Managing your Allergies
1. What is an allergy?
An allergy is an immune response to food, airborne inhalants or drugs.
Allergy versus irritation or sensitivity.
2. Why do people develop an allergy?
There are a variety of factors including; heredity, environment, family history (30%), early introduction to foods, drug, viral induced.
3. Is the number of people with allergies rising in this country?
YES. Approximately 20% of the population suffers from some type of allergy and that number is growing.
WHY? Hygiene hypothesis
4. Can we prevent an allergy?
Breast feeding – temporary
Prenatal diets – temporary
Dust control in the bedroom
5. There has been lots of media hype regarding allergies. Was this season really terrible?
Yes. This year we experienced an unusually warm winter. Globing warming is also a contributing cause.
6. Treatments of seasonal allergies.
8. Food allergies
Children versus adult allergies
Children may grow out of many food allergies. When?
Do you suffer from allergies? Do you have fatigue? Do you have frequent headaches? Do you have sneezing, post nasal drainage or itching of the nose?
Do you have frequent colds? Do you experience dizziness? Do you get sinus infections every year? Do your eyes itch, water, get red or swell?
Do you have recurrent ear infections? Do you have asthma, wheezing, tightness in the chest or chronic cough? Do you have skin problems such as eczema, skin rashes, itching or hives?
Do you have indigestion, bloating, diarrhea or constipation? Do your symptoms worsen during a particular season, such as the spring or fall?
Do your symptoms change when you go indoors or outdoors? Are your symptoms worse in parks or grassy areas?
Are your symptoms worse in the bedroom after going to bed, or in the morning upon arising? Do you awaken in the middle of the night with congestion?
Are your symptoms worse when you come into contact with dust? Are your symptoms worse around animals?
Do you have any blood relatives with allergies? Do you have mood swings or feel depressed for no reason?
Do certain foods bother you? Do you develop symptoms after eating or drinking certain foods?
Dr. Edward Gindi, Board Certified Allergist