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Gary Michael Ray, MD
(256) 237-1737
721 E 10th St
Anniston, AL
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Allergy
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: N E Alabama Reg Med Ctr, Anniston, Al

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Robert Eugene Grubbe
(256) 835-1909
912 Snow St
Oxford, AL
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

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Claude Orian Truss, MD
(205) 326-0642
2614 Highland Ave S
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Cornell Univ Med Coll, New York Ny 10021
Graduation Year: 1947

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Sofia M Sheikh, MD
(205) 427-8100
1600 7th Ave S # ACC614
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Max Dale Cooper, MD
1600 7th Ave S
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1957

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Robert Eugene Grubbe, MD
(256) 835-1909
912 Snow St
Oxford, AL
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1984

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Kaleswara Allamneni Rao, MD
(256) 880-1200
400 Whitesport Dr SW Ste 102
Huntsville, AL
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Guntur Med Coll, Univ Of Hlth Sci, Guntur, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: Crestwood Med Ctr, Huntsville, Al; Huntsville Hosp-West, Huntsville, Al
Group Practice: Allergy & Asthma Clinic

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Alice Hardin Morgan, MD
(256) 737-0368
1948 Al Highway 157 Ste 410
Cullman, AL
Specialties
Otolaryngology, Allergy
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Cullman Reg Med Ctr, Cullman, Al

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Suthida Kankirawatana
(205) 939-5284
1600 7th Ave S
Birmingham, AL
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

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David Hugh Frazer Jr, MD
(334) 284-4196
1420 Narrow Lane Pkwy
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1961

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Health and Allergies, Nothing to Sneeze At

Allergies: Nothing to Sneeze At

By Robin Hoogshagen, RPH
Manager of Wal-Mart's Home Office Pharmacy

Spring is in the air - along with pollen, mold, and dust mites.
If you're already sneezing and reaching for a tissue, you could be one of more than 50 million Americans who suffer from allergic diseases, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic disease in the United States, costing the healthcare system $18 billion annually.

What is an allergy? Everyone comes into contact with foreign substances, such as pollen. When a person has an allergic response, his or her body reacts to the foreign substance as if it were harmful. The body then releases potent chemicals, such as histamine, which cause the symptoms we usually associate with allergies - sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, wheezing, itching and hives.

Some of the most common allergens are pollen, mold, dust mites, and animal dander. In addition, some people suffer from food allergies, or have extreme reactions to insect stings, and even to some medications.

Diagnosing and treating allergies

If you think you might have allergies, contact your doctor. He or she can administer an allergy skin test, or scratch test, where a sample of different allergens are tested on your skin for a reaction.

To treat allergies, doctors today often use a triple approach. This means working with patients to:

  • Avoid allergens as much as possible
  • Submit to a series of allergen shots, or
  • Find the right combination of prescription or over-the-counter medications to ease symptoms.

Avoiding allergens can be as simple as remaining indoors during the early part of the day when pollen levels outside tend to be higher. People with sensitivities to dust mites can eliminate wall-to-wall carpet in their home and instead use washable throw rugs over an easily cleaned floor surface.

Someone allergic to pets might have to forgo pet ownership altogether. Barring that, you can try grooming your pet frequently and using a vacuum cleaner with a high-efficiency filter. Keeping pets out of your bedroom - and especially off your bed - is another tactic that might help ease allergy symptoms.

Like making changes in your lifestyle and home, allergy shots require a certain level of commitment for the allergy sufferer. A doctor injects extracts of the allergen into the skin over a period of weeks, months, and sometimes years to help the immune system create antibodies.

Easing the symptoms

Need more immediate relief? There are several over-the-counter and prescription medications that might help.
Antihistamines are used to treat sneezing, watery and irritated eyes, and runny noses. Diphenhydramine and chlorpheniramine, commonly known as Benadryl and ChlorTrimeton, are two familiar antihistamines. However, common side effects include drowsiness, so use caution when taking these medications.
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