are a few ways that a skin doctor from either our Watertown or Utica office can help:

- Immunotherapy to develop a resistance to allergic reactions.
- Skin prick or blood testing to identify triggering allergens.
- Antihistamine medication to calm allergic irritations.
- Advice and education about allergy avoidance and prevention.

Allergy Care Tips
One of the best ways to deal with a skin allergy is to take every precaution to avoid the allergens in your environment. Therefore, having an allergy test to identify the potential allergen is an important initial step. Here are a few additional tips:

- Look for hypoallergenic products when you’re shopping for cleaners and detergents.
- Be aware of the possible dyes and chemicals in clothes, washcloths, linens, and other items that may come in contact with the skin on a regular basis.
- Take cool showers to ease the pain of rashes.
- Ask your doctor to prescribe you a hydrocortisone or allergy cream.

Protect Your Skin
Keeping your skin healthy is a top concern because it’s one of the first things people see when you meet. Get treatment for your skin allergies by contacting Allergy Care, PLLC in Watertown or Utica, NY at (315) 782-6200 or (315) 624-7911, respectively. Dr. Ludwig Khoury is a certified allergist who understands these conditions and can provide you with valuable guidance!





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