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Insect stings commonly cause local swelling, pain, itching and redness at the site of the sting.  Many people who have an allergy to insect venom have these same symptoms but causing much larger reactions that can persist for days.  Up to 3-4% of Adults and 1% of Children in the general population have an allergy to insects that cause more serious “systemic reactions”.  Systemic reactions will not only cause large local reactions at the site of the sting but also can cause diffuse hives, trouble breathing and possibly life threatening symptoms such as throat swelling and anaphylactic shock.  The most common insect allergies to cause these types of reactions are from Bee and Fire Ant stings.

Here at the Arizona Asthma and Allergy Institute we have accurate testing to evaluate those at risk for these potentially serious reactions to insect stings.  Patients with a known history of serious reactions to Bees or Fire Ants can qualify for allergy injections which can be 98% effective in preventing a systemic reaction to future stings.  If you have any questions or want further investigation on your risk of insect allergy then our providers can help you!

The onset of eczema frequently coincides with introduction of certain foods into the infant’s diet.  Common food allergies and possible triggers to eczema in children include egg, milk, peanut, soy and wheat.  Overall, about 20-30% of children with eczema have food allergies to one or more of these foods.

If your child has eczema there may be an underlying food allergy contributing.  We can further evaluate this to see if foods are a trigger to your child’s eczema and avoiding the food allergen(s) can have a significant benefit in improving eczema.

Many people have an immune deficiency that goes undiagnosed as they are not regularly following up with their physician or their physician is not doing the appropriate immunology work up to make the diagnosis.

Our Physicians are not only Board Certified in Asthma and Allergy but are also Board Certified in Immunology.  We are experts in evaluating the immune system.  If you or a family member have any of the signs listed below you may have a weak immune system that should be further evaluated and treated.

Important signs that may indicate an immune deficiency include:
• Recurrent, unusual or difficult to treat infections
• Poor growth or loss of weight
• Recurrent pneumonia, ear infections or sinusitis
• Multiple courses of antibiotics or IV antibiotics necessary to clear infections
• Recurrent deep abscesses of the organs or skin
• A family history of immune deficiency
• Swollen lymph glands or an enlarged spleen
• Autoimmune disease

Studies have shown that 90% of people that claim to have a Penicillin allergy were either never allergic or lost their allergy.  If you have been labeled allergic to Penicillin it would be important for your long term medical care to have this evaluated with skin testing.  Please schedule an appointment with us for Penicillin skin testing and we can help you!

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