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.
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!
Food Allergies: Find out If the Symptoms You Are Experiencing Could Be Caused by Something You’re Eating.
If 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:
- Tree nuts
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
- Shortness of breath
- Trouble breathing or swallowing (Severe)
- Swelling of the tongue
- 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!
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.
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