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Richard Henry Kent, MD
(337) 478-8074
2912 Warren Ave
Lake Charles, LA
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1973

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R Mark Williams, Md
(337) 477-6172
2000 OAK PARK BLVD
Lake Charles, LA
Specialty
Allergy and Immunology, Otolaryngology
Associated Hospitals
R. Mark Williams Md Apmc

William James Wilder, MD
(985) 868-1810
12 Professional Dr
Houma, LA
Specialties
Dermatology, Allergy
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1969

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Stephen Joseph Derbes
(504) 891-1211
3525 Prytania St
New Orleans, LA
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

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Bernard C Fruge, MD
(318) 233-9495
217 Rue Louis Xiv Ste 100
Lafayette, LA
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Allergy
Gender
Male
Languages
French
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1982

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Martin M Miller, MD
(337) 433-5821
812 W Bayou Pines Dr
Lake Charles, LA
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1976

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Carlos James Vital, MD
1430 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1999

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Margaret L Winkler, MD
(504) 345-4484
15744 Medical Arts Dr
Hammond, LA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Allergy And Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans,
Graduation Year: 1970

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Martin M Miller, MD
(337) 433-5821
812 W Bayou Pines Dr
Lake Charles, LA
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1976

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Wilton Lee Bergeron, MD
PO Box 98
Scott, LA
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, General Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1958
Hospital
Hospital: Our Lady Of Lourdes Reg Med Ct, Lafayette, La

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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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