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Your questions about skin patch testing, answered!
Aticle Banner Have you ever developed a rash or hives on the skin but have been unaware of what triggered it? Do you experience skin irritations and have yet to determine the source of the problem? At Advanced Allergy and Asthma Associates, Dr. Eugenia Hahn and Dr. Noga Askenazi, in Elgin and Crystal Lake, IL can provide proper diagnosis of skin allergies with patch testing. What is patch testing?

Patch testing is a way in which an allergy doctor can determine the exact cause of allergic reactions that develop on the skin. This type of testing does not involve needles or injections. Instead, it uses small patches of allergens that are applied to the skin and left for several days to determine one’s unique allergy combinations. This can help determine which substance causes an allergic response. A large sticker is applied to the skin with specifically chosen allergy patches to help stimulate a reaction. This reaction will then notify the doctor of the allergies that are bothersome to an individual.

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In addition to a little pre-flight preparation, you should also carry an emergency kit on board that includes inhalers, antihistamines, and in some cases, epinephrine autoinjectors.
Fall allergy facts
People with allergies are relieved when summer turns into fall. They believe that they will have some respite from the allergies of summer. However, their relief could be short-lived.

Fall season may be even more difficult for those who are allergic to mold and ragweed. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, there are some things most people don’t know about seasonal allergies.

★ Allergy symptoms may last longer when the warm weather continues into fall. The warmth, high humidity and dry and windy conditions would cause the release and spread of mold spores.

★ Hay fever (allergic rhinitis), which refers to late summer allergies, has nothing to do with hay, and everything to do with ragweed. The plant starts pollenating in mid-August and may be around till the harshest of winter.

★ The falling leaves may be a problem to some people, especially when raking leaves. It can stir pollen and mold and release them into the air, causing allergies and asthma attacks. Wearing a mask while raking leaves is a solution.

★ The school environment is a hotbed of allergens. Chalk dust, classroom pets, and foods like peanuts are some triggers. Recess or gym class may be a difficult time for children with conditions like exercise-induced bronchoconstriction. The child should be prepared to face such a situation. It’s best to keep teachers, the school nurse and other relevant people informed.

A board-certified allergist can help sufferers develop a treatment plan, comprising medication and avoidance techniques.
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All you wanted to know about sinusitis
Sinusitis is closely related to allergies. Healthy sinuses are filled with air, but when they get blocked and become full of fluid, germs can grow, resulting in infections. This causes the sinus lining to become inflamed, which is known as sinusitis.

Causes of sinus blockage:
  • Common cold
  • Allergic rhinitis (swelling of nose lining)
  • Nasal polyps (small growths in nose lining)
  • Deviated septum (nasal cavity shift)
Who is more susceptible to sinusitis?

Those with swelling inside the nose (ex. from a cold), blocked or narrow drainage ducts, nasal polyps, immune system deficiencies or using immune system suppressants are more likely to suffer from sinusitis. Children can get it due to allergies, illnesses from other kids, pacifiers, drinking from bottles while lying on the back, and smoke in the environment, while infections and smoking are likely reasons for adults.

Facial pain or pressure, runny or stuffy nose, pus in nasal cavity, loss of smell, and cough are some of the symptoms of sinusitis while fever, fatigue, headache, bad breath, dental pain, and thick, green, or yellow nasal discharge are others.

Since many diseases cause similar symptoms, it would be necessary to see a doctor or allergist to determine the disease and seek treatment.

  • Decongestant, saline nasal washes, and antibiotics for simple sinus infections
  • Vaporizer, steam inhalation, warm compresses, saline nose drops, decongestant drops or sprays, and steroids along with antibiotics for chronic sinusitis
  • Antihistamines if you have allergies
  • Antifungal medicine if fungi are the culprit
  • Immunoglobulin if you have immune deficiencies
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