Few Dangerous insects that cause allergies

With desert flowers, spring rain,it also means that the insects also come out of hibernation. Tiny as they are, even the smallest insects can provoke a truly outsized reaction in an Arizonan if they sting a susceptible individual. The anaphylactic shock – allergy to you and me – that they cause can range from mildly irritating to downright deadly. For those with this particular disability, it pays to know what you are dealing with. Here is a quick rundown on the four most dangerous insects in this category which cause allergies in Phoenix that we treat often at our Phoenix allergy clinic

Household Pests

While most folks worry the most about insect bites in the “great outdoors,” the majority of insect bites are actually inflicted upon humans inside the home. With their tiny bites, spiders, mites and fleas can trigger inflammations and rashes. In addition, cockroaches and other non-biting insects can leave detritus that will trigger asthma or asthma-like symptoms.

Stinging Insects

There are a whole panoply of insects – bees, yellow-jackets, hornets, stink bugs and fire ants to name just a few – that like to perpetrate their particular brand of nastiness on the human race. Each of their toxins is different but the results are usually the same. A cold compress applied to the puncture wound will fix most of these injuries but it is also good to keep a rescue inhaler on-hand just in case.

Biting Insects

 Everyone has been bitten by a mosquito at one time or another. For some, it is a relatively minor inconvenience but for others, it is a far more serious situation. Similarly, the bites of bedbugs, fleas and certain flies are also painful and can potentially provike a life-threatening allergic event. Keep your linens laundered on a regular basis to avoid this problem

For more information on insect allergies and the best way to deal with an anaphylactic reaction to a sting or bite, please contact us at Adult & Pediatric Allergy Associates. We can be found online at AllergyArizona.net or reached directly at 602-242-4592.

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Top Five Food Allergies

While everyone needs food to live, not everyone can eat every food. This fact is never more evident than when a person inadvertently eats a food that provokes an allergic reaction. Nausea, hives, itchy eyes and shortness of breath can ensue if the allergic reaction is not treated in the proper manner by an specialty allergy doctor.

Known in medical circles as “anaphylactic shock,” allergic reactions to food are not just irritating but can even lead to death in certain circumstances. Here is a quick rundown on the five foods most commonly associated with this disability:

Peanut AllergyProbably the most commonly known food allergy because of the attention it has drawn from schools and airlines, peanuts are a significant threat to the unaware. Peanuts are included in all sorts of foods as a filler and care should be taken to read food labels.

Shrimp – This allergy is usually ascribed to the iodine that builds up in various shellfish. Whatever the root reason, a shrimp allergy provokes an almost immediate and violent reaction from someone who inadvertently exposes themselves.

Milk – “Got milk?” Is a popular marketing slogan but it is more than an annoyance to those who are better off ignoring this oft praised but sometimes deadly liquid. Humans usually react most violently to cow’s milk but others – goat, sheep and buffalo – can have equally dire effects.

Wheat – The gluten in wheat can cause bouts of sneezing, headaches and skin rashes. This allergy is more of a nuisance than a real danger. Still, it should be dealt with as soon as possible.

Eggs – Most common in infants, an egg allergy usually manifests itself with vomiting. By adolescence, this allergy will usually be dissipated.

For more information on the best way to deal with an allergic reaction to food or any other irritant, or prevent food allergies in children, please contact us at allergyarizona.net, or call us directly at 602-242-4592.

How To Prevent Skin Allergies?

We all love having a flawless skin, free from conditions and allergies. But, it isn’t really a perfect world. With the presence of so many allergens around us, it doesn’t take much time to get a skin allergy. While there are several causes of having an irritated skin, some of the common causes include weak immune systems, medications, and infections.

Here are a few symptoms that can occur in various skin allergies:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Rashes and/or excessive itching
  • Occurrence of bumps or blisters on the skin
  • Peeling, cracking or flaking of the skin

They say prevention is better than cure. So, if you want to have a trouble-free skin, then here are a few things that may help you do so.

Strengthen your immune system – As already mentioned, if you are having frequent allergies, then it could be due to the problems in the immune system that lead to frequent infections. So, make sure you strengthen your immune system. Having a nutritious diet and by adding vitamin C to your diet might help in giving your immune system the boost it needs.

Take care of your skin – There are many allergic reactions that can be avoided merely by making simple changes in your lifestyle and by taking good care of your skin. Switch to natural skin care products that are free from harsh chemicals, keep your skin hydrated by drinking lots of water, and moisturize your skin regularly, to have a healthy skin.

Consult a board-certified allergist – The most important step that you need to take to prevent the occurrence of skin allergies is to consult a reliable and board certified allergist. Tell them about your skin condition in detail and they will help you find the underlying cause of the allergy, with the help of allergy testing. Once you will find out the reasons why you get allergic reactions, you will then be able to treat them better.

3 Tips On Dealing With Allergic Asthma

Just like no two people are same, their bodies’ responses to allergens aren’t same as well. While there are people who may experience sneezes and watery eyes because of certain allergens, there are others who may experience asthma attacks. As a matter of fact, allergic asthma happens to be one of the most common types of asthma in the world. So, what is the way to treat this allergic reaction?

Here are a few tips that may work great in helping you better manage your asthmatic allergy.

Understand the trigger points
As basic as it may sound, it is a great way to control your allergic asthma attacks. When you know what are the things that trigger the attacks, you can very well avoid doing them. For this, different allergy tests can be conducted. Apart from getting the allergy skin testing and food testing done, you should also try to maintain notes on the last allergic asthma attack you had and what could be the possible trigger points, based on the activity that you were doing at that time. This will help a lot in figuring out the reasons that lead to such attacks.

Keep it clean
Another important tip to prevent allergic asthma attacks would be to keep the surrounding cleans and free from dust mites, which are said to be one of the most common indoor allergic asthma allergens, as per studies. You can keep dust mites at bay by regularly washing all of your bedding and getting rid of those carpets from your home that are a haven for dust mites. Also, go for dust proof mattresses and pillows to avoid attracting the nasty little dust mites.

Contact an experienced allergist and asthma specialist
The most important tip to have an allergic asthma free life is to find a reliable and reputable Phoenix clinic, which has a team of experienced allergists for children, and asthma specialists. When you take the help of an expert to treat your respiratory/sinus concerns or allergic conditions, you take a big leap towards living a life free from allergic reactions.

So, stop waiting and start doing. Follow these simple tips and schedule an appointment for testing with a renowned allergist and immunologist nearby!

Allergy Testing & Holistic and Medicinal Treatment

Those who suffer from allergies  know the discomfort and anxiety that such a condition brings. While most allergic attacks can be prevented and easily managed, thousands of Arizona still suffer from allergies on a regular basis. The presence of allergens in our desert environment and foods, plus the lack of sufficient awareness about allergies play a major role in the increasing number of allergic attacks.

Don’t let allergies take over your life or your children’s!

Typical Allergy Symptoms Seen in Phoenix:

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We have 5 clinics valleywide which offer treatment plans for children and adults of all ages that are being affected by symptoms of allergy or asthma.  Please contact us today at 602-242-4592 so that we can help you STOP the persistent allergic reactions and other immunologic problems!

What is Allergy Immunology

Immunology is a very broad branch of biological science. It is commonly defined as the study of the immune system. In medicine, an immunologist is a specialist who uses his knowledge to evaluate, diagnose and manage patients with immunological disorders like asthma, food allergies, sinusitis, and more. In Phoenix, immunologists is commonly referred to as  allergists.

Specially Licensure:
An allergy immunologist such as Dr. Habib-Khazen and Dr Alasaly had to go through years of education and training in order to learn how to treat and manage allergies and asthma.

Our doctors must complete a medical degree, and then, train as a physician in either pediatrics or internal medicine. Once training has been completed, the physician must pass either the American Board of Internal Medicine or the American Board of Pediatrics.

To become an immunologist, a physician must undergo an additional two years of study (fellowship) focusing on immunology, and  pass the American Board of Allergy and Immunology’s certifying exam.

An allergist/immunologist’s education and training doesn’t stop there. Because immunology is applied to several other scientific disciplines, new discoveries in the field are continually being made. To remain a certified immunologist in Phoenix, continued medical education is  necessary in order to keep up with the latest news and remain competent in the field.

The Role of the Allergy/Immunologist:
Unlike other types of diseases, allergic disease isn’t a condition that can “go away” easily. Some people dismiss allergies and regard them as a mere nuisance. Patients who suffer from allergies know that this condition can  be debilitating and  keep them from their daily routines.

An effective Phoenix immunologist diagnoses the condition and provides a management plan to help the patient manage his allergy or asthma better, reducing the number of times the patient misses school or work because he/she has to stay at home to rest. The immunologist uses different allergy tests to determine what a patient is allergic to and what triggers allergic reactions. These tests include allergy skin testing, pulmonary function testing, penicillin testing, food testing, chemical and food patch testing, and venom and stinging insect testing.

Consult our Allergy Asthma Clinics which are renowned for the quality of care:
When in need of comprehensive treatment options, you can rely on our dedicated team of doctors, nurses, and staff to work with you in helping you better manage your asthmatic allergy or respiratory/sinus concerns. By working with our  certified and experienced team at our Phoenix clinic or another location, you will find out exactly the cause of your condition, what triggers your asthma or allergic reaction, and how you can effectively manage it.

Find out why 1000s of patients have chosen us to be their Phoenix immunologists!  Please call NOW to schedule appointment at 602-242-4592!

Why Choose an Allergy Doctor over your regular Doctor or Naturopath?

Your relationship with your Phoenix allergy doctors should be a relationship you can trust. You want to know for certain that you or your child will receive the best care available for asthma and allergy symptoms in Arizona. In the realm of allergy and asthma, where difficulty breathing and anaphylaxis are always a possibility, you’re putting your life in your doctor’s hands.

An Allergy Doctor Versus A General Practitioner

The benefit of seeing an allergy doctor is that a specialist’s focus is on allergy symptoms, triggers, and treatments. A general practitioner has a broad overview of many health conditions, but an allergy doctor has unique exposure to and experience with allergies. By having a narrower focus, a specialist is able to give you better insight into the causes and remedies for your condition.

A Variety of Techniques

Your allergy doctor should be familiar with a variety of testing and treatment techniques to meet your unique needs. Our Phoenix area locations all perform allergy scratch testing, food allergy testing, asthma management, and allergy/immunotherapy to help you navigate life with these sometimes-chronic conditions.

Multiple Arizona Locations

Adult & Pediatric Allergy Associates, P.C. is an allergy treatment practice committed to providing the latest and most comprehensive treatments for both adult and pediatric patients. Our team of Arizona of allergy doctors is eager to work closely with each of our patients to provide the most effective diagnostic methods and treatment.

Choose A Board-Certified Allergy Doctor

Quality care begins with professionally trained doctors who specialize in treating allergy, asthma, and immunology. We are fortunate enough to have two allergy doctors in Phoenix who meet those qualifications. Both Dr. Fadia Habib-Khazen and Dr. Housam Alasaly are medical doctors, certified in allergy and immunology, that specialize in children, families and adults.

If you’re looking for an allergy doctor in Phoenix, Glendale, Avondale, Anthem, or Scottsdale, give our offices a call. Our trained professionals are here to help you feel better. Schedule an appointment to consult with  allergists and Immunologists, Dr. Habib-Khazen and Dr. Alasaly  Aside from our main clinic in Phoenix, we have satellite offices in Glendale, Avondale, Anthem, and Scottsdale   Be Free from Allergies! Please call today.