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By Allergy Care PLLC
February 24, 2020
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Asthma  

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.

By Allergy Care PLLC
February 13, 2020
Category: Allergy Care
Tags: Food Allergies  

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:

  • Vomiting
  • Stomach ache
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Trouble breathing
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Sneezing
  • 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:

  • Nuts
  • Wheat
  • Milk
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Soy

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.

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.





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