Who should see an allergist?
If you have asthma or allergy symptoms that interfere with your daily life, such as sneezing, nasal congestion, coughing or wheezing, a visit to an allergist can be beneficial. An allergist will be able to diagnose and provide treatment options, as well as educate you on how to prevent and manage flare-ups in the future. Under the care of an allergist, most patients will find that their quality of life is greatly improved and they can feel in control of their allergies and asthma, giving them the freedom to live life to the fullest.
What is a Board Certified allergist?
A Board Certified allergist is a physician who attended an accredited medical school, completed a residency in medicine and then completed an additional fellowship or training program in allergy, asthma and immunology. A Board Certified allergist has taken and passed a national board examination in both Internal Medicine as well as in Allergy and Immunology, making him or her a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of asthma, allergies, and other immune system conditions. A Board Certified doctor must continue his or her medical education through yearly classes and seminars. By choosing a Board Certified allergist for your care, you are choosing an expert.
What are allergies and allergens?
Allergies are an immune system response, which is the body’s way of defending itself. Allergens are things that the body is allergic to, and when the body detects allergens, it launches an attack, which is known as an allergic response. For example, if you are allergic to pollen, your body sees pollen as an invader, and launches an immune system response that may result in symptoms such as itching or sneezing when exposed to pollen. Allergens are the leading cause of nasal allergies, asthma and allergic conjunctivitis.
What can I do in my home, work place, and school to reduce the allergens that cause allergic reactions?
There are many things that you can do to reduce allergens in your environment. Sidhu Allergy posts local pollen counts every day on our Facebook page, so you can check there to see if high pollen activity is expected. Peak pollen hours are in the morning, from 5:00-10:00am, so it is advisable to stay indoors as much as possible during this time on high pollen days. Keep windows to your home closed, and also keep windows up while driving to decrease your exposure to pollen. Frequent bathing to remove pollen in your hair and on your skin will help remove allergens and keep allergies under control.
In your home, dust and vacuum regularly, and change air filters at least once a month. Hardwood, tile or vinyl flooring is more allergy-friendly than carpet, as carpet and rugs hold in dust mites, pet dander and other allergens that are tracked into the home.
What type of testing do you offer, and what conditions do you treat?
Please visit our Services page to learn more about the testing options offered by Sidhu Allergy, and the conditions that we treat.