WHAT IS ALLERGY?
Dr Kochar’s ENT Clinic offers you the best in allergy care. We provide clear cut diagnosis and treatment of allergies by doing accurate, affordable and reliable testing of allergies by skin prick method which is a painless and gold standard technique in diagnosing the allergens world over. We also provide allergy treatment by way of medications and sublingual immunotherapy which is both safe and convenient treatment of allergy and is USFDA approved.
An allergy is a heightened sensitivity to a foreign substance (called an allergen) that causes the body's defence system (the immune system) to overreact when defending itself.
Normally, the immune system would only react if a harmful substance, such as bacteria, attacks the body. For people with allergies, their immune systems are working too hard and react even when relatively harmless substances, such as pollen, are present.
You can get an allergic reactions from food, pet dander, airborne pollen, and the venom of stinging insects, such as wasps and bees.
WHAT ARE ITS SYMPTOMS?
When you have an allergic reaction there may be a combination of the following allergy symptoms:
itchy, watery eyes
Weather plays an important part for many allergy sufferers.
HOW IS ALLERGY TREATED?
Treatments for allergies include avoidance, use of anti-histamines, steroids or other medications, and immunotherapy to desensitise the allergic response.
SKIN ALLERGY TESTING
In a typical skin test, a doctor or nurse will place a tiny bit of an allergen (such as pollen or food) on the skin, then make a small scratch or prick on the skin. Allergists usually do skin tests on a person's forearm or back. The allergist then waits 15 minutes or so to see if reddish, raised spots (called wheals) form, possibly indicating an allergy.
Sublingual immunotherapy is an alternative way to treat allergies without injections. An allergist gives a patient small doses of an allergen under the tongue to boost tolerance to the substance and reduce symptoms.