Drug, Insect & Food Allergy in Orlando, FL
A food allergy is an abnormal response to a food that the body mistakenly believes is harmful. Any food can cause an allergic reaction however the most common are: Milk, Eggs, Peanuts, Tree nuts (such as walnuts or almonds), Fish, Shellfish, Soy, and Wheat. Symptoms of reactions from food include: itching, hives, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and eczema. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction to a food and can be life threatening if not treated immediately as the throat swells and the windpipe closes (hence it can befatal).
The first sign of anaphylaxis may be a feeling of warmth, flushing, tingling in the mouth or a red itchy rash. Other symptoms include light-headedness, cramps/vomiting and/or diarrhea. In severe cases patients may experience a drop in blood pressure that results in loss of consciousness.
An allergist/immunologist is the best qualified professional to diagnose a food allergy. Allergy skin test and blood tests may be helpful to determine which foods, if any, are triggering a symptom. False positives may occur with either of these tests.
We will work with you for treatment of food allergy.
Our doctors will work with you to help you manage your allergy,by showing you:
How to avoid the food and use alternative foods.
How to read food labels and understand the technical or scientific name of the food.
How to prepare for emergencies and how to use injectable epinephrine (comes in various forms) and antihistamine in case of accidental ingestion.
Insect bites and stings can cause a variety of reactions. The majority are limited to the skin, but sometimes they can spread to other parts of the body.
Anaphylaxis is the most serious reaction which is a rapid, severe allergic response that occurs when a person is exposed to an insect allergen. This can be caused by stings from bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, and bites from fire ants Allergy testing should be done to help determine what insect an individual may be allergic to.
Your Allergist will discuss with you about prevention and TREATMENT. You can reduce the risk for extreme allergic emergencies and avoid a fatal outcome. Allergen immunotherapy or allergy shots are available for many insects to reduce or eliminate symptoms after a future sting or bite.
There are many side effects and adverse drug reactions that can occur. A myriad of symptoms are noted. These are separate from a drug allergy. The most common symptoms of a drug allergy or Drug Hypersensitivity- are: Skin rash/ hives, itchy skin, wheezing, other breathing problems, swelling of body parts, and Anaphylaxis-a life threatening allergic reaction and may result in death.
These reactions can occur within minutes or hours of exposure to medications. Drug reactions can occur after a medication has been stopped. An allergist will take a detailed history of symptoms, examine you, and review possible problems. Skin testing is available to a few drugs to aid in diagnosis.
In most cases, a person with drug hypersensitivity can safely be given alternative drugs, and the drug that caused the reaction is simply avoided. When no alternative medication exists, an allergist can perform desensitization or a graded challenge which are methods of gradually introducing a medication into the body in small doses until a therapeutic dose is reached.
If you have a known drug allergy
Make sure all of your doctors know the medication you took and the reaction you had
If your allergy is severe, wear a medical alert tag or bracelet in case of emergency.
Please call the Allergy Asthma Specialists of Central Florida office nearest you to schedule a consultation. Altamonte Springs: 407-339-3002 | Orlando: 407-351-4328 | Ocoee: 407-219-3620 | Clermont: 352-243-6767