Diagnosis and Treatment of Allergies
April 9, 2019
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Is Your Suffering Due to Allergies?

H. Farhadian, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.A.A.A.A.I.
Copyright© 2019, H. Farhadian, MD. All rights reserved.

If you have been suffering from one or more of the following, you may have allergies:

  • sinus headaches
  • clear or discolored runny nose
  • constant post nasal drip
  • continuous and serial sneezing
  • itchy, watery eyes, or
  • coughing, wheezing, or phlegm

You probably have been treating yourself with over the counter medications or have been prescribed some allergy medications that just temporarily relieve symptoms. After a while, these medications are no longer effective, complicate the situation and increase side effects. The reason is that the cause of these symptoms has never been uncovered and you have only been treated symptomatically.

Here are three examples of the complexity of our field concerning one of the allergy symptoms, chronic coughing:

A 40-year-old woman was suffering from constant coughing for several years. She was treated with various cough syrups, such as narcotics, and antibiotics. However, her coughing continued. After a thorough examination and routine allergy testing, we found the cause was not allergy or asthma, but acid reflux. After she was treated for that condition, the cough subsided.

Frequently, we see patients who suffer from chronic, constant coughing that persists indefinitely despite patients taking cough syrup or antibiotics. These unending symptoms usually indicate asthma. Once asthma has been confirmed and patients have been treated with asthma medications, the coughing disappears.

In the case of a 14 year old girl, we found the cause of her constant coughing was emotional due to her parents' divorce. This type of cough is called tic cough, or psychogenic cough. We then referred her to a specialist where she received proper treatment.

We see patients virtually everyday with chronic symptoms (such as coughing, headaches, itchy eyes, etc.) who have failed to attain relief from non-allergy treatments. Therefore, if you have any condition that could be due to allergies, it would be wise to consult with an allergist. If you are then diagnosed with an allergic condition, you can receive treatment that will provide you results.

Besides the above conditions, pet allergies, hives, and bee sting allergies fall within in the scope of the field of Allergy and Immunology. All of these conditions, as well as many others not mentioned, can be successfully treated by an allergist.

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