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By Allergy Care PLLC
November 25, 2020
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Asthma  

When seasons change, many individuals begin to experience sneezing, difficulty breathing and wheezing. In some cases, these symptoms subside after several days. On the other hand, if they persist or recur frequently, the culprit could be asthma, which is a condition that could develop during childhood or adulthood.

Here at Allergy Care PLLC in our Utica, NY, and Watertown, NY, offices, our asthma specialist Dr. Ludwig Khoury help manage asthma symptoms in both children and adults. Approximately 75% of asthma cases develop before seven years old, but some people develop asthma when they’re adults. Likewise, lots of kids experience remission during puberty or later on in their adult years.

The Differences Between Adult Asthma and Childhood Asthma

One of the main differences between adult and childhood asthma is how symptoms occur and what triggers them. Kids typically experience intermittent symptoms such as asthma attacks triggered by allergies, the common cold, or strenuous physical activity. Adults, on the other hand, usually experience persistent symptoms. Likewise, some asthma types usually develop during adulthood, like occupational asthma, which is triggered by allergens or irritants in their working environment.

Further, kids have an increased risk of having allergies along with asthma. And although symptoms are generally the same in both adults and kids, asthma attacks in kids typically result from common triggers, while asthma attacks in adults are usually more difficult to diagnose. In addition, adults don’t experience symptoms until they get a cold that also causes persistent breathing issues. This is usually the perfect time to see your doctor.

Managing Adult and Pediatric Asthma

When you come in for your consultation with our asthma specialist in our Utica, NY, or Watertown, NY, office, you’ll undergo a pulmonary function examination to check any irregularities in your lung function and help verify asthma or other lung issues. In both adults and kids, inhaled medicine, utilized regularly or as required, depending on the intensity of the condition, it the usual treatment.

It is likewise critically crucial to control things that trigger asthma, whether those include triggers like dust, smoke, mold, and pollen, or condition such as allergies, acid reflux, and obesity. The point is, regardless of the severity of the condition, whether you’re an adult or a child, make sure to follow your asthma treatment plan to ensure that it’s as well-controlled as possible.

Need Help Keeping Your Asthma Under Control? We Can Help

Arrange an assessment with our asthma specialist, Dr. Ludwig Khoury, here at Allergy Care PLLC by calling our Utica, NY, office at (315) 624 -7911 or Watertown, NY, office at (315) 782-6200.

By Allergy Care PLLC
November 19, 2020
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Asthma  

If you have experienced a prolonged series of asthma attacks or have been hospitalized for one, see asthma specialist, Dr. Ludwig Khoury at Allergy Care in Utica and Watertown, NY. Asthma can be life-threatening, and as such, it needs consistent and accurate symptom management. Read the important details about this serious respiratory condition.

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic and potentially deadly lung disease. Due to inflamed air passages in the lungs, asthma causes mild to severe breathing problems in about 24 million Americans. Almost 25 percent of these sufferers are children, says HealthConnect.

Symptoms of an acute asthma attack include:

  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Coughing, especially at night
  • Increased mucous production
  • Fatigue and inability to accomplish tasks of daily living easily
  • Pallor
  • Sneezing
  • Frequent colds with symptoms which do not resolve easily

Symptoms may increase, or flare-up, with stress, exposure to allergens (mold, pollen, pet dander), exercise, cold weather, or an episode of the flu or upper respiratory infection. Tobacco smoke and indoor and outdoor pollution often provoke an acute asthma attack.

When you should see an asthma specialist

It's imperative to get asthma symptoms under control. Repeated acute flare-ups that require medical attention, with or without hospitalization, signal the need for asthma control medications.

Additionally, if you cannot sleep or find yourself missing work or school, you need the help of an expert to manage your asthma. As an asthma specialist in the Utica, NY, area, Dr. Khourey and his team urge highly symptomatic individuals to come in for an examination, including allergy testing if indicated.

Asthma care plans typically include:

  • Use of rescue inhalers (bronchodilators) for sudden symptoms
  • Use of daily maintenance medications to reduce inflammation and prevent acute attacks
  • Measurement of peak flow, the volume of air expelled in one prolonged exhalation
  • Getting an annual flu shot
  • Exercising to tolerance as physical activity promotes good lung function
  • Keeping a clean home with frequent vacuuming and dusting and a HEPA filter installed in your HVAC system

It's your asthma

You can control it, and at Allergy Care, Dr. Ludwig Khourey and his caring staff are ready to help you. For an informative consultation, call your asthma specialist in Utica, NY, at (315) 624-7911, or for the Watertown office, phone (315) 782-6200.

By Allergy Care PLLC
July 21, 2020
Category: Allergy Care
Tags: Skin Allergies  

Rashes, itching, and discomfort -- persistent irritation is enough to make anyone frustrated. To avoid scratching and swelling, it’s important to understand what causes skin allergies. At Allergy Care in Watertown and Utica, NY, our staff is trained to find the source of your soreness, blistering, and redness.

Foods that you have enjoyed for much of your life can, without warning, contribute to allergies. Wearing jewelry that contains nickel often results in allergic symptoms. Other sources of inflammation include dust mites, animal dander. Pollen from trees, grass, and weeds is a prime source of skin allergy. Cosmetics and even some types of fabric can cause an allergic reaction.

Atopic dermatitis
Atopic dermatitis is a chronic form of eczema that usually develops in early life but can occur at any time. This condition flares up and then recedes. Often, it presents as an itchy red rash in folds of the elbows, the knees, and sometimes behind the ears. It is mostly accompanied by other immune conditions, such as asthma and hay fever.

Contact dermatitis
This kind of dermatitis is usually caused by interaction with jewelry that contains nickel, chemicals such as acetone and fragrances, and dust mites. Touching irritants such as poison ivy and cleaning solutions can also cause a reaction. While contact dermatitis is usually identified by a rash and itching, sometimes symptoms are redness and pain. In soft tissues like the mouth or the eyes, swelling can occur.

Clean and Moisturize
With each type of dermatitis, it is important to take care to keep the areas clean and moisturized. This staves off cracking and infection, which can make the site of irritation worse.

Skin allergies do not have to ruin your day. If you have any questions about how to alleviate any allergic expression, or would like to discuss a treatment plan for unbearable symptoms, Allergy Care in Watertown and Utica, NY will be happy to help. Call today to schedule an appointment. Call (315) 624-7911 for the Utica office or (315) 782-6200 for the Watertown office.

By Allergy Care PLLC
May 11, 2020
Category: Allergy Care
Tags: Food Allergies  

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.

By Allergy Care PLLC
April 27, 2020
Category: Allergy Care
Tags: Food Allergies  

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.

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