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It’s spring in Wisconsin and for many of us that means allergies. And with seasonal allergies comes sniffing, sneezing, and watery eyes… which can mean months of misery. 

Allergies are not only annoying; they can affect your quality of life. At All Saints, our allergy/immunology physicians work with patients of all ages who are suffering from allergies and other immune system diseases. Allergies are the leading chronic disease in the United States. Often allergy symptoms develop gradually over a period of time, so sufferers may become so accustomed to these chronic symptoms that they don’t consider their symptoms to be unusual. Read more…

Allergists can help prevent or control a variety of chronic symptoms including:

  • Sneezing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Asthma
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Eye irritation
  • Skin irritation

How is an allergy diagnosed?

This begins with a clinical examination and taking a medical history. An allergist may also use skin or blood testing to measure the patient’s level of IgE antibodies to specific allergens. A food allergy causes an immune system response, causing symptoms that range from uncomfortable to life threatening. These should not be confused with a food intolerance that does not affect the immune system, although some symptoms may be the same as in food allergies.

What can you do about allergies?

The allergists at All Saints can help improve your quality of life. They offer treatment options to help you and your family get relief from your allergy symptoms.

  • Avoidance
  • Staying away from substances that cause allergic reactions, such as staying indoors, not petting animals, or avoiding certain foods.
  • Immunotherapy (allergy shots)
  • Injections for allergic patients with rhinitis (hay fever), conjunctivitis, asthma, or stinging insects. An allergist will establish the appropriate schedule of injections to meet your medical needs.
  • Medication  
  • Antihistamines, decongestants, bronchodilators (nebulizers, inhalers), anti-inflammatories, anti-leukotrienes, and anti-IgE antibodies.

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Don’t suffer through another allergy season.
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Allergists, Dr. Giana Nicoara de la Garza and Dr. Srilatha Lazzaro are  ready to see you. Call the All Saints’ Allergy/Immunology department at (262) 687-8354.

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