Swelling of tissues caused by either allergic factors, genetic deficiencies or autoimmune causes. The swelling may affect any particular area including the throat and has potential to cause fatality.
Diagnostic tests employed: Thorough evaluation of the complement cascade including functional and quantitative C1 ester
Treatment modalities: C1 esterase inhibitor replacement, Bradykinin receptor blockade, Immune modulation, Xolair, Medication removal, Guidance for trigger avoidance
ATOPIC DERMATITIS (aka ECZEMA)
Most common chronic skin condition in childhood. In individuals over the age of 2 it is usually associated with itchy skin in the flexural areas and/or other associated allergic diseases (ie asthma or allergic rhinitis).
Diagnostic tests employed: Skin testing to foods and environmental allergens, Patch testing for chemical sensitivities. Did you know: Up to a third of eczema in kids can be related to a food allergy!
Treatment modalities: Intense education, registered dietician on staff, allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots), topical therapies, wet to dry wraps in severe cases
Rashes or skin changes caused by a wide variety of mechanisms the may be mild, moderate or severe. Did you know: 90% of people who had a suspected allergic reaction to Penicillin are later found to be negative on skin testing and no longer have to avoid!
Diagnostic tests employed: Drug Skin testing, Oral challenges, Skin biopsy
Particularly distressful and sometimes debilitating skin condition characterized by intense itch with or without rash. The differential for the cause of systemic pruritus is broad and may include renal, hepatic, endocrine, hematologic, pharmacologic or psychogenic dysfunction.
While evaluating for these conditions we will work closely with the primary care physician and other specialists to extend the workup and treatment as indicated.
If you believe that you are suffering from a treatable skin allergy, please contact our nearest office to get more information.