Tallahassee Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Brian G. Wilson, MD Narlito V. Cruz, MD
Specializing in Pediatric and Adult Allergic Disorders
PHONE (850) 656-7720
FAX (850) 656-7729
What does an allergist treat?
Allergists treat two of the nation’s most common health problems – allergies and asthma. Although symptoms may not always be severe, allergies and asthma are serious diseases and should be treated that way. Many people with allergies and asthma simply don’t realize how much better they can feel.
While you may already be seeing an allergist, you may not know all of the conditions allergists treat:
•Asthma and Frequent Cough. Asthma is a disease that affects the airways in the lungs, making them inflamed and swollen. The inflammation makes airways more likely to be bothered by allergy triggers and things such as smoke, stress, exercise or cold air. Airway muscle spasms block the flow of air to the lungs, causing symptoms that may include difficulty breathing, a tight feeling in the chest, coughing and wheezing. Sometimes the only symptom is a chronic cough, especially at night, after exercise or when laughing. Asthma may have only mild symptoms, or it can be life-threatening when attacks stop breathing altogether. •Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever or Sinus Allergy). Allergic rhinitis is a general term used to describe allergic reactions that take place in the nose and nasal passages. Symptoms may include sneezing, stuffy nose, runny nose, and itching of the nose, the eyes or the roof of the mouth. When triggered by pollens or outdoor molds – especially during the spring, summer or fall – the condition often is called “hay fever” or seasonal allergy. When the problem is caused by exposure to house dust mites, pets, indoor molds or other allergy triggers at home, school or work, it is called perennial allergic rhinitis. •Eye Allergies. Allergic reactions in the eyes, called eye allergies or allergic conjunctivitis, result in itching, redness, tearing and burning. They are often caused by the same allergy triggers that cause allergic rhinitis and also can result in many of the same symptoms such as sneezing, sniffling and a stuffy nose. While many people treat their nasal allergy symptoms, they often ignore eye symptoms that can be treated effectively with medication or immunotherapy. •Skin Allergies. Contact dermatitis, eczema and hives are skin reactions that can be caused by allergy triggers and other irritants. Sometimes the reaction can happen quickly. Other reactions may take hours or days, as in poison ivy. Common skin allergy triggers can be medicines, insect stings, foods, animals and chemicals used at home or work. Skin allergies may be worse under stress.