Allergy & Asthma Treatment Myths

Myth: You can't have allergy syptoms in the wintertime. It is usually just a cold.
Reality: As the temperature drops, most allergy sufferers expect to feel better. But for many, allergy symptoms continue to afflict them. As it gets cold, we seal up our homes and turn on the heat, containing the allergens inside. More time indoors exposes you to pet dander, dust mites, mold and cigarette smoke. The problem is worsened by humidifiers, emissions from kerosene heaters and gas or wood burning stoves. So, if you feel like you have a cold all winter long and experience congestion, headaches, sinus infections, difficulty breathing, frequent respiratory infections or fatigue for more than 2 weeks, consider an evaluation by an allergist for indoor allergies.

Myth: Needles are used to skin test for allergies.
Reality: The staff of Allergy & Asthma Specialists uses sterile plastic applicators to apply a panel of skin tests in a minute or two. No needles are used for most skin testing and there is no blood at the contact site. There is a twenty minute waiting period for the reaction to occur. the reaction consists of a hive that is measured to determine if the patient has specific allergies. Read more about allergy skin testing.

Myth: You cannot skin test infants and small children for allergies.
Reality: Infants can be effectively skin tested as young as two to three months old. Infants are most commonly tested for food allergies.

Myth: I need to be experiencing full-blown allergy symptoms to be skin-tested for allergies.
Reality: You do not need to be experiencing any allergy symptoms at the time of your testing. In fact, if you are a seasonal allergy sufferer for whom the doctor recommends immunotherapy (allergy extract), it is wise to be skin tested and start your immunotherapy six months before your most symptomatic time of year. This way, the allergy extract will have time to be effective before the next allergy season.

Myth: Allergy immunotherapy is only available by injections with needles.
Reality: Allergy & Asthma Specialists offers two types of immunotherapy (IT). allergy extract administered by injections and sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) administered by placing drops under your tongue. Read more about IT.

Myth:  You never outgrow food allergies.
Reality: Kids really do outgrow food allergies. However, parents are often unsure if a forbidden food can be reintroduced into a child's diet. FOOD ALLERGY TESTING AND FOOD CHALLENGES in a medically supervised environment are a practice specialty. Under the supervision of a board certified allergist, we can safely determine if your child needs to continue food restrictions. Click Here to Learn More

Myth: There is no connection between skin rashes in small children and the development of allergies and asthma.
Reality: Eczema or atopic dermatitis is one of the most common skin disorders seen in infants and children. Eczema is considered the beginning phase of a natural progression to other allergic diseases. Two-thirds of children with eczema develop allergic rhinitis. One half of children with eczema will go on to develop asthma.

Fortunately, research indicates that early treatment of eczema may decrease the risk for developing asthma. The first step of an effective treatment plan is to have the child evaluated by an allergist in order to identify potential eczema triggers. Click here to learn more.