Allergy

 Allergies can make you miserable, and they can also be serious.  An allergy is the result of the immune system overreacting to a typically harmless substance and can be caused by a variety of substances that you inhale or swallow, or that touch skin.  Allergies can and should be treated to prevent illness and complications.  Physicians who treat allergies are typically specialists in allergy and immunology.

Related Information

  • Managing Fall Allergy Season

    Dr. Jason White, Deaconess Clinic Allergy & Immunology
    As we head into the autumn season, people who haven’t had any sneezes and sniffles all year may begin to experience allergies.  

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  • Love the Skin You’re In: Four Ways to Combat Psoriasis

    Dr. Clay Davis, Dermatologist, Deaconess Clinic 
    Psoriasis isn’t just an annoying skin condition – it can be a lifelong issue that requires constant management, supervision and treatment.  Psoriasis sufferers experience an accelerated skin cell cycle resulting in scaly patches that are typically dry, itchy and painful.  Psoriasis can affect the nails, scalp and areas with sensitive skin like the underarms.  

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  • Heave Those Hives: Five Ways to Combat the Itch

    By Majed Koleilat, MD  Allergy/Immunology, Pediatric Allergy/Immunology
    Those tingling red swollen bumps that you may mistake for mosquito bites might just be urticaria (hives). Characterized by sudden itchy red bumps that change shape and turn white if pressed (called blanching), hives are uncomfortable, annoying and troublesome.    

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  • Managing Spring Allergies

    Dr. Anne McLaughlin, Deaconess Clinic Allergist 
    Does this spring find you sneezing, sniffling and itching?  You’re in good company right now, in large part due to the high tree pollen counts.  This year’s allergy season is a little bit late due to the cold winter; however, once it started, it hit suddenly and hard.

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  • Ditch the Itch! New Treatments for Eczema

    By Clay Davis, MD, Dermatology Deaconess Clinic
    Atopic dermatitis, or eczema, is often a chronic skin condition that can have a significant impact on quality of life.  The condition is characterized by an itchy pink, dry rash that often leads to cycles of itching and scratching that are hard to break. 

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  • Fight the Mites! Six Medical Advances to Beat Dust Mite Allergies

    Majed Koleilat, MD  Allergy/Immunology, Pediatric Allergy/Immunology 
    According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, dust mites are the single most common cause of household allergies…provoking sneezing, runny or stuffy noses, and itchy or watery eyes. Most people with this allergy aren’t allergic to dust particles, but to tiny animals called dust mites.  

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  • Managing Dry Winter Skin

    Dr. Robert Martin, Deaconess Clinic Dermatologist
    With the arrival of winter often comes the development of dry skin. Anyone can develop dry skin, but the cold climate of the winter months, accompanied by the dry heat indoors, can aggravate the condition.  Also, those long, hot showers and baths that can feel so good usually end up causing even more problems.

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  • New Allergy Treatment: Sublingual Immunotherapy

    Allergy season is in full swing.  Most of the tree allergy season is past, but now people who are allergic to grasses are starting to suffer. The options to treat allergies--for decades—have been the use of antihistamine medications and intranasal steroids/antihistamines to help reduce symptoms, as well as allergy shots (immunotherapy) which help your body stop reacting to allergens.

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  • Surviving Allergy Season

    While I know everyone looks forward to spring after a long winter, there are some people who are probably feeling a little bit of dread when it comes to their spring allergies, which will start just as soon as the weather warms up. So if you are prone to seasonal allergies, there are some things you can do to help reduce your suffering.

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  • Allergy Testing

    What to expect when you have an Allergy test.

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