Causes of Allergies
Dust mite Allergy
Dust mite allergy is the most common all year round trigger of nasal allergies and asthma in the San Francisco Bay area. In the Bay Area., there is an actual dust mite season in the months of September and October (The Bay Area’s Indian summer).
Dust mite allergy triggers inflammation causing:
- allergic rhinitis, - nasal passages
- asthma - lungs
- eczyma.- skin
cause Allergic Rhinitis and /or asthma
Molds are very common both inside and outside.
May be worse if you:
ALLERGY DIAGNOSTIC TESTS
Identifying the offending allergen(s) by allergy testing is the first step to determining the cause of your allergies and the most appropriate course of therapy.
There are two primary ways to test for allergies:
IgE blood tests.
Our practice uses a combination of these tests. An individualized evaluation will be done at the time of your visit to determine which test will be best for you.
Allergy Skin Tests:
Allergy skin testing is easily and painlessly performed on the skin forearms. It consists of gentle pricks made with disposable plastic prongs with drops of allergen extract on them. This completely sterile and disposable applicator tests for dust mites, molds, animal dander and pollens.
If you are allergic, a slight swelling, itching and reddening of the skin will occur. The size may vary from allergen to allergen depending on your level of sensitization to each. This information can determine in minutes what you are allergic to, helping us determine the likely cause of your allergies
Allergy IgE blood tests:
IgE Blood testing for allergies is a newer technology for allergy diagnosis. The latest technology now assures that they are very accurate and reliable. These measure the same allergy triggers as skin tests. They are more reliable in testing for food allergies and for testing young children, and those on medications that prevent the use of skin tests
On occasion it may be appropriate or necessary to do blood testing in addition to skin testing in order to identify the causative allergen(s).
Our Comprehensive Allergy Management Program consists of short-term and a long-term treatment:
Short term treatment
only provides relief from symptoms.
Antihistamines, nasal steroid sprays, nasal antihistamines sprays, and allergy eye drops ---
Avoidance measures for inhalant allergy, eg dust mite, molds
Dietary programs and recommendations for food allergy.
Allergy immunotherapy (desensitization) therapy- treating the underlying cause
This reprograms the overreacting immune system by gradually delivering the substances that trigger allergies to acclimate the body to them
Over 85% of patients who receive immunotherapy over the recommended period of time experience significant improvement or complete relief from their symptoms.
This ongoing treatments will improve symptoms and decrease the use of allergy medications.
San Francisco ENT & Allergy pioneered the use of SLIT in the Bay Area,
and we have a strong track record of safety and success with SLIT
With today’s busy lifestyles, allergy drops/SLIT is an ideal solution for many patients who can’t find the time to come in for a weekly shot.
Advantages of allergy drops?
Allergy Drops are Safe and Effective studies clearly show that dosing levels are safe enough to effectively treat infants, children, asthmatics and other chronic conditions, Because of the safety profile they are ideal for, those patients highly reactive to shots, and those with “needle phobia.