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Allergy Clinic


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Think you have an allergy?

We can help you find out – and help you manage your allergy so you can feel better and live better.

Find out more inside.

What is an allergy?

Do you often suffer from sneezing, itchy eyes, rash or diarrhea? If so, you may have an allergy. Allergies are among the most common chronic conditions that affect people around the world. Symptoms can range from mild discomfort to a severe or even life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis. Many people become accustomed to their symptoms and suffer needlessly – but simple tests are available to help you find out if you are allergic to a particular substance and help you manage your allergy.

1 in 4 : It is estimated that 1 in 4 people suffer from allergies

What causes allergies?

Our immune system protects us from invading organisms that can cause illness. Sometimes however, our immune system will react to foods, pollens, dust, or medications and produce an allergic reaction. During an allergic reaction, your body produces antibodies that trigger certain symptoms. These symptoms can vary considerably depending on the allergen involved, as well as your age. For example, infants and toddlers often develop allergic reactions to foods such as milk and eggs, whereas children and adults can become allergic to things they might inhale, such as pollen or dust.

Common symptoms of specific allergens
BODY PART SYMPTOMS COMMON TRIGGERS OR ALLERGENS
NOSE Sneezing,Itchy,Runny,Stuffy Mouth breathing Pollen, house dust mites, cockroaches,pets and other animals
EYES Itchy, red, watery, swollen Pollen, house dust mites, cockroaches,pets and other animals
MOUTH Tingling and itching throat,mouth, and/or lips,Swelling Fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes
SKIN Eczema (dry, itchy),Rashes, hives, swelling Nuts, shellfish, eggs, milk
LUNGS Coughing, wheezing,Chest tightness,Shortness of breath,Asthma Pollen, house dust mites, cockroaches,pets and other animals, food
GASTROINTESTINAL Diarrhea,Pain,Nausea,Vomiting,Weight loss

Infants and toddlers:Eggs, milk, wheat, soya bean

Children and adults: Eggs, milk, shellfish, wheat, peanuts, hazelnuts and other tree nuts, fruits and vegetables

VARIOUS ANAPHYLACTIC REACTIONS

EARLY: Hives, tingling and itching around the mouth, swelling around mouth and eyes

SEVERE: Itching, tingling and swelling of mouth and throat, abnormally low blood pressure, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, shortness of breath, asthma

Peanuts, tree nuts, fish, soybean, seafood, milk, eggs, seeds, fruits, drugs, bee and wasp venoms



How are allergies diagnosed?

Your family history, medical history and a physical examination will help determine if your symptoms are caused by an allergy. There are blood tests available to help diagnose an allergy.

BLOOD TEST

A small amount of blood is drawn and the level of allergen-specific antibodies is measured. If the antibody level that corresponds to a specific allergen or a component of an allergen is raised, it may be the result of an allergy.

100 PLUS more than 20 allergen components, such as peanut components.

At RFH we test for more than 100 different allergens - such as food, animal dander, pollens, mould, trees, weeds, grasses and insect venom.

Which test is right for you?

For some foods, blood testing can be more accurate than skin testing It is more convenient and less invasive, as a single blood sample can be used to test for multiple allergens and allergen components

    • Medication you may be taking does not influence the result
    • There is no risk of an anaphylactic reaction
    • It does not rely upon the condition of your skin. It can be used for infants as young as six weeks old. It can be easily ordered by your physician at allergy clinic

A single blood sample can be used to test for multiple allergens and allergen components

What treatments are available?

Avoidance

For some allergies such as food, avoidance may be the only treatment you need. This may be enough to prevent your allergy symptoms, so you won’t need to take any medications or other treatments.

Medications

If avoidance is not enough, you can take medication to treat your allergy and help control your symptoms. There are also fast-acting medicines such as epinephrine that can be injected to stop an anaphylactic reaction.

Allergy shots

Allergy shots, also called immunotherapy, can be taken to increase your tolerance to allergens. These shots are usually recommended if you suffer from severe allergies or if you have allergy symptoms that last for more than three months each year. Allergy shots do not cure allergies, but reduce your immune system reaction to the allergen.

How do I get tested for an allergy?

If you think you or your child has allergy symptoms, talk to the about getting a blood test. If your blood test reveals you have an allergy, you may be referred to an allergist for ongoing assessment and management of your allergy.

Don’t stop being tested. Allergies can change over time.

Infants may outgrow their allergy to milk and eggs as they get older. But other allergies may progress into more severe conditions. That’s why follow-up testing is critical for accurately managing your allergy and to help you feel better and live better.

At the Allergy Clinic –

A multi-disciplinary team of clinicians will be evaluating you, this team comprises of –

a) Pulmonologist
b) Dermatologist
c) ENT specialist
d) Gastroenterologist
e) Ophthalmologist


For booking Appointments

Call – 1800 22 11 66/ 1800-8901166 / 022 35475757

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