50 to 70 percent of Americans suffer from allergy-induced rhinitis – So What Is It?
Inhalant Allergens and Allergic Rhinitis
While there are several types of rhinitis, approximately 50 to 70 percent of Americans suffer from allergy-induced rhinitis. Allergic rhinitis usually affects patients with a
genetic predisposition to become sensitized to airborne substances such as ragweed, tree or grass pollens, dust mites, or animal dander.
Usually, allergic rhinitis emerges at a young age and in patients with a strong family history of atopy, a term used to describe a group ofpatients who have a personal or family history of one or more of the following conditions: allergic rhinitis, hay fever, asthma, or eczema.
While allergic rhinitis can be purely seasonal, symptoms can also occur year round, depending on the offending allergens. Patients who are allergic to grasses, trees, and ragweed frequently have seasonal symptoms. However, people who are allergic to dust, mold, or animal dander, commonly experience perennial symptoms.
In order to identify offending allergens, an allergist must first review the patient’s history and perform a physical examination. Then, skin testing will be performed by applying small amounts of allergens on the skin and pricking it. Within fifteen minutes, results from skin testing are apparent and show a reaction by producing a “weal,” or round red raised area, at the particular allergen’s site.
Patients with allergic rhinitis are initially treated with antihistamines and a nasal corticosteroid spray, instructed in the principles of allergen avoidance, and explained their option of immunotherapy (allergy injections) in the event that a combination of oral, intranasal, or inhalant medication alone does not control their symptoms alone.
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Dr. Tsai organizes several of these articles together to discuss common arthritis, autoimmune, and allergy conditions. The goal of this book is to help those who may be suffering from arthritis, autoimmune disorders, or allergies gain a better understanding of what they’re feeling and how their condition may be treated.
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For several years, Dr. Tsai has been writing bi-weekly medical columns for The Daytona Beach News-Journal. In this book, Dr. Tsai organizes several of these articles together to discuss common arthritis, autoimmune, and allergy conditions. The goal of this book is to help those who may be suffering from arthritis, autoimmune disorders, or allergies gain a better understanding of what they’re feeling and how their condition may be treated.
This book is broken into three parts:
Part 1 focuses on inflammatory arthritis conditions and their treatments. These include rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. (For information about osteoarthritis, check out Dr. Tsai’s second book:
Osteoarthritis, Soft Tissue Rheumatism, & Osteoporosis)
Part 2 looks at some autoimmune disorders and analyzes their causes, symptoms, and treatments.
Topics in this section include lupus and vasculitis.
Part 3 discusses allergies. The section explains types of allergic reactions, how they work, types of allergies, and how they can be treated.
Arthritis, Autoimmune Disorders, & Allergy was written to be easily read by anyone, no matter their level of medical knowledge. Additionally, several illustrations and photos are included to help visualize concepts and make them easier to grasp.
This book can be purchased online as an eBook or as a physical copy at our main office at the checkout desk or over the phone.