An allergy is a condition that occurs when the body has an exaggerated response or hypersensitivity to an otherwise harmless substance, typically resulting in some kind of symptom. Symptoms may appear in the skin (hives, eczema), eyes (allergic conjunctivitis), nose or throat (nasal congestion, post-nasal drip, rhinitis), lungs (asthma), or other area in the body. Allergic reactions vary from person to person and may range from mild to severe (or “anaphylactic”).
Allergies may be due to airborne allergens (molds, animal dander, pollen),
ingested allergens (foods, beverages, medicines), insect stings (yellow
jackets, honey bees, etc), or other sources such as latex.
Advanced Allergy & Asthma Care professionals evaluate, treat, and help you
manage allergies and their symptoms. If you suffer from allergies or are a
parent of a child who has allergy symptoms, you may want to see an allergist to
ensure proper diagnosis and treatment. We will develop an individualized
treatment plan to help you attain the best possible quality of life.
Asthma is a condition that causes inflammation and narrowing of the airways,
reducing air flow in the lungs. Symptoms of asthma include coughing (which may
be worse at night and can interfere with sleep), or wheezing (which sounds like
whistling or a squeaking sound when breating. Asthma can also cause chest
tightness or a sensation of pressure and shortness of breath or feeling "out of
air". Asthma can interfere with normal life activities if not correctly
diagnosed and treated.
More than 22 million people (including 6 million children) in this country are
known to have asthma. Many people who have it also have allergies which can
trigger asthma attacks. Such attacks vary in severity from mild to life
Allergy/asthma specialists can determine through history, examination, and
testing whether asthma is present and whether allergies are triggers. Once the
diagnosis is made, an Asthma Action Plan can be developed to help control and
prevent asthma attacks. Asthma can be controlled with techniques to control
exposure to allergic triggers, immunotherapy (allergy shots), and with
medications that reduce inflammation and narrowing or spasm of the airway. In
non-allergic asthma, such as asthma triggered by exercise, good control with
medication and self-monitoring are part of the Asthma Control Plan that can
allow a person with asthma to live a full life.
Call Advanced Allergy & Asthma Care at 203-748-7433 for a professional
consultation. For your convenience, we have offices in Danbury, Ridgefield and New Milford,