Adult and Pediatric Allergist
An allergy is defined simply as an abnormal reaction to a substance which is ordinarily harmless. Allergy symptoms occur when the body mistakenly reacts to these substances as if they were germs or viruses. In other words, in people who are allergic, the immune system works overtime. These substances may invade the body by being inhaled, swallowed or by direct contact with the skin. These sensitizing substances are called allergens.
Stop allergies before they lead to worse problems.
House dust mites
Itchy and red eyes
Eczema or hives
These factors are emotional stress, fatigue, infection, air pollution and weather changes. While most allergies are not life threatening, few people have anaphylaxis, especially with foods, which is an extreme allergic reaction. If you have had anaphylaxis, discuss this with Dr. Michael about getting an emergency kit and wearing an ID bracelet.
Allergies may change from one type to another as people grow older. A baby who is allergic to a certain food might grow out of that allergy, develop asthma as an older child, and then get hay fever as an adult.
Tobacco smoke, perfume, cologne and cleaning products (or any strong scents)
are irritants, not an allergen. However, for some people smoking or exposure to these irritants can worsen allergic symptoms.
If you have allergies, it is important not to smoke and to avoid second hand smoke.
Some people will ask, "Will contact with an allergen always trigger a reaction?"
The answer to whether or not you have an allergic reaction depends partially on:
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Your degree of sensitivity - this depends on the level of IGE (allergy antibodies) present in your blood and tissue.
The amount of the allergen to which you have been exposed.
The part of your body that was exposed, such as skin, nose, lungs, eyes or digestive tract.