Problems that we see

Girl and her dog• Asthma results in symptoms of cough, wheezing or shortness of breath. Part of the strategy in getting better is identifying as many triggers as we can that are bringing on symptoms. Each trigger may have to be managed differently in each patient.

• Sinus infections have a tendency to reoccur in some patients. Usually mold allergy has a strong link in making mucus membranes inflamed and ready to be infected. Trivial viral infections commonly lead to those “colds that don’t go away.”

• Migraine headaches, sinus allergies and chronic headaches are commonly related. Most patients with migraine headaches have a headache three or four times a year. However, some of these patients will develop chronic “sinus” headaches that frequently occur 3 or 4 times a week. If we can control the underlying allergy that is causing the sinuses to remain inflamed, frequently the headaches will also diminish.

• Food allergies and intolerances are pretty common. Often we have to work like detectives to sort out what are the important factors. The allergens that are important in children are frequently different when working with adult patients.

• Skin rashes like eczema or hives are frustrating. Low humidity during the winter months usually aggravates itching symptoms. Daily bathing and most soaps will worsen symptoms.

The earlier we deal with a problem, the more likely the illness may be managed and may go into remission. Chronic allergies can be discouraging however even in those circumstances, creative strategies can often be used that will “free” a person from a frustrating problem.