Skin Allergy

Find Relief for Your Skin Allergy If you think you are suffering from a skin allergy, we can help you determine what the cause of the allergy is and how to treat it. Here is a general overview of some common skin allergies and treatments: Urticaria (Hives) also causes swelling that irritates the skin and can be painful. The swelling occurs on the upper layers of the skin and is caused by histamines, so Urticaria is treatable with anti-histamines.  Severe cases may require the administration of an Epi Pen Angioedema causes swelling that commonly occurs in the feet, hands, face, airways, and other soft tissue (skin) areas. It usually occurs because of medicine or food. However, there can be non-allergic causes. The swelling can respond to antihistamines and/or Epi Pen (adrenaline), but can be life-threatening.  You should speak with our specialists to determine the best course of action. Allergic Contact Dermatitis is caused by direct contact with an allergen you react to. The allergen can be anything: soap, perfume, and plant life (i.e. poison ivy) are some common culprits. Identify the allergen and avoid it. Then apply anti-itch creams with damp bandages. Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) is the most common skin condition. It is caused by a “leakiness” of the skin that drains your skin of moisture. In certain environments, this causes irritation and inflammation. Medications such as topical steroids and antihistamines can help.  But avoidance of triggers to eczema is key. Our specialists can help you find the right solution for your circumstances.  If you are dealing with a skin allergy that fits one of these descriptions, contact us immediately to find...

Sinusitis

A Look at Sinusitis Sinusitis is an illness that can be tough to get rid of. Common symptoms include nasal congestion, nasal discharge, facial pressure, and a cough. Basically, these are the same symptoms as a cold or hay fever, but more severe and extremely difficult to get eradicate. When you have this illness, it interrupts the normal drainage of mucus. This disruption is almost always accompanied by infection and pressure in the sinuses. In many cases, sinusitis (also known as rhinosinusitis) does in fact begin as a common cold. When a bacterial infection in the mucus membrane develops, this common cold becomes sinusitis. As mentioned in the symptoms above, this can lead to uncomfortable pressure in the cheeks, head, or nasal and ocular sockets. When left untreated, or left to turn into chronic sinusitis, this illness can make your life miserable. If you have experienced these symptoms, contact AAIR of Charlotte. We can help treat your ailments and get you back on your feet. Just as important, we know how to offset the likelihood that a cold turns into sinusitis, particularly among those that have asthma or allergies. Relief is coming. See AAIR of Charlotte today before this infection makes you feel unhappy and...

Rhinitis, Hay Fever

The Symptoms of Rhinitis (Hay Fever) and How to Deal With Them Rhinitis is caused by an overreaction of your immune system. It is tricked into thinking that typically harmless substances in the air are dangerous, causing your body to reject these air-born substances. Our specialists can help you determine if you are suffering from rhinitis through a few simple tests. The symptoms often include, runny nose, itchy eyes, sore throat, difficulty breathing, mal-adaptive sleeping patterns, and irritation on the roof of your mouth. 1 in 3 adults who suffer from this irritation do not have allergic rhinitis. Non-allergic rhinitis carries with it a variety of the same symptoms that have just been listed, except your symptoms persist year round. If you are diagnosed with rhinitis by our team, we can help you cope with these symptoms. Here Is What You Can Do: Avoid triggers. If you can avoid the allergens that trigger your symptoms, this may be the simplest approach. This usually works best with allergens regarding cats and dogs. Whereas, allergens like ragweed may be more difficult to avoid. Use oral medications. Oral medications include anti-histamines, decongestants, nasal steroids, and eye drops. These are used to treat symptoms as they occur, or prevent symptoms if you know you will be exposed to allergens before-hand. Begin course of Allergen Desentization Therapy (Allergy Shots). It is advised that you take shots for rhinitis when you have medium to severe symptoms, have other illnesses that affect the severity of rhinitis, or when you are unable to avoid the allergens that trigger your...

Pollution

Air pollution can have a significant effect on those with asthma and allergies. There are two types of pollution that have been shown to be particularly significant. Ground-level Ozone Pollution Ozone irritates the lining of our lungs, causes our airways to “spasm”, and increases our responses to allergens. It increases asthma exacerbations with emergency rooms visits and hospitalizations on high ozone days and the days following. Asthmatic children have more exacerbations with exposure to ozone. Ozone impairs infection-fighting cells leading to increased incidence of bronchitis and pneumonia in otherwise healthy children and adults. Particle Pollution These tiny particles can penetrate deep into our lung tissues and even get into the bloodstream. The size of the particles are directly linked to their potential for causing health problems. Exposure to fine particles can affect both the respiratory and cardiovascular systems of healthy individuals. It irritates lung linings and stimulates nerve cells which can affect our heart and breathing rates. Particles also increase inflammatory proteins that cause blood to clot easily, leading to heart attacks and strokes. The rates of heart attacks increase within days or hours of increased exposure. Multiple studies show direct correlation between exposure to particulates and increases in asthma attacks and hospitalization rates. How can you protect yourself? Monitor the Air Quality Index, limit outdoor activity on orange, red or purple days. Visit www.enviroflash.info to sign up for your daily air quality forecast via email Call 919-707-8400 and then press 4 for the Charlotte area air quality forecast Information provided by Clean Air Carolina. Visit www.cleanaircarolina.org for more...

Oral Allergy Syndrome

Oral Allergy Syndrome Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS), a type of food allergy, is an allergic reaction that is confined to the lips, mouth and throat. What is it? Oral allergy syndrome is due to a cross-reactivity between plant proteins from pollen and fruits or vegetables. When a child or adult with pollen allergy eats a fresh fruit or vegetable, the immune system sees the similarity and causes an allergic reaction. Interestingly, many patients with oral allergy syndrome can eat the same fruits or vegetables when they are cooked. The cooking process changes the protein enough that the immune system does not recognize the food as being the same as the pollen anymore. Sometimes foods in the same botanical family will also cause reactions. Examples are potato and carrot; parsley and celery or apple and pear. Who is affected? OAS most commonly occurs in people with asthma or hay fever from tree pollen who eat fresh (raw) fruits or vegetables. Other pollen allergies may also trigger OAS. Adults appear to be more affected than children. Symptoms Rapid onset of itching or swelling of the lips, mouth or throat are the most common symptoms of OAS. Other symptoms may include irritation of the gums, eyes or nose. Symptoms normally appear within minutes of eating the offending food. Symptoms are often worse during the spring and fall pollen seasons. Pollen Potential Cross-reactive Foods Ragweed Bananas, melons (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew) zucchini, cucumber, dandelions, chamomile tea Birch Apples, pears, peaches, apricots, cherries, plums, nectarines, prunes, kiwi, carrots, celery, potatoes, peppers, fennel, parsley, coriander, parsnips, hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts Grass Peaches, celery, melons, tomatoes, oranges Mugwort Celery, apple, kiwi, peanut, fennel,...