It’s time to start enjoying life without the discomfort of allergies! Whether you suffer from seasonal allergies or you feel like you’re never really symptom-free, Riverside Medical Clinic offers the expertise to diagnose and care for allergies in patients of all ages.
Allergy symptoms occur when your immune system overreacts to an allergen trigger. Your immune system believes the substance is harming you and treats it like an invader. In an effort to protect your body, your immune system produces antibodies that release chemicals, including histamines. It’s those histamines that make you sneeze, itch and cough.
Asthma affects an estimated 26 million Americans and is one of the leading causes of absence from school and work. It is a chronic condition that causes inflammation and narrowing of the bronchial tubes, which allow air to enter and leave the lungs. There are several kinds of asthma:
Exercise-induced: if physical exertion makes it difficult for you to breathe or causes wheezing and coughing.
Occupational: If you work around chemical fumes, dust or irritants and it causes coughing, chest tightness or shortness of breath.
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) – severe asthma is included in this collection of lung diseases that cause breathing problems.
Allergies may also trigger symptoms.
Allergies are most common in children, although they can start at any time. Symptoms can even go away and come back years later. Sometimes an allergy can be misinterpreted as a cold that just happens to occur at the same time every year. This is why children need the type of specialized care that a pediatric-trained allergist can provide. We understand children and can set them at ease to ensure a proper diagnosis. We’ll work with your pediatrician to understand the cause of your child’s condition and develop a customized treatment plan that’s safe for young patients.