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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
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!

By Allergy Care PLLC
October 12, 2018
Category: Allergy Care
Tags: Food Allergies  

Food Allergies: Find out If the Symptoms You Are Experiencing Could Be Caused by Something You’re Eating.

Food AllergiesIf you are professed foodie, the last thing you want to think about is that something you are eating could be affecting your health. Of course, there are millions of people in the country dealing with food allergies, from babies to adults. So, what are the most common food allergies and what symptoms warrant a trip to our Utica, NY, allergist Dr. Ludwig Khoury?

Common Food Allergies

Even though just about any food can cause an allergic reaction, there are eight different kinds of foods that most commonly cause allergy symptoms. These foods are:

  • Milk
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Eggs
  • Shellfish
  • Fish
  • Wheat
  • Soy

In some cases, certain seeds (e.g. sesame) can also cause an allergic reaction.

Symptoms of a Food Allergy

Symptoms can manifest in different ways, usually affecting the skin, intestinal tract, or cardiovascular system. Common symptoms include,

  • Stomach cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Hives
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Trouble breathing or swallowing (Severe)
  • Swelling of the tongue
  • Dizziness
  • Anaphylaxis (this is a life-threatening reaction that affects breathing and sends the body into shock; this requires immediate medical attention)

Symptoms of a food allergy will appear within two hours of consuming the food; however, most symptoms will generally show up within a matter of minutes. Delayed symptoms are rare but are more often seen in children.

Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that just because you are experiencing these symptoms after eating certain foods doesn’t necessarily mean that you have an allergy. If you notice these same symptoms recurring, then it’s a good idea to keep a food journal to pinpoint if there is a specific food that is causing these symptoms.

If you discover that there is a specific, food then it is pertinent to consult with our allergy specialist in Utica, NY, to both figure out if it’s truly an allergy and how to best avoid it in the future.

Contact Us Today!

If you suspect that you may have a food allergy, the next step is to have your symptoms checked out by Dr. Khoury, a specialist in diagnosing and treating a variety of allergies. Call Allergy Care today at either our Watertown, NY, location ((315) 782-6200) or our Utica, NY, office ((315)6224-7911) to schedule a consultation!