While an estimated 40 - 50 million Americans have allergies, only 1 - 2% of all adults are allergic to foods or food additives. Food allergies are more common in children.
The pollen from trees, grasses and weeds is a major source of allergies in California. Diagnostic testing can be done to identify the pollens and your allergist can develop a treatment plan to control them.
Stinging Insect Allergies
Most people are not allergic to insect stings and should know the difference between an allergic reaction and a normal reaction.
Simple and rapid testing can be done.
More than 500,000 people enter hospital emergency rooms every year suffering from insect stings. A severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis occurs in 0.5% - 5% of the U.S. population as a result of insect stings. At least 40 deaths per year result from insect sting anaphylaxis.
Allergic Rhinitis, also known as "hay fever" is a term that describes the symptoms produced by nasal irritation or inflammation. Symptoms of rhinitis include runny nose, itching, sneezing and stuffy nose due to blockage or congestion. These symptoms are the nose's natural response to inflammation and irritation.
Allergies including allergic rhinitis, affect an estimated 40 - 50 million people in the United States. Some allergies may interfere with day-to-day activities or lessen the quality of life.
Your allergist with his or her specialized training and expertise in managing allergies and asthma can develop a treatment plan for your individual condition. The goal will be to enable you to lead a life that is as normal and symptom-free as possible.