Posts made in March 2017

Information on Food Allergies

Food allergies are a very common occurrence in people of all ages because they can develop at any stage in a person’s life. If you suspect you have a food allergy, please read on to learn more about the symptoms and treatment!

Symptoms

An allergic reaction is when the immune system in your body reacts negatively to a certain food or substance in the food. Your body sees the food as a foreign substance and it triggers a protective response. Your body’s reaction to the food can vary from mild to severe, such as a small itchy rash or hives to anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is the most severe reaction and it can result in death because your breathing becomes impaired. Some minor to moderate symptoms are as follows:

  • Shortness of Breath
  • Repetitive Coughing
  • Tight Throat
  • Issues Swallowing
  • Extreme Dizziness
  • Weak Pulse
  • Swollen Tongue

Some of the common foods that people experience allergic reactions to are dairy products, nuts, fish, wheat, and soy. During a food allergy testing, our asthma and allergy specialists in Hunterdon County, NJ, and nearby areas, will work closely with you and assess your diet, the symptoms you have after eating food, how long they last, your medical history, etc. Our professional staff can also perform a skin testing or a blood testing.

 

For more information, please refer to the website of American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology at http://acaai.org/allergies/types/food-allergy.

 

To schedule an appointment with one of our asthma and allergy specialists in Hunterdon County, NJ, and nearby areas, please give us a call today at (908) 526-0200!

Tips for Surviving Spring Allergies

With the spring weather approaching, it can be a huge worry for people who suffer from severe allergies. However, with the help from the asthma and allergy specialists in Hunterdon County, NJ, and Somerset County areas, you can help keep your allergies under control.

Schedule an Appointment ASAP

The best way to prepare for your seasonal allergies is to schedule an appointment with one of our asthma and allergy specialists in Somerset County, NJ, and surrounding towns. It might be beneficial to start your allergy medications before the pollen and mold begins to affect you.

Prep Your Home

While it is nice to have your windows and doors open when the weather gets warmer, the small particles of pollen and mold can easily get through the holes of your screens.  A great tip is to run your air conditioning system earlier in the year to prevent stuffiness.  You should also change your air filters in your AC unit in your home and in your car. For extra filtration, consider using an air conditioning unit that uses a HEPA filter or a high-efficiency particulate air filter.

You will also want to make sure you keep your home dry, wash and air out your bedding, curtains, etc. and dust the surfaces of your home regularly.

Exercise Indoors

If you exercise, you will want to monitor the levels of pollen throughout the day. The best choice is to exercise indoors but if you really want to go outside, pick a time in the afternoon when the pollen count is the lowest.

 

 

If you suffer from severe allergies, please schedule an appointment with one of our asthma and allergy specialists in Hunterdon County, NJ, and surrounding areas by calling (908) 526-0200!