If you have shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing that have lasted more than a couple of weeks, you may not have a cold or the flu. These symptoms could represent a chronic lung disease called asthma. At Allergy Care, in Utica and Watertown, NY, you'll find compassionate and accurate help from asthma specialist, Dr. Ludwig Khoury. He helps both adults and children with this common lung problem, allowing them to lead full and healthy lives.
The symptoms of asthma
Along with the shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing, people with asthma often experience chest pain and tightness. In plain terms, it's difficult for them to inhale and exhale because their airways constrict and produce copious amounts of mucus. When oxygen deprived, some asthmatics require special rescue medications, supplemental oxygen and even hospitalization.
Why does this happen? Well, asthmatics are hypersensitive to their environment, and certain triggers and stressors bring on attacks of varying degrees. Triggers may include:
- Allergens such as animal dander, certain foods, dust mites and insect bites
- Cold weather
- Strenuous exercise
- Anxiety and worry
- Tobacco and wood smoke
- Perfumes and other fragrances
- Air pollution
Diagnosing and treating asthma
At Allergy Care, in Utica and Watertown, NY, your asthma specialist will perform a complete history and physical, review your symptoms, do a lung function test and more. Dr. Khoury may wish to conduct allergy testing as well to pinpoint any allergens which trigger your asthma. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation says based on exam findings, your physician can categorize your asthma as intermittent, mild persistent, moderate persistent and severe persistent.
Then, Dr. Khoury will outline a treatment plan which will help you manage your symptoms. Management may include:
- Rescue medication (bronchodilator) for sudden symptoms
- Maintenance medication (an inhaled steroid and bronchodilator) to minimize daily symptoms
- Keeping a diary of symptoms and possible triggers
- Measuring peak flow, a simple indicator of how much air you can exhale at one time
Additionally, if allergies are an issue, Dr. Khoury will address those with a separate care plan.
Live well with asthma
You can when you carefully follow your care plan and stay in touch with Dr. Khoury and his dedicated staff at Allergy Care. For more information on allergies and asthma, or to arrange on consultation about your symptoms, please contact one of our convenient office locations. For the Utica office, call (315) 624-7911, or in Watertown, phone (315) 782-6200.
Are your allergies making you feel miserable? You're not alone. As the world turns green again, seasonal allergies begin to cause sneezing, congestion, itchy eyes and other symptoms in allergy sufferers. Allergist Dr. Ludwig Khoury of Allergy Care, in Utica and Watertown, NY, offers the treatment you need to keep your seasonal allergies under control.
Reducing allergen exposure can help
Although it's impossible to completely reduce your exposure to seasonal allergens, such as pollen, grasses and mold, you can take a few steps that may make you feel more comfortable, such as:
- Paying Attention to Allergen Levels: Check allergen levels for Utica and Watertown daily during allergy season. If high levels of a particular allergen are detected on a particular day, it's a good idea to avoid outdoor activities.
- Cleaning Often: Vacuum or mop floors often to reduce allergens tracked inside your home. If possible, replace carpeting with tile or hardwood flooring.
- Using a HEPA Filter: High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters trap particles that can cause seasonal allergy symptoms.
Allergists offer treatments that can relieve your symptoms
Decongestants and anti-histamines may help you feel better if you experience allergies, but sometimes, drugstore products just don't do enough to relieve your symptoms. If your symptoms are making you uncomfortable, consider making an appointment with an allergy, asthma and immunology doctor.
Your first appointment will probably include allergy testing to determine which substances trigger an allergic reaction. Testing involves injecting very small amounts of various allergens under your skin. If you're allergic to a particular substance, the corresponding area of your skin will redden, although you won't develop sneezing, congestion or other allergy symptoms.
Based on the results of allergy testing, your doctor may recommend a variety of treatments, including immunotherapy to gradually decrease your sensitivity to allergens, prescription strength decongestants and antihistamines, or nasal corticosteroid sprays.
A visit to an allergist can help you keep your seasonal allergy symptoms under control. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Ludwig Khoury by calling (315) 624-7911 for the Utica, NY, office or (315) 782-6200 for the Watertown, NY, office.
An allergic reaction can be a scary situation, especially when it comes unexpectedly while eating. However, knowing what an allergic reaction looks like and what to do during one can help you avoid discomfort or, in severe cases, even save your life. Find out what to do when you have a food allergy reaction with Dr. Ludwig Khoury at Allergy Care in Watertown and Utica, NY.
Signs and Symptoms of a Food Allergy
The symptoms of an allergic reaction to food almost always happen immediately after consuming the allergen. Even tiny amounts of allergens can cause reactions. Often, the first sign of a food allergy is a tingling or itching sensation in the mouth. Patients may also experience hives or itching skin, wheezing or nasal congestion, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or other parts of the body, abdominal pain or indigestion, dizziness, lightheadedness, or even fainting. In the most severe cases, anaphylactic shock can constrict the airways, causing the patient to be unable to breathe. Anaphylactic shock is often accompanied by a feeling as though you have a lump in the throat, rapid pulse, dizziness, loss of consciousness, or a severe drop in blood pressure.
What do I do during an allergic reaction?
It is important to seek emergency care immediately if you experience anaphylactic shock. This is a serious situation which could result in death. If you experience anaphylaxis, remain calm and ask someone to call 911.
Allergy Treatments in Watertown and Utica
A dietician can help patients find a good diet for them after a food allergy diagnosis. Treating food allergies normally begins with a full elimination diet. During this diet, the patient avoids all consumption of the allergen and, in severe cases, all contact at all, including inhalation or physical contact by touch. In an emergency, antihistamines can help control a reaction or an epinephrine auto-injector can keep the blood pressure up and treat severe reactions.
For more information on allergic reactions and their treatments, please contact Dr. Khoury at Allergy Care in Watertown and Utica, NY. Call (315) 782-6200 to schedule your appointment at the Watertown location and (315) 624-7911 to schedule your appointment at the Utica location today!
Dealing with skin allergies? Discover what you can do to combat it.
Most people will deal with irritated, itchy or problem skin at some point during their lifetime. Of course, if you start to notice these symptoms appearing more often, you may be inclined to turn to our Utica, NY, allergist Dr. Ludwig Khoury for answers. We are here to answer some of your most common skin allergy questions.
Q. What are the different kinds of skin allergies?
A. These are the three most common skin allergies people tend to face:
Eczema: If you deal with skin that flare-ups and becomes red, itchy and dry then you might just have eczema. There are eight different kinds of eczema, the most common being atopic dermatitis.
Contact dermatitis: If you notice blistering, itchy and red skin then you may be dealing with a case of contact dermatitis. Just like hives, when the skin comes in contact with an allergen it breaks out. The most common triggers tend to be laundry detergent, soap and even certain hair products.
Hives (urticaria): These small itchy bumps often appear suddenly when exposed to an allergen. Most of the time hives will go away on their own rather quickly but in some cases, people can develop chronic cases of hives (lasting more than six weeks).
Q. What are the symptoms of a skin allergy?
A. Symptoms will vary in type, frequency and severity from person to person. Some people may only have mild flare-ups that show up every now and then while others may have severe symptoms that occur frequently. Common skin allergy symptoms include:
- Dry, scaly, rough patches
- Redness and irritation
- Itchy skin
- Dark patches
- Itchy bumps that may crust or ooze
- Sensitive skin
If these symptoms are happening to you then it’s important that you call our Utica, NY, allergy doctor to find out what might be going on. Since these symptoms can be indicative of a lot of different conditions it is important that you find out the root cause so you know you are treating the problem effectively.
Q. What treatment options can get my allergy symptoms under control?
A. If you are dealing with minor or infrequent skin allergy flare-ups you may be able to get away with just taking an over-the-counter antihistamine. We can also provide you with lifestyle modifications to prevent or limit your contact with certain allergies and triggers. There are a variety of different prescription medications available to treat dermatitis, eczema and even chronic hives.
Don’t let allergies affect your day-to-day life. Turn to Allergy Care in Utica and Watertown, NY, today to find out how you can beat those pesky skin allergies into submission and to finally get the clearer, happier skin you’ve been wanting.
Have you ever wondered if you might have an allergy? The doctors at Allergy Care in Watertown and Utica NY, share a few common allergy signs and discuss food allergies and intolerances.
Allergy signs and symptoms
Allergies to mold, pollen, trees, cockroaches, pet dander and grasses can cause several unpleasant symptoms, including:
- Cold-Like Symptoms: Allergy symptoms often mimic common cold symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, coughing and itchy, watery, burning eyes. Although cold symptoms go away in about two weeks, allergy symptoms continue as long as you're exposed to an allergen.
- Morning Nausea: Post-nasal drip can make you feel nauseated when you wake up in the morning. If you tend to feel better a few hours later, your allergy symptoms may be to blame for your problem.
- Dark Circles Under the Eyes: Dark circles under the eyes, commonly called "allergic shiners," may be an indication of an allergy.
- Fatigue: Living with allergy symptoms can make you feel very tired and worn out.
Food allergies and intolerances
People often confuse food allergies and intolerances. Allergy symptoms occur even if you're only exposed to a very small amount of a food and may appear and few minutes to a few hours after exposure. Food allergy symptoms may include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sneezing, nasal congestion on runny noise
- Itchy ears or mouth
- Stomach pain
- Strange taste in your mouth
- Redness around your eyes or mouth
If you experience a severe allergic reaction, you may faint, have difficulty breathing or swallowing, turn blue, develop a weak pulse or feel pain in your chest. These symptoms require immediate emergency medical treatment.
Food intolerances usually only trigger gastrointestinal symptoms, such as stomachaches, nausea or diarrhea. Intolerances aren't life-threatening and may only occur if you eat a large amount of a food.
Because intolerances and allergies both cause gastrointestinal symptoms, it's not always easy to tell which is responsible for your symptoms. Allergy testing in our Watertown and Utica office can determine whether you're allergic to particular foods and also detect allergies to pet dander, mold and seasonal allergens. If you do have an allergy, we can prescribe appropriate medications and offer suggestions that will reduce your exposure to allergens.
Do you have any of the symptoms of seasonal or food allergies? Schedule an appointment with the doctors at Allergy Care by calling (315) 624-7911 for our Utica, NY office or (315) 782-6200 for our Watertown, NY location.
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