Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States, affecting more than 50 million Americans every year. Food allergy cases especially are increasing and, today, 32 million Americans have a food allergy, and over five million of them are children. Allergist Feryal Hajee, MD, at Metropolitan Asthma and Allergy in Little Silver, New Jersey, treats patients of all ages living with allergies. Whether you sneeze every spring or break out in a rash each time you eat certain foods, seek treatment today. Call the practice, or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.
Allergies develop when the body’s immune system identifies a substance as harmful. The body’s response is an allergic reaction, and the material that triggered the allergy is an allergen.
No two people are guaranteed to have the same response to an allergen, just as one person may have two different allergic reactions to the same substance. Allergic reactions range from mildly irritating to life-endangering, which means physicians must carefully monitor their patients to catch the first signs of a severe attack.
Dr. Hajee uses the latest medical research to diagnose allergic disorders. Find out what’s causing your discomfort today.
There are several types of allergies, and an allergist needs to determine which type a patient has to decide on the best treatment. Here’s a closer look at some of them.
There are three different types of food allergy. IgE-mediated allergies occur when a person’s immune system violently rejects a food source and has an instant reaction, such as a peanut allergy. A non-IgE-mediated allergy manifests as vomiting or diarrhea, and food intolerance is having sensitivity to a food source, but not an allergy to it.
Stinging insects such as hornets, wasps, bees, and fire ants all cause allergic reactions. Other non-stinging insects cause allergic reactions of a different kind. Cockroaches and dust mites contribute to allergies and asthma.
Pollen allergies are the most common seasonal allergy. They trigger hay fever, but can also induce asthmatic symptoms.
Dr. Hajee offers penicillin testing along with a plethora of other allergy assessments from her New Jersey practice. Take your first step toward treatment with Metropolitan Asthma and Allergy.
The best way to manage an allergy is to avoid whatever causes it in the first place and to recognize the signs of an allergic reaction. It’s vital to act fast. Someone with an allergy severe enough to cause anaphylaxis will carry an Epi-pen, which administers a dose of epinephrine straight into the bloodstream. Other medications used in allergy treatment include:
Many allergies are debilitating, but at Metropolitan Asthma and Allergy, Dr. Hajee provides a holistic approach to ongoing allergy treatment, giving her patients their quality of life back. Don’t struggle with allergies; make an appointment today online or over the phone.