Your allergist may want to see a detailed report of your blood. He or she may send it to the laboratory to see if you have high levels of IgE. Furthermore, he or she may also want to evaluate your immunoglobulin G (IgG) levels if you have bad sinus disease, although these tests are not commonly performed. Your physician will usually do this only if he or she feels that there is an immunologic problem leading to recurrent sinus infections
Your physician may want to do a nasal smear. He or she will collect some of your nasal mucus and then look at it under a microscope. Your physician will be looking for white blood cells in the mucus. If he or she identifies eosinophils and goblet cells in your mucus then you suffer from pollen and/or inhalant allergies. If he or she finds basophils then you may have a food allergy. Neutrophils indicate an inflammatory reaction and this white cell can be found with allergy or infection.
Between 40 and 45 million Americans - about 15-20 percent of the population - have some type of allergy, most of which surface during infancy or childhood. The allergic march is a
Airborne irritants are found in pollution. Although it has been known for some time, the latest research shows the dramatic effects pollution can have on the body. For example, car
Perennial and seasonal allergies can affect not only your sinuses but your digestive system as well. The symptoms of GERD are not truly allergic but they can be related to a direct
Another category of allergies is allergic reactions to specific foods. Allergies to food can cause skin reactions like hives and eczema. As well, the food allergens can cause swoll
All of the medications listed earlier are meant to control allergy symptoms. Allergy desensitization (immunotherapy) via allergy shot administration is a safe and highly effective
Researchers are currently developing a new approach to allergies, using medication that is currently used for asthma patients. This is the administration of a humanized monoclonal