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Who We Are

Welcome! Welcome to the home of Charleston Allergy & Asthma. Our board-certified allergists and staff have been proudly serving the Lowcountry for more than 30 years. With easily accessible offices in Mount Pleasant, Summerville and West Ashley, we are dedicated to using the most up-to-date and advanced treatments to ensure our patients are able to [...]
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Allergy Testing

Allergy Testing Finding out what you are allergic to is an important first step in obtaining relief from your allergies. A board-certified allergist has extensive training in interpreting allergy tests. Along with obtaining a detailed history, the allergist will determine the specific things that trigger a patient’s allergies. Allergy tests can be performed in adults [...]
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Asthma

Asthma Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways in the lungs. Today, asthma affects over 26 million people in the United States and most often starts during childhood. If you suffer from asthma, your airways are often swollen and inflamed all the time, making your airways more susceptible to irritants. [...]
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How Do I Know if I am Allergic to Insects?

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In the Lowcountry there are a variety of insects that can bite and sting and many people are concerned whether they could be allergic.  Although bites and stings can be quite uncomfortable, the good news is most people are not allergic. Biting insects such as mosquitoes and gnats can lead to itchy bumps of varying sizes depending on a person’s sensitivity, but it is very unusual for a person to be allergic or at risk for more serious or life threatening reactions.  

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Who is at Risk for Anaphylaxis?

As many as 1 in 50 people are at risk for anaphylaxis which is a severe, rapidly progressive, potentially life threatening allergic reaction.  Anaphylaxis can occur from a variety of substances such as foods, medications, or insect venoms. Signs of anaphylaxis can include hives, swelling, shortness of breath, coughing, dizziness, low blood pressure or passing out.  People are not born allergic to these substances but can become susceptible to developing an allergy after exposure.

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Can’t Catch Your Breath During Your Workout?

Did you know that over 25 million Americans suffer from asthma, 17+ million are adults and 6+ million are children? If you suffer from asthma, it is likely that you might experience symptoms when you exercise, known as Exercise Induced Bronchospasm (EIB). Additionally, there are some who cough, wheeze or get excessively short of breath only when they exercise. These individuals have what is termed Exercise Induced Asthma (EIA); many are elite athletes whose frequent training or overtraining can cause damage to the lungs.  Researching this condition might confuse you and honestly, it’s just semantics when you break it down between EIB and EIA. For all intents and purposes, we’ll refer to this condition as EIB.    

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Mouth Get Itchy While Eating?

If you suffer from hay fever and you have experienced itchy mouth, palate, or scratchy throat after eating certain raw fruits and vegetables or tree nuts, you may have oral allergy syndrome (also known as pollen-food syndrome).  Oral allergy syndrome (OAS) is caused by cross reacting allergens (proteins) found in both pollens and raw fruits, vegetables, and some nuts.  As these food and pollen proteins are very similar in structure, our immune system recognizes them as identical and directs an allergic response against both of them.

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Asthma, Illness and School: When to Stay Home

“Mom, I don’t feel good.”

“Dad, I have a sore throat.”

You hear these words just as your child is waking up to get ready for school.  You think, “Oh no, do I keep them home, do they need to go to the doctor, or are they not really sick at all?”  For parents of kids with asthma this can be a difficult decision, as asthma flares are often triggered by respiratory illnesses.  A child with asthma not only has to battle cold symptoms but also manage the additional asthma symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, and wheezing.

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Is An Antibiotic Really Necessary?

Have you ever taken your child to the doctor only to be told that they will not prescribe you an antibiotic? You leave feeling frustrated, annoyed and not to mention you have a very sick kid on your hands. Well, the reasoning behind not providing you a prescription is because physicians are trying to make sure they are treating the appropriate infection the appropriate way. 

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