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Fish Allergies and Omega-3 Supplements

The protein content in fish-derived Omega-3 fatty acid supplements is thought to be minimal, and likely denatured. A recent review did not uncover any reports of allergic reactions. In a study to answer this question, Mark et al tested 6 fish-allergic patients in 2008 to 2 different brands of fish oil supplements. All had negative skin tests and food challenges in this study (Mark BJ, Beaty AD, Slavin RG. Allergy Asthma Proc 2008; 29:528-9). However, as only 2 brands of fish oil were tested in so few people, these results should be interpreted with caution, especially if you are extremely allergic to fish. If you are very sensitive, it would be recommended to first see an allergist who could skin test you to the product, and then administer a food challenge to be absolutely certain.

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What if my allergy skin tests are negative

Almost 20% (1 in 5) patients that are skin tested for typical allergy symptoms or asthma have negative skin tests. The skin testing that normally is done is for the most common things. For example, there are over 50,000 species of mold in air. You were undoubtedly not tested for all of those. The same is true for pollens and other allergens. Many things are less common or even unknown. If you were negative to the usual panel of skin tests then you probably have either a sensitivity to something that was not tested or you have nonallergic rhinitis that just seems like an allergy. At any rate, you certainly can get on with treatment. A combination of nasal sprays, antihistamines and eye drops (if needed) should help. If not, there are other options that don’t require knowledge of what you are allergic to.

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Could your sinus misery be caused by allergies?

Could your sinus misery be caused by allergies?

Allergies are the most common cause of chronic sinus problems, leading to chronic sinusitis, sinus headaches, congestion, sinus pressure, postnasal drip, chronic cough, nasal polyps, recurrent sore throats, sleep apnea and much more. Rhinitis is one of the most common chronic conditions, affecting up to 30% of adults and up to 40% of children in the United States.

If you suffer from any of these conditions, you should be tested to determine if allergies are the root cause of your symptoms. Chronic allergic rhinitis rate their quality of life even lower than asthma patients. Don’t suffer a moment longer. Through allergen avoidance, medications and allergy shots, you can lead a more normal life free of sinus misery.

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You can leave your allergies in the dust.

You can leave your allergies in the dust.

Lasting relief from allergies begins with the right testing techniques to determine the substances that are triggering your patients? symptoms. For the more than 50 million Americans suffering from allergies, elements such as dust mites, molds, pollen or pet dander are the most common cause of their misery. Allergies can trigger asthma or cause sinus or ear infections. They have also been linked to obstructive sleep apnea.

We offer a full array of diagnostic tests to precisely pinpoint the cause of patients? symptoms. Other tests that may be used include in-office lung function testing and fiberoptic evaluation of the nose and larynx.

The first step in treating allergies is to decrease exposure to allergens, which Dr. Mohiuddin will discuss with you. Prescription medications may be used to control symptoms, while immunotherapy (allergy shots) brings long-lasting relief.

Immunotherapy.

Allergy shots have been used for a century to provide long-term relief of allergic rhinitis and asthma. There are now over 100 controlled studies that prove immunotherapy is effective in both asthma and allergic rhinitis. Almost all of the studies show an 80% response rate to immunotherapy, and two studies in children have shown a decrease in the risk of developing asthma from 25% to 5% in patients with allergic rhinitis.

Constant improvements in the quality of extracts have made immunotherapy more effective, and it has also been shown to be cost-effective, decreasing the frequency and severity of symptoms, medication usage and risk of exacerbations.

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