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Filiz Millik, MD
34509 9th Ave S Ste 203A
Federal Way, WA
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Hacettepe Univ, Tip Fak, Hacettepe, Ankara, Turkey
Graduation Year: 1991

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Wayne Alan Sladek, MD
209 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Tacoma, WA
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med, Loma Linda Ca 92350
Graduation Year: 1981

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Arthur Benjamin Vegh, MD
(253) 383-4721
South 19th Street and Union Avenue #B6010
Tacoma, WA
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital
Hospital: Allenmore Hosp, Tacoma, Wa
Group Practice: Puget Sound Allergy Asthma

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Lawrence Larson
(253) 383-5777
316 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Tacoma, WA
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

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Jeffrey Michael Jacobs, MD
(253) 383-5777
1628 S Mildred St Ste 101
Tacoma, WA
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Miami Sch Of Med, Miami Fl 33101
Graduation Year: 1990

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Jeffrey Jacobs
(253) 383-5777
34503 9th Ave South
Federal Way, WA
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

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Douglas Anthony Mac Leod, MD
502 S M St
Tacoma, WA
Specialties
Ophthalmology, Allergy
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
Graduation Year: 1968

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Wayne A Sladek
(253) 596-3300
209 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Tacoma, WA
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

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William Gary Becker, MD
(253) 756-0112
2302 S Union Ave Ste B18
Tacoma, WA
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1966

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Gordon Philo Baker, MD
(206) 243-9004
14203 Ambaum Blvd SW
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1955
Hospital
Hospital: Childrens Hosp & Med Ctr, Seattle, Wa; Highline Hospital Specialty Ce, Tukwila, Wa

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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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