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Moon Hi Nahm, MD
2000 6th Ave S
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1974

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Ralph Patterson Bucy, MD
(205) 934-6246
619 19th Street South South
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1981

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Harry William Schroeder Jr, MD
(205) 934-1522
Wti 378
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Languages
English, Spanish
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: University Of Alabama Hosp, Birmingham, Al

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Coralie Susan Hains, MD
(205) 939-9586
1600 7th Ave S
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1976

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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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Mary Pat Hemstreet, MD FAAAAI
(205) 939-9586
1600 7th Avenue South Acc Bldg #614
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 1968

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Charles Elson, MD
(205) 934-6060
2000 6th Ave S
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1968

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

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James Ryan Bonner, MD
(205) 801-8100
1900 University Blvd # THT215
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1971

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William James Koopman, MD
(205) 934-5304
930 South 20th Street,
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, Emergency Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1972

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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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