The Journal of Holisticonline.com

Contact

Allergy Treatment Pittsburgh PA

This page provides relevant content and local businesses that can help with your search for information on Allergy Treatment. You will find informative articles about Allergy Treatment, including "Health and Allergies, Nothing to Sneeze At". Below you will also find local businesses that may provide the products or services you are looking for. Please scroll down to find the local resources in Pittsburgh, PA that can help answer your questions about Allergy Treatment.

Richard L Green
(412) 471-3818
320 Fort Duquesne Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

Data Provided By:
Andrew G Vayonis
(412) 471-3818
320 Fort Duquesne Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology, Internal Medicine

Data Provided By:
Ritu Pabby
(412) 359-6640
320 E North Ave
Pittsburgh, PA
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

Data Provided By:
James B Bridenstine, MD
(412) 648-3263
3601 5th Ave
Pittsburgh, PA
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1969
Hospital
Hospital: Upmc Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, Pa
Group Practice: University Of Pittsburgh Physicians Dept Of Dermatology

Data Provided By:
Todd David Green
(412) 692-7885
3520 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

Data Provided By:
Richard Lee Green, MD
(412) 471-3818
320 Fort Duquesne Blvd Ste 380
Pittsburgh, PA
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1968
Hospital
Hospital: Upmc St Margaret Memorial Hosp, Pittsburgh, Pa; Upmc -Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa
Group Practice: Allergy & Asthma Assoc

Data Provided By:
Ritu S Pabby, MD
(412) 359-6642
South Tower 7th Flr 320 East North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1999

Data Provided By:
Deborah Ann Gentile, MD
(412) 359-6640
320 E North Ave
Pittsburgh, PA
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med, Pittsburgh Pa 15261
Graduation Year: 1994

Data Provided By:
Philip Fireman
(412) 692-7885
3520 5th Ave
Pittsburgh, PA
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

Data Provided By:
Anil Gungor, MD
(412) 692-5466
3705 5th Ave
Pittsburgh, PA
Specialties
Otolaryngology, Allergy
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Hacettepe Univ, Tip Fak, Hacettepe, Ankara, Turkey
Graduation Year: 1990
Hospital
Hospital: Childrens Hosp Of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa; Magee Womens Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa; Upmc Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, Pa
Group Practice: University Ear Nose Throat Specialists (Pediatrics)

Data Provided By:
Data Provided By:

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.
Newer antihistamines ha...

Click here to read the rest of this article from 1stholistic.com