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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.
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.
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 you 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)
- 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
- 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.
Food allergies can be a source of pain and discomfort for the individuals affected by them. Food allergies can affect both children and adults. 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.
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:
- Runny nose or nasal congestion
- Nausea and vomiting
- Facial swelling
- Difficulty breathing
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.