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Diagnosis and Treatment of Allergies & Asthma

We treat the cause, not just the symptoms. Patients treated in our center include those who recently began suffering from allergies and asthma. This group starts treatment in the early stage of the disease to prevent serious complications.

Another group of patients include those who have been suffering from allergies for several years who are chronic users of over-the-counter medications and receive limited or no results. Unfortunately, some allergic patients have the wrong concept regarding the treatment of allergies. They believe if self treatment by over-the-counter medication is not effective, nothing else can be done. We believe, "A lot more can be done." If the cause of allergy is found, successful treatment can be achieved.

Out goal is to "treat the cause, not just the symptoms." At Valencia Allergy & Asthma Center, We diagnose and treat the following:

  • Hay fever/allergic rhinitis (seasonal and perennial)
  • Asthma and allergic respiratory diseases
  • Acute and chronic nasal allergies and hay fever
  • Sinus headaches
  • Chronic sinus infection
  • Chronic cough
  • Allergic skin diseases
  • Hives
  • Eczema
  • Food allergy
  • Drug allergy
  • Pet allergy
  • Eye allergy
  • Frequent colds and infant ear aches
  • Immune deficiencies

We are equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, including easy methods of allergy skin testing, pulmonary lung function testing, and new nitrous oxide measurement to diagnose inflammation in asthmatics. For diagnosis of chronic sinusitis, we provide ultrasound of the sinuses and, for diagnosis of ear diseases, offer tympanometry.

* Is Your Suffering Due to Allergies?

H. Farhadian, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.A.A.A.A.I.
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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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