Allergies Specialist

Family Care

Family Medicine located in Paterson, NJ & Totowa, NJ

Allergies of all kinds affect around 50 million people in the United States every year. Samir Khalil, MD, and the team at Family Care in Paterson, New Jersey, offers ongoing support for those suffering from seasonal, food, and other allergies. They offer supportive services for adults and children, including on-site allergy testing and medication management. For a consultation related to your allergies or those of your child, call or book an appointment online.

Allergies Q & A

What are allergies?

An allergy is the body’s hyper-reaction to exposure to a trigger of some kind. The immune system can overly respond to many different types of triggers and can cause a variety of reactions, ranging from mild to life-threatening.

Some common types of allergens are airborne, environmental, medication, or food-related. These may include:

  • Pollen
  • Nuts
  • Strawberries
  • Dust
  • Pet dander
  • Penicillin
  • Latex
  • Mold
  • Insect bites

Having allergic reactions may predispose you or your child to also having asthma, eczema, psoriasis, and respiratory and sinus infections.

What are the symptoms of allergic reactions?

You or your child may have a range of symptoms, depending on the type of trigger and severity of the reaction. Common reactions to environmental, food, medication, or insect stings include:

  • Itchy, red, or watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Itchy or tingling in the mouth
  • Swelling of lips, tongue, face, or throat
  • Hives
  • Eczema or dry, itchy, and red skin
  • Swelling of the area exposed
  • Cough or chest tightness
  • Wheezing or shortness of breath

An anaphylactic reaction is a very severe, life-threatening reaction that can occur with exposure to any trigger. Symptoms may include:

  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Hives
  • Dizziness
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Nausea and vomiting

Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency, and immediate treatment is necessary.

How are allergies diagnosed and treated?

Even if you or your child have allergy symptoms, you may not understand what caused the reaction. Identifying what is causing your allergic reactions is the key to effective treatment of your allergies.

Family Care offers on-site allergy testing for children and adults, in an effort to isolate specific allergens that may be causing symptoms. Dr. Khalil may also suggest you keep a detailed diary of your symptoms and potential triggers.

To treat allergies, Dr. Khalil works with you, or you and your child, to:

  • Prevent exposure to specific triggers
  • Develop a nutritional plan
  • Order and manage regular or emergency medications
  • Treat any associated illness, such as asthma or eczema
  • Develop a treatment plan for emergent and nonemergent reactions

Whatever your allergy or reaction, Dr. Khalil is an important part of your team to help prevent and treat your allergies.

For a consultation regarding allergies, call or book an appointment online with Family Care.

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