Immunodeficiency

Immunodeficiency

Allergies
Immunodeficiency can be the cause of recurrent infections of the lungs, sinuses, ears, nose and throat. These symptoms are a common clinical presentation of patients that are referred to an Allergist/ Immunologist for evaluation. In most cases these infections turn out to be due to a respiratory allergy or simple frequent infection. However, in a few cases a specific immunodeficiency is diagnosed and the treatment may be life saving. According to experts in Immunology, when part of the immune system is either absent or not functioning properly, it can result in an immune deficiency disease. When the cause of this deficiency is genetic it's called a Primary Immunodeficiency disease (PIDD). There are more than 150 different kinds of PIDD. The Immune system has white blood cells (WBC), these defend against…
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Can I be allergic to my pet?

Can I be allergic to my pet?

Allergies
[caption id="attachment_137" align="alignright" width="300"] Pet Allergies Dr Shah[/caption] Yes you can be allergic to your pet. Roughly 15-20% of people are allergic to animals.Most of the allergies are to the pets dander, which are scales of old skin. Cats are the most common culprit of allergies. Symptoms of an animal allergy can include, red, itchy, watery eyes and nose, sneezing, coughing, scratchy or sore throat and most serious of all, difficulty breathing.    There are things you can do to help reduce your symptoms rather than get rid of your pet. Create an allergen free room by preventing your pet from entering the chosen room. Limit fabrics, remove carpets, rugs and drapes and steam clean upholstery frequently. Vacuum frequently Install an Air Purifier Use anti-allergen room sprays Clean cat litter…
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What happens with skin pricks and blood tests?

What happens with skin pricks and blood tests?

Allergies
An Allergist administers allergy tests starting with IgE skin tests. This test is relatively painless. A very small amount of an allergen is put in your skin by making a small prick on the surface of your skin. If you have allergies the area will swell and look and feel like a mosquito bite. The other test involves drawing blood. These allergy blood tests detect and measure the amount of allergen-specific antibodies in your blood. These tests usually screen for the 10 most common allergy triggers including; pet dander, grasses, dust, trees, weeds and molds. A positive result means allergy-specific antibodies were detected in your blood. This usually is a sign of an allergy. A negative result means you probably do not have an allergy.
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Allergic Reactions to Soy

Allergic Reactions to Soy

Allergies
Allergy to "Soy" (soybeans) is a common food allergy. Often, Soy allergy starts in infancy with a reaction to soy based infant formula. Most children will outgrow their soy allergy (70% by age 10) and some carry it into adulthood. This "healthy food" has come under fire recently for several reasons. First, the "Estrogen-like" properties have many experts advising that we limit our intake. Secondly, in the United States almost all "soy" is genetically modified (GMO), which may make it more allergenic. Soy is also in the same legume family as peanuts, they share similar protein structures and many are allergic to peanuts. The biggest reason "Soy" has an impact on our nations allergies is because now  "Soy" is everywhere! We would have less exposure to it if it was…
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Can You Be Allergic to Wi-Fi?

Can You Be Allergic to Wi-Fi?

Allergies
[caption id="attachment_287" align="alignright" width="300"] WiFi symbol Dr Summit Shah[/caption] Though the medical community has not acknowledged it as a legitimate allergy, people have begun to claim that they suffer from allergies to Wi-Fi. Over the years, a number of health risks associated with our smart devices have been revealed – including insomnia, neck pain, and brain changes. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome (EHS) is a disorder that involves a number of non-specific symptoms that affect those who are exposed to electromagnetic fields. The apparent existence of EHS may be confused with an allergy for Wi-Fi, and EHS has itself come under scrutiny as a legitimate disorder. Read More
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The Eight Most Common Food Allergies

The Eight Most Common Food Allergies

Allergies
[caption id="attachment_464" align="alignright" width="300"] Skin Allergy Patch Test on Back of Female Patient[/caption] Food allergies are typically caused by eight common ingredients: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. These foods can initiate annoying skin reactions or life-threatening breathing problems. Because of the danger posed to those who are allergic to these foods, companies are required to display allergy warnings on their ingredients list. Milk is the most common allergy among American children. Typically, 80% outgrow the allergy by the time they are six years old. Those allergic to cow’s milk must also avoid butter, yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese, cheese, and any other products made from cow’s milk. read more
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First use of the word Allergy

First use of the word Allergy

Allergies
The term allergy was introduced in 1906 by Clemens von Pirquet. Clemens published in German In the Munchen Med Wehnscher 1906;3 . 24 July. He said that a new generalized term was needed which does not prejudice anything but expresses a change in condition which an animal experiences after contact with any organic poison.Referring to serums and people's reaction to them he stated “For this general concept of a changed reactivity I propose the term Allergy.” At the time Allos implied a deviation from the original state. Pirquet went on to state “The vaccinated, the tuberculous, the individual injected with serum becomes allergic towards the corresponding foreign substance. A foreign substance, which by one or more application stimulates the organism to change in reaction is an Allergen.”
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