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 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.  

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  • Helping Kids Develop Healthy Eating Habits

    Dr. Taniza Karim, Pediatrician, Deaconess Clinic Boonville
    Every day we learn more about the importance of nutrition in the health of children, both now and as they become adults.  And every day, many parents find themselves begging, bartering and bewildered in the face of getting their kids to eat healthy food.
     

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  • Sneezing, runny nose, feeling miserable…is it a cold or allergies?

    Dr. Jason White, Deaconess Clinic Allergist
    “Doc, I’m miserable.  Do I have a cold or allergies?”
    I hear this question a lot.  The last thing anyone wants is a runny nose and constant sneezing to make the winter more drawn out and miserable. While many blame their symptoms on a cold, it could be something much more.

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  • Ragweed Allergy Options for Children: Ease the Sneeze

    By Majed Koleilat, MD   Allergy and Immunology, Deaconess Clinic
     
    Ragweed is a pervasive flowering plant that is nearly inescapable and the cause of allergies worldwide.  Allergens and ragweed specifically can be especially dangerous for children.  Allergic symptoms can manifest differently in children, and since children spend more time outside, they are therefore subject to more ragweed exposure.  

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  • 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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